The AEL-AMS Laboratory is governed according to the guidelines and policies of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Office of the Vice-President Research. Its organizational structure is designed to support:

  • Effective management of and strategic investment in infrastructure and resources.
  • Effective communication and coordination amongst researchers, trainees, and service providers.
  • Effective translation of research enabled by the CFI–supported facility into user-accessible technologies.
  • Linkages between facilities, industrial partners, and the research community.

Board of Directors

Linda Keen, Chair
Board Director, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Linda Keen is a corporate director of several boards including the Ottawa Heart Institute and a past board member of the Canadian Light Source. She is a member of the Mirror Committee of the ISO Governance Group. Her background includes science and laboratory executive roles including the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Metals and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada and in Agriculture Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science (interdisciplinary) in Agriculture from the University of Alberta plus a designation as a Certified Corporate Director, C. Dir., designation from the DeGroote School of Management at McMaster University. She was appointed to the board in March 2021 and as chair in April,2022.

Appointed March 2021
Sandy Bligh
Chief Financial Officer, Ocean Networks Canada

Sandy is the Chief Finance Officer of Ocean Networks Canada in Victoria. She is responsible for ONC’s finances, including financial administration, budget planning, audits, and financial statements, as well as supervision of the finance team. She is involved in developing and ensuring the long-term financial health of ONC, including financial risk and leadership of financial strategy. Sandy worked in accounting positions in the private sector before joining the University of Victoria in 1995, first as the Director of Research Accounting and then as Director of Accounting Services, before moving to ONC in 2019. Sandy possesses a Chartered Professional Accounting designation and has a BA (honours with distinction) and an MA in Art History from the University of a Victoria.

Appointed June 2020
Mark Boland
Machine Director, Canadian Light Source

Mark Boland is a Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, at the University of Saskatchewan and Machine Director at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon since 2017. As a member of the CLS executive team, he is responsible for the ongoing Synchrotron machine operations. Previously, he was a Principal Accelerator Physicist at the Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne, Australia, a STINT Post doctoral Fellow, Lund University, Sweden, and a Fulbright Research Fellow at Stanford University. He possesses a B.Sc.(honours) and a Ph.D., from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Appointed October 2021
Robin Golser
Group Leader, Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator

Robin is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Physics, Isotope Research at the University of Vienna, Austria. He helped to establish the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator, a dedicated system for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. Research interests include technical and methodical developments of AMS in general and Laser assisted techniques in particular He possesses a Ph.D. from the University of Linz, Austria.

Appointed May 2022
John (Jack) Ives
Professor of Archaeology, University of Alberta

Jack is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Alberta. His research interests lie in Plains, Subarctic, Great Basin and Northeast Asian prehistory, archaeological theory, Paleoindian studies and Public Archaeology. He previously served with the Archaeological Survey of Alberta, Royal Alberta Museum and the Historic Resource Management Branch, serving as Alberta’s Provincial Archaeologist. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, Master of Arts from the University of Alberta, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Appointed March 2022
David McCormack
Director, Canadian Hazards Information Service, Natural Resources Canada

David is the Executive Director of the Canadian Hazard Information Service, Natural Resources Canada. He is responsible for provision of monitoring and alerting services across Canada, and for supporting mitigation activities, for hazards including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic activity and space weather, and for maintaining the federal deployable nuclear emergency response capacity. He leads Canada’s delegation to technical meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and is Director of the CTBT National Data Centre. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Appointed April 2021
Laurie Swami
President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Laurie Swami is the President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. She is responsible for implementing Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Ms. Swami previously served as Senior Vice-President of Decommissioning and Nuclear Waste Management at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She began her career at OPG in 1986 and held various roles with increasing responsibility in the Nuclear Division. She holds a B.Sc. In Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Appointed March 2022
Dominique Weis
Director of the Pacific Center for Isotopic and Geochemical Research

