Dr. Rob Annan is a science policy leader driven by the transformative potential of genomics. Combining policy expertise, executive leadership and a background in genomics, Rob leads the Genome Canada team and is responsible for developing and leading Genome Canada’s overall strategic direction. An innovation strategist and skilled communicator, Rob works closely with business leaders, policy-makers and researchers, inspiring a shared effort to translate research into impact.

Prior to joining Genome Canada, Rob helped build a Canadian success story at Mitacs through executive leadership on corporate strategy, stakeholder relations, research and evaluation, and policy. Rob has also served on the Board of Let’s Talk Science and spent several years as a fellow of he Public Policy Forum.

Rob has a PhD in biochemistry from McGill University and two undergraduate degrees: one in English from Queen’s University and another in biology from the University of Victoria.