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Wednesday, November 9 • 15:30 - 17:00
Linking Science Producers to Users, A Case Study: Designing a proposed pan-Canadian oil spill research Network of Expertise / L’établissement de liens entre les producteurs et les utilisateurs de la science, une étude de cas : la conception d'un projet pa

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Organized by, S&T Policy Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada,
Government, Jen Collette

A number of key elements must be met to mobilize science to address end-user needs, including the fostering of relationships between science researchers, funders, mobilizers, and end users, including local communities and the general public.  This panel will report on the opportunities and challenges of linking science and policy, using the work to develop a proposed pan-Canadian oil spill research Network of Expertise as one example. 

Oil spills on land or sea are thankfully rare but nevertheless potentially disastrous events, whose negative impacts on ecosystems and communities can be felt for years to come.  Successful prevention, preparedness, response and remediation is the work of many government departments as well regulatory agencies and boards, involving also successful cooperation of academia, industry, NGOs and the affected communities.  Following a recommendation stemming from the Tanker Safety Expert Panel Phase I Report, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has been engaging stakeholders on establishing a potential pan-Canadian oil spill research Network of Expertise.  The proposed Network of Expertise would take a multi-sectoral approach in an effort to better link marine oil spill research to end user needs in support of smarter, faster response.  Stakeholders recognize that the timely mobilization of science to inform policy, regulations development, and which address end user needs will require shared objectives such as improved environmental outcomes in the event of a marine oil spill.

Presentations in this panel will introduce the history and process behind the design of the Network of Expertise (Collette), and outline the main scientific challenges facing research in oil spill response, as well as provide examples of evidence-based decision in informing spill response in hypothetical but realistic scenarios (Brown, TBC).  One paper will outline potential policy implications affecting research across governmental departments (TBD), and another paper will address challenges of a policy of openness and transparency of scientific research to the public from a social sciences perspective (Stewart).  Finally, one paper will offer perspectives on the end use of such a Network of Expertise on the part of local communities with a role in spill planning, preparedness, response and recovery (McPherson).

Speakers
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Carl Brown

Research Scientist, Emergencies Science & Technology Section, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr. Carl E. Brown is the Manager of the Emergencies Science & Technology Section, in the Water Science and Technology Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Dr. Brown has a doctorate degree in Physical Chemistry from McMaster University. His specialities include airborne oil spill sensor development, and the application of laser technologies to environmental problems. He has authored over two hundred and eighty... Read More →
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Jen Collette

Director, Science & Technology Policy, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Jen Collette is the Director, S&T Policy, S&T Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada.  She joined the department in April 2013, following 10-years of service at Health Canada.  In addition to her science policy experience, she has a diverse range of experience in regulatory policy dealing with health products such as pharmaceuticals, biologics, controlled substances and pesticides.  Jen is a 2010 graduate of the... Read More →
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Marianne Lahaie Luna

Student, University of Ottawa
Marianne is a 4th year Student at the University of Ottawa studying Bachelors of Science with Honours in Environmental Science and specializing in Global Change.  In the summer of 2016, Marianne interned at Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science and Technology Strategies Directorate, Science and Technology Policy Division. She is currently a research assistant at the Advanced Research Complex, A.E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass... Read More →
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Katie McPherson

Manager, , Community Resilience for the City of Vancouver’s Office of Emergency Management
Katie is Manager of Community Resilience for the City of Vancouver’s Office of Emergency Management. This role includes managing all aspects of volunteer, community, and business engagement programs, conducting risk and hazard assessments, and facilitating multi-agency teams in the development and implementation of mitigation and response plans for all-hazards.  Since 2013 she has been a member of the team leading the City of... Read More →
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Ian Stewart

University of King's College, Halifax
Dr. Ian Stewart is Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology Program, University of King's College, Halifax. As an intellectual historian of science his research and publications have until recently concentrated on the early modern period. In the field of contemporary Science and Technology Studies, he has recently joined the SSHRC-funded research group Environmental Information: Use and Influence at... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 210

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