Dominique is Director of the Pacific Center for Isotopic and Geochemical Research, a major analytical facility serving the needs of academic, government and industry, Professor at the University of British Columbia and Canadian Research Chair in the Geochemistry of the Earth’s Mantle, Dominique Weis is a leader in the innovative use of trace element and isotope geochemistry and is widely respected "for the elegance, precision, and impact of her geochemical studies of the Earth from large igneous provinces to the environment" (AGU Fellow 2010 citation). Her research aims to (1) determine the origin, source and pathways of mantle plumes, and their variations through time; (2) apply geochemical tools to resolve Indigenous-led questions and (3) improve our understanding of human impact and study metal distribution in the environment. Dr. Weis has published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles. Dominique received a Master’s in Environmental Sciences, a Ph.D., and a Agrégation Enseignement Supérieur-Geochemistry, all for the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Appointed March 2022
Mohamad Nasser-Eddine
Associate Vice-President, Research Support and Infrastructure, University of Ottawa

Mohamad Nasser-Eddine is the Associate Vice-President, Research Support and Infrastructure AVP-RSI of the University of Ottawa. Holding a doctorate in organic chemistry from Université de Haute-Alsace (France) and an Executive MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal, Mr. Nasser-Eddine has been Director, Programs at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) from 2015 to 2022. He also served as interim Vice-President, Programs and Performance from 2018 to 2020. Prior to joining the CFI, Mr. Nasser-Eddine was the director of the Strategic Projects Management Group in the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of Ottawa, where he demonstrated outstanding initiative and leadership. He led this one-stop shop to support the research community, working closely with Facilities, Procurement and Financial Resources. He also managed the core facilities program at the University of Ottawa, a first within the U15. In his new position as AVP-RSI, Mr. Nasser-Eddine lead large infrastructure projects and funding programs for research and innovation. He is also responsible for strategic development initiatives, research ethics and integrity, animal care and veterinary services, and animal ethics and compliance, among other portfolios.

Appointed June 2022

International Scientific Advisory Committee

Robin Golser, Chair
Dean of Physics, Group Leader, Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator

Robin is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Physics, Isotope Research at the University of Vienna, Austria. He helped to establish the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator, a dedicated system for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. Research interests include technical and methodical developments of AMS in general and Laser assisted techniques in particular He possesses a Ph.D. from the University of Linz, Austria.

Appointed May 2018
Guaciara dos Santos
Research Project Scientist, W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle AMS Facility, UC Irvine

Guaciara dos Santos is a research project scientist and manager of the KCCAMS Laboratory at the University of California, in Irvine since 2002. Guaciara dos Santos is associated with the Earth System Science Department at UCI. She was the founding Chair of the AEL-AMS ISAC. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Nuclear Physics from the Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Australia’s National University.

Appointed May 2018
Christine Hatté
Senior Research Scientist, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement

Christine Hatté is a Research Director at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE), at la Commission pour l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) in Saclay, France. Since 2021, she is also an Associate Professor at the Silesian University of Technology in the Department of Physics, Gliwice, Poland. She obtained her Ph.D. in geology from l’Université de Paris-Sud 11 and a research management diploma from l’Université de Versailles Saint Quentin.

Appointed January 2021
Timothy Jull
Director, NSF-Arizona AMS Facility, University of Arizona

Timothy Jull is a senior research scientist with the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. He also is director of the UA's Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Laboratory, addressing a variety of problems in geochemistry, geophysics, and archaeology. He obtained a Bachelor`s degree in chemistry at the University of British Columbia and in geochemistry at the University of Bristol. He did postdoctoral studies at Bristol, the University of Cambridge, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie in Mainz, Germany.

Appointed May 2018
Len Wassenaar
Guest Professor of Stable Isotope Ecology and Hydrology at Wassercluster Lunz Biological Station, Austria

Len Wassenaar is a Guest Professor at the Wassercluster in Lunz GmbH, in Austria (Danube University). He worked for many years as a research scientist for Environment Canada in Saskatoon and became Director of Stable Isotope Hydrology and Ecology Research Laboratory at Environment Canada. In 2012, he joined the UN-International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna as Team Leader for Isotope Hydrology Laboratory. From 2019-2021 he served as Head of Water Resources Section and Laboratory. Len Wassenaar is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Isotope Hydrology from the University of Waterloo and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institüt für Hydrologie, in Munich, Germany.

Appointed March 2022