Canada’s Genomics Enterprise (CGEn), a national network of genome centres focused on whole genome sequence analysis for biomedical research, is seeking a qualified individual to fill a position as Chief Administrative and Scientific Officer.
CGEn was founded in 2015 with a $58M grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and partners, designed to align the three major Canadian genome centres in a single, consolidated network. These centres are The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) in Toronto, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) in Vancouver, and the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre (MUGQIC) in Montreal. Ongoing support of CGEn is provided by funding from CFI’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) fund, awarded in 2016, and other funding partners including Genome Canada through its Genomics Technology Platforms program, provincial governments, and others. Cost recoveries for service billings make up the majority of CGEn’s overall budget. CGEn’s client base includes well over a thousand individual laboratories per year, across Canada and worldwide, working in a variety of disciplines.
Reporting to the CGEn Executive Committee (comprised of platform leaders from CGEn’s Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal sites), the CAO/CSO will:
- oversee all administrative and financial operations of CGEn, in collaboration with Facility Managers at each CGEn site;
- serve as the primary administrative liaison between the three CGEn sites;
- ensure the effective, efficient and accountable operations of the facility;
- provide governance and management reporting, and lead reporting to funders and stakeholders;
- work with scientific and technical personnel to oversee the identification, acquisition and implementation of the newest genomic technologies as they become available;
- identify new opportunities for technology partnerships and scientific collaborations of benefit to CGEn, including private sector partnerships with biotech/pharma companies, where relevant;
- work with CGEn institutional contracts and legal groups to develop and execute agreements to enable collaborations with private sector and other partners.
This position will be hired by The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG; www.tcag.ca), CGEn’s Toronto location. As such, the successful candidate will be an employee of The Hospital for Sick Children and will be located in Toronto. It is anticipated that there will be significant travel between the CGEn sites and other locations in Canada and abroad.