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.
Linda Thomas, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Commercial Finance, Shaw Communications
Linda Thomas joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2016 and is currently the Vice Chair. 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.
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.
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. She was the Corporate Secretary of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for over 10 years.
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, Director & Treasurer
Former Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Warren Granger joined the Let’s Talk Science Board in 2010 and serves as Treasurer. He was with Ernst & Young LLP for 28 years.
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. 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.
Debasis ("DB") Bhaumik, Director
Vice President, Information Technology, Nutrien Ltd
Debasis ("DB") Bhaumik joined the Let's Talk Science Board of Directors in 2021and currently serves as a Director. DB is Vice President, Information Technology at Nutrien Ltd, the world's largest provider of crop inputs, services and solutions. Previously, DB held senior roles with global corporations including IBM, Siemens Medical, CGI, Enbridge, and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific region.
DB is a leader, innovator, mentor, educator and best-selling author who enjoys driving digital transformation. DB has an MBA with specialization in Finance and a Master's of Science in Physics. He presently teaches classes at universities in Calgary and mentors young technology and business professionals. DB is also a board member with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Calgary), McMan Youth, Family and Community Services, and is associated with Advisory groups at Mount Royal University and Waterloo University's AI department.
Eric Bosco, Director
Executive Director at École de Technologie Supérieure and Executive Director of the Circular-Built Infrastructure Institute
Eric Bosco joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2021 and currently serves as a Director. In his past role, Eric worked closely with governments, academia, and industry to promote innovation. An accomplished techpreneur, Eric is also a Francophone from Quebec with deep experience working with industry and post-secondary students.
Eric studied engineering physics at the Université de Montréal and presently serves as a director on the board of “Zu”, an incubator/accelerator for companies in the creative arts. He is also a board member of AGE WELL National Centre of Excellence, Canada’s technology and aging network.
Paul Johnson, Director
CEO of Q5X and President of Pine Ridge Associates
Paul Johnson joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in December, 2021 and currently serves as a Director. Paul is CEO of Q5X (Quantum5X Systems Inc), a Partner at Pivotal Input and President of Pine Ridge Associates. Paul has extensive executive, operating and venture capital experience across many sectors and has dedicated his recent professional activities to developing and mentoring business leaders.
Paul holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario. Paul was a founding Board Member of London Technology Alliance, the Ted Rogers Executive in Residence for the Wallace McCain Institute at UNB and an Executive Board Member of YPO Canada Region.
Farah Qaiser, Director
Farah Qaiser joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in December 2021 and currently serves as a Director. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the University Health Network’s Epilepsy Genetics Clinic, where she used genome sequencing to better understand epilepsies.
Farah holds a Master of Science in Molecular Genetics and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Her extensive volunteer and community experience includes serving as a member of the Canada Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council, and on 500 Women Scientists’ Executive Leadership Team. Farah co-founded the Toronto Science Policy Network, has written about science and scientists for multiple media outlets (including Forbes), and continues to organize Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons to create pages about under-represented scientists.
Dr. Deborah Saucier, Director
President and Vice-Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
Dr. Deborah Saucier joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2021 and currently serves as a Director. Deb is President and Vice-Chancellor of Vancouver Island University and an accomplished neuroscientist, devoted educator and experienced administrator. Deb has also held senior administrative positions at MacEwan University and at Ontario Tech University.
Deb is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and a 2020 recipient of the Indigenous Women in Leadership Award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and TD Bank Group.
Deb has a long-standing connection to Let’s Talk Science and was one of our first graduate student volunteers in the 1990’s. More recently, she helped launch the Outreach program at Ontario Tech University. Deb has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Victoria as well as a PhD in psychology from Western University.
Janice Williams, Director
Teacher-practitioner & Consultant, The Phoenix Learning Initiative
Janice Williams joined the Let’s Talk Science Board as a Director in 2020. Janice is a twice certified teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in elementary and secondary science education, and a master’s degree from Western University in educational leadership and policy. She is the Principal Consultant of an Ontario-based small business where she provides expertise on education for sustainable development, equity in science education and culturally sustaining pedagogy.
Janice demonstrates her commitment to cultivating future-oriented science teaching and learning through her decade long volunteer service to the Science Teachers Association of Ontario. She works to strengthen and diversify underrepresented voices in the field of marine science as a Governance Board member for the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, and as a member of the US-based National Marine Educators Association, ad hoc Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee assembled in summer 2020.
In addition to her role as a Global Goals Ambassador with the #TeachSDGs global education community, she is a two-time member of the HundrED Academy sharing her expertise and insights to drive their selection of the annual 100 Global Collection. Janice is bilingual and considers herself as being a learning professional and as such, she is a fervent supporter of self-directed teacher professional development.
Gabriel Woo, Director
Vice President, Enterprise Payments and Digital Commerce, RBC Royal Bank
Gabriel Woo joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in December, 2021 and currently serves as a Director. Gabriel is Vice President, Enterprise Payments and Digital Commerce at RBC Royal Bank where he leads a team with a mandate to expand the bank’s focus from traditional payments to the broader enablement of commerce through technology-enabled business solutions. Prior to his current role, Gabriel was one of the founding members of RBC Ventures, building the Consumer Ventures portfolio from inception. Gabriel also co-founded Borealis AI, an RBC Institute for Research focused on the fundamental research in and applications of machine learning theory which has grown to a network of research centres at leading AI research universities across Canada.
Gabriel began his career as a product engineer building advanced automotive safety systems. Gabriel has also worked at UBS Investment Bank, and as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company across Canada, US, UK and the Asia Pacific Region.
Gabriel was trained as an electrical engineer and holds a M.Sc. from Stanford University and a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and three young children.