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Finance & Audit Committee

The Finance & Audit Committee oversees budget, spending, and funding decisions and checks integrity of financial statements, legal compliances, and use of generally accepted accounting principles.

Members of the Committee

Christine Charette Christine is an accomplished, results oriented life science executive with over 25 years of investment, advisory, business development and marketing experience. She is an expert in translating scientific data into market potential and concrete company strategy. Most recently Managing Partner and Founder of Scientia Advisors and Investments where she advised and facilitated fundraising for emerging life sciences companies, Christine has extensive experience in capital markets, strategic planning and analysis.

Managing Partner,
Scientia Advisors
Lisa Kalynchuk
Lisa is the Vice-President Research at the University of Victoria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Vice-President Research from 2017-2019. As VPR, Dr. Kalynchuk is responsible for the research portfolio at the university, which includes strategic leadership to advance a rich research environment and the mobilization of knowledge, and a service component to support research policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and regulatory standards.

Vice-President Research, Medical Sciences,
University of Victoria
Kirk Rockwell Kirk is a project and operations manager with more than 15 years of experience managing technology and innovation initiatives, across a broad range of sectors in partnership with academia, all levels of government, and some of Canada’s largest companies. Within an arm’s length provincial government agency, he had responsibility for investment of public funds into research and innovation projects across multiple sectors and technologies including oil and gas, environment, agriculture, pipelines, forestry and health.

Chief Operating Officer,
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
Stewart Roth Stewart is a successful Edmonton businessman with broad experience in the chemical industry. He is the past Chair of the Alberta Hospital Edmonton Foundation, Director of Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA), Chair of NCIA Education Committee, and a member of Synergy Networks in Edmonton.

President/CEO,
Guardian Chemicals Inc.
Warren Wakarchuk
Dr. Wakarchuk is a Professor from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. The Wakarchuk lab investigates the structure and function of the enzymes which make and degrade various glycoconjugates. This work has been enabling the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of bioactive glycoconjugates both in the laboratory and for industrial projects. The Wakarchuk lab has expertise with both mammalian and bacterial carbohydrate active enzymes for glycan remodelling applications.

Scientific Director,
GlycoNet

Observer

Elizabeth Nanak Dr. Nanak is the Network’s Executive Director. Dr. Nanak was involved in the GlycoNet initiative since the Letter of Intent stage and served as the Associate Director, Business for the Alberta Glycomics Centre from 2007–2015. Prior to her position with the Centre, she worked as a manager of large-scale and multi-institutional projects with Genome Prairie. In addition to her PhD in biochemistry, Elizabeth has an MBA in biotechnology management.

Chief Executive Officer,
GlycoNet
Karimah Es Sabar A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader, Karimah Es Sabar brought 30 years of dynamic global business experience to her role as President and CEO of The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She previously held the position of Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Affairs at CDRD, responsible for ensuring the organization’s long-term sustainability, while leading its business functions and successfully building the many national and international alliances and strategic partnerships which are now contributing significantly to advancing the goals of CDRD.

CEO and Partner,
Quark Venture Inc.
Stewart Fast
Dr. Fast is a Senior Program Manager at the Networks of Centres of Excellence Secretariat. He is GlycoNet`s liaison to the tri-council funding agencies with the dual role of support and oversight on program rules. Prior to joining NCE, Stewart was Research Director at the University of Ottawa`s Institute for Science, Society and Policy. He holds a PhD in Human Geography.

Senior Program Manager,
Networks of Centres of Excellence

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