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Vice President of Research and Innovation

Dr. Neil Emery, Vice President, Research and Innovation

As the Vice-President Research and Innovation, Dr. Emery is responsible for the management, administration, and leadership of research at Trent University and is instrumental in promoting, formalizing and embedding successful innovation throughout the University. The Vice-President also plays a key role promoting Trent research locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally, and acts as a Trent liaison with the provincial government on matters that relate to its interest in research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

As part of the position's mandate, Dr. Emery plays a key leadership role in the development of the new Trent Research and Innovation Park. He will also oversee, working with deans and chairs of departments, the appointment of new senior Trent academics as mentors who will be available to provide guidance and advice to faculty wishing to apply for grants associated with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Emery is a full professor in the Biology Department at Trent with degrees from Queen’s University (B.Sc.) and the University of Calgary (Ph.D.). He is a plant physiologist who studies the control of growth by plant hormones and their applications to crop yield, particularly for oats, barley and legumes such as soybean, peas and beans. Prior to coming to Trent, Dr. Emery worked for research institutions in Perth, Australia and Dijon, France. He has held grants from several agencies including NSERC, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. These grants have involved extensive collaborations both locally and with institutions in Japan, China, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Australia. Much of his research also includes partnerships with the agriculture and food private sector such as the Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Dr. Emery has served on the Board of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster for six years and is an adjudicator for the prestigious NSERC Synergy Awards.

Dr. Emery has been at Trent since 2000, and has served as the director of the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program from 2006 to 2009, as Associate Vice-President Research from 2009 to 2011, as Vice-President Research and International from 2011 to 2016 and as Vice-President Research and Innovation from 2016 to present.

Dr. Emery CV

Mandate of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation