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Tuesday, November 8
 

07:00

08:00

1st symposium on “Achieving Diversity in STEM, Advancing Innovation,/ 1er Colloque sur «Concrétiser la diversité en STEM ; promouvoir l'innovation »
Organized by Dr. Imogen Coe, Ryerson University

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in Canada has a diversity problem. STEM education and careers are overwhelming white, male and middle-class. In 2014, StatsCan reported that only 22% of Canadians working in STEM were female. Participation in STEM education and careers by other under-represented groups (such as people with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Peoples) is even lower. Significant challenges to full equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in STEM still exist in Canada and are barriers to innovation and economic development.  This mini-symposium will identify barriers, look at best practices in other parts of the world and make evidence-based recommendations for policy initiatives that will promote EDI in STEM in Canada.

Moderators
avatar for Dorothy Byers

Dorothy Byers

Dorothy Byers is an educator with 40 years of experience in Ontario schools. In her most recent role as Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, a not-for-profit independent school for girls in Oakville, ON, Dorothy, found her passion: nurturing and supporting STEM programs for girls. Prior to SMLS, she was a teacher and administrator in the Peel District School Board. Recently retired, Dorothy now has the time to fiercely promote... Read More →
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Imogen Coe

founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen Coe is the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor at Ryerson University, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2016.  In addition to being a research scientist and academic leader, Dr. Coe is known nationally and internationally as leader in the field of supporting and promoting diversity in science and written and spoken on the issue on numerous occasions in diverse venues such as TEDx and the Huffington Post.

Speakers
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Kristin Baetz

Dr. Kristin Baetz is a Canada Research Chair in Chemical and Functional Genomics, Director of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology at uOttawa, President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, mother of two,  who spends a lot of time wondering why she is so often the only woman in the room at work.   
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Jennifer Flanagan

CEO and co-Founder, Actua
Jennifer Flanagan is CEO and co-Founder of Actua, a national youth STEM outreach charity that has been working with millions of youth across Canada for the past twenty years to build innovation capacity. Actua's focus is on the engagement of under-represented audiences through national programs to engage Indigenous youth, girls and young women and other under-served youth. Jennifer has significant expertise in gender equity issues and she... Read More →
avatar for Gabrielle Genereux

Gabrielle Genereux

Student, Carleton University
Gabrielle Genereux is a 3rd year Carleton University student studying Software Engineering and is a proud advocate for STEM education in youth.   She has been involved in FIRST Robotics for the last 6 years; initially as a student, then transitioning into an alumni and finally as mentor.  This has given her a well rounded view of the program from all sides. She is currently a business and software mentor for the Ottawa West... Read More →
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Emily Haws

Student, Carleton University
Emily Haws is a fourth year journalism student at Carleton University. She started with FIRST in 2011 in the FRC program (FIRST Team 1305) and is a FIRST Dean's List Finalist for 2013. She has been a part of the FLL program for four years, and has mentored FLL Junior, organized 1305s Lego Robotics Club, and was a Core Values Judge last year at the North Bay Qualifying Tournament. This is her second year mentoring business, awards and FLL for Team... 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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Annika Pint

Annika Pint is an educator with 16 years of experience teaching science and mathematics in Ontario and abroad. In her current role asFIRST Robotics Administrator at the Toronto District School Board, she supports the implementation of STEM programming and 21st century learning through the integration of coding and robotics into the curriculum and the formation of FIRST robotics teams at elementary and secondary schools. In her previous role as... Read More →
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Marisa Sterling

First Assistant Dean Inclusivity and Diversity, York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering
Marisa Sterling is an accomplished chemical engineer and the first Assistant Dean Inclusivity and Diversity at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. She is an advocate for women and youth, serving as President and Chair at the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education.
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Liette Vasseur

Liette Vasseur is a full professor in Biological Sciences, a member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, and the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to global at Brock University.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 08:00 - 15:00
Room 212

08:00

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 »
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

Speakers
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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 chain, and air transportation issues. Prior to joining Earnscliffe in April 2002, André served as Senior Policy Advisor to a federal cabinet... 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 sector, adult literacy and essential skills and a project on youth civic engagement.  She also... 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 the environmental footprint of Canada’s oil sands.  Tijs came to the CCA from the consulting firm Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation where he was a partner... 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 Board of Directors of the graduate student led Science Policy Exchange based in Montréal, and is member of the Investment Committee for Grand... 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 national and international science and technology programs, director on corporate boards, science policy developer, expert advisor to governments... Read More →
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Kamiel Gabriel

Kamiel S. Gabriel, PhD, MBA, P.Eng, FCAE, FISSP, FBSIA | | Founding 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), and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of... 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 integration on domestic and cross-border public policy, administration and governance, with particular reference to the energy sector, and the origin and... 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 Canadian-based, publicly-funded provincial health research and innovation organization. She has over 20 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care and... 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. She joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie and was founding Head of the Division of General Medicine, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical... 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 to answer these questions because their small size and fast reproduction times let him watch the evolutionary process unfolding in the laboratory. Rees has... 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 the general public. These have included President and CEO of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Chief Scientist at Health Canada, Vice-President... 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 and of the Canadian Studies Program as well as Vice-Dean and Secretary of the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Lapierre's current research program is the reconstruction... 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. Since 1995, Park has been with the Discovery Channel, where she helped develop the show now called “Daily Planet”. Originally from Montreal, she... 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 recognized Impact HUB network), has advised groups inside and outside of government on innovation platforms, collaboration infrastructure, and... 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 two degrees from the University of Manitoba (BSc(ME) and MSc(ME)) and a doctorate from the University of Waterloo. He has worked in both the manufacturing... 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 Director of the Clinical and Health Informatics Research Group at McGill University.  In January 2011, she became the Scientific Director of the... 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 research and innovation and in managing funds and programs to support research. | Just prior to joining Research Manitoba, Christina was with the Manitoba Department... 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 within the work of the Arctic Council, and more generally, among the diverse practitioners of Arctic science and regulatory policy. Dr. Williams lives in... Read More →


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

08:00

Science Policy Nuts and Bolts Workshop

Organized by Jeffrey Kinder / Silke Nebel / Patrick Feng

What is Science Policy? Always wondered but were too afraid to ask? Think you have all the answers? Then this workshop is for you. Together we will break down ways to think about the influence of science on the policy-making process, and concepts for how policy can influence the scientific research enterprise.

You will gain an understanding of how science policy works by getting to know the policy toolkit (your nuts and bolts!) and by exploring the positions and competing interests of the stakeholders in a real-life case study. We will finish with a career panel consisting of professionals who ended up in science policy through very different avenues.

We welcome curious thinkers from all background, whether in sciences, engineering, public policy, business, communications, arts or something else entirely. If you have interest in science policy, this workshop is the place for you to share and expand your knowledge, build skills, and meet interesting people in the world of science policy.   

Workshop Agenda

8:00-8:15 - Introduction and Icebreaker
8:15-9:45 - Integration of Science and Policy (Jeff Kinder)
9:45 - 10:00 - Bio break
10:00 - 12:00 - Interactive exercise  - How to minimize carbon emissions of the boreal forest (Silke Nebel)
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 -2:00 -Interactive exercise - Communicating Science into Policy (Patrick Feng)
2:00 - 3:00  - Career panel (Jeff Kinder, Silke Nebel, Kori St-Cyr)


Speakers
avatar for Patrick Feng

Patrick Feng

Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary
Patrick Feng has been teaching and researching in the area of science, technology, and society for nearly 20 years. His research examines the social, legal, and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies, with a focus on policy, governance, and public engagement issues. A two-time Fulbright award recipient, Patrick has led projects in range of areas including health, energy, communication technologies, and sustainability. His areas of... Read More →
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Jeff Kinder

Director, Federal S&T Secretariat
Jeff has over 27 years of experience in government science and science and technology (S&T) policy in the US and Canada.  He is currently Director of the Federal S&T Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science, the Deputy Minister Champion for Federal S&T, the DM S&T Committee, the ADM S&T Integration Board and related initiatives.  In 2014, he led the secretariat supporting the External Advisory Group on... Read More →
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Barbara Kishchuk

Senior Science Advisor, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Barbara Kishchuk is a Senior Science Advisor with the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada. Her background is as a research scientist in forest soils and sustainability, as well as in international teaching and community-based work. She is currently leading Canadian Forest Service activities on risk assessment of cumulative effects of disturbance in Canada’s boreal zone, with direct application for the science-policy... Read More →
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Silke Nebel

Research Associate, Western University
Silke Nebel, PhD, Research Associate, Western University, & Principal at Science to Action Consulting | | Silke is a Research Associate in the Department of Biology at Western University, where she works on the interface of environmental science and policy. She also runs a science communication business (‘Science to Action Consulting’). Silke has worked as a professional grant writer at the research office at a leading Canadian... Read More →
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Kori St-Cyr

Senior Advisor, Knowledge Translation Strategies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Kori St-Cyr is a science strategy and knowledge translation professional committed to working at the interface of science, business development and public policy. | As Senior Advisor with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Kori provides strategic leadership and advice towards the agency’s open science strategies, frameworks and policies. Previously, as a Research Associate with the Council of Canadian Academies, Kori worked with... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 08:00 - 15:00
Room 204

08:00

The Canadian Space Policy Symposium 2016 / Le canadien Politique spatiale, organisé par l'Association canadienne du commerce spatial

Organized by Canadian Space Commerce Association

Adequate policy is a vital part of the Canadian space economy enabling participants the ability to engage, cooperate locally and internationally, while nurturing new space entrants into a growing and competitive market.  Additionally, a policy allows for the managing of new needs involving disruptive and evolving technologies, while providing a framework to meet new challenges and different types of clients requiring bespoke business relationships.

To face these newly emerging paradigms with adequate space policy is also critical to Canada’s success on an international landscape. Yet Canada’s space policy must align with its national and parallel policies, which support, and are complimentary to, the sector. The Government of Canada has committed to a new Innovation Agenda, which will provide positive economic growth, technological opportunity and contributions on an international scale. The Canadian Space Policy Symposium will provide a variety of stakeholders, from the Canadian space community, the opportunity to be included in this collaborative discussion and contribute to shaping the emerging Innovation Agenda, which will contribute to Canada’s long-term space strategy.

Agenda
7:00 am - 8:00 am - Registration begins and breakfast

8:00 am - 8:05 am - Welcome / Introduction
Michelle Mendes, CEO, CSCA

8:10 am - 8:40 amOpening keynoteMr. Sylvain Laporte, President Canadian Space Agency

8:45 am - 9:35 am - Session 1 PLENARY: Space Policy & the Canadian Innovation
Agenda
Madam Sharon Irwin, Dr. Iain Christie,Dr. Christopher Herd

9:35 am - 9:55 am - Morning Break

10:00 am - 10:50 am - Session 2A: PANEL: Creating a Thriving Ecosystem for Commercial Space – Funding & Finance Focus
Moderator: Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Alex MacDonald, Christopher Baird, Hassan Kahn

10:55 am - 11:45 am - Session 2B: PANEL: Creating a Thriving Ecosystem for Commercial Space – Start Up, Accelerator and SME Focus
Moderator: Adam Keith, Jefferey Osborne, Dr. Christian Sallaberger, James Slifierz

11:45 am - 12:15 pm - LUNCH

12:15 pm – 1:05 pm - Session 3: PANEL: Achieving Excellence in Innovation Through Academics
Moderator: Dr. Gordon Osinski
Dr. Mike Daly, Prof. Christopher Herd, Prof. Rene Doyon, Prof. David Naylor

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm - Session 4 PANEL: Leading Critical Technologies
Moderator: Ms. Charity Weeden
Phillip Miller, Mr. Dan King, Prof. Robert Zee, Mr. Prashant Shukle

2:05 pm – 2:20 pm - Closing Recommendations

2:25 pm – 3:00 pm - Closing Keynote
Dr. Lucy Stojak

3:00 pm - Closing remarks -
Michelle Mendes

3:10 pm - End of Symposium - Closing Refreshments


Speakers
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Iain Christie

Executive Vice President, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Iain Christie has been Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) since June 2013. He came to AIAC with a long history of achievement in the space industry, having spent 22 years with Neptec Design Group, a small spaceflight engineering company. Iain joined Neptec in its first year of operation, in 1991, as a student. He left the company as President and CEO in 2013. | During his time at Neptec, he filled... Read More →
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Michael Daly

Associate Professor, P.Eng., York University
Dr. Michael Daly is the York University Research Chair in Planetary Science.  His research interests focus on answering a variety of planetary science questions using custom instrumentation in the laboratory or in-situ.  Dr. Daly is currently leading the science contribution of Canada’s OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter that was launched in September.  He also works in the area of deep-UV Raman spectroscopy and is currently building... Read More →
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René Doyon

Professor, Université de Montréal
Professor René Doyon’s research activities are focussed on the development of state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation for various ground- and space-based observatories. He is also actively involved in various observational programs for detecting and characterizing brown dwarfs, exoplanets and young low-mass stars. On the instrumentation front, he leads several infrared instrumentation projects (camera and... Read More →
SG

Simon Grocott

Deputy Director, Missions, UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory
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Chris Herd

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta
Christopher Herd is a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, and the current Director of the University’s Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET), a multi-disciplinary, virtual institute spanning six departments in faculties of Science and Engineering. He is an expert in the geologic evolution of planetary bodies in the Solar System, as inferred from studies of... Read More →
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Brodie Houlette

Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Promethean Labs
Brodie is the co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Promethean Labs - a Canadian CubeSat startup based in Edmonton, Alberta. Brodie comes to Promethean Labs with nearly a decade’s worth of experience in politics, government and public affairs. He is also Co-Founder and President of MaxQ Accelerator – Canada’s first space-startup accelerator.
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Sharon Irwin

Director, Space, Marine and Defence Directorate, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
Since December 2011, Mrs. Sharon Irwin has been Director, Space, Marine and Defence Directorate at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), responsible for the provision of analysis and advice to senior officials on Canada’s space, marine and defence sectors. Of note, Sharon worked on the Government’s response to the Report on Aerospace and Space Policies and Programs (the Emerson Report) and its implementation... Read More →
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Adam Keith

Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada
Adam Keith is the Director of Space and Earth observation of Euroconsult, based in Montreal, Canada. In his 15 years working in the space sector, Adam has advised a wide range of clients including space agencies, government organizations and commercial actors along the value chain. In this position, Adam is responsible for the Space and EO team management, and oversees consulting and research activities undertaken within the practice. | | When... Read More →
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Hassan Khan

Co-Founder and CEO, Quantius
Hassan Khan is Co-Founder and CEO at Quantius. A passionate believer in Canada’s merits and future potential, he is committed to the path of growing Canada as a global technology, innovation and sustainability role model, as well as helping to develop our next generation of successful, civic minded, business leaders. Hassan excels at fueling innovation, building great teams, identifying clear strategies and compelling stories for... Read More →
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Dan King

Director for Business Development, MDA Inc.
Dan King is the Director for Business Development at MDA Inc. in Toronto, Canada. Mr. King is responsible for business development and new initiatives for both the space and terrestrial business areas. Mr. King has worked in the space industry for over 26 years spanning both commercial and government programs including the International Space Station, NASA’s Earth Observation Satellites, Motorola’s Iridium Satellite Constellation... Read More →
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Sylvain Laporte

President, Canadian Space Agency
Before being appointed as President of the Canadian Space Agency, Sylvain Laporte was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) effective April 2011. CIPO is a federal organization responsible for administering the Patent Act and managing requests related to trademarks, copyright, industrial design protection and patents. As CEO of CIPO, Mr. Laporte was also... Read More →
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Alexander MacDonald

Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator Washington, NASA
Alexander MacDonald is the Senior Economic Advisor within the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters. He is recognized as an expert on the economic history of American space exploration and contemporary private-sector space activities. He was previously the founding program executive of NASA's Emerging Space Office which conducts economic analysis on the emerging commercial space sector and which established NASA’s first grants... Read More →
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Michelle Mendes

CEO, Canadian Space Commerce Association
In addition to leading the CSCA, Ms. Mendes founded The Space Education Foundation, is a Director of Women in Aerospace and serves on the Space Education Organizations Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. She has an MBA in Space Commerce, a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University, is a Fellow Chartered Secretary of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and is a Corporate Governance... Read More →
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David Naylor

Professor and Board of Governors’ Research Chair Director, Astronomical Instrumentation Group Space Astronomy Division, Institute for Space Imaging Science Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Lethbridge   David received his BSc (1st) in Physics from the University of Sussex in 1974 and, as a Commonwealth Scholar, his PhD in Physics from the University of Calgary in 1979. Following a Post Doctoral... Read More →
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Jeffrey Osborne

