Jim Brookes appointed as NeuroDevNet Executive Director

March 14, 2014

NeuroDevNet is pleased to officially announce the promotion of Mr. Jim Brookes as its new Executive Director.

In his role, approved March 12 by the Network's Board Executive, Brookes will be responsible for overall management and strategic guidance of the NeuroDevNet National Network of Centres of Excellence, as well as its partnership, communications and commercialization initiatives.

“Jim has been a solid member of our leadership team, and absolutely instrumental in strengthening our partnerships and the valorization/commercialization process within the Network,” says Scientific Director Dr. Daniel Goldowitz.

“Jim’s extensive background in senior management, and dedication to improving the lives of children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders provide an ideal combination of experience and perspective as NeuroDevNet proceeds in its Network renewal process.

“NeuroDevNet has tremendous momentum and promise as we move into the final year of our initial five year funding period,” adds Dr. Goldowitz. “Our achievements to date have had the critical driving force of our former ED, Nicky Lewis, who has stepped down as NeuroDevNet’s Executive Director. We are hugely appreciative of Nicky's formative role in the early years of NeuroDevNet and wish her great success in her senior position in research management with Australia’s Telethon Institute.

“Moving forward, Jim’s seven years as COO of the highly respected Mitacs NCE will be invaluable to us as we seek to a second round of funding from Industry Canada’s National Centres of Excellence program.”

Prior to joining Mitacs, Brookes worked in the telecommunications sector for BC Tel, Stentor and TELUS in a variety of senior positions in Business Development, Marketing and General Management. As Vice-President of Local Services at BC Tel/TELUS, he grew a $2 B market. While with TELUS he also served as Vice-President of Business Transformation.

Brookes has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University and teaches an Economics course at the University of Victoria. He is Chair of the Board of ISSNet, a national research network in Information Security, is on the Board of the GRAND NCE, a national research network in multi-media. Brookes serves on the Board of the Canada FASD Research Network, and has previously served on the Boards of cultural icons in the City of Vancouver, including the Vancouver Symphony and VanDusen Botanical Gardens.