Carole Brabant Appointed AVP (Strategic Planning and Research Development)


Dr. Rose Goldstein, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), is pleased to announce the appointment of Carole Brabant as McGill’s new Assistant Vice-Principal (Strategic Planning and Research Development). She will officially start on January 16, 2012.

As a member of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) senior management, Brabant will provide guidance in the planning, development and implementation of a comprehensive research strategy for McGill and its affiliated hospital network. She will also oversee the services offered to the McGill research community; play a leadership role in McGill’s participation in federal and provincial research competitions and activities; coordinate major institutional initiatives; and ensure efficient management of the University’s interdisciplinary and international projects.

Currently Acting Director, Office of Research, and Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Operations, at Concordia University, Brabant brings to McGill substantial experience in university administration and a track record of success in a research-based environment. In these roles, she has gained an excellent understanding of Canadian and Quebec funding programs and R&D policies, as well as innovation and internationalization strategies.

“I am very excited to welcome Carole to McGill,” says Goldstein. “Throughout the recruitment process, I was impressed by her leadership, vision, and strong belief in the importance of research to our society. These characteristics, as well as her vast knowledge of our unique funding environments, will be invaluable assets for the University as we seek to increase our research intensity and build new partnerships with the business and international communities.”

Prior to her time at Concordia, Brabant held positions with the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), the Centre de liaison sur l’intervention et la prévention psychosociales (CLIPP), and the International Labour Office in Geneva, where she was first a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently an associate editor for the ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, Fourth Edition. Before moving into university administration, she was an active researcher in the field of occupational health and safety. She has also spent time as a consultant and university instructor.

A three-time alumna of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Brabant earned a PhD with distinction in environmental sciences from UQAM in 1991.

“This opportunity comes at the perfect point in my career,” says Brabant. “I look forward to meeting with the McGill research community to exchange ideas, identify challenges, and explore future directions as a team.”

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