Cofounder and VP Business Development, Kepler Communications
Cofounder and VP Business Development for Kepler Communications, a Toronto-based satellite startup company building nanosatellites for M2M communications.
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Gordon Osinski

Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, University of Western Ontario
Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski is an Associate Professor and the NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD from the University of New Brunswick (2004) and a BSc (Hons) from the University of St. Andrews (1999), Scotland, both in Geology. Dr. Osinski’s research interests are... Read More →
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Christian Sallaberger

Canadensys Aerospace Corp
Dr. Sallaberger is President & CEO of Canadensys Aerospace Corporation, a Canadian space systems and missions company working for both domestic government customers and international commercial ones. Prior to assuming the leadership of Canadensys, he held the roles of Vice President and Director of Space Exploration at MDA. Prior to MDA, he worked for the Canadian Space Agency where he held a variety of positions including Manager of... Read More →
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Prashant Shukle

Director General of the Canada Centre, Mapping and Earth Observation
Prashant Shukle is the Director General of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, one of the Government of Canada’s lead organizations in the area of Earth Observations, Geographic Information Systems, and Geospatial Data and Service Solutions. Mr. Shukle is also responsible for the GeoConnections program, which is responsible for ensuring Canadians are among the world’s leaders in using and sharing all forms of... Read More →
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James Slifierz

Co-Founder and CEO, SkyWatch Space Applications
James is the Co-Founder and CEO at SkyWatch Space Applications. He is also a Co-Founder and Chair of MaxQ, Canada's first accelerator focused on space startups, and the Lead Organizer for NASA Space Apps Waterloo. In 2014 James was a part of the team that won the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, beating out over 650 other projects. He's a Google for Entrepreneurs alumnus and a member of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group... Read More →
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Mark Tinkler

COO, CSCA
Mark is a noted professional within the manufacturing sector. With over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, he has worked in various technical and managerial capacities.  | He is a member of and holds several certifications with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), APICS, and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA... Read More →
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Charity Weeden

Senior Director of Policy, Satellite Industry Association
Charity Weeden joined the Satellite Industry Association as its Senior Director of Policy in February, 2016. In this role, Ms. Weeden supports SIA’s work on government services, regulatory, legislative, defense, export-control and trade issues of critical importance to the Association’s members. Prior to joining SIA, Ms. Weeden was co-founder and President of Lquinox Consulting LLC, an independent space and data management... Read More →



Tuesday November 8, 2016 08:00 - 15:00
Room 209

08:00

2nd National Symposium on “Science Diplomacy,” / 2e Colloque national sur « La diplomatie scientifique »
Organized by Canadian Science Policy Centre

The second Science Diplomacy symposium is being organized at a time when Canada is undergoing fundamental changes in policy directions surrounding international affairs. This year’s symposium on Science Diplomacy is particularly focused on bringing science diplomacy thinkers and practitioners together to share ideas on the following themes:

  • What steps should Canada take to build capacity in science diplomacy so Canadian scientific excellence can be positively projected in the global arena?  
  • How can Canada best combine its strength in scientific excellence with an already established reputation of nation building/peace-making?
  • What is Canada’s footprint in international collaborative projects in science and technology projects and how can it be improved?
  • What is Canada’s contribution to major international challenges where the solution lies in science and technology and how Canada can boost its engagement?
  • What are the current global trends and international practices in science diplomacy and what can Canada learn from them?
https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/publications/2010/new-frontiers-science-diplomacy/

https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/knowledge-networks-nations/report/

Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:10 am Welcome & Introduction
Mehrdad Hariri

8:10 am – 8:30 am Opening Keynote
Stephen McGurk

8:30 am - 10:00 am Panel Session 1: Emerging Trends in Science Diplomacy
Daryl Copeland, Nabil Ayad, Paul Dufour, MargaretMccuaig-Johnston

10:00 am -10:15 am Morning Break

10:15 am -11:30 am Panel Session 2: Role of Canada in Global Affairs
Dimple Roy, Livia Bizicova, Joceyln Mackie,Naser Faruqi

11:30 am - 12:45 pmPanel Session 3: Building Capacity for ScienceDiplomacy in Canada - Interactive Session
Moderator: Mehrdad Hariri, All Speakers

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch
** Panel Talks will be followed by the InteractiveQ/A Session

Speakers
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Nabil Ayad

The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, Loughborough University
Professor Nabil Ayad is the Director of The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University in London and is the founder and former Director and Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy of the University of East Anglia’s London campus. He has over 30 years of experience training groups of diplomats and officials and has advised governments on setting up institutes for diplomatic training. Professor Ayad also... Read More →
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Livia Bizikova

Director, IISD
Livia Bizikova is a Director at IISD’s SDGs Knowledge Program with experience in the fields of climate change adaptation, sustainable development, environmental management, environmental governance and mainstreaming, and indicator development and measurement of SD trends. Livia’s work also focuses on linking experts’ knowledge and stakeholders’ experiences by using foresight and scenario tools to develop future pathways... Read More →
PB

Paula Brand

Director of Sustainable Development Policy, Environment Canada
I am a proud Agro from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Soil Science.  After several years of professional experience, I received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Guelph.   I have spent over 25 years working in the public service mostly for the federal government in two departments – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Environment Canada... Read More →
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Daryl Copeland

Senior Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Daryl Copeland, Senior Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Policy Fellow at the University of Montreal’s Centre for International Studies and Research (CERIUM), is an analyst, author, consultant and educator specializing in science and technology, diplomacy, international policy, global issues and public management. From 1981 to 2011 Mr. Copeland served as a Canadian diplomat, with postings in Thailand, Ethiopia, New Zealand... Read More →
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Naser Faruqui

Director of Technology and Innovation, International Development Research Centre
Naser Faruqui is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He leads a global team that helps developing countriesuse science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and equitable development. He has moderated many high level panels, including at AAAS meetings, the Open Government Partnership, and Economic Forum of the Americas. His areas of expertise include science... Read More →
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Mehrdad Hariri

President and CEO, Canadian Science Policy Centre
Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, a not-profit virtual for science and innovation policy in Canada. He founded the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), a national multidisciplinary forum dedicated to the Canadian Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy discussions. Mehrdad Hariri has numerous publications in various media outlets, and regularly appears in media as a commentator on science... Read More →
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Jocelyn Mackie

Vice President Operations & General Counsel, Grand Challenges Canada
Jocelyn Mackie is a member of the management team at Grand Challenges Canada, overseeing the organization’s operations, finance, and government relations efforts. She acts as Secretary to the Board and provides legal and strategic advice to the programs team to enable the many innovators supported by the organization to work towards “Bold Ideas for Big Impact” for global health. Jocelyn also works with Grand Challenges... Read More →
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Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

Senior Fellow, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and China Institute
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is Senior Fellow at both the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and the China Institute at the University of Alberta where she has publishing and advising on China’s science, technology and innovation. Over a 37 career, Margaret served in senior management positions in the Governments of Canada and Ontario, most recently in Assistant Deputy Minister positions at the Natural... Read More →
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Stephen McGurk

Vice-President, Program and Partnership Branch, International Development Research Centre
A trained economist and Sinologist, Stephen McGurk has spent more than three decades studying Asia’s rural development.Prior to being Vice-President, McGurk was the Director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program. This program is dedicated to supporting research that seeks to increase agricultural productivity as well as food and water security while ensuring environmental sustainability. Previously, he served as IDRC... Read More →
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Denis Robert

Director of the Policy Research, Strategic Engagement and Foresight, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
From August 2012 until August 2016, Mr. Denis Robert was Canada’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He is presently the Director of the Policy Research, Strategic Engagement and Foresight at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.  Previously, as a Canadian diplomat, Mr. Robert served at the embassies of Canada in Mexico City (1989-1993), Paris (1996-2001), at the... Read More →
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Dimple Roy

Director, Water Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Dimple Roy is the Director of the Water Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Ms. Roy provides research leadership, policy analyses, and management functions on water and water related issues in Canada and globally. She has been working on watershed management implementation and market and policy instruments in Canada, water-energy-food security assessments in the context of mining and agriculture and ecosystem... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 08:00 - 15:00
Room 211

13:00

Roundtable: part of the 2016 Friesen International Prize in Health Research "The Role of Early Career Scientists in the Development of Research Policy”

Organized by Friends of CIHR

Early career scientists refers to researchers within 5 to 10 years of independent employment, usually within university or hospital-based institutes.  This echelon of scientists, who are approaching their most creative phase of independent research, has not fared well in recent years in grant competitions and salary support because of flat-line budgets and resource re-allocations.  They have suffered doubly because funding agencies have favoured program-based research initiatives that are dominated by established scientists or groups of scientists.  This situation going forward imperils discovery and translation and crimps the pipeline of human resource development.  Unfortunately, a climate of despair prevails amongst early phase trainees and independent scientists, who work in smaller groups and feel that the current policies are stacked against them.  A related issue appears to be the proliferation of under-resourced new programs that require re-distribution of limited funds away from investigator-driven research. 

This Roundtable brings together young and experienced scientists, academic leaders and visionaries, as well as leaders in training programs to address some of the issues, and at the same time, offer some potential solutions for further consideration.  There is considerable support for the notion that greater participation of early career scientists in developing policies would enhance and propel their careers in a positive trajectory that would enhance Canada’s leadership in health research.

Agenda 

1 pm - Call to Order 

1:03 pm - Introductions & Welcoming RemarksDr. Aubie Angel, Dr. Catharine Whiteside, Mr. Paul Davidson, The Honourable Dr. Reza Moridi

1:15 pm - 1:20 pm Keynote Comment:Dr. Bruce McManus

1:20 pm - 2:15 pm Presentations:Dr. Michael Hendricks, Dr. Morley Hollenberg, Dr. Grant PierceDr. Reinhart Reithmeier, Dr. Norman D. Rosenblum, Dr. Danika Goosney, Dr. Holly Witteman, Dr. Jim Woodgett

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Comments & DiscussionDr. Janet Rossant, Dr. Henry G. Friesen, Dr. Mehrdad Hariri  

3 pm - Adjourn


Speakers
avatar for Aubie  Angel

Aubie Angel

Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba | President, Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research | Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto Dr. Angel is an Endocrinologist with research interests in adipose tissue and lipid/lipoprotein metabolism. His work led to the discovery that in obesity, the total body cholesterol pool is enlarged because of the accumulation of cholesterol in fat tissue. He was Prof and Head, Dept of... Read More →
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Paul Davidson

President, Universities Canada
Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for over 25 years. At Universities Canada, he has led a process of organizational renewal and greater member engagement, achieving increases in research funding, resources for campus internationalization and increased attention to issues of access and success for aboriginal students. Named both a “top lobbyist” in Ottawa and a... Read More →
avatar for Henry G. Friesen

Henry G. Friesen

A renowned and visionary medical scientist, Dr. Henry Friesen is a Canadian endocrinologist credited with the discovery of human prolactin, and for redefining medical research in Canada. Now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Friesen was a Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology and Professor of Medicine. As President of the former Medical Research Council of Canada, he brought together scholars... Read More →
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Danika Goosney

Director General, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics,, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Danika obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) from St. Francis Xavier University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Michael Smith Labs). She conducted her postdoctoral training as a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Following her... Read More →
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Michael Hendricks

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University
Michael Hendricks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University. He conducts fundamental research on how the environment and stress affect the development and function of the nervous system. Dr. Hendricks’ career has given him experience with funding systems in Singapore, the United States, and Canada. In response to recent changes at CIHR, he and others founded the Association of... Read More →
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Morley Hollenberg

My research interests over time have focused on the biosynthesis and actions of peptide hormones (oxytocin, vasopressin, insulin, epidermal growth factor) and on the molecular pharmacology and pathophysiology of receptor-mediated signaling by growth factors and G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). This focus seeks to understand rapid events occurring in tissues like smooth muscle, responsible for the regulation of blood vessel and intestinal... Read More →
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Bruce McManus

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dr. Bruce McManus serves as Co-Director, Institute for Heart + Lung Health, and CEO, Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre). He served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. McManus’ investigative passion relates to mechanisms, consequences, detection and prevention of injury and aberrant repair in inflammatory diseases... Read More →
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Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Reza Moridi currently serves as Minister of Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.  Moridi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as MPP for Richmond Hill. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Prior to that, he was Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. | Moridi has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Training... Read More →
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Grant Pierce

Executive Director of Research, St Boniface Hospital
Dr Pierce completed postdoctoral training at UCLA before returning to Canada where he is Executive Director of Research at St Boniface Hospital and a Professor of Physiology and Pathophysiology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has published over 200 peer reviewed research manuscripts and 7 textbooks on metabolism, nutrition and cardiovascular health. He has been cited over 8000 times with a Google Scholar H index of 53. He just... Read More →
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Reinhart Reithmeier

Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier is known internationally for his research on anion transport membrane proteins in human health and disease. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Reithmeier enjoys teaching introductory biochemistry to over 1,000 undergraduate students every year, as well as upper level and graduate courses.  As former Chair of Biochemistry and a Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on Graduate Skills Development and Engagement... Read More →
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Norman Rosenblum

Professor of Paediatrics, Physiology, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
Dr. Norman Rosenblum is Professor of Paediatrics, Physiology, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, and a Paediatric Nephrologist and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute, the Hospital for Sick Children. He is the recipient of a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Developmental Nephrology. Dr. Rosenblum is a MD graduate of Dalhousie University. He completed a Pediatric residency and a fellowship in Pediatric... Read More →
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Janet Rossant

Senior scientist in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program at the Hospital for Sick Children and University Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are focussed on understanding the development of the early mammalian embryo and its derived stem cells. She is... Read More →
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Catharine Whiteside

Dr. Whiteside is an MD and PhD graduate of the University of Toronto and FRCP(C) in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. From 1985 to 2005 she was a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network, Toronto, and clinician-scientist in the Department of Medicine. From 2000 to 2005 she was Associate Dean Graduate and Inter-Faculty Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine and from 2006 to 2014 Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care... Read More →
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Holly Witteman

Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Universite Laval
Holly Witteman is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, director of a research unit and a scientist at the Research Centre of the CHU de Québec. With an interdisciplinary background in mathematics, human factors engineering, human-computer interaction and decision sciences, her research is about the design and evaluation of digital media for health education... Read More →
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Jim Woodgett

Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute,, Mount Sinai Hospital
Jim Woodgett, Ph.D. (Dundee U) moved to Canada in 1992 to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute. His biomedical research there focused on the signalling mechanisms that underscore malignant growth, degenerative diseases and diabetes. | | From 1995-2005, he was an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and in 1997 was appointed Head of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics, where he held the Amgen Chair of Cancer... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 13:00 - 15:00
Room 202

14:00

15:00

Coffee Break / Pause café
Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:00 - 15:30
TBA

15:30

Improving ocean management: Critical insights about information pathways to strengthen evidence-based decision-making

Organized by the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research program (www.eiui.ca), School of Information Management, Dalhousie University.

Numerous advisory groups in Canada have historically discussed mechanisms by which information can be provided to support public policy and decision-making. Yet, the scientific community continues to raise concerns about an apparent disregard for scientific information by decision-makers. Although many environmental problems have been identified, they are not currently being adequately addressed. In particular, problems facing the oceans are serious and often present unforeseen complications. Given these environmental concerns, the growing volume of scientific information, and the complexity of decision-making, including the influence of politics, the need to understand information pathways – production, communication, and use of information – cannot be overstated. It is also useful to consider the case of public science organizations, i.e., research units of government, given the current federal government’s expressed commitment to science-based decisions. Public science organizations can provide the broader scientific community with a key interface for connecting science to government decisions.

This panel, comprised of members of the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research program at Dalhousie University and a staff member of Natural Resources Canada, will discuss the complex processes that characterize how information moves from scientists to decision-makers at the science-policy interface. Funded by SSHRC and governmental bodies, EIUI has conducted empirical studies of information use in marine environmental decision-making in national, regional, and international governmental organizations. These studies have revealed that access to and use of information are dependent on multiple, context-specific factors. For example, the movement of information between scientific and policy groups can follow numerous formal and informal pathways linking a variety of actors in networks of policy- and decision-making at all levels of government. Furthermore, decision-making involves diverse audiences, including stakeholders and individuals outside of government and established networks, with unique information management behaviours. Understanding the structure and objectives of known decision-making processes that are based on a scientific understanding of natural and human environments, is a precondition for new, hypothesis-driven research (typical of discovery research) to encourage decisions that align with policy objectives.

