McGill University

Brett Hooton

Brett Hooton is Hub Manager for the Falling Walls Engage Hub Canada and Director, Communications and Operations, for Research and Innovation (R+I) at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1821, McGill is one of Canada’s best-known and most-diverse institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. The R+I communications team, under Brett’s leadership, drives strategic marketing and communications in support of McGill’s researchers and their work. Their specific mandates include promoting research funding successes, national and international prizes and awards, and innovation and knowledge-transfer initiatives. Brett and his team also oversee several high-level public engagement portfolios and events, including the Beatty Lecture, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious annual lecture series. He has received several awards from the Canadian Council for Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE). A former arts and culture journalist, Brett is particularly proud to be President of the Board of Directors of Geordie Theatre, one of Canada’s largest professional theatre companies for young audiences.

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