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Tuesday, November 8 • 08:00 - 15:00
2nd National Symposium on “Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Moving from Theory to Practice,” / 2e Colloque national sur la « Prise de décisions fondées sur des données probantes »

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Organized by Council of Canadian Academies, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and The Royal Society of Canada

One thing is for certain: there is a renewed excitement for science and for the use of evidence in policy development in Canada. But getting evidence in front of decision-makers and out to the public is a complex undertaking. With many players in the “pipeline” of evidence-based decision-making, there is a need for synergy and understanding among those who create evidence, those who assess it, those who communicate it, and those who ultimately use it. Understanding the needs, best practices, and major obstacles for each of the players in the evidence-based decision-making process is essential for moving from theory to practice. 

Over the course of the day, panels and speakers will discuss: 

• Why policy-makers need evidence and what they do with it
• What constitutes “evidence” and the how to include other ways of “knowing” in the decision-making process (such as traditional knowledge)
 • How to weigh and assess different types of evidence
• Best practices for getting evidence in front of decision-makers and the public
• Practical examples of successes and failures

Discussions for the entire session will be captured by a graphic artist and also developed into an action-oriented report. 

This symposium is brought to you by the Council of Canadian Academies, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Canada.  

8:00AM-8:10 AM - Welcome Tijs Creutzberg
8:10AM-8:25AM - Setting the Stage Kamiel Gabriel
8:25AM-8:45AM - Why Policy-Makers Need Evidence Rainer Engelhardt
8:45AM-10:30AM - Introduction of Panel Douglas W. Ruth
What constitutes evidence and how do you weigh different types? Moderator: Rees KassenPanel: Tijs Creutzberg, Kathryn Graham, Jason Pearman, Christina Weise, Dee Williams, 
10:30 AM-10:45 AM - Coffee Break 
10:45 AM-12:15PM - Introduction of Panel Jean Gray
Getting the Evidence in Front of Decision-Makers Moderator: Monica GattingerPanel:  André Albinati, Julie Cafley, Penny Park, Robyn Tamblyn
12:15 PM -1:00PM - Lunch Break
1:00 PM -2:30PM - Interactive Session: Turning Discussion into Action Moderator: Paul Dufour Panel:  Rainer Engelhardt, Monica Gattinger, Rees Kassen
Closing Remarks Tijs Creutzberg

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André Albinati

Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
With over 15 years of public policy and private sector experience, André Albinati specializes in strategic advice and qualitative research within the innovative pharmaceutical and biotechnology, S&T sectors in addition to working on international trade, financial services, supply... Read More →
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Julie Cafley

Vice-President, Canada’s Public Policy Forum
Julie Cafley joined Canada’s Public Policy Forum as Vice-President in August 2010.  Julie leads the membership strategy for the Forum and also manages projects in the areas of public sector governance and innovation, such as a series examining Indigenous participation in economic development, innovation in Canada’s natural resource... Read More →
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Tijs Creutzberg

Director of Assessments, Council of Canadian Academies
Tijs Creutzberg, PhD Director of Assessments Tijs Creutzberg is the Director of Assessments at the Council of Canadian Academies. Since joining the CCA, he has overseen numerous expert panel assessments addressing a wide range of policy issues from the future of policing to reducing... Read More →
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Paul Dufour

Principal / Adjunct professor, PaulicyWorks / University of Ottawa
Fellow and Adjunct Professor, ISSP, University of Ottawa PrincipalPaulicyworksPaul Dufour is a fellow and adjunct professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa and science policy principal with PaulicyWorks in Gatineau, Québec. He is on the... Read More →
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Rainer Engelhardt

Former Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Engelhardt is a consulting senior executive, recently retired as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Science Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada.  His career activities include: researcher in the life/biomedical sciences, professor in academia, manager of large multi-sector... Read More →
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Kamiel Gabriel

Kamiel S. Gabriel, PhD, MBA, P.Eng, FCAE, FISSP, FBSIAFounding Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Programs Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawa, Ontario, Canada.Dr. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science (honors degree... Read More →
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Monica Gattinger

Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
Professor Monica Gattinger is Director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Associate Professor at uOttawa’s School of Political Studies. Professor Gattinger’s research explores two main fields: the influence of North American economic... Read More →
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Kathryn Graham

Co-founder, International School on Research Impact
Kathryn Graham is a co-founder of the International School on Research Impact assessment and was Director of the School when it was hosted in Banff in 2014. She is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions which is a... Read More →
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Jean Gray

Jean Gray - Professor Emeritus - Medical Education, Medicine, and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University.  Undergraduate education at the University of Alberta resulted in degrees in Chemistry (1963) and Medicine (1967). Postgraduate training took place at Stanford and Dalhousie Universities... Read More →
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Rees Kassen

Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa
Rees Kassen is Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the really big questions in biology.  Why are there so many species in the world? How did they evolve? What drives diversification? He uses microbes... Read More →
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Kevin Keough

Kevin Keough operates a management consulting company in science and innovation and he is the part-time Executive Director of the Alberta Prion Research Institute. He has held positions which have required communication about evidence to policy makers, stakeholder communities and... Read More →
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André Lapierre

André Lapierre is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa. His distinguished career at that institution spans a period of 45 years, during which he occupied several senior administrative positions such as Chair of the Department of Linguistics... Read More →
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Penny Park

Executive Director, Science Media Centre
Penny Park comes to the Science Media Centre with extensive hands-on experience in radio and television science journalism in Canada. From 1980 to 1995 she worked as a producer and senior producer with “Quirks and Quarks,” the award-winning weekly science program on CBC radio... Read More →
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Jason Pearman

Lead, Policy & Program Innovation unit (ADAPT), Natural Resources Canada’s Innovation Hub
Lead, Policy & Program Innovation unit (ADAPT), with Natural Resources Canada’s Innovation Hub, Jason brings a systems and networked approach to defining problems, prototyping solutions, building communities, and doing good better. He co-founded Impact HUB Ottawa (part of the internationally... Read More →
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Douglas Ruth

President, Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)
Douglas Ruth, PEng, PhD, FCAE was elected President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) at CAE’s Annual General Meeting held on June 27, 2016 in Winnipeg, MB. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy in 2008 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.Doug holds... Read More →
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Robyn Tamblyn

Scientific Director, CIHR – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research; Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Robyn Tamblyn is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.  She is a James McGill Chair, a Medical Scientist at the McGill University Health Center Research Institute, and the Scientific... Read More →
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Christina Weise

Chief Executive Officer, Research Manitoba
Ms. Christina Weise is the Chief Executive Officer of Research Manitoba. She has a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba. She is a public administrator with more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing public policy in the areas of... Read More →
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Dee Williams

2016 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, University of Ottawa
This autumn Dr. Dee Williams joins the University of Ottawa, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, as the 2016 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair. His Fulbright project seeks to identify viable methods and metrics by which to advance a more systematic inclusion of indigenous knowledge... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 08:00 - 15:00 EST
Room 210