Drawing on approaches in information management, marine science, marine policy, and public administration, the panelists will discuss the intricacies of the science-policy interface(s). The panel will address the following questions:

  • What critical enablers and barriers affect the use of marine environmental information?
  • Given the growing volume of scientific (natural and social) knowledge, how do decision makers identify and select relevant information?
  • Given the growing number of communication methods, what role(s) do particular information pathways, such as social networks, play in marine environmental decision making?
  • Given the federal government’s expressed commitment to science, how can federal science organizations best advance the inclusion of science in decision-making?

These questions are especially relevant given continuing austerity measures, the growing demand for transparency in decision-making, and global attention on addressing communication challenges at the science-policy interface. The results of these empirical studies have been received with considerable interest by governmental scientists and managers as they seek solutions that will ensure that the information is used appropriately by decision-makers.


Moderators
avatar for Ian Stewart

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 →

Speakers
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Christopher Jennings

Chief of Policy, Strategic Planning and Operations Branch, Earth Sciences Sector at Natural Resources Canada
Christopher Jennings is Chief of Policy, Strategic Planning and Operations Branch, in the Earth Sciences Sector at Natural Resources Canada. He has worked for NRCan since 2007 when he joined the Geological Survey of Canada. For the last 5 years, Chris has led a small science policy team providing support to range of science programs advancing policy outcomes in Northern development, the use of remote sensing, and Canadian sovereignty over our... Read More →
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Kevin Quigley

Scholarly Director / Associate Professor, MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance / Dalhousie University
Kevin Quigley is the Scholarly Director of the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance, and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. Dr. Quigley has worked on research and innovation projects with public sector organizations such as Public Safety Canada, Defense Research and Development Canada, Canada School of Public Service, Public Safety New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Public Service... Read More →
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Suzuette S. Soomai

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University
Suzuette S. Soomai is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program (EIUI) at Dalhousie University. Her dissertation examined fisheries information use in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She holds a BSc (Hons) (Biology) and an MPhil (Zoology) from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago... Read More →
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Peter G. Wells

Adjunct Professor / Senior Research Fellow, Dalhousie University
Peter G. Wells is an Adjunct Professor in the Marine Affairs Program and a Senior Research Fellow of the International Ocean Institute at Dalhousie University. He was previously a Senior Research Scientist with Environment Canada. Author or co-author of over 250 scientific publications, Dr. Wells has been an active researcher for over four decades. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient of numerous... Read More →
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Lee Wilson

Research Associate, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR)
Lee Wilson is a Research Associate with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network’s Data Management Project where he works closely with natural, social, and computer scientists to solve issues related to the storage, discovery, and accessibility of ocean data. He holds a BA (English) from Mount Allison University and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University. His work with EIUI... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 211

15:30

Fertile Ground: How Incubators and Accelerators Drive Innovation / Un terrain fertile : comment les incubateurs et les accélérateurs stimulent l'innovation
Organized by, TEC Edmonton, Karen Wichuk 

This pan-Canadian panel will share its expertise and experience regarding the role that incubators and accelerators play as drivers of science and innovation.  Through the lens of incubators and accelerators, private sector start-ups, and research intensive universities, panelists will use case studies from across natural, bio and health sciences to take a critical look at why incubators and accelerators are a strong and necessary component of the innovation ecosystem.  The panel will review successes and explore some of the challenges they’ve faced.  The panel will include an analysis of the outcomes associated with incubators and accelerators, their return on investment, and will offer a comparison to other policy alternatives for driving science and innovation. 

Moderators
avatar for Chris Lumb

Chris Lumb

TEC Edmonton
Since 2010, Chris has been CEO of TEC Edmonton, a joint venture of the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. In addition to being the commercialization agent for | university technologies, TEC Edmonton operates the region’s largest accelerator for early-stage technology companies, including both university spinoffs and companies from the broader community. TEC Edmonton's clients are an outstanding group of companies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Frank Béraud

Frank Béraud

Chief Executive Officer, Montréal InVivo
Holding more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences sector, Mr. Béraud has particularly acquired a solid expertise in business development. With a background in sales and marketing within multinationals in the field of clinical diagnostic, his career path has led him to assume responsibility for business development for an SME in the domain of biotechnology, in addition to working as a consultant within the industry as well as... Read More →
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Helen Burt

University of British Columbia
Dr. Burt was born in Manchester, England and obtained her B. Pharm. (Hons) from the University of Bath and her Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from UBC. She is the Angiotech Professor of Drug Delivery in the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and began her term as Associate Vice President, Research & International in 2011. Dr. Burt's major research efforts are supported by grants from CIHR and NSERC and involve the... Read More →
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Michelle Miller

Director of Operations, Delta Genomics
Michelle Miller is the Director of Operations for the Delta Genomics Centre, a national, not-for-profit biobanking, genotyping, and sequencing company that services members of both the livestock industry and the research community. She oversees the laboratory’s operations, including process improvement and optimization, financial management, customer service, and human resource activities. The Delta Genomics Centre is The Delta Genomics... Read More →
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Debbie Plouffe

Vice President Research, Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada,
Dr. Debbie Plouffe is the Vice President of Research for the Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada (CATC).  Dr. Plouffe is a molecular and cell biologist with a strong background in fish immunology and fish health. She received her undergraduate (1999) and doctoral (2005) degrees from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the NRC in Halifax for two years where she developed DNA-vaccines for... Read More →
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Chris Plunkett

Director of External Relations, Communitech
Chris Plunkett is the Director of External Relations at Communitech, a public-private innovation hub in Waterloo Region that supports the growth of more than a thousand small, mid-sized and large technology companies.   Prior to joining Communitech, Chris was the Spokesperson and Counsellor (Public Affairs) at the Embassy of Canada to the United States, worked at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York, and held a... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 209

15:30

Science for diplomacy, have we got what it takes? / La science au service de la diplomatie ; avons-nous ce qu'il faut ?
Organized by, Rainer Engelhardt

Science can be a powerful ally in diplomacy.  It can strengthen existing positions of politics and policy, being by definition neutral and fact-based.  In the same vein science can help develop and support new positions.  Although ‘science diplomacy’ has seen decades of practice in various forms among countries, in today’s context it has become an umbrella term to describe formal or informal technical, research-based, academic or engineering relationships that lead to the generation of science facts in support of national and international policies. In that regard, science has a valuable role in foreign policy.

Some nations, such as the USA, Russia, the UK and others, have used science extensively as a tool for their national and international objectives.  The practicality of international recognition of the value of science is that it is immeasurably less costly to use science fact as a persuasive tool in diplomacy than the sole use of military force to achieve a national objective. Canada also has a history of supporting its national sovereignty and international positions through federally-supported science activities, with variously strong and until recently less conviction at the political level in the value of such activities.

Another aspect of science diplomacy is the engagement in and use of science to support collaboration among nations to address common global problems and to build constructive international partnerships. Global problems such as climate change and its impacts, national and personal cyber-security, disease epidemics, world hunger, and loss of ocean productivity in its multiple dimensions, among other challenges, cannot be resolved by any military solution.  Collaboration in international science is a key component. But effective collaboration demands that Canada and other national parties engaged on a science issue bring something of value to the table that all can see as a component contribution. Recognition of the value of our country's science and technology contributions has been under-rated within our country in recent years, although less so by our international partners that are looking to Canada to continue contributing to the foreign policy dialogue from an expert knowledge basis. Without both willingness and ability to contribute, Canada’s position as a global player in the many S&T-supported international initiatives and diplomatic challenges will be diminished. 

The panel will examine how we as a country can build on past successes to support our role on the world policy stage.  As a country we have been influential in using our science base, with representative examples being:
  • In the global response to the Ebola crisis and more generally in supporting the WHO in its pandemic influenza preparedness;
  • In supporting the International Space Station's capabilities with Canadian robotics such as the Canadarm, to give us valuable access to the ISS;
  • In providing the secretariat for more than a decade the Global Health Security Initiative of the G7 countries plus Mexico;
  • In participating actively in the Global Health Security Agenda that is becoming increasingly important in health security considerations in the face of global threats; and,
  • In biological, atmospheric and hydrographic missions in the Arctic that have supported Canadian national sovereignty.
The panel will make specific policy recommendations of how to use and enhance Canada’s S&T potential to support our country’s foreign policy and help re-establish Canada as a significant player on the world policy stage.

Moderators
avatar for Rainer Engelhardt

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 national and international science and technology programs, director on corporate boards, science policy developer, expert advisor to governments... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Byers

Michael Byers

Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia
Dr. Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. He has been a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, a Professor of Law at Duke University, and a Visiting Professor at the universities of Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Nordland (Norway) and Novosibirsk (Russia). Professor Byers is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star. His most recent book... Read More →
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David Kendall

Chair, UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Dr. Kendall is the current Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space for 2016-2017.  During his career he held senior positions with the Canadian Space Agency including the Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France.  Born near London, England, Dr. Kendall obtained his Doctoral degree in... Read More →
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Camille Mageau

Secretary, International Joint Commission
C.  Mageau is the Secretary of the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission (IJC), an independent, Treaty-based organization which provides scientific advice to Canada and the United States on the use and quality of shared boundary waters.    She is an oceanographer and marine geophysicist with considerable field and government experience in both Canada and the United States.  Prior to joining the IJC... Read More →
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Theresa Tam

Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Theresa Tam is the Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada. She has extensive experience in managing infectious disease outbreaks and health emergencies including SARS, pandemic influenza and Ebola.  She is a member of WHO IHR Emergency Committees on Polio, Ebola and MERS-Corona virus, and has demonstrated leadership on a number of global health security and anti-microbial... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 210

15:30

Developing Canada’s Innovation Talent: How New Directions in STEM Education Can Position Canada for Success / Développement des talents d'innovation au Canada : comment les nouvelles orientations de l'éducation STEM peuvent garantir la réussite du Canad
Joint panel organized by:
Andrew Parkin
Let's Talk Science; Bonnie Schmidt
Science & Policy Exchange; Shawn McGuirk and Liam Crapper
Information and Communications Technology Council; Sean O'Leary

Placing Canada at the centre of global innovation can only be achieved through the development of talent. This talent must come from both a new generation of young innovators, and from the ongoing training of those already in the workforce. While Canada’s diverse systems of education and training have successfully positioned the country as a world leader in knowledge and skills at the start of the 21st century, we face the challenge of ensuring that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future but also in decades to come. This may require new directions at every level of STEM education, including elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, and adult learning and skills development. This panel will explore the question of what these new directions should be, drawing on the perspectives of students, educators, policy makers and employers. It will be informed by knowledge mobilization initiatives recently completed by three organizations. Let’s Talk Science reviewed and consolidated recommendations for new directions in STEM education from experts from around the world in order to identify the core elements of a framework for innovative STEM learning. The Science & Policy Exchange engaged university students and experts in a dialogue on the current state of STEM education in Canada, whose proceedings were compiled in a report which identifies several shortfalls in higher education. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched a digital talent strategy highlighting Canada’s digital landscape and labour market needs and providing recommendations to build Canada’s digital talent base in an increasingly global and digital landscape. The panelists will consider the recommendations stemming from all three initiatives and consider the changes that should be made in STEM education and skills training to ensure that Canada continues to have the talent needed to successfully deliver on the promise of a new innovation agenda.

Moderators
avatar for Bonnie Schmidt

Bonnie Schmidt

Founder and President, Let’s Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization that helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. During its 23+ year history, well over 4.5 million youth and educators have been reached and an estimated 26,000... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Namir Anani

Namir Anani

President and CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council
Namir Anani is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He has also held several executive... Read More →
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Marie-Pierre Cossette

PhD student, Concordia University
Marie-Pierre Cossette is a PhD student in psychology at Concordia University. She specializes in neuroscience and has focused her research on the neural circuitry that underlies reward response. She explores cell body activation in the ventral tegmental area and dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens—regions that are triggered when natural rewards such as food and artificial rewards such as drugs are received. Marie-Pierre Cossette... Read More →
avatar for Liam Crapper

Liam Crapper

PhD candidate, McGill University
Liam Crapper is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at McGill University, and received his BSc in Molecular Biology & Genetics from the University of Guelph. As director and former president of the Science and Policy Exchange, and host of the host of the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast, he has been committed to amplifying the student voice in science policy conversations.
avatar for Rebecca Kapogiannis

Rebecca Kapogiannis

Talent Acquisition, Engagement & Diversity Leader, 3M Canada
As 3M Canada’s Talent Acquisition, Engagement & Diversity Leader, Rebecca is responsible for leading and executing 3M Canada’s recruitment strategy, employee engagement activities, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organization. Prior to her human resources assignment, Rebecca was responsible for a product portfolio within 3M Canada’s Health Care Business Group.   | | Rebecca graduated from... Read More →
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Andrew Parkin

Independent Public Policy Consultant
Dr. Andrew Parkin is an independent public policy consultant and one of Canada’s leading experts on the Canadian political community and on the structure and performance of Canada’s education systems.   Dr. Parkin has held a variety of senior positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director, Research and Program Development, of the Canada... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:30
Room 212

15:30

Strengthening the Interplay between Discovery and Innovation

Organized by: SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC, Genome Canada

There is wide consensus that innovation takes place in a highly complex ecosystem. For example, the science and know-how behind drug discovery has become so complex that it cannot be contained within the confines of a single sector. In fact, drug discovery and development occurs in a complex ecosystem where the public university sector, biotech companies, big pharma, foundations, disease advocacy groups and citizens all come together. Most often, we don’t have an accurate map of all the players in the system. Fundamental science lays the foundation for novel applications and disruptive innovations which can only flourish in a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-cultural ecosystem. This results in a complex, rapidly evolving dynamic interplay between a wide array of stakeholders all active in the discovery and innovation space.

 For innovation to be successful, contributions from all fields of knowledge are required, whether it’s natural sciences and engineering, health, or social sciences and humanities. Social sciences and humanities, in particular, bring the expertise necessary for understanding human behaviours, market trends and societal values, without which in particular disruptive technologies cannot be successfully adopted in the new marketplace.

 With the announcement of the federal fundamental science review and the launch of the consultation on the Innovation Agenda, a better understanding of this dynamic interplay between discovery and innovation, and the implications for policy development requires new, broader perspectives from across disciplines, geographies and sectors of the economy and society.

 We are proposing a panel that would bring together players from across this complex innovation ecosystem to discuss how we can break down barriers and build bridges across sectors in order to position Canada to better respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The panel will explore new models of collaboration between industry and the post-secondary research sector, taking into account the variety of actors that must be involved in order to be truly successful at innovation. 


Moderators
avatar for Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart

President, National Research Council (NRC)
Prior to his current position, Mr. Stewart served as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada from July 2015 to August 2016, and Assistant Secretary of the International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) from June 2014 to July 2015. In addition, he has held a number of different leadership functions at Industry Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aled Edwards

Aled Edwards

Director of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), Professor, University of Toronto
The SGC accelerates research in these new areas by making all its research output available to the scientific community with no strings attached, and by creating an open collaborative network of scientists in hundreds of universities around the world and in nine global pharmaceutical companies.
avatar for Elicia Maine

Elicia Maine

Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academic Chair, Science & Technology Commercialization, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Specializing in technological innovation and entrepreneurship, Dr. Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, and Academic Director of a novel graduate program in Science & Technology Commercialization, Dr. Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management from Cambridge University and master’s degrees in Technology... Read More →
avatar for Eliane Ubalijoro

Eliane Ubalijoro

Founder and Executive Director, C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc
Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc. She is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She was a facilitator in the International Health Leadership Development Programme (IHLDP) commissioned by the Kenya Red Cross and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance offered by... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:30
Room 202

17:00

18:00

Opening Remarks / Mot de bienvenue
CSPC President Welcome Remarks
Mehrdad Hariri

Opening Remarks
Hon. Dr. Reza Moridi

Speakers
avatar for Mehrdad Hariri

Mehrdad Hariri

President and CEO, Canadian Science Policy Centre
Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, a not-profit virtual for science and innovation policy in Canada. He founded the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), a national multidisciplinary forum dedicated to the Canadian Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy discussions. Mehrdad Hariri has numerous publications in various media outlets, and regularly appears in media as a commentator on science... Read More →
avatar for Reza  Moridi

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Reza Moridi currently serves as Minister of Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.  Moridi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as MPP for Richmond Hill. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Prior to that, he was Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. | Moridi has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Training... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 18:00 - 18:30
Ottawa Salon

18:30

Keynote Presentation - The significance of fundamental research in economic growth / Séance plénière
A Conversation: A Minister and A Nobel Laureate. The two will explore the intersection of Science and Humanity by discussing their two different experiences.

