Former Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Reza Moridi served as Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science (Feb 2013- June 2018). He was Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (June 2014-June 2016), for a period, held both portfolios concurrently. He also served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Education, Skills and Economy.
Prior to entering into politics, he held a 17-year career at the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada where he was the Vice-President and Chief Scientist. Prior to that, he worked in the electrical industry as an executive and in academia as a professor and administrator.
Reza is a graduate of Tehran University, Iran (BSc and MSc) and Brunel University London, UK (MTech and PhD). He received an Honorary Doctorate from Odlar Yurdu University, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Reza was a Charted Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Physicist (CPhys) and was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and admitted as Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (FIEE), UK, for his original contribution to physics and engineering. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the profession of Health Physics, the Health Physics Society of the USA designated him as a Fellow of the Society. Also, in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of nuclear materials and radiation, the Canadian Nuclear Society presented him with the Education and Communication Award. Reza has received numerous awards and recognitions for his extensive community and humanitarian work.