Vice-President, Programs and Performance
As Vice-President of Programs and Performance Guy Levesque is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the organization’s research infrastructure funding programs. He also provides leadership and strategic advice for developing policies relevant to these programs. Additionally, he champions our commitment to accountability and organizational excellence through the rigorous assessment and analysis of the outcomes and impacts of CFI investments in research infrastructure.
Since 1998, Mr. Levesque has worked in the area of research and innovation funding. Between 2010 and 2015, he served as CFI’s Director of Programs, during which time he was responsible for translating plans and policies into funding programs and directing and managing their delivery to the community, while ensuring their effective delivery and alignment with our various stakeholder communities. He also ensured that our core program processes were offered at the highest internationally recognized standard.
He previously held the position of Manager of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Prairies Regional Office from 2007 to 2010, with the responsibility of developing strategies to facilitate partnerships between universities, colleges, industry, and other government agencies involved in science and innovation.
From 2005 to 2007, he was Strategic Advisor (Institutional Awards) to the Vice-President (Research) at the University of Manitoba where he participated in the development of large-scale research initiatives.
He first joined the CFI in 2002 as Coordinator, Institutional Relations, after spending four years at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Mr. Levesque started his career as a high school science teacher in Mississauga, Ont. in 1992.
He received a B.Sc. (Geology) in 1989, an M.Sc. (Geology) in 1994 and a B.Ed. in 1992, all from the University of Ottawa.
Programs and planning
The programs and planning team oversees the delivery of funding competitions and works in close collaboration with the other business units to conceptualize and design funding mechanisms. The team also works with universities, research hospitals and colleges to apply CFI policies and guidelines, and provides the appropriate oversight to ensure funded projects are implemented as planned.
Programs and planning staff help to develop key corporate documents such as the strategic roadmap, annual corporate plans, briefs to the House of Commons and Senate committees and budget proposals to the Government of Canada. This process is informed by regular interaction and consultation with the research community, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.
A key aspect of program delivery is the CFI’s structured merit-review process. The programs and planning team recruits experts from all around the world to review proposals submitted to the CFI. The review process varies according to the fund under which the proposal is submitted, the size of the requested investment and the complexity of the proposal.
Evaluation and outcome assessment
The evaluation and outcome assessment (EOA) team supports the CFI’s commitment to informed decision making and public accountability by providing leadership, support and advice on matters related to outcome assessment, corporate performance measurement, data mining, data management, and program evaluation.
By gathering, analyzing and reporting accurate, consistent and timely information related to CFI funding mechanisms and policies and national science and technology policy, the EOA team supports strategic and operational planning to help ensure that the CFI delivers programs that focus on Canada’s needs as it competes in the global, knowledge-based economy.
The team also conducts rigorous assessment and analyses of the outcomes and impacts of CFI investments in research infrastructure. This demonstrates the relevance, effectiveness and results of these investments to the CFI Board of Directors, the Government of Canada, other key stakeholders and the Canadian public.
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