Originally from Germany, Dr. Norbert Haunerland has been a long-term faculty member and senior administrator at Simon Fraser University (SFU) – Canada’s leading comprehensive university. As Associate Vice President, Research, he is responsible for developing and administering strategic research priorities at SFU. Current focal points include Big Data, health technology, clean energy and hydrogen fuel cells. Over the course of his tenure as Associate Vice-President, Research, SFU has made major investments in advancing research and commercialization in material science and mechatronics systems engineering, specifically in hydrogen fuel cell technology for applications to the automotive and public transportation industry.
Both locally and internationally, he acts as a facilitator for SFU’s innovation and knowledge mobilization activities – in the form of business acceleration and incubation, community-engaged research, and partnerships with industry. Together with the Mayor of Surrey, he currently serves as co-chair of Innovation Boulevard – an agile partnership of health, business, higher education, and government focused on hubs for health technology, cyber security, and clean tech to improve peoples’ lives. Dr. Haunerland has also been active in expanding SFU’s partnerships with institutions across Europe and Israel.