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About Dr. Richard Marceau

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research)Richard J. Marceau grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and is a graduate of École Secondaire Algonquin (Grade 12, 1971) and Chippewa Secondary School (Grade 13, 1972). He obtained his B.Eng. at McGill University in December 1977. Before embarking upon an academic career, Dr. Marceau spent 12 years in industry as a practicing engineer, researcher and R&D planner.

He began his engineering career with MONENCO Inc. in January 1978 and, until 1982, worked there as system planner on a number of international transmission projects (e.g., Australia’s Perth-Pilbara transmission project, Iran’s 400 kV transmission system, etc.) and as a power station designer on various hydro and thermal power generation projects (e.g., the James Bay project’s La Grande 3 and Laforge 2 hydro power stations, Nigeria’s Jebba thermal power station, and Newfoundland’s Holyrood thermal power station). In 1982, he joined Hydro-Québec as an operations engineer in Montréal. Having pursued a part-time Master’s program at École Polytechnique de Montréal since 1979, he obtained his M.Sc.A. in 1983. In 1984, he became a researcher in electroheat technologies at the Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ), specializing in electromagnetic induction heating. In 1987, he became special advisor to the Director of Technology Planning for electricity generation technologies and, later, transmission technologies. In the 1980s, he was an active IEEE volunteer member and, in 1987, was co-recipient of the Larry K.Wilson award for “innovative planning and direction of the IEEE participation in the Canadian Engineering Centennial Convention”, awarded annually to one of IEEE’s 400,000 members worldwide.

In September 1990, he entered a full-time PhD program in electric energy transmission at McGill University, and successfully obtained his PhD degree in October 1993. Since 1992, all the security limits of the Hydro-Québec system are determined by means of a software developed in the course of his PhD program which, for many years, was the only software in the world having this capability. In July 1993, he began his career as assistant professor of electrical engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal. He obtained tenure in December 1996, was promoted to the rank of associate professor in May 1997 and elected chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in June 1998. He was promoted to the rank of professor in May 1999 and remained chair until May 31, 2001. Under his leadership, the department rapidly grew in terms of innovative academic programming, space resources and research intensiveness.

On April 24, 2001, he was elected dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke, and assumed office on June 1, 2001. Under his leadership, the faculty successfully modified the delivery of its engineering programs to the outcomes-based learning strategies pioneered by McMaster University’s School of Medicine (the only Faculty of Engineering to do so in Canada at the time). This pioneering effort achieved such recognition in Canada’s engineering education community that the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, the authority responsible for the accreditation of all engineering programs in Canada, has since urged all Canadian engineering faculties to implement outcomes-based learning strategies. Here again, during his tenure as dean, the faculty experienced accelerated growth in research, and in 2004, generated one third of all university IP revenue in Canada.
On January 1, 2005, he assumed the position of provost and vice-president, academic of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In this capacity, he directed UOIT’s explosive growth from 1,800 to 8,400 students, from 60 to 170 faculty members, from 30 undergraduate programs to 60 undergraduate and graduate programs, from an institution with no college-university pathways for the degree completion of college graduates to 14 unique pathways, and from 1 to 14 research and design chairs. Under his leadership, UOIT evolved from an unknown start-up university to a recognized market-oriented, career-focused, research-intensive, undergraduate and graduate institution. On June 1, 2013, he joined Memorial University of Newfoundland to serve in the capacity of vice-president (research).

In the course of his university career, he has acquired first-hand knowledge of all facets of university life as a sessional instructor, core faculty member, department chair, faculty dean, and vice president. As an academic, he has taught numerous courses in electric power engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels, successfully supervised 17 graduate students (4 PhD, 13MScA & MEng), obtained millions of dollars of grants (e.g., NSERC, CFI, FCAR, etc.) both as principal investigator and co-investigator, and successfully engaged in industrial research. He has published 21 peer-reviewed journal articles, 37 conference articles, 3 books (and translated another), numerous invited articles and presentations, and holds 5 patents.

As a university leader and administrator, he has acquired extensive experience in dealing with academic, human resource, space resource, business management, project management, university research and bicameral governance matters, including collegial processes and union relations. In the course of his advocacy activities, he has dealt extensively with business leaders, government and municipal officials, senior political leaders, and numerous representatives of other universities.

Over the years, Dr. Marceau has been an active member of his community. He is president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, which brings together the most senior, accomplished and successful Canadian engineers. He is past president of the Parkwood Foundation, the former home of Robert Samuel McLaughlin, the founder of General Motors of Canada, now one of Canada’s premier National Historic Sites. He is a registered professional engineer in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Québec.