Howard Alper is currently spearheading the initiative by the former Governor General of Canada to enhance global recognition for Canadian research excellence. He is Chair of the Canvassing Committee for the initiative. He is also Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa. Alper’s research spans organic and inorganic chemistry, with potential applications in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and commodity chemical industries. He has published 555 papers, has thirty-seven patents, and has edited several books.
In 2000, he received the first Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in Science and Engineering, Canada’s most prestigious prize in research. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999. Alper is Vice-Chair of the RIKEN Advisory Council(Japan), member of the AIMS-NEI Board of Directors, and Dow Chemical Technical Advisory Board, amongst others. During 2007-2015, Alper served as inaugural Chair of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Council.
Date: 27 March 2018