Moderators
avatar for Victoria Kaspi

Victoria Kaspi

Neutron Star and Radio Transient Research, McGill University
Dr Kaspi is the first woman awarded the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. She is an astrophysicist and a professor at McGill University. and holds a Canada Research Chair and the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics.

Speakers
avatar for Art McDonald

Art McDonald

Nobel Laureate
Art McDonald is a native of Sydney, N.S. Canada. He has degrees in physics from Dalhousie University (BSc, MSc) and Caltech (PhD) and nine honorary degrees. From 1969-1982 he was a Research Officer at AECL Chalk River Laboratories; 1982-1989, Professor at Princeton University; 1989-2013 Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and in 2013 became Professor Emeritus. Since 1989 he has been Director of the Sudbury Neutrino... Read More →
avatar for Reza  Moridi

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Reza Moridi currently serves as Minister of Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.  Moridi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as MPP for Richmond Hill. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Prior to that, he was Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. | Moridi has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Training... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 18:30 - 19:30
Ottawa Salon

21:00

CSPC’s Social Event: CSPC Election Night Coverage / Événement social CPSC
CSPC Election Night Coverage
D’arcy McGees
44 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8

Tuesday November 8, 2016 21:00 - 22:00
TBA
 
Wednesday, November 9
 

08:00

Breakfast Session / Petit déjeuner
Wednesday November 9, 2016 08:00 - 08:25
TBA

08:25

08:30

Plenary Presentation - Collaboration and Cooperation on the Challenge of Clean Energy: An International Perspective / Séance plénière
Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Solutions will require collaboration and new policy approaches that work across traditional geographic, sectoral, and disciplinary boundaries. International agreements, such as the one reached in the climate change conference in Paris, are signals of the importance of the challenge, as are fiscal reforms and taxation instruments that encourage energy efficiency and the shift to renewables. However, significant scientific and technological barriers remain that require the best minds in the global S&T community to work together along with full government support. 

The international community needs to agree on a single mission: to accelerate the pace of clean energy science and innovation to achieve the breakthroughs required to revolutionize energy systems throughout the world. To achieve that mission, international scientific collaboration, strategic and bold thinking, and engaging the world’s best scientists and engineers, will all be essential to achieve the scale and rate of clean energy innovation required to meet and hopefully exceed the targets set in Paris last November.
Advances in solar energy research are a case in point. It is estimated that enough solar energy reaches the earth’s surface in ten minutes to meet the planet’s current energy demand for one year. However, to fully realize the potential of solar power, we require transformative advances in the underlying science of harvesting, storing and transmitting energy. 

To accelerate the bold thinking and the formation of interdisciplinary and international teams of the world’s top scientists and engineers, and to catalyze industry and government to play their part, new international mechanisms are required.

This panel brings together perspectives from global leaders in academia, government (Canadian and foreign), and industry to propose policies and pathways forward. The panel will discuss potential innovative intergovernmental mechanisms that will enable governments, the scientific community, and industry to work together to bring about a transformation in clean energy S&T. An important goal of this panel is to stimulate the necessary dialogue to ensure international efforts are aligned; that the pace of funding, discovery and innovation are commensurate with this grand challenge, and the potential consequences of the failure, to act; and, that new governance models are explored to the extent that it enables nations to effectively collaborate viable and realistic solutions.

Moderators
avatar for Gordon Lambert

Gordon Lambert

President and Chief Collaboration Officer, GRL Collaboration for Sustainability
Gordon Lambert retired from Suncor Energy on Jan 1 2015. He is currently the Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. He is an advisor and frequent speaker on energy, the environment and innovation. He was instrumental in the creation of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and in 2014 was a speaker on Innovation and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alan Bernstein

Alan Bernstein

President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Alan Bernstein is the President and CEO of CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) a global research organization that brings together some of the world’s preeminent researchers to address questions of importance to the world.  Dr. Bernstein received the AAAS James Loudon Gold Medal in Mathematics and Physics upon graduation with a B.Sc. (honours) from the University of Toronto in 1968. After receiving his Ph.D. from the... Read More →
avatar for Jane Kearns

Jane Kearns

Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech
Jane Kearns is a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech.  She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation, and has extensive experience growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy company, Clean Energy Developments, and leverages over 20 years of experience in the environmental finance, cleantech and sustainability sectors to help build... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Marquette

Gabriel Marquette

General Manager, EUROGIA2020
Gabriel Marquette is the General Manager at EUROGIA, and the Deputy Director for Industry Relations at CNRS – INSU Institute for Earth and Universe Sciences. He holds an Engineer degree in Mechanics (UTC, France), an M.Sc. in Acoustic and Vibration (ISVR, UK) and a Ph.D. degree (Docteur Ingénieur) in Acoustics (UTC, France). After two years at ENSET–Rabat (Morocco) and eight years with Bertin as research engineer, Gabriel... Read More →
CO

Carlos Ortiz

Director General of Research,Technological Development and Human Resources Formation,, Secretariat of Energy, Mexico
avatar for Frank Des Rosiers

Frank Des Rosiers

Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Energy Technology, Natural Resources Canada
Frank Des Rosiers was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Innovation and Energy Technology in May 2013. Prior to his appointment, Frank served as General Director, Tax Policy at Finance Canada and as Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning at the Treasury Board Secretariat. A former member of NRCan’s management team, Frank served as Director General, Strategic Policy Branch from 2003-07. Between 1998 and 2003, he worked in... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Scholes

Gregory Scholes

CIFAR Senior Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University
Gregory Scholes is the William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he later undertook postdoctoral training at Imperial College London and University of California Berkeley. He started his independent career at the University of Toronto (2000-2014) where he was the D.J. LeRoy Distinguished Professor. Dr. Scholes is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Fellow of... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 08:30 - 10:00
Ottawa Salon

10:00

Coffee Break / Pause café
Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:00 - 10:30
TBA

10:30

A Systems-based Approach to Evidence-Based Policy Decision-Making: Skills, Tools & Mindset for Effective Decision Making / Une approche systémique pour la prise de décisions éclairées par des données probantes en matière de politiques : compétences, outil
Organized by, Thomson Reuters, Daniel Duguay 

There is increasing recognition that complex societal, economic and environmental issues are “systems-based problems”, where a wide variety of interrelated factors need to be simultaneously considered. Furthermore, it could be argued that the historical “piecemeal” approach to policy making is no longer effective, for it may fail to consider, or worse ignore, the systems-based considerations, thereby leading to increasingly complex unforeseen consequences, adverse impacts, and ineffective policies. Consequently, it is becoming necessary to take an effective systems perspective when developing or enhancing evidence-based decision making capacity.

The proposed concurrent panel would share their experiences and insights regarding enhancing decision making by way of a systems approach to evidence-based policy decision-making.  Panelist would speak to the importance of taking a systems perspective to account for the broader complexity of policy decision-making. Under a systems approach, a stronger collaboration among policy decision-makers and diverse stakeholders is warranted, but requires a combination of tools, skills and mindset not readily available in many policy environments. It is precisely within this context that the quality and reliability of evidence becomes greater, including evidence which speaks to the inter-dependency and inter-relatedness of the various policy considerations. This panel will speak to these considerations in the context of the energy sector – a sector which has historically been highly system-dependent, and share how evidence-based policy decision-making is evolving in the area of energy policy.

The panel would be composed of 5 to 6 panelists, including:
  • A senior representative from the Oil and Gas sector (energy stakeholder perspective)• A senior representative from the electricity and/or renewal energy sector (energy stakeholder perspective)
  • A senior representative from Thomson Reuters (broad energy sector perspective)
  • A leading academic and/or think tank representative (policy making perspective)
  • A leading provincial and/or federal government policy representative (policy making perspective)

Moderators
avatar for Janet E. Halliwell

Janet E. Halliwell

President,, J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc.
Janet Halliwell is the President of JE Halliwell Associates Inc., a company providing value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D. | | Janet has extensive experience in S&T policy and the governance and management of S&T funding and policy bodies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Genome BC, Canadian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Graham Campbell

Graham Campbell

CEO, Energy Council of Canada
Graham Campbell was appointed President of the Energy Council of Canada on December 16, 2013.   After starting in the oil and gas industry with Shell Canada Resources, Graham’s career has progressed through roles in government and regulatory agencies culminating as Director General, Office of Energy Research and Development, Energy Sector with Natural Resources Canada from 1997 to 2008.  Graham’s earlier experience... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Duguay

Daniel Duguay

Senior Director Business Development, Thomson Reuters
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dan attended the University of Ottawa, completing his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Magna Cum Lauda, ‘88), where he also received the faculty Kipling Award.  As an NSERC Scholarship recipient throughout his graduate studies, Dan completed a Master’s Degree (’90) in Chemical Engineering at McGill University, in the area of Medical Nanotechnology.  Mr. Duguay... Read More →
avatar for Sergio Marchi

Sergio Marchi

President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association
The Honourable Sergio Marchi was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) in February 2015. As President of CEA, Mr. Marchi acts as spokesperson on issues of national concern to the electric utility industry. The Honourable Sergio Marchi was elected as a Toronto City Councillor in 1982, and was subsequently elected as the Member of Parliament representing the Toronto riding of York West in... Read More →
avatar for Marco Presutti

Marco Presutti

Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Presutti has held various positions in the federal public service with both Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. In his current role as the Director General of the Energy Policy Branch at Natural Resources, Mr. Presutti leads government efforts to advance federal policy on a range of cross-cutting energy-related issues, including climate change, clean growth, and competitiveness. He leads and... Read More →
avatar for Oskar Sigvaldason

Oskar Sigvaldason

Founder & President; SCMS Global, Director; Energy Council of Canada and Member; Global Energy Scenarios Committee, World Energy Council
Oskar Sigvaldason has provided leadership in the application of “systems analysis” methods for decision support for deriving optimal solutions for complex problems, especially for integrated energy/ economic/ environmental systems. As examples, these include; | | • Project Manager of Trottier Energy Futures Project – for deriving minimum cost solutions for GHG mitigation, for all of Canada to 2050 – included joint... Read More →
avatar for David Watters

David Watters

President & CEO, Global Advantage
David's 30 year career in the Government of Canada included responsibilities in a variety of Economic Ministries including Industry Canada, Treasury Board and Finance Canada. He was the Assistant Deputy Minister in Finance Canada for Economic Development and Corporate Finance, where he helped to shape Canada's economic and innovation investments. David then established the Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa). Since 2002... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 202

10:30

Driving Innovation: the role of Canada’s stem cell & regenerative medicine sector / Impulser l'innovation : le rôle du Canada dans le domaine de la médecine régénérative et des cellules souches
Organized by Stem Cell Network, Cate Murray

Health Innovation is a critical component for any nation’s innovation strategy. In Canada, health innovation is of paramount importance for the sustainability of our health system and for improving the health and well-being of Canadians. Of the $190 billion spent annually on chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer, approximately $68 billion is directly attributed to treatment expenditures. Stem Cell therapies and regenerative medicine promise to more effectively treat many of these debilitating conditions. Despite the relatively early stage of maturity, the market for therapies and treatments derived by these fields is growing and expected to surpass $20 billion U.S. by 2025.

Stem cell research and regenerative medicine are health innovation winners.  S&T experts agree that stem cell research, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine are within the top three emerging research areas, and Canadian research strength is exceptional.  The proposed CSPC session will bring together key sector leaders who will address where the field is going, how Canada can secure its global strength, and the role & responsibilities of health innovation actors (i.e. industry, government, academia and civil society). Attention will also focus on translational research, commercialization, and support of both academics and industry in moving the best research to market and into the clinic.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Wells

Paul Wells

National Affairs Columnist, Toronto Star
Paul Wells is a national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. Previously, Wells was the political editor of Maclean's magazine. In 13 years at Maclean's, he won three gold National Magazine Awards. He moderated last year's Maclean's national leaders' debate, which drew more viewers than the two other English debates combined. His book The Longer I'm Prime Minister won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize and the Ottawa Book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Colle

Sharon Colle

President & CEO, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Ms. Sharon Colle, President and CEO, Foundation Fighting Blindness | Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine Sharon was the recipient of the 2013 Health Charity Coalition of Canada (HCCC) Award of Distinction as an outstanding contributor to the charitable health sector. As the President & CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness since 1992, Sharon has been leading the organization to raise money to fund vision... Read More →
avatar for Michael May

Michael May

President & CEO, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine
Michael May is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), a Canadian, not-for-profit that develops technologies and launches new companies by supporting both academic and industry activities in the field of regenerative medicine, including cell and gene therapy. With a staff of 50, a network of academic members, 50+ industry partners, dedicated funding and facilities to develop... Read More →
avatar for Lauralyn McIntyre

Lauralyn McIntyre

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre is an Intensivist at the Ottawa Hospital, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a Scientist with the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is the ICU Research Chair at the Ottawa Hospital and a member of the Canadian Critical Care Trials and Translational Biology Groups. Dr. McIntyre’s research interests focus on resuscitation... Read More →
avatar for Michael Rudnicki

Michael Rudnicki

Scientific Director, Canadian Stem Cell Network.
Dr. Michael Rudnicki is a Senior Scientist and the Director of the Regenerative Medicine Program and the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Rudnicki is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network. Dr. Rudnicki received his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in 1988 with Dr. Michael McBurney where he... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 209

10:30

Clean Energy & Climate Action in Non-Metropolitan Areas: Insights and Action / Énergie propre et action climatique dans les régions non métropolitaines : réflexions et actions
Organized by, Regional Innovation Initiatives, British Columbia Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Janice Larson, Executive Director

Clean energy research and development of clean technologies are essential to advance Canada’s ambitions for environment, the economy, and our innovation ecosystem. British Columbia has proven strengths in development of clean energy and technologies, and a track record for action to address climate change.  There is significant expertise and demonstrated cleantech and climate action leadership throughout the province, notably in BC’s regional post-secondary institutions and their collaborations with industry, community and First Nations.

This panel of leaders in BC’s cleantech/climate action ecosystem will share their experiences developing and deploying cleantech and climate action solutions for local and global markets. The panelists will offer insights on the challenges and opportunities in working in clean energy development in non-metropolitan areas. They will speak to the importance of clean technology development for communities of all sizes for Canada to realize the ambition to develop a more innovative and inclusive economy.

Moderators
avatar for Janice Larson

Janice Larson

Executive Director, Regional Innovation Initiatives, BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
As Director for Renewable Energy Development in BC’s Ministry of Energy from 2001 to 2011, Janice Larson was instrumental in the development of the BC Bioenergy Strategy, the BC Energy Plans (2002 and 2007), the BC Clean Energy Act (2010), and the BC Climate Action Plan. Janice has over 20 years of experience in public policy development and implementation, focused on strategic planning, regulatory and economic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay

Vice President, Education, Okanagan College
Dr. Andrew Hay serves as Vice President, Education at Okanagan College, an institution with many connections to the cleantech industry and specialized instruction in Sustainable Construction Management. The latter program is housed within The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, named earlier this year by Corporate Knights magazine as the... Read More →
avatar for Neil Huff

Neil Huff

Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
As Managing Director of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, Neil Huff leads Western Canada’s first clean technology accelerator, launched in March 2013, as a not-for profit corporation to foster the growth of small and medium size businesses in the development and commercialization of viable technology solutions to create and produce energy more efficiently and responsibly. Funded by the BC Innovation Council and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Mehta

Michael Mehta

Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences,, Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and health risk issues. His recent work focuses on community resistance, resiliency and social innovation with a particular emphasis on citizen science. He was co-founder and coordinator of Help the Kelp Project and was co-founder and Director of community-based electrical non-profit society GabEnergy... Read More →
avatar for Rehan Sadiq

Rehan Sadiq

Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Engineering,University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)
Recently appointed to lead the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Rehan Sadiq is an internationally recognized expert in environmental risk analysis and decision making, sustainability and life-cycle thinking, water supply systems, and asset management of civil infrastructure systems. Prior to joining UBC in 2009, Rehan worked in the NRC’s Urban Infrastructure Program for 7 years. He has... Read More →
avatar for Harriet Waterman

Harriet Waterman

Industrial Technology Advisor-IRAP, National Research Council
Currently, Harriet is an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council IRAP Program in Kingston, Ontario. IRAP has a long history of providing excellent technical and business advisory services related to research and development, including strategic intelligence and customized solutions to business needs. Through IRAP’s comprehensive services, clients are better equipped to perform research and development, commercialize... Read More →
avatar for Guido Wimmers

Guido Wimmers

Program Chair, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design,, University of Northern British Columbia
Dr. Guido Wimmers leads the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC. Sustainable and healthy design and engineering practices are at the program core. For the past 100 years, steel and concrete construction has dominated large building construction; it has only been in the last few decades that the industrial construction... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 210

10:30

New models for tackling global scientific challenges: From collaboration to capacity-building / Nouveaux modèles pour s'attaquer aux défis scientifiques mondiaux : de la collaboration au renforcement des capacités
Organized by: International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Matthew L. Wallace, Senior Program Officer

The science and innovation landscape in developing countries has changed significantly over the last decade.

