Elizabeth Croft

Professor Elizabeth Croft (PhD, FASME, FCAE, FEC, FIEAust, FTSE) is the Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia, a research-intensive comprehensive university leading the world in climate action, sustainability, rights of indigenous peoples, health equity, and international research collaborations. She is internationally recognised for her leadership in research and education innovation, and for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in academe.

Elizabeth holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, an MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She is an expert in the field of human-robot interaction. Her work advances the design of intelligent controllers and interaction methods that underpin how people and autonomous, collaborative systems can work together in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner. She has led large-scale collaborative research projects utilising robots alongside people in manufacturing and guided multidisciplinary initiatives with automotive and aerospace industry partners.

Elizabeth Croft is a fellow of the American Society of Engineers, Engineers Canada, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

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Nancy Gallini

Nancy Gallini has been Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics (VSE) since 2017. She joined the Economics Department at the University of Toronto in 1979 and served as Department chair during 1995-2000. In 2002, she was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UBC. After completing her term in 2010, she joined the faculty at the VSE and in 2014-2015 became interim director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Research.

Nancy has a BA (Mathematics) and MA (Economics) from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a PhD (Agricultural and Resource Economics) from the University of California, Berkeley. Nancy has published numerous research articles in the economics of industrial organization, intellectual property (IP) and competition policy. She has also engaged in Canadian policy studies on patent reform and the interface of competition and IP policy. She has served on editorial boards for several economic journals, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s governing council and the Mitacs Research Council. As dean, she was awarded UBC’s Margaret Fulton Award in 2010 for her contributions to student development and the university community. In 2017, Nancy served as president of the Canadian Economics Association and was appointed Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association in 2020.

Since retiring, Nancy has engaged in several volunteer activities. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Vancouver Council of Care Canada, the Advisory Board of the Neglected Global Disease Initiative, the UBC Emeritus College Council, and organizer of the Emeritus College Community Volunteer Group.

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Bonny Ibhawoh

Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh is Professor and Senator William McMaster Chair in Global Human Rights at McMaster University, Canada. He is the Vice-Provost (International Affairs) at McMaster University. He is a United Nations Human Rights Expert serving on the UN Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development in the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva. With over 30 years of experience as a human rights educator, policymaker, and practitioner, he has taught in Universities in Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada. Bonny is the Project Director of the Confronting Atrocity Project, and Participedia, a global scholarly network on public participation and democratic innovation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. (Dr. Ibhawoh’s Website)

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Ray Markham, MD

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