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Roman Szumski

National Research Council
Vice-President, Life Sciences
Dr. Roman Szumski joined the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2005 as Vice-President of Life Sciences, responsible for three Research Centres: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development; Human Health Therapeutics and Medical Devices. He represents NRC internationally in Asia, has chaired various internal and external committees related to the development and exploitation of scientific research and leads the Associate Deputy Minister Committee for the Genomics Research and Development Committee, an interdepartmental organization championing the use of genomics in the delivery of departmental mandates.

A medical doctor and pathologist by training, Dr. Szumski is recognized as a visionary leader and an innovative manager with unique experience in building strategic public-private sector partnerships in the life sciences sector. He was the founding CEO of Calgary Laboratory Services, and more recently Vice-President (Science & Technology) of MDS Inc. During his years at MDS headquarters, Dr. Szumski held executive-level responsibility for scientific assets of the firm, with more than 10,000 employees, $1.8 billion in annual sales and diverse international business interests. While at MDS, he also led the development of new business initiatives in cancer therapeutics and personalized medicine.

As founding CEO of Calgary Laboratory Services and as President of a private firm, Dr. Szumski championed and built a new collaboration between the Calgary Regional Health Authority and the private sector that facilitated major improvements in service and efficiency in the services offered through seven public and private sector labs.

Dr. Szumski is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and holds degrees from Queen's and McGill universities. He is a Board member of the Royal College International, a part of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.