Arthur Carty

Arthur Carty, O.C., FRSC, FCAE

Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (Waterloo, ON)

August 28, 2014

Arthur Carty is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo, Special Advisor to the President on international science and technology collaboration, and Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry

From 2004-2008, Dr. Carty served as Canada’s first National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and to the Government of Canada. Prior to this appointment, he was President of the National Research Council Canada for 10 years. Before this, he spent two years at Memorial University and then 27 years at the University of Waterloo, where he was successively Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Dean of Research.

Dr. Carty maintains an active interest in research in organometallic chemistry and new materials. He has 318 publications in peer reviewed journals, and five patents to his credit. He is a former President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, an honourary fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He also has many awards, including the Rio Tinto Alcan Award, the E.W.R. Steacie Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, among others. He has been accorded 14 honorary degrees from foreign and Canadian universities as well as three honorary professorships. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been honoured by France as Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.

Dr. Carty has served as chair and/or member of numerous boards at many organizations, including the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Canadian Space Agency, Genome Canada, Mitacs, and was the Founding Chairman of the Canadian Light Source. Dr. Carty was also the inaugural Canadian Co-Chair of the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee for the Canada-India science and technology agreement. He currently serves on the boards of Bilcare Inc. in Pune, India, Ecosynthetix Inc., and ArboraNano, among other companies. In September 2008, he was appointed as a Science Advisor to the Premier of Taiwan and Member of the Board of Taiwan’s Executive Yuan Science and Technology Advisory Group. As well, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Science Council of Taiwan.

Dr. Carty has a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Role: Panel Chair
Report: Science Culture: Where Canada Stands (August 2014)