An award-winning scientist, engineer, educator, business leader and community activist who has lived in Richmond Hill since 1991, Reza Moridi was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in 2007.
Currently, Reza is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation.
Upon his election, Reza was appointed by Premier Dalton McGuinty as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He was also appointed to the Cabinet Committee on Economy, Environment and Resources Policy.
Prior to his election, Reza was the Vice-President and Chief Scientist of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada. His 17 year career at this Institute provided him with a through understanding of the nuclear industry of Canada as well as the application of radiation and nuclear materials in a large variety of industry and health care sectors.
Reza was a senior business executive in the electrical industry. In this capacity, he travelled internationally and met with senior executives of leading corporations in Europe and Japan.
Reza has also worked as a professor and administrator in academia for a number of years. He was appointed to the Dean of the School of Sciences, Chair of the Physics Department and University Chief Librarian at Alzahra University, Tehran. He also served on the University Senate.
Over the years, Reza has contributed significantly to the understanding of nuclear materials, radiation and radiation safety by the public, students, educators and workers in Canada. In recognition of his contributions, the Canadian Nuclear Society presented Reza with the Education and Communication Award in 2001.
In recognition of Reza’s outstanding contributions to the profession of Health Physics (radiation protection), the US Health Physics Society presented Reza with the Fellow Award in 2002.
For his original contribution to physics and engineering, Reza was elected as Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics (1986) and Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (1992).
Reza is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer. He is an Editor of Health Physics, The Radiation Safety Journal, published by the US Health Physics Society and was a guest speaker at the Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Reza has authored or co-authored over 150 research papers, technical reports and documents, conference abstracts, training manuals and articles. He has made presentations at over forty scientific conferences held in North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
Educated in the UK, Reza obtained a PhD from Brunel University. He has completed CANDU Reactor, Industrial Management and Reactor Health Physics certificate courses.
Education, energy, innovation, environment, health and prosperity are key issues of interest to Reza.