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Wednesday, November 25
 

7:30am

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Wednesday November 25, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom C

8:30am

Diaspora Scientists: Canada’s untapped resource of global knowledge networks / les scientifiques de la diaspora : ressource inexploitée canadienne de réseaux mondiaux de connaissances

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

 

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

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
 (moderator)

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.



 


Moderators
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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 Fellowships at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Dr. Rezaie’s expertise and research interest is in global health, with a focus on health technology... Read More →
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Valerie La Traverse

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 Policy Research and Outreach, responsible for policy research on a range of emerging foreign policy issues (including science and technology issues) as well as... Read More →

Speakers
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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 and devices using non-vacuum processes. He led the development of advanced micro and nano-characterization techniques at NRC for industrial materials systems. He... Read More →
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Elian Carsenat

President, NamSor Applied Onomastics
Title of Talk: Mapping Scientific Diasporas in Canada, applying onomastics on bibliographic databases | | Elian 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 London, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai. In 2012, Elian created NamSor, a piece of sociolinguistics software to mine the 'Big Data' and better understand... 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) examples | | Jeongdong Choe has a Ph.D. in electronic engineering and 25+ years hands-on experience on semiconductor process and device integration for DRAM, (V)NAND, SRAM and logic devices. He is a Senior Consulting Engineer for TechInsights’ Engineering Solutions Team. Prior to joining... 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 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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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 health, especially focusing on education and prevention of diabetes; effect of rapid HIV testing on HIV incidence and services; health of adolescents and... Read More →
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Mehrdad Hariri

President and CEO, Canadian Science Policy Center
Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, a not-profit virtual HUB for science technology and innovation policy in Canada. | He founded the national annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), a national multidisciplinary forum dedicated to the Canadian Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy discussions, engaging hundreds of organizations from various sectors and across the country to discuss... Read More →
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Chris Mayaki

Director, Special Duties and LEADS PROGRAMME, National Universities Commission Nigeria
Mr. Christopher J. Maiyaki graduated, with a Bsc in International | Relations from the famous Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He also | obtained a Master in International Law and Diplomacy degree from the | University of Jos in 1991. He has also attended training programmes | which appertain to procurement & project management, computer | application to human resource management. | | Mr. Maiyaki started his public service career 23 years... Read More →
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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 networks and individual-driven initiatives. The potential of these initiatives for addressing global challenges of education, poverty and food security... 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 campus of CHU-Q Research Centre. His main area of research is cellular responses to DNA damage ranging from DNA repair to cell death or cancer. He has published 60... 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 also co-leads the Point-of-Care Diagnostics portfolio, which is a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation designed to create a new class of... 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 income countries including Brazil, Cuba, China, India, and South Africa. Halla’s research has been published in high-impact journals such as Nature... 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 networks and settlement in Canada, and the impact of transnational networks in both source and destination locales. She has published a number of articles and book... Read More →



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

8:30am

Evidence Based Decision Making Symposium / Prise de décision fondée sur les preuves

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

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

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


Moderators
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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 on subjects such as women in university research, food security in the north, industrial research and development, and STEM skills for Canada’s future... 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. She is the author of Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) as well as numerous articles.  Her work focuses on the role of... Read More →
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Paul Dufour

Principal / Adjunct professor, PaulicyWorks / 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 policy consulting firm based in Gatineau, Quebec. Paul has over 35 years of experience working directly with science policy agencies, ministries... 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 University (H/Q in Strasburg, France), and an M.B.A. from the International Business Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Gabriel is an elected fellow of... 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... Read More →

Speakers
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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 the impact of organizations that support business, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. | | Margaret teaches technology entrepreneurship, and conducts research... 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 Casgrain, and is a former vice-president of the Public Policy Forum. In politics, Graham contested the 2007 Ontario general election as a candidate in the constituency... 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 economic integration on domestic and cross-border public policy, administration and governance, with particular reference to the energy sector, and the... 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 development, ecohealth, and decision making. He is particularly interested in perceptions of health and how they shape decision making related to mitigation of... 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 in the laboratory. He is also past co-chair of the Global Young Academy (www.globalyoungacademy.net), an international organization of early-career researchers... 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 Bad Science Watch.
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Gordon McBean

