Brent Herbert-Copley, Executive Vice-President
Brent was appointed executive vice-president of SSHRC in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing corporate strategy, performance, communications, evaluation and audit functions. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice-president, research programs, and was responsible for the agency’s Talent, Insight and Connections programs, as well as the Canada Research Chairs, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and the Research Support Fund.
Before joining SSHRC in October 2009, Brent worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in a variety of positions, including, most recently, director for social and economic policy programs. He previously worked at the North-South Institute, a leading Canadian think-tank on development issues.
Brent’s own research has focused on understanding the innovation process, and how government policies—including environmental regulation—affect that process. He has also examined the links between research and public policy, and the role of scholarly research in informing public debate on policy options. He is Canadian co-chair of the Joint Implementation Committee for the Canada-Chile Bilateral Agreement on Science, Technology and Innovation, and is a member of the programs committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.
Brent holds a PhD in political science and a master’s degree in international affairs from Carleton University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western University.