Canadian Open Access advocate, focusing on development issues
"LESLIE CHAN is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he is the Programme Supervisor for the New Media Studies Programme and the International Studies Programme. Since 2000, Leslie has served as the Associate Director of Bioline International, a non-profit, multi-partners electronic service that provide an open access platform for some 60 journals from various developing countries, many of them in the areas of health and food sciences. Leslie was one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and he has been active in research and practices on new models of scholarly communication and knowledge dissemination. Leslie serves on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the Canadian Association of Learned Journals."
Extensive profile and interview at http://poynder.blogspot.com/2008/06/open-access-interviews-leslie-chan.html.
This is just the intro:
"Every revolution has its unsung heroes: those people who contribute a great deal to a cause, but who are insufficiently recognised for it — sometimes because their efforts take place behind the scenes, sometimes because they are unduly modest, sometimes for a combination of such reasons.
That would appear to be the role that Leslie Chan has played in the Open Access (OA) movement. Without fanfare, and with little public thanks, Chan has for over ten years now tirelessly promoted OA — travelling the world to give presentations on the topic, writing articles in support of it, and advising, assisting, and motivating others to play their part too, all voluntary work that Chan has had to fit around a full-time teaching post at the University of Toronto Scarborough." (http://poynder.blogspot.com/2008/06/open-access-interviews-leslie-chan.html)
Further information can be found at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~chan and http://www.bioline.org.br/ Correspondence: Leslie Chan, Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario M1C1A4, Canada ([email protected]).