More science and innovation is taking place in developing regions, there is an emergence of new agencies to fund science and catalyze innovation and, local, regional, and international collaboration is on the rise.

For example, scientific publications featuring developing country authors are on the rise. Between 1996 and 2012 the share of the world’s articles with African authors almost doubled. Likewise, new research funding agencies are being created across developing countries, in places such as Panama, Nepal, and Botswana. Rapid developments have also taken place in India, Brazil, and newly emergent scientific nations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.

These positive trends are captured in the latest Global Innovation Index report, which reports that “innovation-driven growth is no longer the prerogative of high-income countries alone”.

At same time local and global problems that need attention through science and innovation have never been more pronounced, such as Ebola and Zika, or how to provide education for displaced people.

Moreover, scientists are often unable to communicate coherently and offer advice to their governments on how to solve these problems.

Many have pointed to a lack of opportunities for individuals to begin collaborations, or to the need for new, innovative funding schemes to coordinate regional science, for instance.

The need for capacity building and international scientific collaboration has never been greater, nor more helpful. International scientific collaborations also play a significant role in “science diplomacy” by strengthening ties between countries beyond the research arena.

This panel will explore a range of new models for tackling these challenges, from new arrangements for South-South collaboration, to new approaches for regional capacity-building in key scientific organizations. These include:

- Building the capacity of science granting and innovation councils in emerging countries,

- Developing collaborative research chair programs,

- Improving the ability of scientists in developing countries to provide science advice to their governments, and;

- New platforms for building internationally-aware Canadian and developing country scientists.

Moderators
avatar for Naser Faruqui

Naser Faruqui

Director of Technology and Innovation, International Development Research Centre
Naser Faruqui is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He leads a global team that helps developing countriesuse science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and equitable development. He has moderated many high level panels, including at AAAS meetings, the Open Government Partnership, and Economic Forum of the Americas. His areas of expertise include science... Read More →

Speakers
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Federico Graef

Deputy Director, Regional Development, Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT)
Born in 1956 in Acapulco, México, married, father of two boys, Dr. Graef obtained his BS in Physics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1981 and his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1990, year in which he joined the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada, BC (CICESE) as a full-time researcher in the Department of Physical Oceanography (PO). After being the coordinator... Read More →
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Philip Landon

Vice President, Governance and Programs, Universities Canada
Philip Landon is vice president, governance and programs at Universities Canada. He is responsible for the association’s corporate and governance framework and serves as secretary to the Board of Directors. He also leads the publications (including University Affairs), and programs teams which include Scholarship Partners Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. Philip has over 25 years’ experience in... Read More →
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Claire McNulty

Director of Science, British Council
Claire leads the British Council Science and Research Team, which develops and supports projects across the British Council global network, and builds relationships with key stakeholders in the UK and overseas. Amongst other areas, she leads on the British Council’s contribution to the Newton Fund (a UK Government initiative to support the economic development of emerging economies through science and innovation), the EC 'Euraxess... Read More →
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Aldo Stroebel

Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation, National Research Foundation (NRF)
Prof Aldo Stroebel is Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation at the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. He holds academic affiliations at Cornell University’s (USA) Institute for African Development as Visiting Fellow, and at the University of Venda (South Africa) as Adjunct Professor. Since 2005, he held various international affairs-related positions at the University of the Free State (UFS), including as... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 212

10:30

The role of provincial organizations in building and sustaining competitive regional research and innovation ecosystems / Le rôle des organisations provinciales dans l'établissement et le maintien d'écosystèmes régionaux de recherche e

Organized by: Renata Osika

The dynamics of Canada’s research and innovation system bring together a diverse range of stakeholders. Some may argue that there is no one Innovation System. After all research and innovation happen within local communities. Thus the innovation landscape and the specific priorities vary significantly across the provinces. The stakeholders take on different roles.

Over the past decade provinces have taken on a more significant role in research funding. Most have established research founding organizations with a mandate of leading this dialogue in their jurisdiction. Yet in Canada understanding of the regional systems, their own complexities and the ongoing transformations continues to be weak. This panel will elaborate on what drives the complexity of innovation systems overall, and illustrate the diverse of funding mechanism used to support these systems. They will hare insights from their own experience of building provincial research and innovation ecosystem.

 


Speakers
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Allison Barr

Director,, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
Ms. Allison Barr, Director at Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, oversees over $2 billion in research and innovation programming including the Ontario Research Fund, Ontario's largest funding program for academic research. She leads programs that support Ontario's top research talent, and is responsible for world class research institutes including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Ontario Brain Institute and the... Read More →
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Krista Connell

Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
As Chief Executive Officer at Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Krista Connell has been instrumental in increasing research activity and capacity in Nova Scotia. She is a recognized champion of health research nationally and internationally. Krista regularly serves on external review committees for other health research-related organizations and is a member of various boards and working groups including the Canadian... Read More →
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Diane Finegood

President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Dr. Diane Finegood is an experienced research leader with a deep knowledge of the health research ecosystem and extensive experience in building complex partnerships across disciplines and sectors at all levels. As President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, she champions the growth of BC’s health research enterprise and works closely with government and other stakeholders to advance key projects to support... 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 research and innovation and in managing funds and programs to support research. | Just prior to joining Research Manitoba, Christina was with the Manitoba Department... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 211

12:00

Lunch / Déjeuner
Wednesday November 9, 2016 12:00 - 13:30
Ottawa Salon

13:30

Back to the Future: What Ebola taught us about risk communication / Retour vers le futur. Ce que le virus Ebola nous a enseigné au sujet de la communication des risques
Organized by, World Federation of Science Journalists, Damien Chalaud

Just as the world’s attention forgets the devastating impact of the Ebola virus epidemic it is now time to confront the new uncertainties of the Zika virus outbreak.

The unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa was not just a health crisis. It was also an information crisis. It exposed not only failures in the local and international response to a deadly epidemic, but the ineffectiveness of using top down messages to reach communities that exist largely in an information blackout. Poor communication clearly heightened apprehension among the public, while potentially seeding confusion among scientists and journalists who reported the outbreak. The lack of engagement with local communities led to high levels of mistrust, low compliance with the behavior changes needed to reduce transmission, and the spread of rumors.

In the aftermath of Ebola, the international community faced criticism for its inadequate response to the epidemic. While many lessons can be drawn from the epidemic in preparation for future public health emergencies, one of the top recommendations in the World Health Organization’s “Report of the Ebola Interim Assessment panel”, was the need for more cooperation and communication between all the stakeholders: international humanitarian community, health/scientific community, government agencies, media, etc.

Notwithstanding, the world is still ill-prepared to respond to severe and sustained outbreaks such as Ebola and other air-borne diseases. The complex Ebola crisis underlined that research uptake is necessarily a multi-directional process that requires interaction and iteration with stakeholders, engagement with intermediaries and the audiences they target. The proposed panel discussion will look to address some of the following topics by using the Ebola case study:

The barriers to creating a culture of evidence use in the wider public. 
While there have been many efforts to increase uptake among high-level decision-makers in policy and practice, there has been considerably less engagement with the wider public to ensure that they are equally well-informed and empowered.  The public’s primary information access points – the media and civil society organizations – have faced a variety of individual and institutional barriers that have prevented them from most effectively accessing, appraising and translating evidence to their target audiences.

1. Limited access to evidence. One of the biggest challenges to evidence use is simply being able to find and then access it.

2. Limited capacity to appraise evidence. Where there are barriers to accessing evidence, it becomes all the more important to critique what is available. Yet, the longer you search for evidence, the less time you have to consider it, and thus, the less useful it can be (or potentially more harmful it can be) in its practical applications, especially at a local level where it often competes with traditional knowledge systems.

3. Limited capacity to translate and communicate evidence. Even when intermediaries are able to access and appraise evidence, there still exist a number of barriers to translating and communicating that evidence to a public audience.

Moderators
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André Picard

Public Health Reporter, Globe and Mail
André Picard is the public health reporter at The Globe and Mail and one of Canada’s top public policy writers. He is also the author of four bestselling books. André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Canadian Policy Research Award, and the Atkinson Fellowship for Public Policy Research. He lives in Montréal.

Speakers
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Damien Chalaud

Executive Director, World Federation of Science Journalists
Damien Chalaud is the Executive Director of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He graduated from the University of London – Goldsmiths College with a Masters degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Journalism. From 1993-1997 he was a journalist and producer at BBC Radio and the BBC World Service. In 1998 he joined the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva as Director of Eurosonic satellite operations. In 2001 he was... Read More →
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David Secko

Associate Professor of Journalism, Concordia University
David Secko is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Concordia University (Montréal). He previously worked as a journalist for The Scientist magazine and Vancouver’s Tyee. Dave now studies science journalism as a scholar and is the leader of the Concordia Science Journalism Project (www.csjp.ca). He won a University Research Award for his research contributions in 2011, the Dean’s Award for excellence as a new scholar in 2010... Read More →
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Alpha Daffae Senkpeni

Journalist
Alpha Daffae Senkpeni is a 33 year old Liberian. He is a journalist by profession with over a decade experience in the print, broadcast and online media sectors. Senkpeni is a graduating senior at University of Liberia where he studies mass communication. He has committed his career to development reporting holding an opinion that information can help save lives. He rigorously reported on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in his country.   Amongst... Read More →
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Kahofi Suy

Ivoirian journalist
Kahofi is an Ivoirian journalist and radio producer with a solid background in print, broadcast and online media (blog and social media). Graduating at the Institute of Sciences and Technology of Communication (Côte d’Ivoire), he is also trainer for various media organizations and projects. Founder and editor in chief of the Ivoirian news website Eburnietoday.com, he works for different Radio stations in west Africa like Sud Fm or... Read More →
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Theresa Tam

Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Theresa Tam is the Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada. She has extensive experience in managing infectious disease outbreaks and health emergencies including SARS, pandemic influenza and Ebola.  She is a member of WHO IHR Emergency Committees on Polio, Ebola and MERS-Corona virus, and has demonstrated leadership on a number of global health security and anti-microbial... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 202

13:30

Building Capacity for Science Policy in Canada
Organized by CSPC

 This is an interactive session in which panelists are all participants. In this session, we look for practical recommendations on how to build capacity in science policy. We briefly discuss the gaps and priorities in science policy in Canada, and then we will discuss how CSPC can be more effective in being a HUB for sharing resources, disseminating knowledge and becoming a full Think and Do Tank in Science Policy.

We encourage everyone to attend this session and present recommendations and be part of the capacity building in Science Policy in Canada. 


Wednesday November 9, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 212

13:30

CSPC Innovation Short Talk Series 1
Agents of Innovation: multiple experiences, multiple leverage points.
Organized by: Jennifer Martin (65 minutes)
Speakers: Jennifer Martin; Robert Mitchell; Tom Ogaranko; Audrey Mascarenhas
Click here for presentation details  

A Different Perspective on Canada’s Innovation Capacity
Organized by: Scott McAuley (20 minutes)
Speakers: Charles Plant; Cynthia Goh 
Click here for presentation details

Speakers
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Cynthia Goh

Director, Impact Centre, University of Toronto
Cynthia Goh is a professor, entrepreneur, researcher and educator dedicated to transforming science to society. She received her PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles, and carried out postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, prior to taking a faculty position at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests focus on biomaterials, nanotechnology and understanding the... Read More →
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Jennifer Martin

President + CEO, TELUS Spark
Founding CEO of the first new science centre built in Canada since 1984. Passionate about innovation skills development, and positive change in our community.
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Audrey Mascarenhas

President and CEO, Questor Technology Inc.
Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for over 30 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council... Read More →
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Robert Mitchell

Bob has been helping organizations unlock their potential through innovation and collaboration for 25 years.  Until recently, Bob was the Senior Director, Innovating for Performance and Sustainability in the Oil Sands Business Unit of ConocoPhillips Canada.  Bob co-founded the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) in 2007 and co-chaired its management committee.  Lately, he’s been focused on collaboration and open innovation... Read More →
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Tom Ogaranko

Co-Founder and Principal, Tessellate Inc.
Tom is a serial entrepreneur involved in founding companies, social enterprises and government agencies involved in innovation and technology development in several areas including telecommunications, software, services, web applications, e-learning and medtech. Tom has structured organizations and investment funds for stimulating and growing innovative capacity for public and private clients.
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Charles Plant

Senior Fellow, Impact Centre, University of Toronto
Charles Plant is a Senior Fellow with the Impact Centre, working to develop research and education programs in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been an officer, director or investor in a dozen technology companies. Charles has also provided financing, consulting and coaching services to several dozen other technology companies. He was co-founder and CEO for 15 years of Synamics, a... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 209

13:30

Canada’s Climate Change Strategy: What is needed? / La stratégie du Canada en matière de changement climatique : que faut-il mettre en place ?
Organized, Royal Society of Canada, Russel MacDonald

Canada was a signatory to the Paris Agreement in April 2016, and has committed to a 30% reduction of 2005 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. Governments across Canada are now struggling to formulate policies and make investment decisions that will allow the nation to meet or exceed this commitment. The decisions that are made will create winners and losers, so lobbyists abound. There is an important role for evidence-based science to inform the policy and investment decisions.

This panel will explore what is needed for Canada’s climate change strategy.  It will be begin with a 25-30 minute presentation by Dr. Mark Jaccard, FRSC, from the School of Resource and Environmental Management Simon Fraser University. Two respondents Dr. Catherine Potvin, FRSC (McGill University) Dr. Keith Hipel, FRSC (University of Waterloo) will then have 10 minutes to respond to Dr. Jaccard’s presentation before the moderator opens up the panel to a discussion among themselves and with the audience. The respondents will have received a copy of Dr. Jaccard’s presentation a week before the conference.

The Topics that will be covered by the panelists include:
  1. Should Canada expand fossil fuel extraction and transport infrastructure? (such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, oil pipelines, shale gas plays, etc)
  2. Is there a best way to do emissions pricing? (carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade, permit auctions vs. free distribution, protection for trade-exposed industries, linkage to other jurisdictions, carbon tax revenue recycling like BC or spend it like Ontario, etc.)
  3. What is the role of the federal government vs. the provinces in meeting the Paris commitment? (especially given the diversity of effort and policy challenges and opportunities among the provinces) 
  4. What is the role for other levels of government? (municipal, territorial, First Nations)
  5. What are the pros and cons of different key technology options? (nuclear, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, intermittent renewables like solar and wind, electric cars, heat pumps, energy efficiency, a trans-national grid, shale gas, etc.)

Moderators
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John Smol

FRSC, Department of Biology, Queen’s University
John P. Smol, OC, PhD, FRSC is professor of biology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change. Smol founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), a group of ~40 students and other scientists dedicated to the study of long-term global environmental change, and especially as it relates to lake ecosystems. John has authored... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Jaccard

Simon Fraser University
Mark Jaccard has been professor since 1986 in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, interrupted in 1992-97 while he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. Internationally, Mark has served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the China Council for International Cooperation on... Read More →
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Catherine Potvin

FRSC, Department of Biology,, McGill University
Catherine Potvin is a world leader in global change biology. She was among the first to show how changing carbon dioxide levels alter plant biodiversity, implemented the first long-term tropical experiment relating tree biodiversity to ecosystem function. She also developed and popularized several advanced statistical techniques. Currently, she is a driving force at local, national, and international levels shaping research, policy, and... Read More →
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Arlene Strom

Vice-President, Sustainability and Communications, Suncor Energy Inc
Arlene Strom has held various leadership positions at Suncor for the past 13 years and is currently the Vice President - Sustainability & Communications at Suncor. She is responsible for Stakeholder and Aboriginal relations, sustainability, including strategy for environmental and social performance, and communications.


Wednesday November 9, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 210

13:30

Regional Innovation and Socioeconomic Development in Non-Metropolitan Areas: BC Insights / L'innovation régionale et le développement socio-économique dans les régions non métropolitaines : réflexions de la C.-B.
Organized by,UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Okanagan campus, Dr. Deborah Buszard

British Columbia is a large province with a diverse range of geographic regions, communities and cultures; the province’s economy is equally diverse, with economic development dependent on a range of industries and businesses. Like many parts of non-metropolitan Canada, the BC Interior region faces a number of challenges in meeting the demands of the 21st century economy, including those associated with transforming and diversifying the regional resource economy to one driven by innovation.



