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Dr. Claire Samson

Programs and Planning, Canada Foundation for Innovation
Manager, CFI’s research infrastructure funding programs

Dr. Claire Samson is responsible for managing all aspects of the CFI’s research infrastructure funding programs and providing leadership and advice for developing policies relevant to these programs. Dr. Samson joined the CFI in March 2020, having brought more than 25 years of experience in industry and academia. She held positions as Professor, Director of the Department of Earth Sciences and Vice-Dean of Planning at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and earned the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014 from the Faculty of Science and the Graduate Mentoring Award in 2012. She became Dean of Research at the École de technologie supérieure in Montréal in 2018.

Dr. Samson served as President of the Canadian Geophysical Union and the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society. She received NASA’s Ames Honour Award in 2017 for excellence as a member of the Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science Exploration (FINESSE) team.