President / Co-Chair, International Council for Science / Governing Council, Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability
Gordon McBean is President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Co-Chair of the Governing Council for Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability and Professor Emeritus of Geography at Western University, London, Canada.   He was Professor of Geography at Western (2000-2015) with joint appointments in Political Science and Physics.  From 1994 to 2000 he was Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada with... 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. Dr Nath specialises in the physical sciences, defence and security, and telecommunications. She also oversees POST’s work on international development... Read More →


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

8:30am

Science Policy Nuts and Bolts / Les rouages de la politique scientifique

What is Science Policy? Always wondered but were too afraid to ask? Think you have all the answers? Then this workshop is for you. Whether you prefer “from bench to bedside”, “mind to market”, “knowledge to action”, or any other buzzy phrase, we can all agree that the need to translate and mobilize new ideas and scientific knowledge into useful applications is a growing pressure among researchers, funding agencies, and policy makers. 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.  

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

8:30        Introduction/Overview of day (Jeff Kinder)

8:45        Ice Breaker (All)

9:00        Introduction to Science Policy (Jeff Kinder)

9:30        Policy for Science (Marcius Extavour)

10:30      Health Break

10:45      Science for Policy (Jeff Kinder)

12:15      Lunch (networking)

1:00        Science Policy Exercise – Lake Eutrophication (Silke Nebel)

The problem: An excess of phosphorus in our waters leads to eutrophication, which means that in the summer months, part of the Great Lakes are covered in a mat of toxic green algae. Not only does this green mat suffocate fish and other organisms living in the lakes, it also makes swimming, sailing, or any other form of recreational activity impossible. Oh, and sometimes the drinking water supply of whole municipalities relying on the Great Lakes has to be shut down.

The federal governments of the US and Canada have therefore decided to reduce phosphate content in the Lake Erie (usually the lake with the worst water quality because it is so shallow) by 40%. Which is a very laudable step. They have not, however, indicated, how this goal is going to be achieved.

This is where you come in. Who do you think are the stakeholders here? And how can this issue be solved?

2:00        Career Panel (Moderator: Jeff Kinder)

  •  Dr. Marcius Extavour, Director of Technical Operations, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
  • Prof. Rees Kassen, University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Silke Nebel, Principal, Science to Action Consulting
  • Miguel Rodrigues, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy in Ottawa
  • Valerie LaTraverse, Deputy Director, Policy Research, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

3:00        Wrap-up / Evaluation form (Jeff Kinder)

 

 

 


Speakers
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Marcius Extavour

Director of Technical Operations, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Energy & Environment group at, XPRIZE
Marcius Extavour is a leader working at the intersection of science, technology, policy, and public engagement. His primary interests are the social, policy, and technology approaches to clean and sustainable energy systems, as well as the quantum technologies of the future. He has held a variety of leadership and team-oriented roles within government, academia, and industry, including at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural... 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 in the laboratory. He is also past co-chair of the Global Young Academy (www.globalyoungacademy.net), an international organization of early-career researchers... Read More →
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Jeff Kinder

Director, Federal Science and Technology Secretariat
Jeff has over 26 years of experience in government science and S&T policy in the US and Canada.  His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies, and the Naval Research Laboratory.  In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and in support of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), the external board that advised Cabinet on the management of federal... Read More →
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Miguel C. Rodrigues

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Miguel Rodrigues is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Currently posted to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, his portfolio includes health, the Arctic, science and technology, and innovation. He served on the Policy Planning Staff under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, focusing on the European Union, its member states, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and the Holy See, as well as on global health. Other assignments include... Read More →
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Valerie La Traverse

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 Policy Research and Outreach, responsible for policy research on a range of emerging foreign policy issues (including science and technology issues) as well as... Read More →

CSPC2015 Team
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Silke Nebel

Principal, Science to Action Consulting
Silke has 15 years of experience in the front lines of science, first as a graduate student and then as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, working out of at major research institutes in Canada, Panama, the Netherlands, and Australia. Silke has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and has worked as a professional grant writer at the research office at a leading Canadian University. In that role, she was responsible... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2015 8:30am - 3:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

3:00pm

Coffee Break
Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:00pm

CSPC 2015 Begins
Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Are we Jupiters in the celestial field of science?: How 'Big Science' and major facilities influence Canadian Science Culture / Sommes-nous des jupiters dans le domaine céleste de la science? Comment la « Science de pointe » et les grandes installations i

Organized by SNOLAB

Large-scale science facilities are important drivers for growing Canada’s future economy and fostering innovation in industry. These facilities present a challenge for traditional science policy/research because they require a large up-front capital commitment with significant ongoing operating costs as compared to University-based individual researchers. This structure can unfortunately lend itself to a view that large facilities are inwardly-focused, instead of focusing on the national research program and increasing Canada's science capital and culture.

