Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador RDC | NL

Board of Directors

The RDC Board of Directors is composed of both resident and non-residents of the province including representation from private sector business, active researchers, a publicly-funded post-secondary educational institution, the provincial government department responsible for innovation, and the chief executive officer of the Corporation. The Chair of the Board is Mr. Fraser Edison, CEO of Rutter Inc. The CEO of RDC is Mr. Glenn Janes.

Glenn Janes Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Janes is the founding CEO of the Research & Development Corporation (RDC). Mr. Janes leads the development of the organization’s policies, mandate and vision and has guided its performance since 2008.

Prior to joining RDC, Mr. Janes worked with Imperial Innovations Group plc in London, England.

Mr. Janes is a Rhodes Scholar.  He holds Master's degrees in Environmental Change and Management, and Business Administration, from Oxford University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Yale University and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College of Canada.

To contact Glenn Janes:

Janice Pridie
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: +1.709.758.0337
Fax: +1.709.758.0927

Frasher H. Edison
Fraser H. Edison Chair of Board

Fraser H. Edison, President and CEO of Rutter Inc., has extensive management experience in the finance, construction, oil and gas, and transportation industries. He previously led ConPro Group Limited in a joint venture to build the Gravity Based Structure for the Hibernia Project and subsequently the Terra Nova Floating Production Storage and Offloading System. Mr. Edison has served as President of the St. John’s Board of Trade and as the Chair of the Board for the St. John’s International Airport Authority.

Fred Cahill
Fred Cahill Vice Chair, P. Eng

Mr. Cahill is President of The Cahill Group of Companies. The group is involved in multi-disciplinary construction and module fabrication in Atlantic Canada and has participated in a number of projects in major industries, including oil and gas, mining, power generation, water treatment, and institutional sectors. Mr. Cahill is an active member of the community and has held such positions as Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association, Chairperson of the Construction Labour Relations Association, Chairperson of MUN’s Genesis Centre, and Member of the Atlantic Canada Energy Round Table.

Laurier L. Schramm
Laurier L. Schramm Ph.D., B.Sc.(Hon.), P.Chem., C. Dir., FCIC

Dr. Laurier Schramm is an award winning proponent for best practices in university-industry R&D collaborations. Dr. Schramm has over 30 years of experience in R&D management, having worked in each of the industry, non-profit, university, and government sectors. He is currently the President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Research Council.

Brian Veitch
Brian Veitch Dr. Tech., P. Eng.

Dr. Brian Veitch is an internationally-recognized expert on marine transport, offshore safety, and testing and evaluation of advanced ocean technologies. He is currently a professor with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Dr. Veitch is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, as well as the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Bernard Collins
Bernard Collins B. BA

Mr. Collins is the current chairman of PF Collins International Trade Solutions, an internationally recognized expert in trade and logistics solutions for East Coast oil and gas operations. He possesses extensive knowledge of the petroleum industry, ranging from freight to offshore drilling. Mr. Collins is also an award winning entrepreneur, having been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Memorial University’s Gardiner Centre in 2012: twice named as one of the top 50 Atlantic CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine: and was named the 2005 recipient of NOIA’s Outstanding Contribution Award.

Muriel Attané

Ms. Attané is Secretary General of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) based in Brussels. EARTO represents the interests of 350 research and technology organizations (RTOs) across the European Union. Ms. Attané has developed extensive hands-on experience in R&D through this role and her previous position as Secretary General of the European Association of Automotive Research Partners Association, and her role as EU affairs manager at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, the largest Dutch RTO.

Bob Cooper
Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper has 35 years of experience in the mining sector. He served as President of Vale INCO Newfoundland and Labrador between 2007 and 2009 and, before that, was General Manager of Operations. He has also served in executive roles with the Cape Breton Development Corporation and Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. Mr. Cooper graduated from Memorial University with a Diploma in Engineering and from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining).

Karen Muggeridge
Karen Muggeridge P.ENG., M.ENG.

Karen Muggeridge has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, mainly in offshore engineering.  Her positions at ConocoPhillips included: Arctic Engineering Specialist; Design Parameters Manager, Amauligak project, Beaufort Sea; and Facilities Technology Manager, Oil Sands. She completed her engineering degrees at Memorial University and started her career at C-CORE and Suncor (Terra Nova project). Ms. Muggeridge is the Convenor of ISO Arctic Offshore Structures standard and has served on numerous government and industry boards including: Program of Energy Research and Development; Women in Science and Engineering; and SNAME, Arctic Section.

Mark Ploughman
Mark Ploughman B.Eng, MBA (Acting Chief Executive Officer)

Mark Ploughman has spent over 25 years in the manufacturing sector. He has extensive experience in quality assurance, operations management, human resource management, and new product development. Mr. Ploughman completed both his bachelor’s degree in engineering and graduate degree in business administration at Memorial University. Mr. Ploughman is currently the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Research & Development Corporation.