New Stem Cell Network Team!

It’s an exciting time for the Stem Cell Network! We have been very busy over the past few months ensuring that we are able to deliver on our mandate and see research funding and training opportunities provided for Canada’s stem cell and regenerative medicine research community. In order to meet all the demands we have recently made some new hires to round out the SCN team. With this blog we are thrilled to introduce you to SCN’s staff team.


Michael Rudnicki, Ph.D., OC – Scientific Director & CEO
Dr. Rudnicki has been at the helm of SCN since 2004-05. He is also a Senior Scientist and the Director of the Regenerative Medicine Program and the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Michael is a seasoned leader and mentor, accomplished scientist and respected both nationally and internationally. Under his leadership SCN has seen many accomplishments, first and foremost the facilitating of a strong community that spans this country and has continued to demonstrate what a multidisciplinary research can achieve.

 Philip Welford – Executive Director
Phil is the Executive Director for Stem Cell Network and has been with the organization since late 2013. Before joining SCN he was Vice President and Strategic Partnerships for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) where he acted as key advisor on research in human clinical trials. He came to SCN with knowledge of the nonprofit and government sectors.

Janetta Bijl, Ph.D. – Director of Science
Janetta Bijl joined the SCN this past summer and comes to us from the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Research Centre where she worked as an independent researcher. Previously, Janetta’s work delved into the world of hematological stem cells and evaluation of oncogenes. As SCN’s Director of Science, Janetta has been rapidly reviewing research applications for funding and overseeing the implementation of training workshops, as well as actively communicating with members of SCN’s community from all over Canada.

Shannon Sethuram – Director, Finance & Research Administration
Shannon has been with the Stem Cell Network for the past 10 years and her knowledge and history of the organization is an incredible value. As the Director of Finance & Research Administration, she provides financial management and oversight for SCN. Her deep understanding of the federal NCE program has been of great value for SCN and also for other NCE’s who call on her from time to time for support.

Cate Murray – Director, Communications & External Affairs
Cate is a results-oriented leader with two decades of experience working in public policy, strategic communications and government relations. Cate has a proven track record of helping national organizations move their mandates forward. As of late April, she is the new Director of Communications & External Affairs for the Stem Cell Network. Currently, Cate is working diligently to remake SCN’s communications a top priority. Alongside Michael & Phil, she is also actively working to build awareness and support for the organization amongst federal decision makers and leaders.

 Rebecca Cadwalader – Manager, Research & Training
With years of experience in office management, Rebecca serves as SCN’s Manager for Research & Training. She has been with SCN for 5 years and meticulously guides our training initiatives as well as oversees our multiple training bursary programs. Rebecca is also a skilled events planner and applies her expertise and know how to ensure that the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings are a success and of value to all who attend.

Dannick Lacombe – Coordinator, Communications
Dannick is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa honors bachelor in public relations joint program with La Cité. With his strong interest in digital media, as our Communications Coordinator, Dannick is in the process of rebuilding SCN’s digital and social media platforms and develops, as well as manages some of the content on our website.

 With our team of professional, energetic and experienced people at the forefront, we are looking to the future with great optimism. We hope that you will continue to engage with us through our website, facebook page and twitter account, or by signing up to our newsletter. Even better than that we hope to see you at one of our workshops and of course in Whistler at the 2016 TMM Meetings.


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