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Marc Nantel

Marc Nantel

Vice Chair

Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation, Niagara College

Dr. Marc Nantel is Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation at Niagara College, a position he's taken up in July 2011. Previously, Marc had been with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) for 13+ years, most recently as Director of Research, Commercialization and Talent Programs; he was also overseeing OCE’s nanotechnology and advanced health technologies interests. Since 2000, Marc has worked with Ontario colleges and universities to establish new education and training programs in photonics, including at Niagara College, where he was also a Governor from 2006 to 2011. Marc co-founded several organizations, including the Ontario Photonics Technologies Industry Cluster (OPTIC) in 1999, the Ontario Photonics Education and Training Association (OPETA) in 2001, and NanoOntario in 2010. He is also a Board Member of Scientist in School, an organization dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach; of the Network For Industry Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and of NanoOntario. Marc holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Physics from McGill University. After obtaining his Ph.D. in x-ray laser spectroscopy (1994, Université du Québec), Marc spent 4 postdoc years in France and at the University of Michigan, pursuing ever shorter laser-produced visible and x-ray pulses and their applications. Concurrent with his OCE work, he was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto from 1998 to 2008, where he continued to pursue his research in laser-matter interactions. He has published more than 90 papers and given more than 200 academic and industrial presentations. He is an active member in several professional associations, including Senior Member of SPIE - The International Society for Photonics Engineering.

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