MEET THE COMMISSIONERS
Dr. Bernard Massie
Bernard Massie, Ph.D., graduated in microbiology and immunology from the University of Montreal in 1982 and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University studying DNA tumor viruses. He worked at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) from 1985 to 2019 as a biotechnology researcher and held various management positions, including the position of Acting Director General of the Therapeutics in Human Health Center from 2016 to 2019. He has devoted a significant part of his career to the development of integrated bioprocesses for the industrial production of therapeutic antibodies and adenovirus vaccines. He was also an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Montreal from 1998 to 2019. He is currently an independent consultant in biotechnology.
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Ken Drysdale, FEC, P.Eng.
Ken Drysdale is an executive engineer with over 40 years of experience as a Professional Engineer, which includes 29 years experience in the development and management of national and regional engineering businesses. Ken is currently retired from full time practice as a consulting engineer, but continues to be active in the area of forensic engineering, investigations, preparation of expert reports and expert testimony at trial, arbitrations, and mediations. He has testified as expert witness at trials in Manitoba and Ontario. He has acted as the arbitrator and mediator in disputes.
Janice Kaikkonen’s passion is community outreach. She works primarily with vulnerable populations and youth. Academically, she holds degrees in Island Studies (M.A.), English and Political Science (B.A.), and Public Administration. Janice has taught in both K-12 and post-secondary education (Faculty of Arts, Education, Journalism, pre-Med). Her research specialization involves the intersection of public policy and the social fabric which has led Janice to pursue a Ph.D in Theology and Discipleship.
Professionally, Janice served as a researcher on the PEI Task Force for Student Achievement, as Coordinator for Canadian Blood Services, and was a contributing member to the Supply Chain Management Sector Council. At one point, Janice established a transportation service for adults with special needs and owned/operated a summer day camp for youth. In her spare time, Janice enjoys reading and writing, and leading workshops on effective communications and media.
Currently, Janice serves as an elected trustee for Bluewater District School Board. Married to Reima, they have 7 children and 17 grandchildren. They live on a farm in Southgate, Ontario.
Heather DiGregorio is a senior law partner at a regional law firm located in Calgary, Alberta. Heather has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of tax planning and dispute resolution, which involves assisting her clients to navigate the complex and ever-evolving Canadian tax landscape. She is a past executive member of each of the Canadian Bar Association (Taxation Specialists) and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society. She continues to be a frequent speaker and presenter at these organizations, as well as at the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Tax Executives Institute. Repeatedly recognized within the legal community as an expert and leading lawyer, Heather has represented clients at all levels of Court, including the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Dr. Christiane Grieb
Dr. Christiane Grieb is an interdisciplinary university professor and administrator, a jurist with experience as corporate legal advisor, litigation manager and Notary Public, research consultant and historian. She holds law degrees in Germany and legal accreditation in Canada as well as both a Masters and Doctorate from the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) at University College London, U.K. As a university teacher she taught international business law, history of banking, public administrative law and law of the European Union, while sharing her expertise as an academic mentor and supervisor of graduate students of legal and business studies. Christiane specialized as an historian in Military History and war crimes studies. She researched and published widely, both as a legal scholar on aspects of the Civil and Common Law systems, and as historian in the fields of war crimes studies, transitional justice and human rights history; and curated government funded public education and museum projects in Canada, the USA and the European Union. Christiane wears a great many professional hats. In all these roles she maintains a strong commitment to international human rights, institutional and governmental transparency, community building and ethically responsible critical thinking.