The GCCIR Board

Michael Bernd Reuscher, Dipl.-Ing.


To see Mr. Reuscher’s bio please visit our team’s website.

Britta Baron


Britta Baron leads international strategy development and programming at Humboldt Uni, Berlin. Prior to this position she was Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) at the University of Alberta from 2006 to 2018. Between 1983 and 2004 Britta Baron held various leadership roles in the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or DAAD), including Director of its offices in New York and London.

With degrees in Italian, French, History, and German from the University of Göttingen, the University of Florence and the University of Bonn, she was appointed a visiting professor in Modern Languages at the University of Keele in the UK and has taught in a Master’s program at the University of London’s Institute of Education. She received an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University.

She is a member of the Governing Board of Bielefeld University (Germany), the NAFSA Board of Governors, the Executive Committee of the International Commission of APLU, the Board of German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research, the Management Committee of CALDO, a consortium of Canadian research universities committed to advancing the country’s international education connections and of the BMW Center for European Studies at Georgetown University.

David Lynch was born in the coal-mining village of Minto, New Brunswick, studied Chemical Engineering (UNB), and completed a PhD in 1982 (University of Alberta). Under Dr. Lynch’s leadership as Dean of Engineering at the University of Alberta from 1994 to 2015, the total engineering undergraduate and graduate student enrolments more than doubled to over 6,000 students, over 280 professors were hired, over 50 endowed and industrial Chair positions were established and research funding increased from $6 million/year to over $65 million/year.

Dr. Lynch led the establishment of several major initiatives including the National Institute for Nanotechnology, the Imperial Oil Institute for Oil Sands Innovation, the Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies, the Hole School for Construction Engineering, and the Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering. David Lynch has received awards for his teaching, research and leadership including a Humboldt Research Fellowship, the AC Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Alberta Chamber of Resources “Resource Person of the Year”.

David Lynch, PhD

Vice President

Dietmar Kennepohl PhD FCIC is a Professor of Chemistry and former Associate Vice President Academic at Athabasca University. He is a well-published science researcher with a strong commitment to online teaching and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He is the Past President of the Humboldt Association of Canada and is the Director of the Humboldt Foundation Liaison Office in Canada.

Dietmar has worked at major institutions abroad and served in administrative positions on a wide range of national and provincial disciplinary associations, accreditation boards, and government organizations. He holds academic credentials from McMaster University (B.Sc. Hons.) and the University of Alberta (PhD).

Dietmar Kennepohl, PhD


Sabine Sparwasser

Board Member

Sabine Sparwasser is the current German Ambassador to Canada. She was appointed to this role in August 2017.

Prior to her present position, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near and Middle East in the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, as well as Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2015 - 2017).

In her career as a diplomat, Ms. Sparwasser has crossed paths with Canada several times. She has held appointments as Consul General in Toronto (2009 - 2013), Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy (2003 - 2006) and Exchange Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa (2002 - 2003).

With degrees in German, French, and English Literature and Linguistics from Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany, and in Political Sciences and International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France, she started her political career as a Cultural Attachée with the Federal Foreign Office in Bonn, Germany.

Steven K. Dew, PhD

Board Member

Steven K. Dew received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He completed his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1992.

He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1992 and became a full Professor in 1998. From 1999-2015, he has been Associate Dean (Research & Planning) in the Faculty of Engineering. Since 2015, he has been Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Dr. Dew has received the distinctions of Killam Professor (2002), McCalla Research Professor (1998) and has received the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence from the Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (1994). He is also an ABET IDEAL Scholar (2011). He is a Professional Engineer and Member of APEGA. His research areas are in micro- and nanofabrication and in thin film technology, in which he has published about 100 journal papers.

Dr. Tom Murad is the Head of Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy, in Siemens Canada, with over 35 years of Professional Engineering and Technical Operations Executive Management including more than 10 years of Academic and R&D work in Industrial Controls and Automation. In the last Five Years, he worked as the Head of the Expert House and Engineering Director in the Industry Sector within Siemens Canada. Prior to joining Siemens Canada, Tom was the Senior Vice President and COO of AZZ- Blenkhorn & Sawle, an Engineering systems Integrator and Technical Solutions Provider in Ontario.

Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a (P.Eng.) member of The Professional Engineering Ontario (PEO); APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the North Western Territories, as well as a Senior Member of IEEE in various Technical Societies. Tom earned a Bachelor of Engineering, and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. He also received a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University in Ontario, Canada. Currently, Dr. Murad is a Member of  The Chair for the IEEE – Toronto Section Executive committee and an active member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review “Committee for the last 14 Years.

Tom Murad, PhD

Board Member

Stefan Scherer is a Special Advisor to the Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta and manages several portfolios including international institutional research activities. Notably, he is the Managing Director of the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI), an international research partnership between the German Helmholtz Association of German National Research Centres and the University of Alberta, with research focus on Energy, Environment, and Health Sciences. HAI is the largest international research collaboration for both the Helmholtz Association and the University of Alberta.

Dr. Scherer is also the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Coordinator on the campus of the University of Alberta. Currently, he is also chairing the Coordinators group in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

He received a PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of Bern, Switzerland with a project focused on instrument development for space applications for the Rosetta project (European Space Agency). For the past 16 years, he has held various European and North American positions in academia as well as in the automotive industry. His academic experience covers space science research in Switzerland and the United States, while his industrial experience spans many aspects in development and management for automotive companies in Germany and North America.

Stefan Scherer, PhD

Board Member