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Wednesday, November 25 • 8:30am - 3:00pm
Evidence Based Decision Making Symposium / Prise de décision fondée sur les preuves

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Evidence Based Decision Making has been a source of much debate in Canada in recent years. The questions of how evidence is integrated into decision making; how we should structure our institutions, policies and practices to account for the realities of societal values, scientific evidence and the needs of the communities? Are pressing questions for policy makers around the globe.

This Symposium will cover a wide range of topics including panels on: 1) international perspectives; 2) Canadian experiences and lessons; 3) General concepts in EBDM; 4) EBDM in practice, 5) The  Science Integrity Project and IRPP round tables across Canada


8:30 Introduction
Janet Bax
Kamiel S. Gabriel

8:40 International Perspective 
Gordon McBean

9:15 Evidence Based Decision Making in a Canadian Context
Paul Dufour
Kamiel S. Gabriel
Janet Bax (moderator) 

10:00 Coffee Break 

10:30 General Concepts in EBDM
Heather Douglas
Monica Gattinger
Dr Chandrika Nath
Paul Dufour (moderator)

11:30 Examples of EBDM in Practice
Gerard Kennedy (panelist and moderator)
David Hall

Micheal Kruse
Margaret Dalziel

12:45 Lunch

1:30 Panel on projects: Science Integrity Project and Institute for Research on Public Policy Round Tables  
Graham Fox
Rees Kassen
Heather Douglas (moderator)

2:15 Conclusion, Next Steps 
Kamiel S. Gabriel (moderator) 
Janet Bax (moderator) 
Gerard Kennedy
Heather Douglas
Paul Dufour

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Janet Bax

Interim President, Council of Canadian Academies
Janet W. Bax is Interim President at the Council of Canadian Academies, a not-for profit organization that completes expert panel assessments on topics of public interest. Previously serving as a Council Program Director, Janet worked with world renowned experts to complete assessments... Read More →
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Heather Douglas

Waterloo Chair in Science and Society and Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy,, University of Waterloo
Heather Douglas is the Waterloo Chair in Science and Society and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She received her Ph.D. from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998... Read More →
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Paul Dufour

Principal / Adjunct professor, University of Ottawa
Paul Dufour was educated in science policy and history of science and technology at McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal. He is adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Principal of PaulicyWorks, a science and technology... Read More →
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Kamiel Gabriel

Founding Associate Provost, Research & Graduate Programs Professor of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, 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 Manitoba, Canada. He holds a diploma in Space Science from the International Space... Read More →
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Gerard Kennedy

CEO, Alpha Healthcare
Gerard Kennedy is currently the CEO of Alpha Healthcare, a unique private organization dedicated to improving Canadian public health care www.alphahealthcare.ca.  Its growing innovative operations include medical laboratories, healthcare IT, and research and development.  Gerard was previously a federal MP, provincial cabinet minister, provincial MPP and front rank leadership contender for the Liberal Party.   As the Ontario Minister of... Read More →

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Margaret Dalziel

Associate Professor / VP Research, Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo / The Evidence Network.
Margaret Dalziel is an Associate Professor with the Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo, and VP Research, The Evidence Network. The Evidence Network, co-founded with Brian Barge, evaluates, explains, communicates, and benchmarks... Read More →
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Graham Fox

President and CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Graham Fox has been President and CEO of the IRPP since April 2011. He brings to the organization a decade of executive-level experience in the fields of politics and public policy. Prior to coming to the IRPP, Graham was a strategic policy adviser at the law firm of Fraser Milner... Read More →
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Monica Gattinger

Director, University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy
Professor Monica Gattinger is Director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Chair of the Institute’s Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy. Professor Gattinger’s research explores two main fields: the influence of North American... Read More →
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David Hall

Associate Professor of Animal Health Economics, University of Calgary
David Hall is a veterinarian with a PhD in agricultural economics and an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary. His current research activities address animal health economics and policy, international... Read More →
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Rees Kassen

University of Ottawa, Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution
Dr. Rees Kassen is Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. He is known internationally for his integrative approach to the study of biodiversity and pioneering work using microbes to study evolutionary and ecological processes... Read More →
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Michael Kruse

Chair of the Board, Bad Science Watch
Michael Kruse is the chair of the board of Bad Science Watch, a grass-roots non-profit group advocating for good science in public policy. An advanced care paramedic in the Greater Toronto Area, Michael has leads a team investigating the regulation of natural health products for... Read More →
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Gordon McBean

Professor Emeritus - Department of Geography and Environment, Western University | Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduc
Professor Gordon McBean, CM, PhD, FRSC, Department of Geography and Environment, Western University (since 2015, Professor Emeritus) and Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. He  was an Environment Canada scientist, Professor, University of British Columbia, Assistant Deputy... Read More →
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Chandrika Nath

Deputy Director, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Dr Chandrika Nath is Deputy Director of the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), an office of both Houses of Parliament providing UK parliamentarians with independent, objective analysis of a wide range of public policy issues with a basis in science and technology... Read More →

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

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