Vice President - Research and Innovation
Dr. Alice Aiken is the Vice President – Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. She was the Dean of the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie. She is a co-founder and the former Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, a unique consortium of over 41 Canadian and 7 international universities dedicated to researching the health needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families. She does health services / health policy research and has a unique focus on Veterans and their families in her work.
She received her PhD and Master’s from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; her Physical Therapy degree from Dalhousie University and a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa. She also proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years, first as a ship’s navigator in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a physiotherapist.
She is currently the Honorary Commander of 33 Health Services for the Royal Canadian Medical Group. For her commitment to the health and well-being of military personnel, Veterans, and their families, she has received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion (USA), and most recently she was made a Dame of the Order of St. George. She is elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.