To help understand and navigate these challenges and opportunities, BC is fortunate to have significant expertise and leadership in regional socio-economic innovation and socio-economic development research embedded within its non-metropolitan areas.  This panel, comprised of key researchers and leaders in BC’s regional innovation ecosystem, will share their experiences in helping make the BC Interior the optimal ‘living lab’ for regional innovation, and offer insights on the important role non-metropolitan areas can and must play for Canada to move toward a more innovative and inclusive economy.


Moderators
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Janice Larson

Executive Director, Regional Innovation Initiatives, BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
As Director for Renewable Energy Development in BC’s Ministry of Energy from 2001 to 2011, Janice Larson was instrumental in the development of the BC Bioenergy Strategy, the BC Energy Plans (2002 and 2007), the BC Clean Energy Act (2010), and the BC Climate Action Plan. Janice has over 20 years of experience in public policy development and implementation, focused on strategic planning, regulatory and economic... Read More →

Speakers
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Deborah Buszard

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of British Columbia Okanagan campus
University of British Columbia Okanagan campus | Dr. Deborah Buszard is UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. The ten year old Okanagan campus is demonstrating new approaches to interdisciplinary and community engaged post-secondary education, research and innovation. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Buszard served in senior academic leadership roles at both Dalhousie and McGill... Read More →
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Martin Cronin

Chief Executive Officer, Helios Global Technologies
Martin Cronin is Chief Executive Officer of Helios Global Technologies in Kelowna, BC, a company specializing in tracking and survivability technologies. He also serves on the executive board for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Martin has over twenty years of experience in international diplomacy with the British Government, including postings in Yemen, Jordan, Sweden, Pakistan and Iraq. He... Read More →
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Terri MacDonald

Innovation Chair, Rural Development Institute, Selkirk College
Dr. Terri MacDonald is Regional Innovation Chair, Rural Development Institute, at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC.Terri has worked for over 10 years in economic development across BC, primarily in the Kootenay region. Her research interests include regional economic development, the role of community capacity in rural development, and community sustainability indicators, planning and implementation. Her commitment to rural... Read More →
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Lincoln Smith

Executive Director, Kamloops Innovation and Director, Research Partnerships and Enterprise Creation, Kamloops Innovation
Lincoln is an experienced academic and industrial researcher with a broad scientific and business background. He uses experience and connections to coach and mentor local technology entrepreneurs in our region. Lincoln splits his time between Executive Director of Kamloops Innovation, and Director Research Partnerships and Enterprise Creation at Thompson Rivers University. This unique position gives him the ability to... Read More →
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Jennifer Tedman-Jones

Director of Business Development, Mitacs
Dr. Jennifer Tedman-Jones has served as Director of Business Development for Mitacs since 2011, with posts at the University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. In her current role, Jennifer supports the UBC Okanagan campus’ promotion of innovation and economic development in the BC Interior in collaboration with Thompson Rivers University, the University of Northern British Columbia and Okanagan College... Read More →
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Guido Wimmers

Program Chair, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design,, University of Northern British Columbia
Dr. Guido Wimmers leads the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC. Sustainable and healthy design and engineering practices are at the program core. For the past 100 years, steel and concrete construction has dominated large building construction; it has only been in the last few decades that the industrial construction... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 13:30 - 15:30
Room 211

15:00

Coffee Break / Pause café
Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:00 - 15:30
TBA

15:30

Evidence-based decision-making in health policy and health care practice: Have we got what it takes? / La prise de décisions fondées sur des données probantes en matière de politiques et de pratiques de soins de santé : sommes-nous à la hauteur ?
Organized by, BC SUPPORT Unit, Bev Holmes

Evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) is not new to healthcare; stakeholders are well aware of the promise it holds.  But while there are excellent examples of successful EBDM, its influence on policy at the system level is far from realized.   Why, despite volumes of literature on barriers to EBDM – and solutions to overcome them – do we struggle?   How can we embrace EBDM to help sustain and strengthen our Canadian and provincial healthcare systems?

One promising initiative is Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a $650M+ coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners led by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, dedicated to the integration of research into care. 

Under SPOR, SUPPORT Units (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) have been established across Canada to strengthen patient-oriented research.  The Units’ resources and services are critical supports for EBDM.  But the real key to SPOR and the Units’ success is in looking beyond these practical offerings to the social and structural elements that prevent or enable EBDM.  SUPPORT Units have committed to a new and equal partnership among patients, researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to ensure these elements are addressed.

Success means establishing shared goals and measurements and supporting people to play new roles. But it also means tackling issues of power, politics, conflicting incentives and different rules (real or perceived) by which various stakeholders operate.  Such issues are largely ignored:  they are either too difficult to deal with, or they are so entrenched, we don’t recognize them as problems.  SPOR presents an opportunity to resolve them.

This provocative panel represents three SUPPORT Units: Ontario, Alberta and BC. Three case studies on EDBM will be presented, each by a Unit lead and a partner (policy-maker, researcher, patient).  Cases will address practical elements of EBDM (skills, training, access to evidence) – but also the social and structural. What rules and incentives must change for EBDM to work?  How can we move from a culture of competition – which is research today – to one of collaboration, and what are the trade-offs? How can patients have equal power as decision makers?  How do we measure progress, with the current demand for quick fixes and quantitative results? How can our definition of science expand to include the disciplines of change management, organizational culture and system change?

We end with questions for the audience, and invite feedback on what it really takes to embrace EBDM in healthcare.  

Moderators
avatar for Kuan Li

Kuan Li

Project Lead, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Kuan Li is Project Lead, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), where she is responsible for the implementation and management of various SPOR components, including the SUPPORT Units. Previously, she managed the National Anti-Drug Strategy and worked on the federal policy on youth mental health. Kuan received her PhD in Sociology from Loughborough University, UK and a MA in Mass Communications... Read More →

Speakers
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Stirling Bryan

Scientific Director, BC SUPPORT Unit
Stirling Bryan, the BC SUPPORT Unit’s scientific director, is an economist with a career-long specialization in the economics of health care. His PhD (economics) was obtained from Brunel University (UK), following a Masters (health economics) from the University of York (UK). For over 20 years he has been a university-based practising health economist with extensive engagement to the policy and decision making world. The vast majority of... Read More →
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Dean Fergusson

Senior Scientist & Director, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Dean Fergusson is a Senior Scientist & Director, Clinical Epidemiology Program, at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is also Professor, Departments of Medicine, Surgery, and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa. Dean holds the position of Endowed Chair, OHRI/uOttawa, Clinical Epidemiology Program.   Dean received his PhD (Honours) in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University and a Masters of... Read More →
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Bev Holmes

Vice-President, Research & Impact, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
Bev Holmes is Vice-President, Research & Impact at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), where she is responsible for funding programs, strategic initiatives, impact analysis, and knowledge translation. She also serves as Executive Lead for the BC SUPPORT Unit. Bev received both her MA and PhD from SFU's School of Communication, where she studied knowledge translation and health communication. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Gail MacKean

Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit
Gail MacKean has a longstanding commitment to patient and family-centred healthcare systems, and to patient and family engagement in health, health care and health research has come from her varied and lifelong experiences with health, illness and the health care system, as: | A daughter of a mother living with a chronic, disabling condition; A practicing physiotherapist and then a planner/administrator working in... Read More →
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Tim Murphy

Vice President, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit
Tim Murphy has more than 20 years of senior executive leadership experience in the health care sector. Prior to joining Alberta Innovates Health Solutions as the Vice President, Provincial Platforms and SPOR, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with clients such as: the CHILD Foundation, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Movember Foundation.   Prior to establishing his... Read More →
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Eddy Nason

Assistant Director, Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit


Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 202

15:30

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
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

15:30

CSPC Innovation Short Talk Series 2
Entrepreneurial Skills Training for the New Economy: Case Studies
Richard McAloney (10min) 
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Partnered Innovation: The Role of Colleges in Canada's Innovation Ecosystem
Denise Amyot  (10min)
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Health Transformation in Ontario: A Federal Perspective
Ashley Challinor (10min)
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The Hidden Economic and Innovation Engine within the Canadian Health System
Tina Saryeddine (10min)
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Canada's Public Service science and research: vital for a flourishing innovation ecosystem
Debi Daviau (10min)
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Fostering Canada's Digital Infrastructure For The 21st Century
Barb Carra & Jim Ghadbane (10min)
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Scaling Innovation: How Waterloo Region is Creating the Blueprint for Canada's Success in the new innovation Ecomomy
Paul Salvini (10min)
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Building regional innovation partnerships that work
Donna Heslin (10min)
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Speakers
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Denise Amyot

President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada
Denise Amyot is the President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC). The Association is the national and international voice for 130 of Canada's publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.
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Barb Carra

Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Cybera
Dr. Barb Carra is Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Cybera, the not-for-profit technology-neutral agency dedicated to accelerating technology adoption in Alberta. With a background in multidisciplinary research, spatial statistics and data organization, Barb brings a decade of experience in data analytics and policy to Cybera. This expertise allows her to act as a bridge between the research and technical domains, steering... Read More →
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Ashley Challinor

Director of Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Ashley Challinor is Director of Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and is currently the lead on their year-long health policy project, the Health Transformation Initiative. Prior to that, she worked in market research in Toronto, media in Tbilisi, and migration policy in Washington, DC. Ashley has an MSc. from the London School of Economics, an MA from the University of Southern California, and an HBA from the University of... Read More →
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Debi Daviau

President, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC)
Debi Daviau became the 52nd President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) on January 1, 2014. Debi is a dedicated champion of the rights of public service employees. Over the years, she has worked hard to improve collective agreements and to defend hard-fought gains for all PIPSC professionals. In a previous period of systematic, ideological attacks on the programs, services and people who protect the health and... Read More →
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Jim Ghadbane

President and CEO, CANARIE
As President and CEO, Jim is responsible for achieving the company’s objectives as stated in its current agreement with the Government of Canada, including providing an internationally competitive ultra-high speed network for Canada’s research, innovation and education communities; developing and implementing next generation technologies; and assisting Canadian firms and higher education institutions advance innovation and... Read More →
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Donna Heslin

Director of Graduate Programs and External Relation, Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI)
Donna Heslin is the Director of Graduate Programs and External Relations for the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) at the U of T Mississauga (UTM). Donna is also Director of ICUBE, the campus linked entrepreneurship space at (UTM). She is currently a PhD student with the Ontario Institute for Studies in education in the faculty of Higher Education at U of T. Her research interests are in the field of entrepreneurship and... Read More →
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Richard McAloney

Director of Technology Management & Entrepreneurship, U of T’s Impact Centre
Richard has extensive experience working at the intersection of academia, government, and industry. As the Director of Technology Management & Entrepreneurship at U of T’s Impact Centre, he manages training and support programs that provide student entrepreneurs with the early-stage guidance to help move technology from the lab to the world. He is co-creator of Techno – an elite training program for scientists and engineers... Read More →
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Paul Salvini

Chief Executive Officer, Accelerator Centre
Dr. Paul Salvini is Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a world-renowned not-for-profit facility dedicated to developing and strengthening technology-based businesses. He also holds appointments as Associate Vice President of Research Commercialization at the University of Waterloo and as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Graduate School of Computer Science at the University of Toronto where he teaches Technology... Read More →
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Tina Saryeddine

Executive Director, Research & Innovation, HealthCareCAN
Tina Saryeddine is Executive Director, Research & Innovation at HealthCareCAN, the national voice of healthcare organizations in Canada.  In her role at HealthCareCAN, Tina leads the research and innovation portfolio and works with members, colleagues and partners on advocating for winning policy and funding conditions for research and innovation in hospitals; expediting the spread of innovation and  translation of research... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 209

15:30

Canada and the EU: How can we strengthen research collaborations in science, technology and innovation? / Le Canada et l'UE : comment peut-on renforcer les collaborations en recherche dans le domaine de la science, de la technologie et de l'innovation ?of
Organized by, EURAXESS North America, Viktoria Bodnarova

In this session, we will present the main outcomes and lessons learned from the European Commission funded ERA-Can+ project (October 2013- September 2016) which has aimed to enhance Canada-EU research collaboration in science, technology and innovation (ST&I). Two researchers, one Canadian and one European, will share their experiences accessing and implementing Horizon 2020 grants (the European Union’s largest funding program). Session participants will come away with an understanding of how Canadians can tap into European funding programs and some of the current challenges for EU-Canada collaboration. They will also be asked for their ideas and recommendations on how to further strengthen EU-Canada cooperation in ST&I.  

Canada has long been a key strategic partner for the EU in ST&I and 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Canada-EU Science and Technology Agreement. The ERA-Can+ project, and its previous iterations, aimed to i) enrich the EU-Canada policy dialogue, ii) stimulate transatlantic research and innovation cooperation and iii) enhance coordination between program owners. Some excellent results have been achieved. Canadian participation in the European Union’s Framework Programs (FP) increased consistently from 37 projects during FP4 (1994-1998) to 328 projects during FP7 (2007-2013). And within the first two years of Horizon 2020 (2014-2015), Canadians were selected to participate in 90 collaborative projects and 44 received funding for individual fellowships and grants.

The ERA-Can+ project has involved three Canadian partners (Universities Canada, the Public Policy Forum, Global Affairs Canada) and four European partners (CNRS in France, ZSI in Austria, APRE in Italy, DLR in Germany). EURAXESS Links North America – European Commission’s funded project - that provides information on individual fellowships and grants available in Europe, was invited by the project partners to present at numerous information sessions and webinars held as part of ERA-Can+.

The two researchers will share their experiences with Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) which provide fellowships to researchers seeking international and interdisciplinary mobility experiences. Dr. Catarina C. Ferreira, a Portuguese citizen, is the recipient of a MSCA Global Fellowship for Career Development and is currently carrying out part of her post-doctoral research on the effects of anthropogenic activities on carnivore population ecology at Trent University. Dr. Geiger, an assistant professor at Carleton University, is involved in the DiasporaLink project funded through MSCA RISE (Research & Innovation Staff Exchanges) which aims to create a global, extended university network with the mission of monitoring and assisting with the entrepreneurship of transnational diasporas.

Moderators
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Viktoria Bodnarova

Regional Representative, EURAXESS Links North America
Viktoria Bodnarova is the Regional Representative for EURAXESS North America, responsible for Canada and the US, as of 2013. Her main role is to inform the community of researchers of all scientific domains and nationalities based in North America about the funding and career opportunities the European Research Area (ERA) offers (European, national or regional funding opportunities). Another important role is the management... Read More →

Speakers
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Catarina Ferreira

Post-doctoral fellow, Trent University
Dr. Catarina C. Ferreira, a Portuguese citizen, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral fellow at Trent University in Peterborough and at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany (2015-2018). Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants to researchers seeking international and interdisciplinary mobility experiences. Her research focuses on the effects of... Read More →
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Martin Geiger

Assistant Professor of “Politics of Human Migration and Mobility”, Carleton University
Martin Geiger joined Carleton University in 2014 as a faculty member and was appointed as an Assistant Professor of “Politics of Human Migration and Mobility”. His research, teaching and writings focus on migration and mobility from an interdisciplinary perspective. Prof. Geiger is cross-appointed with the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is an active... Read More →
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Claire Millington

Claire Millington is a senior policy analyst in the research, policy and international relations division at Universities Canada. In this role, she conducts research and policy work with respect to international research collaborations, equity in academia, and the impact of digital technologies on Canadian universities. She previously managed international development programs for the association. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from... Read More →
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Leslie Reissner

Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Division, Global Affairs Canada
Leslie Reissner is Deputy Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Division of Global Affairs Canada.  His responsibilities include management of Canada’s bilateral science and technology relationships with countries in the Americas and Europe.  He has been with DFATD for 30 years.  In addition to assignments in Ottawa he has had postings in Beijing, Hong Kong, Washington, DC, Berlin and, before assuming his current... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:30 - 17:00
Room 211

15:30

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

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.  


