As Canada and the needs of Canadians have evolved, so too has the NRC - the root of much of the country's science and technology infrastructure. The following individuals have led the organization through its many adaptations to respond to Canada's most pressing challenges.
|2016 - present||Iain S. Stewart|
|2010 - 2016||John R. McDougall|
|2005 - 2010||Pierre Coulombe|
|1994 - 2004||Arthur J. Carty|
|1989 - 1994||Pierre O. Perron|
|1980 - 1989||J. Larkin Kerwin|
|1967 - 1980||William G. Schneider|
|1963 - 1967||Bristow G. Ballard|
|1952 - 1962||Edgar W. R. Steacie|
|1944 - 1952||Chalmers J. Mackenzie|
|1935 - 1944||Andrew G. L. McNaughton|
|1923 - 1935||Henry M. Tory|
|1922 - 1923||Frank D. Adams|
|1921 - 1922||Robert. A. Ross|
|1921||Robert F. Ruttan|
|1916 - 1921||Archibald B. Macallum|
Feature series on the NRC's past presidents
This series is inspired by Wilfrid Eggleston's National Research in Canada: The NRC 1916-1966, which chronicles the NRC's evolution from a small advisory body to a vital national organization.
Pierre Coulombe, who served as NRC president from 2005 to 2010, understood the multidisciplinary nature of science and technology and had a strong vision of "one NRC"—an organization uniquely positioned as a national resource for science and technology-based innovation in Canada.
Pierre O. Perron, a performance-oriented researcher who served as president of the NRC from 1989 to 1994, spearheaded the completion of the NRC's transformation to the institute model with a fearless management style.
Arthur J. Carty, an entrepreneurial scientist who served as president of the NRC from 1994 to 2004, balanced cluster development and commercialization with fundamental research strengths.