Let’s Talk Science’s Board of Directors provides our organization with strategic guidance, ensuring we fulfill our mission to improve science literacy across Canada.
Hilary Foulkes, Chair
Senior Advisor, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Canada
Hilary Foulkes joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2013 and was elected as its Chair in December 2016. She is also a Senior Advisor to Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. Securities Canada and a Corporate Director for Enerplus Corporation and Modern Resources.
Hilary is an oil and gas and investment banking executive with over 30 years’ experience. She began her career working as a geologist in remote mining camps and on oil drilling rigs in western Canada. Her career evolved from the technical application of geoscience in hydrocarbon resource capture, to the strategic; as the architect and lead negotiator of international joint ventures.
She has had a number of executive roles in both investment banking and oil and gas operations, including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Penn West Exploration.
Hilary is a Deloitte Women of Influence Speaker and a University of Waterloo Distinguished Alumni; she is a committed mentor and passionate promoter of education and science literacy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
She earned a BSc with Honours in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Geologist.
Rob Annan, Vice-Chair
Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications, Genome Canada
Rob Annan is Vice-Chair to the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors, which he joined in 2016. He is also the Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications at Genome Canada.
Rob joined Genome Canada in 2017. As a key member of the executive team, he drives an open and collaborative strategy that promotes the value and potential of genomics in Canada to major stakeholders.
Rob is an accomplished and respected expert on research and innovation policy. A Fellow of the Public Policy Forum, he has authored reports, led projects and convened discussions around research and innovation strategy.
Prior to joining Genome Canada, he served as Chief Research Officer and interim CEO at Mitacs, helping build a Canadian success story in the development and delivery of policy-driven innovation programs. He has undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University, where he also served as a Let’s Talk Science outreach volunteer.
Michele Noble, Secretary
President, Michele Noble and Associates
Corporate Secretary, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)
Michele Noble is Secretary to the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors, which she joined in 2010. She’s also the Corporate Secretary of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Michele began her public service career with the federal government before joining the Ontario government where she held senior positions in the Ministry of Community and Social Services before serving as a Deputy Minister. She served as a Deputy for 10 years across a number of ministries, including Revenue and Correctional Services and Deputy Solicitor General.
She was then appointed as Secretary of the Management Board Secretariat for six years, where she played an instrumental role in the reform of government operations including implementation of a renewed accountability framework for the Ontario Public Service. After leaving the Ontario government, Michele became a consultant in the area of public policy and administration as President of Michele Noble and Associates Inc.
Michele is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario and of the Board of Directors of Belmont House. Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration from York University.
Warren Granger, Treasurer
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Warren Granger joined the Let’s Talk Science Board in 2010 and serves as Treasurer. He has been with Ernst & Young LLP for 28 years, and currently is a Partner, Assurance and Advisory Business Services.
He has extensive experience working with public and private clients in the technology field, including pharmaceutical and medical device research and development companies, and manufacturing and distribution organizations in the medical industry.
Warren plays a very active role in the community and is currently a Treasurer and Executive member for the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Secretary for the Rotary Club of London Foundation and Chairperson for the Canadian Club of London.
He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Accounting and is a member of the Chartered Accountants’ Association of Western Ontario.
Dr. Randy Frank, Director
Global Application Engineering Leader, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, 3M
Dr. Randy Frank joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2013 and has held various positions with the board including Vice-Chair. Randy currently leads the global application engineering team for 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, focused on the development of new applications of the company’s high performance adhesives and tapes portfolio in a wide variety of industries. Prior to this role, he led 3M Canada's technical organization which includes Research & Development, Product Engineering, Application Development, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs for more than 7 years.
Randy obtained his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from McMaster University and holds an undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Waterloo.
Linda Thomas, Director
Senior Vice President, Commercial Finance, Shaw Communications
Linda Thomas joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2016 and is currently a Director. Linda is also Senior Vice President, Commercial Finance, for Shaw Communications.
Over her 25-year career, Linda has acquired experience in hardware and software technology as well as consumer packaged goods. Her work in strategy, product management, marketing, finance, sales and logistics has given her valuable insights across the spectrum of core business functions. Linda's critical thinking capabilities were first developed at the University of Waterloo, where she earned a co-operative Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree with a specialization in Business and Information Systems.
Linda's commitment to advancing STEM education was sparked during her eight years at SMART Technologies and her prior experience serving as a board and audit committee member for IMS Global, a not-for-profit community of education technology leaders. In addition, Linda volunteers for speaking engagements which have included University of Waterloo alumni, the University of Calgary and various conferences.
Dr. Bruce Archibald, Director
President, Archibald Innovations Inc.
Dr. Bruce Archibald joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as a Director. Bruce is President of Archibald Innovations Inc., a Management Consulting Company specializing in science evaluation, management and policy.
Bruce is also Executive Director of Ontario Global 100, an industry sponsored organization designed to increase international growth and sales of mid-sized Ontario companies. He has extensive experience serving as a Deputy Minister for over 8 years across a number of ministries, including the Science and Technology Community; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; International Trade and Investment; and Economic Development and Trade.
In 2012, Bruce was presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service to Canadians.
He holds a BSc. (Agr.), MSc and PhD from the University of Guelph and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from McMaster University.
Leann Sweeney, Director
Business Unit Director, Amgen Canada
Leann Sweeney joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2017. Leann is a Business Unit Director for Amgen Canada. Leann has more than 25 years of experience spanning the pharmaceutical, medical supply, clinical diagnostics and biotechnology industries. She presently leads a team of people focused on analyzing the success of commercialization and sale of products as well as preparing & planning for the pipeline compounds with the intent to improve patient outcomes and optimize care.
Leann is a native of Ontario and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University with degrees in the health sciences.
Jonathan Kochis, Director
Jonathan Kochis joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2018. Jonathan is a UX research and product design leader and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in product development both as an individual designer and researcher and as a team lead.
As the founder of Res.im, Jonathan has directed the growth and transformation of the company while facilitating workshops, conducting evaluative UX research, designing digital products, and helping the team with larger UX research and design projects.
Jonathan works as both an external consultant and as an embedded designer on development teams delivering web and mobile products. Jonathan’s experience ranges from helping pre-product start-ups get off the ground to advising Fortune 500 companies through design strategy, product strategy, and usability testing.