Go to content

In memory of John Evans, founding chair of the ICES Board of Directors


Dr. John Robert Evans passed away on February 13, 2015 at the age of 85. Dr. Evans played a critical role in ICES history as the founding chair of the ICES Board of Directors, a position he held for six years. Among his many other accomplishments, he was founding dean of McMaster University’s school of medicine; president of the University of Toronto; founding director of the World Bank’s Population, Health and Nutrition Department; founding chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation; a Companion of the Order of Canada and, most recently, founding chair of MaRS Discovery District.

According to Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto, “John Evans will be remembered not only as a champion of excellence and innovation, but also as a delightful man who combined extraordinary brilliance with great personal warmth and an irrepressible sense of humour.”

Read more about his life and many accomplishments in today’s Toronto Star.

Dr. John EvansJohn Evans


Associated Sites