Solandt, Omond McKillop
Omond McKillop Solandt, research director (b at Winnipeg, Man 2 Sept 1909;
In 1946 Solandt was recruited by the Canadian government to plan postwar military research, and in 1947 he became the founding chairman of the DEFENCE RESEARCH Board. He was later VP for research and development at CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS, 1956-63, and at DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT, 1963-66; he was chancellor of U of T, 1965-71. From 1966 to 1972, Solandt was chairman of the SCIENCE COUNCIL OF CANADA and thus one of the most influential voices in the SCIENCE POLICY debate of those years. His last annual report as chairman proposed the foundations of the CONSERVER SOCIETY movement. In retirement, Solandt remained active as a company director and consultant, specializing in agricultural research in a number of developing countries (eg, Peru, Kenya and Bangladesh). See alsoINDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.