Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives
Maria Aubrey is the Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she is the executive lead for the Biologics Manufacturing Centre where she is leading the establishment and operationalization of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility for producing safe and effective materials for human use. Ms. Aubrey is also responsible for the design and build of a new clinical trials materials facility.
Before being appointed to this position, Ms. Aubrey was Vice-President, Business and Professional Services from May 2015 to July 2020. She also served as the NRC's Acting President from March to August 2016.
Prior to joining the NRC, she gained sound knowledge and appreciation of innovation within the government context as Senior VP Operations at Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a not‑for‑profit organization. In addition to providing management leadership in the day‑to‑day operations, in this role, she led a number of strategic initiatives to ensure solid governance and compliance with the organization's mandate, and was the lead for oversight of numerous audits and evaluations, all with a positive outcome.
In addition, Ms. Aubrey had an extensive career in the private sector, where she held progressive senior management positions including Senior VP Operations at AMEC Technologies and President of Spectrocan Ltd, which provided her with experience in all aspects of leadership and business management, including the raising of capital and involvement in mergers and acquisitions.
She has had direct involvement with a large range of stakeholders including: different levels of governments, non‑governmental organizations, universities, investors, and industry (small and medium‑sized enterprises and large corporations) nationally and internationally. This has provided her with solid insights into the different stages in the innovation chain.
Ms. Aubrey is committed to sustainability, the development of young entrepreneurs, and the delivery of solid governance and good business practices.