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Alain Dagher, Associate Professor of Neurology, McGill University

Alain Dagher is a Neurologist specializing in movement disorders and functional brain imaging. His research aims at understanding the function of the basal ganglia, with a particular emphasis on appetitive behaviors. This involves studying how we learn about rewards and punishments, and become motivated to engage in reward-seeking behaviors. The two main techniques used are positron emission tomography (PET) targeting the dopamine system, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The research focuses on Parkinson’s disease, stress, drug addiction (notably cigarette smoking), pathological gambling, and obesity. Dr. Dagher is funded by CIHR, FRSQ, NIDA, the Parkinson Society of Canada, the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, and Unilever PLC.

Saibal Ray, Vice Dean (Research & Faculty), Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Dr. Ray joined the Operations Management area of the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2001, after finishing his Phd from the University of Waterloo (1998-2001). Dr. Ray holds a bachelor degree in Production Engineering, and a master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In addition, he worked for about five years in India in supply and project management.

Dr. Ray's research interest can broadly be categorized as supply chain management. He is specifically interested in studying supply chain risk management, coordination issues in supply chains, retail and agri-food supply chains, capacity and inventory management and dynamic pricing. Most of his research is at the interface of operations and marketing. Dr. Ray's teaching interests are also related to operations and supply chain management. He teaches the core operations management course at the MBA level as well as a supply chain strategy course and a technology/process implementation course at the graduate level. Dr. Ray has been twice awarded the Desautels Faculty Scholar Award for his research achievements and the Quebec Teaching Scholar for his teaching achievements. Moreover, Dr. Ray is presently the Associate Dean in charge of Research and International Relations for the Desautels Faculty of Management as well as the Director of the Global Master in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program. Dr. Ray has held/holds grants from both provincial (FQRSC) and federal (NSERC, SSHRC) governments and other non-governmental organizations.

Valérie Orsat, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

Valérie Orsat, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Bioresource Engineering at McGill University is a leader in state-of-the-art technologies for the processing/production of functional food ingredients for human health.  She has worked internationally with major accomplishments and lasting impacts in “Millet processing in India”, “Consolidation of Food Security in South India” and “Microwave Assisted Processing in China”.  She has received accolades both nationally and internationally recognizing her engineering approaches for functional foods and food security.  She was the recipient of the 2008 Young Engineer of the Year Award and the 2015 John Clark Award from the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, both in recognition of her exceptional contribution in the area of agri-food processing and post-harvest technology.