John Capone has been appointed to a five-year term as Western's Vice-President (Research), effective October 1, 2012.
Recognized as one of Canada's foremost molecular biologists, John came to Western following two terms as Dean of Science at McMaster University, where he held progressively senior academic positions since joining its faculty in 1986. From 1983 to 1986, he was a Medical Research Council of Canada Centennial Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John holds a bachelor degree in Biochemistry from Western (1978) and a PhD from McMaster University (1983).
Dan Sinai was appointed to Western’s (Acting) Associate Vice-President (Research) position in July 2010, and to the Associate Vice-President (Research) role in 2013.
He previously served as the Director of Research Development Services and Ethics. Sinai’s experience at Western, and in government and private sector environments, has provided him with the unique perspective necessary to lead the University’s research development efforts.
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Sinai has held a variety of key research administration positions with both the Government of Ontario and the Federal Government. He has extensive R&D program and policy experience and has worked for several high technology companies, including Nortel. Sinai began his career with the Government of Ontario in the very early days of government R&D funding. He worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Premier’s Council Technology Fund and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. In 1990 he joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in their Research Partnerships Program at a time when the Council was embarking on its most significant growth period.
In 1998, Sinai was hired by The University of Western Ontario in the Office of Industry Liaison and Technology Transfer, where he served as a Program Officer, then Acting Director. During this period, Sinai assisted with the creation of several spin-off companies and left the University in 2000 to join EK3 Technologies Inc as a founder and President.
Prior to returning to Western as Manager of Research Development, Sinai was Managing Director of the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network (CLLRNet), a national not-for-profit organization focused on the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the area of early-child education.
Sinai and his family have lived in London for more than 10 years. He has served on a number of local Boards of Directors, including the London High Tech Association and the London Regional Children’s Museum, where he served as Board Chair and President. He is also an active runner and has completed four IRONMAN triathlons.