Dr. Jean Luc Bérubé, President, Communications Research Centre

Dr. Jean Luc Bérubé became President of the Communications Research Centre in 2011, after serving 17 months as a research vice-president. When he joined CRC in 2009, he brought a proven track record in managing the human and technological issues inherent in complex telecommunications R&D projects.

Dr. Bérubé drew from this experience as he navigated the CRC through a transformative research realignment exercise in 2012–2013, and implemented initiatives to improve processes and modernize facilities. As a result, CRC is firmly focused on wireless spectrum research and development (R&D).

Dr. Bérubé is now overseeing three research priorities including a foresight function for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), and direct client support R&D. Chief among CRC's clients is ISED's Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications sector, followed by other government organizations, industry and academia. Rounding out CRC's research priorities is Grand Challenge R&D, tackling challenges of spectrum awareness, spectrum use and spectrum supply, all of which are central to meeting wireless demand for a modern digital economy.

Dr. Bérubé is also responsible for oversight of a campus rejuvenation initiative that will result in a complete modernization of campus infrastructure including CRC's laboratory facilities. In addition, internal business processes are being redefined to support a robust research environment.

Dr. Bérubé began his career in 1984 as a design engineer with Canadian Marconi Company. In 1993 he joined Nortel, leading teams designing advanced telecommunications equipment. He moved to Motorola in 1997, working to ensure that product planning and customer needs were tightly aligned. In 2000 Dr. Bérubé joined Altera Corporation, where he oversaw both applications and market development for the Canadian wireless and broadband network communications sectors.

Dr. Bérubé holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), a Master of Applied Science degree from Montréal's École Polytechnique, and a Doctorate from UNB, all in electrical engineering.

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