Moderators
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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 to answer these questions because their small size and fast reproduction times let him watch the evolutionary process unfolding in the laboratory. Rees has... Read More →

Speakers
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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 a specific molecular target. Dr. DeRosa received her Ph.D in Chemistry from Carleton University in 2003. She was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to do... 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 on religion and identity in the British Atlantic. In January 2016 she returned to Canada from the United Kingdom and is committed to progressing... 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, Scientists, Social Scientists and Engineers to explore speculative living technologies of the future. Andrew is also the co-founder and CTO of Spiderwort Inc, a... 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 of national importance. In her role, Val provides leadership on innovation, skills, immigration and labour market issues, and supports the work of the Business... Read More →


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

17:00

18:00

Keynote Session Science, Human Rights, and Academic Freedom / Séance plénière
Round-table discussion with Dr Homa Hoodfar

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler is the Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer. | | A constitutional and comparative law scholar, Professor Cotler intervened in landmark Charter of Rights cases in the areas of free speech, freedom of religion, minority rights, peace law... Read More →
avatar for Viviana Fernandez

Viviana Fernandez

Viviana Fernandez works as Assistant Director at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), University of Ottawa (uOttawa). Given her specialisation in competitive intelligence and knowledge management, her main responsibilities focus on the operations and management of resources of the Centre as well as the implementation of its research, teaching and outreach mission. She represents the University of Ottawa in the Scholars at... Read More →
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Homa Hoodfar

Canadian Scientist and Professor, Concordia University
Dr Hoodfar, is a Canadian scientist and professor at Concordia University. She was detained when travelling to Iran and spent 112 days in jail there. 
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Ivan Semeniuk

Ivan Semeniuk is an award-winning journalist who reports on science and science policy for The Globe and Mail.


Wednesday November 9, 2016 18:00 - 19:30
Ottawa Salon

21:00

 
Thursday, November 10
 

07:30

Breakfast / Petit déjeuner
Thursday November 10, 2016 07:30 - 08:30
TBA

08:30

Plenary Presentation - Converging science: fostering innovation through a new model of transdisciplinary research

Convergence is the combination of insights and approaches from originally distinct fields. Researchers trained at the nexus of converging disciplines are developing unique perspectives that stimulate the emergence of new areas of research. By promoting a diversity of approaches that transcend the traditional discipline barriers, convergence has the potential to nurture innovative solutions to both new and persistent challenges.

Cutting-edge research, and the innovation that comes from it, increasingly depends on developing original ways to stimulate discoveries. For example, many modern developments in drug delivery would not have been possible without an integrated transdisciplinary approach combining fields such as nanotechnology and pharmaceutical research. The convergence revolution is also creating major new opportunities in neuroscience, integrating methodologies adopted from a variety of STEM disciplines including the life, physical and engineering sciences. This same dynamic is taking place in a wide variety of fields, such as the convergence of psychology and economics, computer science and astronomy, digital technologies and the humanities, chemistry, biology and engineering, etc.

This session aims to:

  • Identify opportunities and barriers to the convergence of disciplines and fields of  research,
  • Discuss strategies that could be developed to enable the potential of convergence,
  • Debate the possibility of developing and implementing new strategies and organizational structures that could improve the effectiveness of the Canadian research enterprise.

Moderators
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Darren Gilmour

Executive Director, The Royal Society of Canada
Darren Gilmour is the Executive Director of the Royal Society of Canada. In recent years the RSC has established the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; acquired its first permanent home in downtown Ottawa; considerably expanded its institutional membership; completed its first capital campaign; and published the RSC Strategy For Renewal and Growth. Darren was raised New Brunswick.

Speakers
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Alan Bernstein

President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Alan Bernstein is the President and CEO of CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) a global research organization that brings together some of the world’s preeminent researchers to address questions of importance to the world.  Dr. Bernstein received the AAAS James Loudon Gold Medal in Mathematics and Physics upon graduation with a B.Sc. (honours) from the University of Toronto in 1968. After receiving his Ph.D. from the... Read More →
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Graham Carr

VP Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University
Graham Carr is Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs at Concordia University. He served previously as Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies and as Dean of Graduate Studies. | | An historian by training, he is a graduate of Queen’s University (BA Hons; MA) and the University of Maine at Orono (PhD). His research focuses on North American cultural history, in particular Cold War cultural diplomacy.  | He is a past... Read More →
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Ilse Treurnicht

CEO, MaRS Discovery District
Ilse Treurnicht is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a leading innovation hub in Toronto. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building young high growth firms in the health, cleantech, work & learning, as well as finance & commerce sectors, and works with partners to catalyze, scale and adopt innovation. Ilse joined MaRS in early 2005 from her role as President & CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, a startup-stage venture capital fund... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 08:30 - 10:00
TBA

10:00

Coffee Break / Pause café
Thursday November 10, 2016 10:00 - 10:30
TBA

10:30

Maximizing the Value and Impact of Collaborative Policy-Relevant Research / Maximiser la valeur et l'impact de la recherche collaborative pertinente en matière de politiques
Organized by, Canadian Research Data Centre Network, Martin Taylor

Wise public policy is informed by strong evidence derived from advanced research supported by insightful analysis of relevant data. Created in 2000, as a partnership between Statistics Canada and a pan-Canadian consortium of universities, the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN; www.rdc-cdr.ca) is uniquely placed to advance social, economic and health research and to inform public policy in Canada. The Network provides the research community special access to Statistics Canada micro-data to enable major advances in quantitative research in the social sciences and health on such timely and policy-relevant topics as: income inequality, immigrant settlement, child well-being, mental health, and population aging. With renewed five year funding from CIHR and SSHRC, the Network is actively engaging with several federal departments and provincial ministries to accelerate the development of its collaborative programs of policy-related research. This ‘At Issue’ panel of senior academic and government leaders will address how the Network's research strengths can further enable evidence-based policy at all levels of government. The panel will also consider how initiatives, such as the CRDCN, can position Canada as a global leader in policy-relevant research.

Moderators
avatar for Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria
Martin Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Victoria and now lives in Dundas, Ontario. He is also adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  In April 2016, he began a five year term as Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. From 2007-2012, he served as... Read More →

Speakers
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Jane Badets

Assistant Chief Statistician,, Statistics Canada
Jane Badets is the Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Field at Statistics Canada where she has responsibility for a broad range of social statistics including health, justice, education, labour, income, immigration, Aboriginal Peoples, population estimates and demography.    Prior to this, she was the Director General of the Education, Labour and Income Statistics Branch (ELISB). Her responsibilities included... Read More →
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Michelle Gauthier

Special Advisor,, Canadian Research Data Centre Network
Michelle Gauthier has a Ph.D. in Communications (McGill) and 25 years of experience working on research and public policy issues at the interface of the university, government and non-profit sectors. She is currently Special Advisor to the Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. Her previous appointments include Vice-President, Public Policy and Community Engagement, Imagine Canada and Director, Research and Policy... Read More →
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Nancy Ross

Professor of Geography and CRC (Tier 1) in Geo-Social Determinants of Health, McGill University
Nancy Ross is Professor of Geography at McGill University. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Geo-Social Determinants of Health and is a Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy. Nancy received her PhD from McMaster University in 1997 and that year joined Statistics Canada as a social science researcher. At Statistics Canada, Nancy worked on the early releases of the National Population Health Survey, the Canadian Community... Read More →
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Byron G Spencer

Professor of Economics and Academic Director of the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre, McMaster University
Byron G Spencer is Professor of Economics and Academic Director of the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at McMaster University. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. His research in recent years centred around the SEDAP (Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population) Research Program, whose purpose was to gain a better understanding of the likely social and economic consequences of... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 202

10:30

Disruptive Technologies: People, Policy and Programs

Organized by Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

According to a recent OECD report (Oct 2015) countries should step up their investment in long-term R&D to develop frontier technologies that will reshape industry, healthcare and communications and provide urgently needed solutions to global challenges. Disruptive technologies, including mobile, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and advanced genomics have the potential to significantly change the way we live and work. This session is meant to provoke reflection on a timely issue. We propose a series of short ‘lightning-talk’ speakers and then open the floor for discussion.

This panel seeks to further explore the following issues:

  • How should funding agencies/governments strike a balance between already emerging areas of disruptive technologies research and new unexplored areas?
  • Should support for disruptive technologies be prioritised on the basis of the promise it holds?
  • Does government need to have in place pre-emptive policies and regulatory mechanisms in anticipation of increased volume in disruptive technology research? Should research in disruptive technologies be undertaken with a parallel assessment of its ethical, socio-economic, and cultural implications?

Moderators
avatar for Paul Dufour

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 Board of Directors of the graduate student led Science Policy Exchange based in Montréal, and is member of the Investment Committee for Grand... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Foteini Agrafioti

Foteini Agrafioti

Chief Science Officer, Head of RBC Research
Dr. Agrafioti is an inventor and entrepreneur.  She is currently leading Research at RBC where she is responsible for the intellectual property portfolio in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Prior to that, Foteini was the CIO of Architech, where she led Research and Innovation. She also founded and served as CTO at Nymi, a biometrics security company and maker of the Nymi wristband. Foteini is an inventor of... Read More →
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Mo Elbestawi

Director, Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University
Dr. Elbestawi is the Director of the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University. The newly-established school  brings together McMaster University’s School of Engineering Technology and its undergraduate Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) programs and the former W Booth School, which offers graduate degrees in engineering practice in areas such as design, public policy and... Read More →
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Richard Hawkins

Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program, University of Calgary
Dr. Hawkins is Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Calgary. Until July 2012, he was also Canada Research Chair in the Social Context of Technology. He is also Senior Fellow at The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS) and Fellow of the Institute for Science Society and Policy (University of Ottawa). Formerly, he was Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO... Read More →
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Michele Mosca

Founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing,
Dr. Mosca is a co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 1999 he has been a faculty member in the Combinatorics & Optimization department of the University of Waterloo, and a member of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research, with cross-appointments in Computer Science and Physics. Dr. Mosca has made major contributions to the theory and practice of... Read More →
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Duncan Stewart

General Manager, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Duncan Stewart is General Manager of NRC's Security and Disruptive Technologies research portfolio. From 2009 to 2012, he was Acting Director of Research at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. Before joining NRC in 2008, he worked for a decade at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, in the advanced technology Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory. His research focused on nanoscale computing devices... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 210

10:30

Open Research / La recherche ouverte

A critical communication gap exists between the research community and the Public, around the world. The Public is not sufficiently informed about research outcomes, except for the little they can glean through popular media. Researchers typically publish their outcomes in channels such as journals and conferences, which are meant for fellow researchers. Unfortunately, neither popular media nor journals and conference publications capture the details of the research processes that could engage the Public. The Public, as the receptor sector, rarely participates in the research cycle when researchers propose ideas, apply for funding, investigate ideas through various processes, reach outcomes, and drive new research directions. Thus, one could conclude that contemporary research practices unintentionally and unreasonably marginalize social awareness of the Public in research matters. This oversight is particularly noteworthy for research sponsored by public funds.

Certain data indicates that the Public wants to be involved in research. For example, in a recent report on the Public’s attitude towards research [http://v-a.se/downloads/varapport2015_6_eng.pdf], 90 per cent of the sample population supported public involvement, while public trust in university researchers fluctuated between 60 and 90 per cent. This strongly suggests that a significant majority of the public want to understand, question, utilize, influence, and engage in research processes, especially for publicly funded research. Consequently, a compelling justification and opportunity for developing a culture of open research unveils.

An open research culture offers many benefits. A Public that has access to research processes will be empowered in many ways. For example, people can engage in informed discussions on science -- drawing from direct involvement in evidence-based research, rather than relying on cultural beliefs, blind trust, basic intuition and media representations [https://www.upf.edu/pcstacademy/_docs/155.pdf].

For many nations, expanding the number of active researchers is a goal, especially as the ratio of the number of researchers to research spending remains highly unsatisfactory [http://data.uis.unesco.org]. Awareness of research processes will also help the Public understand certain data, such as why the top 96 Canadian researchers [http://www.stic-csti.ca/eic/site/stic-csti.nsf/eng/00088.html] are among the top 1% researchers in the world. Once initiated, this involvement could spark greater interest, motivating the public to get involved on a more fundamental and academic level.

Open Data [http://globalopendatainitiative.org/; http://open.canada.ca/en/open-data] allows for transparent sharing of information. Open Science [https://english.eu2016.nl/latest/news/2016/04/05/eu-action-plan-for-open-science; http://cos.io] supports integrity and growth in science research. Open Research allows for transparency in research processes, under the investigative scrutiny of the Public. The Public can raise questions about validity and applicability, as well as audit studies for quality, and test for replicability, using open datasets.

Important and necessary marketplace and regulatory policies could help improve the Public’s attitude towards research. Greater integrity could spark healthier private sector competition and more investment in research -- facilitating R&D by business enterprises and countering concerning observations, such as those of a recent benchmark report [http://www.stic-csti.ca/eic/site/stic-csti.nsf/eng/00088.html] on business R&D expenditures as a share of GDP.

As an extension of the "Open Government" initiative of the Government of Canada (http://open.gc.ca), this panel will deliberate the need for open research including citizen engagement, the standards for open research, and the proposed policy to guide researchers to adhere to open research standards.


Speakers
avatar for Vivekanandan Kumar

Vivekanandan Kumar

Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology,, Athabasca University
Vivekanandan Kumar is with the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University, Canada. Vive’s research focuses on developing anthropomorphic agents, which mimic and perfect human-like traits to better assist learners in their regulatory tasks. 
avatar for Joy Romero

Joy Romero

Vice-President, Technology and Innovation, CNRL
Joy Romero, P.Eng is Vice President of Technology Development for Canadian Natural Resources Limited. She was the Chair of the Governing Council of Athabasca University. She is also an advisor to the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and holds a post-graduate diploma from the University.
avatar for Donna Romyn

Donna Romyn

Associate Vice-President Research, Athabasca University
Donna Romyn is the Associate Vice President, Research at Athabasca University. She is also a Registered Nurse and most of her career has been devoted to nursing education. Her research interests centre on philosophic issues of concern to nursing.


Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 209

10:30

Unleashing Innovations in Personalized Healthcare / Libérer les innovations en matière de soins de santé personnalisés
Organized by, Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Dana Corsen 

The field of personalized healthcare is broad and diverse, ranging from individualized care within the family practice, to the possibilities unleashed by advancements in genomic sequencing.   It is well known that the rate of scientific research and discovery has outpaced system capacity and infrastructure in Canada.   Governments, institutions, and healthcare practitioners across Canada are grappling how to effectively accommodate the adoption of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic tools.   This panel will focus on innovations in personalized healthcare- particularly as it relates to cancer - and the policy issues that must be addressed in Canada in order to facilitate the integration of new scientific tools and discoveries.

In particular, the panel will address how innovations in sequencing technologies and the use of real world evidence have changed the face of cancer treatment and research.   Molecular information promises to play a pivotal role in the development of novel treatment options for patients to advance personalized healthcare, but is the policy infrastructure in place in Canada to facilitate the uptake of such innovations? 

The objective of this panel will be to examine key policy considerations related to:

• Real world evidence – How does the Canadian system currently utilize it? How could advancements in collaborative, coordinated data collection and integration optimize research and patient care in Canada?

• How the advent of tumor sequencing can challenge the standard of care and the long term insights that can fuel research for break through treatments in cancer

• Examine how real-world evidence and outcomes derived from patient data captured outside of clinical trials can empower informed decision making by:

          - providing insights into the safety and efficacy of new therapies

          - driving greater effectiveness and efficiency in research

          - supporting evidenced-based decisions on access to medicines

• Discuss why and how industry can play a supportive role to help achieve common objectives

Moderators
avatar for Peter Goodhand

Peter Goodhand

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Peter Goodhand is a leader in the global health sector as a senior executive and board member.In May 2016, he was appointed Interim President of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) ‎in addition to his role as the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). Goodhand played a key role in the creation of the GA4GH and was appointed as its founding Executive Director in 2014. Prior to this role, he... Read More →

Speakers
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Louise Binder

Health Policy Consultant, Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
Louise Binder is a lawyer who has been involved in informing the development of health policy and systemic treatment access practices from a patient perspective for more than 20 years. She started her work in this area in the HIV community in the early 1990s after her own diagnosis and before effective treatments were available for HIV. She cofounded the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) in 1996 that successfully ensured access... Read More →
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Bill Capra

Senior Director and Global Head of Oncology for the Real World Data Science function, Roche/Genentech
One of his passions is finding innovative uses for RWD in drug development.  Bill leads a group of over 20 RWD Scientists located in Switzerland, the UK, and USA. As a trained biostatistician, Bill has over 20 years experience in all phases of clinical trials, with a focus primarily on oncology and infectious diseases. At Roche /Genentech Bill frequently serves on review and oversight committees, advising and guiding molecule development... Read More →
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Susan Hagar

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Government Affairs, Foundation Medicine
Ms. Hager joined Foundation Medicine in December 2014, bringing more than 15 years of strategic marketing, corporate and financial communications expertise in the life sciences industry to her role at Foundation Medicine. Her experience includes strategic communications in support of corporate and product brands, strategic financings and acquisitions, and regulatory actions. Prior to joining Foundation Medicine, Ms. Hager previously served as... Read More →
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Étienne Richer

Associate Director, Institute of Genetics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Dr. Étienne Richer first joined McGill University as a postdoctoral scientist in genetics of infectious diseases. Dr. Richer then joined BioMedCom Consultants where he was involved in projects covering a broad range of healthcare issues from biologics therapies to reimbursement policies. Dr. Richer returned to McGill in 2011 as the Associate Director for the CIHR Institute of Genetics. Dr. Richer has been involved in the strategic... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 211

10:30

Optimizing Benefits from Canadian Research / Optimiser les retombées de la recherche canadienne

Organized by: Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration

Are we optimizing our investment in publicly funded research? We have a strong and dynamic academic research ecosystem and there is much to celebrate – both in terms of funding structures and researchperformance. But research productivity and effectiveness is being compromised by undue administrative burden on researchers and research institutions. This CSPC session will focus on identifying constructive and feasible ways to ways to reduce admin burden without compromising quality and accountability of the research system.  