However, these large facilities/infrastructure are dynamic, supporting a broad cross section of academic, government, and industrial users from many different disciplines. They include the Canadian Light Source, TRIUMF, Compute Canada and SNOLAB to name a few. This panel     will discuss how the public engagement and sharing from large science facilities might differ from that of an individual researcher - and whether large science facilities have a greater obligation in influencing the Canadian scientific landscape.

From the training of highly qualified personnel to the engagement of the private sector through unique research capabilities to the transfer of laboratory-developed technology to Canadian businesses, these facilities stimulate growth at both the local and national levels but also are a major component in shaping the scientific landscape and developing a strong culture within our citizens.

Moderators
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Timothy Meyer

Chief Operating Officer, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Tim Meyer is COO at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, America’s laboratory for particle physics and accelerators.  He is a member of a four-person executive leadership team.  Meyer earned his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Stanford University studying the nature and time-evolution of the bottom quark. Before coming to Fermilab, Meyer served as Head of Strategic Planning and Communications at TRIUMF... Read More →

Speakers
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Jonathan Bagger

Director / Former Interim Vice-Provost, TRIUMF, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Jonathan Bagger was elected Director of TRIUMF effective July 1st, 2014. Prior to his role at TRIUMF, he was appointed Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs at Johns Hopkins University for six years. A faculty member since 1989, he spent a third of his time as Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He served as the university’s Interim... Read More →
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Robert Lamb

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Light Source
Robert Lamb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Professor Lamb completed a PhD in Surface Chemistry at The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Solid State Physics at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His academic history includes appointments at institutions including University of Heidelberg, Germany; University of Sydney... Read More →
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Dugan O'Neil

Chief Science Officer, Compute Canada
Dugan O’Neil is Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer. He is interested in particle physics at the energy frontier. His involvement in Compute Canada started in 2003 when he was an early user (beta tester) of WestGrid resources at SFU and UBC. At the time he led the Canadian team working on the Dzero experiment at Fermilab. His group used WestGrid resources to process hundreds of terabytes of raw data from the experiment, making... Read More →
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Nigel Smith

Director, SNOLAB
Nigel Smith joined SNOLAB as Director during July 2009. He currently holds adjunct Professor status at Queen’s and Laurentian Universities, a visiting research position at the U.K. STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and a visiting Professorial chair at Imperial College, London. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Leeds University in the U.K. in 1985 and his Ph. D. in astrophysics from Leeds in 1991. He served as a lecturer at... Read More →


Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
TBA

3:30pm

Beating Superbugs: Innovative genomics and policies to tackle AMR / Combattre les superbactéries : génomique et politiques novatrices pour lutter contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens

Organized by Genome Canada

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health threat. Recent studies indicate that drug resistant microbes could cause the deaths of 10 million people a year and cost the global economy $60 trillion to $100 trillion by 2050 indicated Jim O’Neill, a former Goldman Sachs economist. The need to find solutions is a national priority. Canada, through its federal action plan, is taking steps to prevent, limit, and control the emergence and spread of AMR, with a focus on surveillance, stewardship, and innovation.

The World Health Organization stated antimicrobial resistance has become one of the most serious global health threats of modern times and urges governments to improve surveillance and research and that policy makers enable change by promoting appropriate use of antibiotics, increasing awareness, and rewarding innovation.

Based on the above, policy options will be explored on how Canada can be a leader in pathogen surveillance utilizing genomic analysis, furthering the use of genomic databases to assess the emergence and spread of AMR, and innovative genomic tools to diagnose and treat microbial infection quickly and efficiently.

This workshop is part of Genome Canada’s GPS series "Where Genomics, Public Policy and Society Meet." The session will facilitate a dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and industry interested in GE3LS (Genomics and its Ethical, Economic, Environmental, Legal, and Social aspects). A draft policy brief on antimicrobial resistance reviewing the context, issues of concern relevant to Canadians as well as innovative genomic solutions and policy options to help manage this global health threat will be presented. Furthermore, invited commentators from academia, government and industry will discuss the policy options examined in this brief. 


