Dr. Susan Blum is the Associate Vice President Applied Research and Innovation at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Previously, she was the Director of Research Services and Ethics at the University of Saskatchewan and Director of Finance and Administration at the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. She has spent over 21 years working in research administration. Prior to these roles, Susan had a strong research background in ecotoxicology and was polar bear biologist for the Government of Nunavut. Susan is currently a member of the World Federation Colleges and Polytechnics Applied Research Group, the National Research Council and the NRC sub-committee on Diversity , Equity and Inclusion, is Chair of Polytechnic’s Canada research group, and is a member of the Colleges and Institutes of Canada National Advisory Committee, the NSERC Prairie Advisory Committee, the NSERC Committee of Research Partnerships, the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization National Service Delivery Model Stakeholder Committee, the CICan Mitacs Advisory Panel, the Tri-Agency Grant Management System External Advisory Board and serves as a Board of Director for the Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) and the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA).