Dr. Pinto joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as its President in November 2014. At NSERC, he augmented the agency’s dual expertise as an investor in discovery-based research and a broker of successful R&D partnerships with technology-driven enterprises to de-risk promising research. A seamless discovery-innovation bidirectional continuum has resulted. Dr. Pinto champions global connectivity to increase the power of the line of sight by embracing diverse perspectives. He is also a champion of gender equity and inclusion of the two-spirit community in research and innovation. He was elected Chair of the Global Research Council in May 2017 and Co-chair of the Canada-India Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee in October 2017.
Dr. Pinto received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Queen’s University. He served as Professor, Chair of Chemistry and Vice-President Research at Simon Fraser University (SFU), President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and Vice-Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Dr. Pinto has received numerous awards recognizing the quality and impact of his research, including Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.