Moderators
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Natalie Brender

National Director, Genomics in Society, Genome Canada
Natalie Brender joined Genome Canada as National Director of Genomics in Society in August 2015. As a public policy professional, she specializes in translating complex ideas for diverse audiences and making connections among diverse disciplines and stakeholders. From 2008-2015 she was a public policy writer/researcher working with government, professional and non-profit clients; a research associate and publications coordinator at the University... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Rainer Engelhardt

Former Assistant Deputy Minister/ Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Rainer Engelhardt is the former Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Science Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Engelhardt has a career background in science and technology, initially in academic research and teaching, then progressing to commercial and public sector management. Dr. Engelhardt joined the Public Health Agency, following a successful twenty years in the private sector. He was chief executive officer of several... Read More →
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Bonnie Henry

Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Province of British Columbia
Dr Bonnie Henry is currently the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for BC, a position she started in August 2014. Prior to this she was the interim Provincial Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control from December 2013 until August 2014. She was the Medical Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Medical Director... Read More →
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Dr. Stephen Hoffman

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Steven J. Hoffman, is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa with courtesy appointments as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University, Adjunct Faculty with the McMaster Health Forum, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in... Read More →
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Craig Stephen

Executive Director, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative
Craig is a Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He is the Executive Director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. Craig received both his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and PhD (epidemiology) from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds adjunct positions at 3 other Canadian... Read More →
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Dr. Gerry Wright

Director of the Michel G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, McMaster University
Dr. Gerry Wright is the Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University (2007-present). He is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Associate member of the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as well as Pathology and Molecular Medicine. | He received his BSc in Biochemistry (1986) and his PhD in Chemistry (1990) from the University of Waterloo... Read More →


Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Pinnacle (penthouse)

3:30pm

Digital Literacy: What is going to make the real difference? / Culture numérique : Qu’est-ce qui peut faire une véritable différence?

Organized by Actua

We are told that digital literacy is a critical set of skills and attitudes that will be necessary for today's youth to succeed and participate in the 21st century.  In order to contribute to initiatives like open science, offerings of large data-sets, and participatory policy-making, all individuals, particularly youth, will benefit from that foundational knowledge.  But Canada's policy frameworks in support of learning computer science and engineering, not to mention access to connectivity and equipment, is at best uneven and at worst non-existent.  This session will examine computer science and engineering learning initiatives from the Canada and the UK in order to better inform a coordinated approach to effectively move the dial on the digital literacy and innovation capacity of Canadians entering the workforce, an area that has been identified as a key part of Canada's renewed Federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy.



Moderators
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Aaron Brindle

Communications Manager, Google Canada
Aaron oversees communications for several of Google's core consumer products in Canada. He is a frequent commentator on Google Trends and has traveled extensively in Canada's north as the project manager behind Google's arctic mapping efforts. Aaron is a passionate advocate of STEM, managing several of Google Canada's outreach initiatives. Before joining Google, Aaron worked as a journalist and writer. In 2002, he was part of the team at CBC... Read More →

Speakers
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Miles Berry

Principal lecturer for Computing Education, University of Roehampton
Miles Berry is principal lecturer for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. He teaches initial teacher training courses as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as tutoring masters students. His principal research focus is on pedagogies for computing education. Other professional interests include knowledge management in education, use of open source software and principles in schools, independent... Read More →
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Jennifer Flanagan

CEO, Actua
Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in inspiring and innovative science and technology experiences. Through camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach, Actua’s programs reach a quarter of a million youth annually. Over the past decade, Jennifer has led the development of Actua’s national barrier-breaking programs, which engage... Read More →
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Karen Gill

Director of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Education
Karen Gill is the Director in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch and has been with the Ministry of Education since 2006.  Prior to coming to the ministry, Karen served in the public education sector for 32 years as a secondary school teacher, department head, and secondary school and board administrator.  Since joining the ministry she has had responsibility for the ongoing review and renewal of Ontario’s curriculum and... Read More →
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Steven Woods

Senior Engineering Director and site lead for Google’s primary Canadian engineering site in Kitchener-Waterloo, Google Canada
Steven Woods joined Google in 2008 and has since served as Google Canada’s Senior Engineering Director and site lead for Google’s primary Canadian engineering site in Kitchener-Waterloo. Steven is responsible for building and leading teams in consumer products & services and advertising while fostering a creative culture of innovation, engineering, and aggressive product delivery. | | Steven is highly involved in advocacy... Read More →


Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Panorama (penthouse)
  • Host Organization Actua

5:00pm

Reception
Wednesday November 25, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pinnacle (penthouse)

