Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, Ontario. Facilitating the journey of research and innovation




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Video title: Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, Ontario. Facilitating the journey of research and innovation
Released on: August 20, 2015. © PharmaVentures Ltd
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    Canada is rated number 6 in the world in terms of research and innovation.
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Canada is rated number 6 in the world in terms of research and innovation. With 50% of Canada's research capacity is located in Ontario, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, has a challenging role, which he explains to Fintan Walton, CEO of PharmaVentures. Their most recent success is joining founding partners University of Toronto and Janssen Inc., and new partners Evotec AG, MaRS Innovation and Ontario Centres of Excellence, to advance treatments for neurological disorders and develop early-stage biotech companies.
Canada is rated number 6 in the world in terms of research and innovation. With 50% of Canada's research capacity is located in Ontario, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, has a challenging role, which he explains to Fintan Walton, CEO of PharmaVentures. Their most recent success is joining founding partners University of Toronto and Janssen Inc., and new partners Evotec AG, MaRS Innovation and Ontario Centres of Excellence, to advance treatments for neurological disorders and develop early-stage biotech companies.
Reza Moridi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as MPP for Richmond Hill. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Moridi currently serves as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, as well as Minister of Research and Innovation. Moridi is an award-winning scientist, engineer, educator, business leader and community activist. He was appointed Minister of Research and Innovation in February 2013. He moved to Canada with his family in 1990, and has lived in Richmond Hill since 1991. Moridi has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Minister of Research and Innovation. He was the Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and the Economy, and has served on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committees on General Government and on Justice Policy (as Vice-Chair). Prior to his election, Moridi was the Vice-President and Chief Scientist of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada. His 17-year career at this institute provided him with a thorough understanding of the nuclear industry in Canada and the application of radiation and nuclear materials in a variety of industrial and health care sectors. For his contributions to the understanding of nuclear materials, radiation and health physics, Moridi has received the Education and Communication Award from the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Fellow Award from the U.S. Health Physics Society. He was elected as a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology for his original contribution to physics and engineering. Moridi has also worked as a CEO and Chair in the electrical industry. His career in academia included serving as the Dean of the School of Sciences, Chair of the Physics Department, University Chief Librarian and member of the Senate at Alzahra University in Tehran. Moridi is an editor of Health Physics: The Radiation Safety Journal. And he has authored or co-authored more than 150 research papers, technical reports, training manuals and articles, and has presented at scientific conferences around the world. Educated in the UK, Moridi obtained a PhD from Brunel University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist, and has completed CANDU Reactor, Industrial Management and Reactor Health Physics certificate courses. Moridi lives in Richmond Hill with his wife, Pari.
Government of Ontario
About the Ministry of Research and Innovation The Ministry of Research and Innovation supports world-class research, commercialization and innovation taking place across Ontario through a range of programs and services like the Ontario Research Fund, Innovation Demonstration Fund and Ontario Venture Capital Fund.