Dr. Susan Blum is the Associate Vice-President, Applied Research and Innovation at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She holds a PhD in Biology with a focus on ecotoxicology on free-ranging polar bears from the University of Saskatchewan. Susan started her research career as a polar bear biologist with the Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut.
In 2000, she joined the University of Saskatchewan in research administration, where she spent the next 16 years building and leading the Research Services and Ethics Office. In her role at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Susan creates partnerships with local and national industries in order to provide opportunities for research and engagement with students and faculty. Susan is the Vice-President for the National Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), sits on the NSERC Prairie Advisory Committee and the research group for Polytechnics Canada. Susan was previously on the Board of Directors for both the Canadian Association of Research Administration and the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards. She has an extensive background in the full range of research support services including oversight of research grants and industry-funded contracts, human and animal research ethics and research facilitation. Susan's professional involvements span a wide array of national and international committees, societies, networks and associations.
Dr. Blum was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2019. She was re-appointed for a second mandate in September 2022.