6:00pm

Opening Remarks
Wednesday November 25, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

6:10pm

"The science of SNO and SNOLAB", Opening Speech by Dr. Arthur McDonald
Speakers
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Dr. Art McDonald

Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University
Art McDonald has been the Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Ontario, Canada, for more than 20 years, leading a team of international collaborators in discovering that elementary subatomic particles, called neutrinos, change from one type to another while traveling from the sun to the Earth. The SNO experiment also confirmed that neutrinos have a tiny, but nonzero mass. McDonald is the former Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in... Read More →


Wednesday November 25, 2015 6:10pm - 6:35pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

6:35pm

Keynote Session- Science Advice to Government / Séance d’ouverture Avis scientifiques aux gouvernements
Recently the challenge of collecting, presenting and ensuring the effectiveness of scientific advice in the process of policy making is becoming increasingly important.
Especially the integration of scientific advice with decision making at the highest political offices is much debated in science policy.

The first conference on science advice to government was organized in New Zealand, in the summer of 2014 and led to the formation of the International Network of Government Science Advice, INGSA. The INGSA mandate is: “….to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.”

In the light of CSPC 2015 is being held in the Canada’s Capital at just post federal election with a new mandate for Federal Government CSPC and the office of the Chief Scientist of Quebec are organizing this keynote session to provide insight into the crucial topic of science advice to government.

Moderators
avatar for Maryse Lassonde

Maryse Lassonde

President elect, Scientific Director, Royal Society of Canada, Fonds de Recherche du Quebec-Nature et Technologies
Maryse Lassonde holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Université  | de Montréal and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She was a professor of  | psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1977-1988) and  | at the Université de Montréal (1988-2013) where she was named professor  | emeritus in 2013. Professor Lassonde is the Scientific Director... Read More →

Speakers
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Alan Bernstein

President & CEO, CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)
Dr. Alan Bernstein is the President & CEO of CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) and served as the inaugural president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 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 University of Toronto in 1972, he did his postdoctoral training at... Read More →
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Arthur Carty

Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo
Dr Carty is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo, Special Advisor to the President on international science and technology collaboration and Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry. From 2004-2008, he served as Canada’s first National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and to the Government of Canada. Prior to his appointment as National Science Advisor, he was... Read More →
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Sir Peter Gluckman

Distinguished Professor, Centre for Human Evolution, Development and Disease, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Programme Director, Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences, Singapore, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister
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Remi Quirion

Chief Scientist Officer, Fonds de recherche du Québec
| Rémi Quirion, OC, PhD, CQ, FRSC On September 1, 2011, Rémi Quirion, OC, PhD, CQ, FRSC, became Québec’s first chief scientist. As such, he chairs the boards of directors of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec and advises the Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research on research and scientific development issues. Until his appointment as chief scientist, Rémi Quirion was the vice-dean... Read More →


Wednesday November 25, 2015 6:35pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

9:00pm

CSPC's 5th Pub Night with Science Comedian Robert Gooding-Townsend
RSVP through Eventbrite to sign up RSVP
Wednesday, November 25th, from 9pm onwards at the 3 Brewers Pub, 240 Sparks Street. Join us after dinner to celebrate the opening day of CSPC 2015 and to relax over a pint with your science policy peers. Starting at 10pm, science comedian Robert Gooding-Townsend, will entertain you with his stand-up routine followed by a powerpoint show called "Whose Slide is it Anyway?" featuring all of you!

RSVP on eventbrite

Speakers
avatar for Robert Gooding-Townsend

Robert Gooding-Townsend

I'm a grad student by day and a science comedian by night. | I study mathematical biology -- both ecology and systems biology -- at the University of Waterloo. | I don't know what the future holds, but I know that science policy is central to it.


Wednesday November 25, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm
3 Brewers Pub 240 Sparks Street
 
Thursday, November 26
 

8:00am

Book Session- The Anatomy of Innovation-What makes innovation succeed in the 21st century?
For innovation to occur and succeed, it needs all parts of its anatomy to work in harmony as with the body, thebrain controls the thought process to bring forth ideas; it also controls the nerve system to make parts move andput such ideas to action; it enables the eyes to see what the rest of the members are doing and hence work in harmony while the heart produces the blood flow necessary to either walk, run or sprint to produce the desired outcome.
The author eloquently draws on the analogy and presents a fascinating discussion on the main partsof a successful innovation system. The book is written with many audiences in mind including students enrolled in entrepreneurship and innovation programs, administrators at higher education institutions; government S&Tdepartments; business people; and most of all entrepreneurs and economic development personnel. Each chapter ends with a set of questions to spur classroom and group discussions.

