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October 27, 2007 - Edmonton

John McDougall, President and CEO of the Alberta Research Council (ARC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Axel Meisen as Chair of Foresight, effective January 2008.

Dr. Meisen comes to ARC from his position as President and Vice-Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the largest university in Atlantic Canada. A distinguished Canadian academic having held senior positions on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Dr. Meisen has overseen an increase in Memorial University’s research revenues from approximately $35 million to $90 million since 1999. He is a Chemical Engineer with a wide range of research interests with a particular focus on applied research related to oil and gas. Dr. Meisen has experience in both the public and private sectors and an extensive network of national and international contacts.

Dr. Meisen will engage pre-eminent thinkers from across Canada and around the world to define issues where ARC can strengthen its role as an agent for economic development for Albertans. He will take foresight activities from conceptualization to implementation. His work will build upon ARC's contributions towards science and technology policy in Alberta.

Dr. Meisen will report to the President and CEO as well as consult with the ARC executive leadership team, senior government officials and industry leaders, among others. The Chair positions ARC as a strategic leader in foresight, ensuring a diversified and sustainable economy for the future of all Albertans.
 

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For more information, contact:

Axel Meisen
Chair of Foresight
Alberta Research Council Inc.
250 Karl Clark Road
Edmonton, AB, T6N 1E4
Phone : (780) 450-5500