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Wednesday, November 25 • 8:30am - 3:00pm
Diaspora Scientists: Canada’s untapped resource of global knowledge networks / les scientifiques de la diaspora : ressource inexploitée canadienne de réseaux mondiaux de connaissances

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A first of its kind in Canada, this inaugural symposium aims to discuss the topic of diaspora scientists and their potential to strengthen international science and technology collaboration.

The symposium seeks to mobilize the untapped resources of diaspora communities to strengthen Canada’s global connections in science, innovation and trade.

The objectives of this symposium include:

  • Mobilizing and connecting existing diaspora scientific communities in Canada
  • Providing networking opportunities among diaspora scientists to share experiences, lessons, and best practices
  • Exploring the full potential of diaspora scientists
  • Forming a Canadian Network of Diaspora Scientists that includes a database of organizations and individuals who are active in this field



8:30- Opening Remarks-
Mehrdad Hariri

8:45- Daryl Copeland Science and Diplomacy: Diaspora Communities at Home and Abroad 

9:15- Panel Discussion: Researchers Findings, Diaspora Scientists and Diaspora Networks
Valerie LaTraverse (moderator) Deputy Director, Policy Research, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Elian Carsenat-  Mapping Scientific Diasporas in Canada, applying onomastics on bibliographic databases

Margaret Walton- Diasporic-led investment in skill development and training in the Indian Health care sector.

Sujata Ramachandran- Prospects and Challenges of Diaspora Engagement: South African Diaspora in Canada

Halla Thorsteinsdottir- The Role of Diaspora in International Scientific Collaborations

10:45- Coffee break

11:00- Panel Discussion:  Diaspora in Action: Scientific Community Networks Making Impacts

Rahim Rezaie

Jeongdong Choe  -The Role of Diaspora Scientists and Engineers in Canada: AKCSE (Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists & Engineers) examples

Girish Shah- Scientific Collaboration between Canada and India: Role of Binational Organizations, Indo-Canadian Diaspora and Indophiles

Ken Simiyu- The role of Canadian diaspora in tackling global health; experience from Grand Challenges Canada

Farid Bensebaa- How to increase the impact of the Scientific Diaspora: Lessons from the North African Diaspora

 Govinda Dahal  Nepal Science Foundation Trust and the Non-Resident Nepalis National Coordination Council of Canada

12:45 Chris Maiyaki- LEADS PROGRAMME National Universities Commission of Nigeria

1:00- Lunch

1:30- Interactive Session: The Canadian Network of Diaspora Scientists, Community Building in Practice, Recommendations and Next Steps

Mehrdad Hariri (moderator)

Who Should participate this Symposium?

Researchers in the fields of international relations, diaspora and migration studies, diplomats, scientists, policy makers in various departments, professionals in the international relation divisions in various organizations, trade specialists, innovators, global thinkers, media and member of diaspora communities.



Valerie LaTraverse

Deputy Director, Policy Research and Outreach, Global Affairs Canada
Valérie La Traverse has worked on science, technology and innovation–related policy, business development and outreach for Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) for the past twelve years. She currently is Deputy Director, Foreign... Read More →
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Rahim Rezaie

Lecturer and Research Associate, Centre for Global Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT)
Dr. Rahim Rezaie is a Lecturer and Research Associate at the Centre for Global Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT). He has conducted post-doctoral fellowships at the Rotman School of Management and the Munk School of Global Affairs, and completed Post Graduate Research... Read More →

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Farid Bensebaa

Senior Research Officer / Adjunct Professor, National Research Council of Canada / York University
After completing his Master and PhD in Algeria and France respectively, Farid Bensebaa joined the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in 1997 as a post-doctoral fellow. He focused on surface modifications using wet chemistry, nanoparticle synthesis and integration into film... Read More →
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Elian Carsenat

President, NamSor Applied Onomastics
Title of Talk: Mapping Scientific Diasporas in Canada, applying onomastics on bibliographic databasesElian CARSENAT, a computer scientist trained at ENSIIE/INRIA, started his career at JP Morgan in Paris in 1997. He later worked as consultant and managed business & IT projects in... Read More →
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Jeongdong Choe

Head of Ottawa chapter, Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers (AKCSE), Senior Technical Fellow at Techinsights, Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers, Techinsights
Talk title: The role of diaspora scientists and engineers in Canada: AKCSE (Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists & Engineers) examplesJeongdong Choe has a Ph.D. in electronic engineering and 25+ years hands-on experience on semiconductor process and device integration for... Read More →
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Daryl Copeland

Senior Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute/University of Montreal - CERIUM
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... Read More →
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Govinda Dahal

Senior Researcher, Population Health, University of Ottawa, Canada
Govinda Dahal is a Senior Researcher working with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.  He is also the Executive Director of Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN), an Ottawa based not for profit organization. He has actively engaged in research innovation in the area of population... Read More →
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Mehrdad Hariri

Founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC), Canadian Science Policy Center
Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC). His vision and leadership have made the CSPC, a leading non-profit and non-advocate organization in science and innovation policy in Canada and globally. The centre has established many first-in-Canada... Read More →

Chris Mayaki

Director, Special Duties and LEADS PROGRAMME, National Universities Commission Nigeria
Mr. Christopher J. Maiyaki graduated, with a Bsc in InternationalRelations from the famous Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He alsoobtained a Master in International Law and Diplomacy degree from theUniversity of Jos in 1991. He has also attended training programmeswhich appertain... Read More →

Sujata Ramachandran

Research Associate, Queen's University at Kingston, Southern African Research Centre,
Talk Title: Prospects and Challenges of Diaspora Engagement: South African Diaspora in Canada Drawing on SAMP’s latest research with the South African diaspora in Canada, this presentation will provide selected examples of positive transnational engagement, including knowledge/research... Read More →
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Girish Shah

Full Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. Molec Biol. Med Biochem & Pathology Université Laval,
Dr. Girish Shah is a Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University in Quebec City (QC, Canada) and a Senior Researcher of the Neuroscience of Axis of the CHU-Q Research Centre of the Quebec Hospitals. He is also Chief of the Laboratory for Skin Cancer Research at the CHUL... Read More →
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Ken Simiyu

Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada
Ken Simiyu is a Program Officer at Grand Challenges Canada. He leads the Stars in Global Health program that is designed to enable innovators in low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canada to develop their bold ideas with big impact to improve global health conditions. Dr. Simiyu... Read More →
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Halla Thorsteinsdottir

Director / Adjunct Professor, Small Globe Inc. and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir is the Director of Small Globe Inc., a non-profit organisation and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada and at Cinvestav, Mexico. She has actively researched health innovation and international relations in Canada and in low and middle... Read More →
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Margaret Walton

Assoc Dean, School of International Policy and Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario, and associate Dean of the School of Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.  Her research explores Indian immigrant... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2015 8:30am - 3:00pm EST
Pinnacle (penthouse)

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