Speakers
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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 University (H/Q in Strasburg, France), and an M.B.A. from the International Business Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Gabriel is an elected fellow of... Read More →




Thursday November 26, 2015 8:00am - 8:25am
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

8:25am

Welcoming Remarks
Thursday November 26, 2015 8:25am - 8:30am
TBA

8:30am

Plenary Session- International Perspectives on Big Science in Canada: Where Should Canada Go? / Perspectives internationales de la science de pointe au Canada : quelle orientation le Canada devrait-il prendre?

Organized by Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada is now home to a number of Big Science research facilities — very large research infrastructures that cost upwards of $100 million, take years to build and operate on decade-long time scales. While these facilities have a powerful impact on the quality and competitiveness of Canadian science, there is no established policy framework in Canada for considering, evaluating and overseeing large-scale research infrastructures. In this context, how can we keep decisions from being made in an ad hoc fashion, without a systematic evaluation of excellence and potential benefits for Canada, or an assessment of the impact such massive investments will have on our capacity as an innovative nation?

Dr. Gilles Patry, the President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), proposes to lead a discussion with some of the world’s top international experts on what direction Canada should consider in developing and implementing a Big Science policy framework, what lessons can be learned from a variety of international experiences and how we can best ensure national coordination in aspects such as road mapping, priority setting, merit review, funding models, governance and management assessments, and decision-making processes.

The discussion will draw on the expertise and wide-ranging experiences of the panel members to help the CFI, along with the Government of Canada, shape a Big Science policy framework suitable for the Canadian context and capable of driving the quality of Canadian science to the next level. This panel session will be a unique opportunity for CSPC and for the Canadian research community. Never before has such a discussion, involving international experts at the chief executive level, taken place in Canada.



Moderators
avatar for Gilles Patry

Gilles Patry

President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation
On August 1, 2010, Dr. Gilles G. Patry became the fourth President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Following a long and distinguished career as a consultant, a researcher, and a university administrator, Dr. Patry brings to the CFI a wealth of experience from both the private and academic sector. | Dr. Patry holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. from the University of... Read More →

Speakers
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Catherine Ewart

Head of Stakeholder and International Relations, e Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
 Catherine is Head of Stakeholder and International Relations for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of seven research councils in the UK, where she is responsible for developing and maintaining STFC’s corporate and international relationships with research funding organisations and government policy makers. Prior to her current role, Catherine was Head of STFC’s Futures Programme, which works with... Read More →
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Rolf Heuer

Director General, CERN
Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer has been CERN Director General since January 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. Most of his scientific work has focused on the study of electron-positron reactions, the development of experimental techniques, as well as the construction and operation of large detector systems. From 1984 to 1998, Prof. Heuer was a staff member at CERN, working for the OPAL experiment at the... Read More →
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Nigel Lockyer

Director, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Nigel Lockyer began his tenure as director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, America’s premier laboratory for particle physics research, on September 3, 2013. | | An experimental particle physicist, Lockyer was most recently director of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. He was also a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia. | | Under his leadership, TRIUMF... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

10:00am

Coffee Break
Thursday November 26, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Addressing Concerns Over GMOs - Striking the Right Balance / Répondre aux préoccupations sur les OGM – Trouver le juste équilibre

Organized by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

The global population is on track to reach 9 billion people by 2050. At the same time, climate change and a growing middle class are forcing the worlds’ farmers to grow more food on limited arable land. Biotechnology already plays a key role in modern agriculture. As our increased understanding of the technology allows us to boost food production and develop a limitless range of functional and value-added applications – and the tools become cheaper and more accessible – ag biotech will become increasingly important in tackling food security and malnutrition.

