Dr. Susan Blum is the Associate Vice President Applied Research and Innovation at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Previously, she was the Director of Research Services and Ethics at the University of Saskatchewan and Director of Finance and Administration at the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and has spent over 23 years working in research administration. Prior to these roles, Susan had a strong research background in ecotoxicology and was a polar bear biologist for the Government of Nunavut.
Susan is currently a member of the World Federation Colleges and Polytechnics Applied Research Group, is Chair of Polytechnic's Canada research group, and is a member of the NSERC Committee on Research Partnerships, the NSERC Canadian Association of Research Administration (CARA) Working Group, the Colleges and Institutes of Canada National Research Advisory Committee, the Tri-Agency Grant Management System External Advisory Board and serves as a Board of Director member for the Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) and the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA).
Dr. Blum was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2019. She was re-appointed for a second mandate in September 2022.