Martin Taylor was the founding President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada where he served for five years (2007-2012). Before assuming this role he served for nine years (1998-2007) as the University of Victoria’s first Vice-President Research. In that capacity, he was instrumental in supporting the rapid growth of UVic’s research programs as well as promoting interdisciplinary research through his responsibility for UVic’s research centres. As President and CEO of ONC he was responsible for building the organization to govern and manage the ONC cabled ocean observatory (NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS), a federally (CFI) and provincially (BC Government) major science facility, and the ONC Centre for Enterprise and Engagement, a federal Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research .
His experience at the national level in areas related to science and science policy are reflected in his service on the boards of the federal Council of Science and Technology Advisors; SSHRC; TRIUMF; the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; the Canadian Healthy Ocean Network; and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Martin Taylor is Professor of Geography at UVic; adjunct Professor in the School of Geography and Earth Science at McMaster University; and adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of two books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications.