Executive Team

Executive team members are Designated Public Office Holders for the purposes of the Lobbying Act.

Ted Hewitt, SSHRC President

Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. Since 2017, he also has served as the inaugural Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. He was also a public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A leading authority on Brazil, Ted has published in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals. In 2018, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco—one of the highest levels of merit—for the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada.

Ted’s current research focuses on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the roles of universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in Latin America and beyond. He is co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, and a member of the board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Ted holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.

Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research

Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research Programs, at SSHRC in October 2015. Prior to joining SSHRC, Dominique worked at the Université de Montréal, beginning in 2007. There, she held a variety of positions, including acting vice-rector, Research; associate vice-rector, Research; and executive director, Research Services and Commercialization.

Dominique participated directly in the development and implementation of large research initiatives, including infrastructure and strategic projects. She was also responsible for the restructuring of the Office of Research Services to improve administrative processes and the quality of support for researchers, and she implemented a new digital expertise service to facilitate the use of digital technologies in research. Before her time at the Université de Montréal, she was director of research services at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Dominique played a key role in the development of Érudit, chairing its board of directors from 2012 to 2015. Érudit offers centralized access to the majority of North American francophone publications in the social sciences and humanities, and supports researcher-driven initiatives in the creation of new development tools for the digital humanities.

Dominique holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the École polytechnique de Montréal.

Ursula Gobel, Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society

Ursula Gobel was appointed vice-president, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, at SSHRC in November 2019. In her role, Ursula provides strategic leadership to advance and mobilize social sciences and humanities research. Ursula guides the work of a dynamic team that is responsible for communications, strategic foresight, partnership development and engagement with stakeholders.

Ursula joined SSHRC in 2007 as director of communications. She led the development and implementation of strategic communications for SSHRC, as well as for several international programs, including the Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs programs, on behalf of Canada’s three federal research granting agencies. In 2014, Ursula was appointed associate vice-president, Future Challenges, and led strategic initiatives to advance the social sciences and humanities contributions toward meeting future, long-term societal challenges.

Ursula brings extensive experience in leadership and management across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including at the National Gallery of Canada. She has been an active volunteer for numerous organizations, including the Institute for Public Administration of Canada, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, the Canadian Tourism Commission, and United Way.

Ursula holds executive leadership training from Queen’s University, as well as business and economics diplomas from Algonquin College and John Abbott College.

Brent Herbert-Copley, Executive Vice-President

Brent was appointed executive vice-president of SSHRC in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing corporate policy and strategy, performance, evaluation and audit functions, as well as parliamentary affairs. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice-president, Research Programs.

Before joining SSHRC in October 2009, Brent worked at the International Development Research Centre, 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.

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.

Patricia Sauvé-McCuan, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Common Administrative Services Directorate

Patricia Sauvé-McCuan joined SSHRC in March 2016 as the chief financial officer and vice-president of the Common Administrative Services Directorate (CASD). She works to support both SSHRC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in the delivery of human resources, finance and awards administration, and information and innovation solutions. As the lead CASD executive, Patricia supports the accountabilities of the presidents by ensuring CASD’s effectiveness as a strategic partner, business enabler and service provider. 

Prior to joining SSHRC and NSERC, Patricia was the assistant comptroller general with the Financial Management Transformation Sector of the Government of Canada where she was appointed to lead the Financial Management Transformation Project on behalf of the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada.

In other previous appointments, she was responsible for the future direction of Financial Management and Grants and Contributions in the Chief Information Officer Branch at the Treasury Board Secretariat, and was the chief information officer at the Department of National Defence.   

Patricia holds a master’s degree in public administration from Queen’s University and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Ottawa.

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