Dr David Villeneuve obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Waterloo in 1980. After a postdoc at the University of Rochester, he joined the National Research Council in Ottawa. He is currently head of the Attosecond Science Group at NRC, and the NRC head of the Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory (JASLab), and scientific co-lead of the Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics, both joint undertakings between NRC and the University of Ottawa. He has over 200 publications in refereed journals, is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America. He received the IEEE Quantum Electronics Award in 2016. His interests include the generation of attosecond-duration pulses, soft x-ray coherent imaging, high harmonic spectroscopy, and the study of atoms and molecules in intense laser fields.