Brett Hooton

2022 Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage)

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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McGill University

Canada (Montreal)

McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.

McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs. Ernest Rutherford’s Nobel Prize-winning research on the nature of radioactivity was conducted at McGill, part of a long tradition of innovation on our campuses that includes the invention of the artificial blood cell and Plexiglas. Today our professors are building the new field of epigenetics, developing alternative energy sources from crop plants and driving human achievement in every field imaginable.

In addition to a stellar faculty, McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in Canada, and our commitment to fostering the very best has helped our students win more national and international awards on average than their peers at any other Canadian university. The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship has gone to a nation-leading 145 McGill students.

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