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Wednesday, November 9 • 15:30 - 17:00
Emerging research leaders: a vision for evolving Canada's research landscape. / Leaders émergents en recherche : une vision au service de l'évolution du secteur de la recherche a

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Organized jointly by:
Professor Rees Kassen & Professor Jeremy Kerr, University of Ottawa

The Canadian research and training ecosystem has grown in size and impact over the past two decades. We punch above our weight internationally in many fields. Yet gaps hold us back from sustained international leadership and new ones are on the horizon.  The landscape of investment in discovery-based research has fractured into intellectual silos that diminish prospects for meaningful collaboration; sustaining and growing linkages between industry and academe have not reversed Canada’s slide in many metrics of research excellence. Training the next generation of researchers, with the transformative economic potential they bring, is impossible without recognizing, embracing, and adapting to shifting research paradigms. For example, citizen and DIY science is too often seen as a threat to establishments and institutions, not opportunities for rapid evolution, international support for research and training remain is sporadic and transitory, and the doors between industry and academe need to be jammed open.  How can the Canadian research and training ecosystem, including universities themselves, change to address new demands of a more mobile, integrated, and complex world? This discussion comes in advance of the Fundamental Science Review and synthesis of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. We focus on specific examples of success from Canada’s research community.  The panel's composition is strategic – speakers represent a spectrum of R&D activities and are emerging as leaders of a diverse Canadian research landscape.  These researchers represent a broad community that is vitally invested in evolution within the research ecosystem; they will thrive or fail as a result, as will Canada.  

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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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Maria DeRosa

Dr. Maria DeRosa is the Chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering, and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Carleton University. Her research examines a type of nucleic acid called ‘aptamers’ that can fold into 3D nanoscale shapes capable of binding tightly to... Read More →
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Karly Kehoe

Dr S. Karly Kehoe is the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She is co-chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and is a member of the Global Young Academy. Kehoe is a historian whose research focuses... Read More →
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Jeremy Kerr

President, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
Jeremy Kerr is the President of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and holds a research chair in Macroecology and Conservation at the University of Ottawa, where he is also a strong advocate for diversity.
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Andrew Pelling

Award winning Scientist, Entrepreneur and TED speaker, Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. Andrew is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, where he directs a research lab that brings together Artists... Read More →
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Valerie Walker

Vice President, Innovation and Skills Policy, Business Council of Canada
Valerie Walker is Vice President of Innovation and Skills at the Business Council of Canada, a not-for-profit organization composed of the CEOs of Canada’s leading enterprises, which engages in an active program of research, consultation, and advocacy on economic and social issues... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:30 - 17:00 EST
Room 212