Past presidents and chairs of the National Research Council of Canada

 

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.

Feature series on the NRC's past presidents

The stories in this series are 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.

2016 to present

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Iain S. Stewart

2010 to 2016

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John R. McDougall

2005 to 2010

Pierre Coulombe

Pierre Coulombe

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. Find out more.

1994 to 2004

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Arthur J. Carty

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. Find out more.

1989 to 1994

Pierre O. Perron

Pierre O. Perron

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. Find out more.

1980 to 1989

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J. Larkin Kerwin

1967 to 1980

William G. Schneider

William G. Schneider

1963 to 1967

Bristow G. Ballard

Bristow G. Ballard

1952 to 1962

Edgar W. R. Steacie

Edgar W. R. Steacie

1944 to 1952

Chalmers J. Mackenzie

Chalmers J. Mackenzie

1935 to 1944

Andrew G. L. McNaughton

Andrew G. L. McNaughton

1923 to 1935

Henry M. Tory

Henry M. Tory

1922 to 1923

Frank D. Adams

Frank D. Adams

1921 to 1922

Robert. A. Ross

Robert. A. Ross

1921

Robert F. Ruttan

Robert F. Ruttan

1916 to 1921

Archibald B. Macallum

Archibald B. Macallum