Leader in BC Science and Innovation sector retires after 35 years
March 4th 2013 at 12:00 AM
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Earlier this month, BCIC staff celebrated the retirement of Dr. Max Cairns after 35 years of dedicated service to BC’s science and technology world!

Dr Max Cairns was born and educated in the UK and moved to British Columbia in 1973. He was a founding staff member of the newly-formed Science Council of BC in 1978 and held the post of Vice President from 1996 to 2002. In his time at the Science Council, he designed and implemented numerous programs including Technology BC, MART, GREAT Scholarships and the BC Health Research Foundation (now the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research). He also established and organized the BC Science and Technology Awards and Awards Dinner which annually recognized the achievements of scientists and innovators throughout the province. In 2003, he was appointed Executive Director of Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) and until very recently, has delivered and administered the LEEF program.

The Leading Edge Endowment Fund, based on a cost-sharing partnership with the private sector, was created to establish 20 permanent Leadership Research Chairs at public, post-secondary institutions across the province in the areas of medical, social, environmental and technological research. The Fund is also responsible for the establishment of nine Regional Innovation Chairs - to create opportunities in communities through B.C.'s colleges, universities and institutes.

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