Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships

We believe our researchers and students can change the world – one discovery and innovation at a time.

The Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships were launched in October 2019 for researchers from across the university who are immersed in academic research and community partnerships leading to start-ups or technology advancement based on new discoveries, insights, and innovation.

These fellowships are supported by a $3.24 million endowment from alumnus Wayne Foo and Parex Resources Inc. with the goal of enabling researchers to focus on innovation and technology-transfer activities. Parex Resources Inc. is a Calgary-based company engaged in oil exploration, development, and production in Colombia. The fellowships have been established to honour Parex’s 10-year anniversary, as well as the company’s commitment to innovation in the energy sector and beyond.

Grounded in the University’s research-intensive environment, the Fellowships will provide researchers and students resources to focus on how their science and expertise will positively impact society and solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in areas such as data science and analytics, cybersecurity, precision medicine and energy sources.

The 2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows

Dr. Peter Facchini

Dr. Peter Facchini
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Dr. Facchini’s research is aimed at understanding the biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology of high-value metabolite biosynthesis in plants, with a focus on the production of pharmaceutical alkaloids and cannabinoids in opium poppy and cannabis respectively. 

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Dr. Joel Reardon

Dr. Joel Reardon
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science

Dr. Reardon’s research focuses on cybersecurity, an area in which he holds extensive domain knowledge, particularly as it relates to smartphones.

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Dr. Kristina Rinker

Dr. Kristina Rinker
Professor, Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education and Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering
Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

Dr. Rinker’s biomedical engineering research focuses on science and technology development for the advancement of diagnostics and therapeutics in cancer and cardiovascular disease. For over 20 years, she has investigated how the dynamic nature of the body affects how cells function in health and disease and respond to therapeutic treatments.

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Dr. George Shimizu

Dr. George Shimizu
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Shimizu’s research focuses on the preparation and characterization of novel porous solids, and has applications to carbon capture and energy management.

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Dr. Marc Strous

Dr. Marc Strous
Professor, Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science
Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chair in Energy Bioengineering

Dr. Strous’ research focusses on the development of an economically feasible bioprocess for large scale CO2 conversion.

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Dr. Orly Yadid-Pecht

Dr. Orly Yadid-Pecht
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering
iCORE Chair in Integrated Sensors and Intelligent Systems

Dr. Yadid-Pecht’s work focusses on the development and transfer of CMOS (active pixel sensor) based imaging technologies into the academic and business communities.

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