George K. Iwama


George K. Iwama began his academic career at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as an Assistant Professor (1987), Associate Professor (1991) and Professor (1996). He went on to serve the National Research Council of Canada as Director General of the Institute of Marine Biosciences in Halifax (2000). During his tenure there, he led the initiation of NRC's newest Institute on Prince Edward Island, the Institute of Nutrisciences and Health (2003). He returned to Academia in 2004 in senior administrative roles at Acadia University (Dean of Science, 2004; Vice President Academic 2006) and Carleton University (Dean of Science 2007). George served the University of Northern British Columbia as President and Vice-Chancellor (2009). Most recently, George was the Executive Vice President at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (2014). He has returned to Canada where he is an Adjunct Professor of Zoology at UBC and consults in tertiary education. His work has been supported by a variety of public and private funding sources. Support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Killam Foundation are gratefully acknowledged. George was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. He has published 141 papers, 1 letter, 45 conference proceedings and edited 2 books. He has applied the outcomes of this research to areas such as aquaculture and environmental issues.