It is only since the 1960s that there has been a major thrust among post-secondary education (PSE) institutions to embrace research as a core value. Subsequently and until today, the PSE research environment in Canada has been dynamic, with massive changes in i) the number of researchers and the quality of academic research, ii) the number and diversity of post-secondary education (PSE) institutions active in research, iii) the global context, iv) the level of public funding for PSE research, v) public expectations of the societal benefit from that research, and vi) the nature of knowledge production and dissemination. The research system is increasingly complex and multi-layered; it is by no means broken, but it is under stress. The time is ripe for a system-wide reassessment and adjustment.

This session will draw on the expertise and wide ranging experiences of the moderator and speakers to trigger an active discussion on ways in which we can best optimize the benefits from our research investments. The Panel will lead discussion with a summary of the advanced input and personal perspectives.  Participants will have the opportunity to submit their ideas in advance. A submission to the federal Science Review is available as background; it provides one perspective on the issues and possible ways to improve the situation.  We look forward to many other perspectives and ideas.Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration[KS1] 

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Moderators
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Janet E. Halliwell

President,, J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc.
Janet Halliwell is the President of JE Halliwell Associates Inc., a company providing value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D. | | Janet has extensive experience in S&T policy and the governance and management of S&T funding and policy bodies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Genome BC, Canadian... Read More →

Speakers
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Dominique Bérubé

Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research Programs, at SSHRC in October 2015 and is responsible for the agency’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs as well as the suite of programs managed by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, the Canada Research Chairs, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, The Canada First Research Excellence Fund as well as the Research Support Fund. | Prior to... Read More →
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Jim Woodgett

Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute,, Mount Sinai Hospital
Jim Woodgett, Ph.D. (Dundee U) moved to Canada in 1992 to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute. His biomedical research there focused on the signalling mechanisms that underscore malignant growth, degenerative diseases and diabetes. | | From 1995-2005, he was an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and in 1997 was appointed Head of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics, where he held the Amgen Chair of Cancer... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 212

12:00

Luncheon Session - A Conversation with Hon. Minister Duncan: “A Year as Minister of Science”
Luncheon Session - A Conversation with Hon. Minister Duncan: “A Year as Minister of Science”

Speakers
avatar for Kirsty Duncan

Kirsty Duncan

Minister of Science
Dr. Kirsty Duncan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Etobicoke-North and the Minister of Science. She is a medical geographer by trade and is internationally recognized as a leading expert in pandemic influenza, environmental change, and its impact on human health. Kirsty is a fierce defender of the environment, having served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization which won the Nobel Prize in 2007. Prior to... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 12:00 - 13:15
Ottawa Salon

13:15

Award Ceremony
2016 CSPC Science Policy Award of Excellence– Youth Category presented by Minister Duncan
Award Winner:Amani Saini

Speakers
avatar for Kirsty Duncan

Kirsty Duncan

Minister of Science
Dr. Kirsty Duncan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Etobicoke-North and the Minister of Science. She is a medical geographer by trade and is internationally recognized as a leading expert in pandemic influenza, environmental change, and its impact on human health. Kirsty is a fierce defender of the environment, having served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization which won the Nobel Prize in 2007. Prior to... Read More →



Thursday November 10, 2016 13:15 - 13:30
Ottawa Salon

13:30

SciComm as a Strategy: Supporting Evidence-Based Decision Making with Targeted Communications

Organized by: NAPHRO and Canadian Science Publishing

The outputs of scientific research should be applied to inform the choices available to policy decision-makers, yet many barriers prevent the adoption of science into the policy development process. While much has been done to identify the issues contributing to the broken links between science and policy, the time is now for actionable science communication strategies that support evidence-based decision making. Recognizing the various stakeholder groups within the science communication ecosystem – scientists producing and publishing research, publishers vetting and disseminating the results, policy-makers applying scientific knowledge to inform decisions, the media delivering scientific news, and the public making everyday choices – targeted communication approaches and strategies are required.

This panel, representing various stakeholder groups, will demonstrate how scientists and policy decision-makers can work together to fully integrate evidence-based decision making into the Canadian policy landscape.  


Moderators
avatar for Tim Lougheed

Tim Lougheed

President, Canadian Science Writers’ Association
Tim Lougheed has been a full time freelance writer and editor since 1991. Focusing primarily on science, technology, medicine, and education, he has written hundreds of articles appearing in specialized and general publications, in Canada as well as internationally. Among his current activities is a part-time position as news editor for Canadian Chemical News, a magazine published by the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has also done other... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ivy Bourgeault

Ivy Bourgeault

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, PhD is the CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources and Professor at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. She is the lead coordinator of the Canadian Health Human Resources Network. She was recently inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
avatar for Scott Findlay

Scott Findlay

Associate Professor, Biology, University of Ottawa
Dr. Scott Findlay is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa and a Research Scientist at the Center for Cancer Therapeutics at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His main research interests concern human impacts on ecosystems, the relationship between science and policy, integration of traditional and western scientific knowledge in aboriginal community health, and the role of Darwinian evolution in... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Fuller

Susanna Fuller

Senior Marine Conservation Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
Susanna Fuller is the Senior Marine Conservation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has a Phd. in marine biology from Dalhousie University. Susanna works on the interface of science and policy, towards outcomes that benefit the marine environment and the people who's livelihood depend on healthy fisheries. She works at local, regional, national and international levels to ensure that science informs marine... 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 Canadian-based, publicly-funded provincial health research and innovation organization. She has over 20 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care and... Read More →
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Karen Michell

Executive Director, CAHO
Karen Michell joined the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) as Executive Director in October 2009, working with the CEOs of the province’s 24 research hospitals to champion their value as the research and development arm of Ontario’s health care system.  Over the past six years, Karen has been instrumental in advancing the stability of and investment in the health research enterprise and has solidly positioned... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 210

13:30

Scaling climate change adaptation in coastal communities / Mise à l'échelle de l'adaptation au changement climatique dans les collectivités côtières
Organized by, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), Dr. Douglas Wallace, Scientific Director, MEOPAR 

Canada’s coastal communities face unique challenges in addressing climate change including sea-level rise, erosion and storm surges that are increasing in severity and frequency.  These communities are increasingly in need of adaptation measures to strengthen their long term resilience.  However, in most cases adaptation measures need to be tailored to the specific needs of individual communities, which can vary greatly even within the same geographic region.  This begs the question: how can federal, provincial/territorial and regional organizations best support coastal climate change adaptation at a local level?  In addition, how can successful adaptation measures in an individual community be scaled up, so similar communities can learn from and/or implement the measures?  This panel will advance a discussion on how to ensure the rapid sharing of relevant knowledge and evidence across Canada to bolster the ability of coastal communities to adapt to a changing climate.



Moderators
avatar for Douglas Wallace

Douglas Wallace

Scientific Director, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change University of Waterloo
Elizabeth Atkinson is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. She is currently on secondment from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to help UWaterloo develop a proposal for a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) on climate adaptation. At NRCan, Elizabeth was the Senior Policy Manager at the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division where she helped shape... Read More →
avatar for Ursule Boyer-Villemaire

Ursule Boyer-Villemaire

Environmental Consultant, Coastal Zone and Climate Change Adaptation, OURANOS
As a geographer, Ursule Boyer-Villemaire holds a master’s in oceanography and a PhD in environmental sciences (coastal vulnerability assessment in Canada and Europe) from the Université du Québec à Rimouski. She currently acts as a consultant in environment, mainly for Ouranos. Her latest contributions were the projection of submersion levels for cost-benefit analysis of adaption options in multiple coastal... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Charles

Anthony Charles

Director, School of the Environment Professor,, School of Business Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Anthony Charles is Director of the School of the Environment, and a professor in the Sobey School of Business, at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. His research focuses on linking environment and economy, particularly emerging green economies and community conservation initiatives. He covers such fields as community-based resource management, climate impacts and adaptation, fishery and marine management, sustainability of... Read More →
avatar for John Charles

John Charles

Planner, Energy & Environment,, City of Halifax
John Charles is a planner with Energy and Environment, a division of the Planning and Development Department at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). His work is focused on the development of environmental planning strategies and master plans for HRM. John is presently project manager for the implementation of the HRM Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP). The implementation of the UFMP is a collaborative effort between Dalhousie University’s... Read More →
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Travis Logan

Travis Logan holds a Master’s in geographical information systems (G.I.S.) from the University of Calgary. He worked as a G.I.S. analyst with the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton and with Nature Conservancy Canada in Montreal. With Ouranos since 2006, Mr. Logan works with the Climate Scenarios and Services Group on Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation projects linked to forestry resources, ecosystems and biodiversity.
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Jamal Shirley

Manager, Research Design and Policy Development, Nunavut Research Institute
Jamal (James) Shirley grew up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and earned his Masters of research and environmental studies (MES) from Dalhousie University in 2002. Employed with the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) in Iqaluit since 1998, Jamal has helped to design, manage and evaluate community engagement, consultation and outreach initiatives in the natural, social and health sciences disciplines throughout Nunavut. Jamal also provides technical... Read More →
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Jill Watkins

Senior Scientific Advisor, Ecosystem and Biodiversity Science Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dr. Jill Watkins is a Senior Scientific Advisor in the Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She has over 20 years of experience working on environmental issues including species at risk, sustainable development, northern contaminants, International Polar Year, northern science and technology, and Arctic marine biodiversity. Jill is the former chair of the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring... Read More →
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Thomas White

Manager, Climate Risk Management, Climate Action Secretariat,, B.C. Ministry of Environment
Thomas White leads the Climate Risk Management Team in the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat. They research, analyze, develop, coordinate and implement programs, policites and legislation relating to climate change adaptation in theme areas that include coastal zones, agriculture and natural resources, infrastructure and communities, and public health. His team works collaboratively across the government and the... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 209

13:30

College of New Scholars: Connecting Academia with Industry

Organized by Russel MacDonald and Dr. Alidad Amirfazli

The traditional approach of fostering innovation in Canada through academia and through industry needs updating. We need to seriously consider and support new ways of discovery and innovation in Canada. In this panel discussion the focus will be on driving industry and academia closer together. The session will provide perspectives on how to incentivize each party to work closer and leverage expertise. The issues of culture shift and obstacles and opportunities for forging closer relationships between academia and industry will be discussed.

 

The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership, and it is this emerging demographic that will be responsible for the future of Canadian innovation. The College will draw upon these leaders to bring forward a discussion about the role that must be played together by universities, industry, and policy makers.


Speakers
avatar for Alidad Amirfazli

Alidad Amirfazli

Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
Alidad Amirfazli studies interactions of a drop with a solid surface. His discoveries about the role of surface tension in drop adhesion, drop shedding, elucidation of line tension phenomenon, and better understanding of a new class of material known as superhydrophobic surfaces, is recognized internationally for its scientific influence and practical applications such as aircraft anti-icing systems. He is a multifaceted researcher as evident... Read More →
avatar for Satinder Kaur Brar

Satinder Kaur Brar

Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Satinder Kaur Brar’s novel approaches to environmental biotechnology by marrying the green chemistry with biotechnology have contributed to opening up a significant new research field of green value-addition of wastes to high value bioproducts. Her academic and professional career in environmental value-addition, emerging contaminants and pollution control at source has bolstered green value-addition research worldwide. She is also the... Read More →
avatar for Baktash Hamzehloo

Baktash Hamzehloo

Vice President Engineering, Aviya Aerospace Systems
Baktash directs the day-to-day operations of Aviya teams engaged in Controls, Modeling, Simulation, CFD and testing. He is responsible for Aviya’s strategic in-house and external systems engineering capability, directly overseeing a group of more than 100 system engineers. Baktash plays an active role interfacing with Canada’s university network to help guide future engineers who aspire to careers in aerospace. He is a member of the... Read More →
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Karin Hinzer

SUNLAB, University of Ottawa
Karin Hinzer is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices. Her research involves developing new ways to harness the sun’s energy. She has made pioneering contributions to the experimental physics of quantum dots marked by two landmark papers in Science. She is the founder of the SUNLAB, the premier Canadian laboratory for next generation solar devices... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 202

13:30

Funding our future: Policy for sustainable, equitable funding in health research / Financer notre avenir : politiques en faveur de la répartition équitable d’un financement pérenne pour la recherche en santé
Organized by, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Jennifer Zwicker

Health research includes biomedical, clinical, health systems services and social, cultural, environmental and population health research.  Findings in these areas are integral to the creation of new knowledge, development of more effective and more efficient health services and products resulting in improved quality of life of Canadians and a more efficient health system.  Canadian public research funding policy is struggling to keep pace with the increasing pressures on public research funding allocations within the health care discipline.

With a comprehensive review of federal support for fundamental science occurring in 2016, this will be dynamic and engaging panel that will draw on multiple perspectives to discuss how health research can be both more sustainable and equitable in Canada to maximize Canada’s health research potential. With discussion grounded in the funding trends for Canadian health research from the 1960s to present, panelists will focus on both the policies and priorities that guide health research investments and the principles and practices of the peer review process.

• Revisiting the policies and priorities that guide health research investments: The shift in health research policy in Canada to “mission-driven research” runs the risk of “short-termism”, where the quantity and type of research funded is focused on short-term results and is industry or priority driven (Lynch, 2015). An OECD report (2015) highlights that long-term funding for curiosity-driven research is a significant source of innovation and has high social return. Panelists will discuss how research-funding policy can become more sustainable and the importance of maintaining creativity.

• Revising principles and practices of the peer review process: How can the grant review process better address any potential bias in the way funding is approved? With recent changes to the peer review system for awarding federal research funding, members of the scientific community have concerns around the variability in success rates across career stages and potential unconscious biases due to gender and other characteristics that might come into play when research grants are awarded. Panellists will discuss what may be contributing to this and suggest areas where policy revision is needed.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Zwicker

Jennifer Zwicker

Director of Health Policy, School of Public Policy and Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Dr. Jennifer Zwicker is Manager of neurodevelopmental disability research in health policy at the University of Calgary, School of Public Policy. Supported by NeuroDevNet, the CHILD BRIGHT CIHR SPOR grant and the Sinneave Family Foundation, her research focuses on the socioeconomic impact of neurodevelopmental disability research and interventions as a means for informing evidence based policy development. Dr. Zwicker received her PhD... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Krista Connell

Krista Connell

Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
As Chief Executive Officer at Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Krista Connell has been instrumental in increasing research activity and capacity in Nova Scotia. She is a recognized champion of health research nationally and internationally. Krista regularly serves on external review committees for other health research-related organizations and is a member of various boards and working groups including the Canadian... Read More →
avatar for Danika Goosney

Danika Goosney

Director General, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics,, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Danika obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) from St. Francis Xavier University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Michael Smith Labs). She conducted her postdoctoral training as a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Following her... Read More →
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Michael Hendricks

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University
Michael Hendricks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University. He conducts fundamental research on how the environment and stress affect the development and function of the nervous system. Dr. Hendricks’ career has given him experience with funding systems in Singapore, the United States, and Canada. In response to recent changes at CIHR, he and others founded the Association of... Read More →
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Holly Witteman

Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Universite Laval
Holly Witteman is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, director of a research unit and a scientist at the Research Centre of the CHU de Québec. With an interdisciplinary background in mathematics, human factors engineering, human-computer interaction and decision sciences, her research is about the design and evaluation of digital media for health education... Read More →
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Jim Woodgett

Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute,, Mount Sinai Hospital
Jim Woodgett, Ph.D. (Dundee U) moved to Canada in 1992 to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute. His biomedical research there focused on the signalling mechanisms that underscore malignant growth, degenerative diseases and diabetes. | | From 1995-2005, he was an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and in 1997 was appointed Head of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics, where he held the Amgen Chair of Cancer... Read More →


Thursday November 10, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 211