Dr. Jonathan D. Van Hamme (Chair)

Dr. Van Hamme is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Thompson Rivers University.  He is a member of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists and the American Society for Microbiology.  His research field is applied and environmental microbiology, with a focus on deploying genomic, proteomic and analytical tools for environmental and agricultural applications.

Dr. Heather D. Durham

Dr. Durham is a graduate of Western University and the University of Alberta with postdoctoral experience in toxicology and neuroscience at McGill University.  She subsequently joined the faculty of  the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill where she currently holds the rank of professor.  Her research has focused on neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders.  She has held several administrative positions in the university, non-profit organizations and government advisory committees, including President of the Society of Toxicology, member of the Board of Directors of the ALS Society of Canada, and Chair of the BCDRC.

Dr. H.-B. (Bernie) Kraatz

A graduate in chemistry from the University of Calgary, Dr. Kraatz carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Maryland in College Park and the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. He is a professor of chemistry at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he carries out research in the areas of surface chemistry, bioconjugates and the development of electroanalytical tools for the detection of pathogens. He is a member of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.