Yet 20 years after they were first commercialized, genetically modified (GM) foods remain a contentious issue in the global food system. The discord sown by the lack of a conciliatory approach is alienating a significant segment of the population and threatens to limit farmers’ access to safe technologies that can improve their incomes, provide sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and help feed the world. In Canada, our approach to GM foods is centred on a regulatory system that focuses on strict, science-based safety criteria and leaves commercialization decisions to private industry. While this approach upholds health and safety and fosters an innovation-friendly business climate, we are faced with the absence of any clear system to address the range of socioeconomic impacts GM foods invariably have on stakeholders throughout the value chain. Fearmongering and baseless claims over the dangers of GMOs aside, growers, handlers, processors, retailers, and consumers all have legitimate concerns over the place of biotechnology in our food system, and our continued failure to address these issues has negative repercussions for both users and non-users of ag biotech. Calls for the government to intervene and “manage” these issues by moving away from a purely science-based approach and incorporating market-based considerations into the regulatory system invoke a whole range of policy challenges and will not provide a solution. If we are to develop a holistic and inclusive approach to biotechnology for the 21st century, all affected parties need to be a part of the conversation.

Canada is uniquely positioned to take the lead in this regard and set an example for the world –our vibrant biotech and organic sectors have been able to grow in tandem with each other, industry and grassroots organizations are collaborating to respond to evolving consumer demands, we have a robust science policy community, and Canadian citizens are eager to engage with their food system. We invite you to join us for this discussion that will bring together collaborative and forward-thinking experts to explore what roles government, industry, academia, and civil society groups can play in effectively managing the use of biotechnology to answer some of the major global challenges of our time.

 


Moderators
avatar for Sylvain Charlebois

Sylvain Charlebois

College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph
Sylvain Charlebois has authored nearly 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals, professional publications, and conference proceedings in food Science and management. He is known for being the lead author of many reports which compare global food safety and traceability systems. His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, safety, and public policy. Dr. Charlebois is an associate researcher with many research... Read More →

Speakers
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Andrew Goldstein

Director General of Policy, Planning, and Integration, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Andrew Goldstein is currently Director General, Policy Planning and Integration in the Strategic Policy Branch at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), where he is responsible for leading the policy development of a number of different files, including Growing Forward 2. Prior to this, Andrew has held a number of economic analysis and policy development positions at AAFC Andrew began his career in the Federal Government as an economist at... Read More →
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Muffy Koch

Biotech Regulatory Affairs Manager,, Simplot Plant Sciences
Muffy Koch was born in South Africa and trained in Botany and Microbiology. Her research career started at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where she worked with the team to first genetically modify plants in South Africa and where she set up the first cereal transformation group in the country. | | She started a consultancy in 1994 and, since then, has been in daily contact with issues about the safety of genetically... Read More →
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Elizabeth Nielsen

Board of the Consumers Council of Canada and the Consumer Policy Committee of ISO
Dr. Nielsen is a member of the Board of the Consumers Council of Canada and the Consumer Policy Committee of ISO. She has extensive experience working with and representing consumers in the development of standards, legislation, regulations and policies; chairing meetings among stakeholders to develop consensus positions on regulations, guidelines and standards at the national and international level; facilitating consumer... Read More →
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Mike Peterson

Global Traits Lead, Forage Genetics International
Mike Peterson is currently the Lead for Global Traits at Forage Genetics International, a breeder and worldwide marketer of alfalfa seed, based in Nampa, ID. Prior to this responsibility, Mike was Senior Breeder (7 years), Research Director (10 years) and then Brand Manager (13 years) for W-L Research, a breeder and marketer of proprietary alfalfa varieties based in Madison, Wisconsin. Mike received a B.S. degree in Agronomy from the... Read More →
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Lucy Sharratt

Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Lucy Sharratt works in Ottawa as the Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, also known as CBAN. CBAN is a campaign coalition of 17 organizations including farmer associations, environmental groups and international development organizations, all of which have various concerns about the application of genetic engineering in food and farming. Lucy previously worked as a campaigner and researcher on this issue at the Sierra Club... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

10:30am

Role of Open Science in Innovation for Development / Le rôle de la science ouverte dans l'innovation pour le développement
Organized by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Technology and Innovation

Widespread access to the Internet is opening up new opportunities for innovation and scientific discovery. At the same time, online science platforms and network tools are reorganizing scientific practices and collaboration, allowing initiatives such as, crowd sourced data collection, citizen science, open access to research results, open educational resources,and open research data to converge.

The result is the growing trend of open science, which promises to speed up the process of discovery, while making research more transparent and reproducible. There is also growing support that publicly funded research should be publicly accessible and that open access and open data could maximize return on research investment through more inclusive and open innovation and other unintended benefits, while empowering citizens to be active knowledge seekers and knowledge producers. The recently announced Tri-Agency policy on Open Access and the government of Canada’s commitment to Open Science are clear signal of this converging trend.

In the development context, open science promises additional benefits, including the equitable participation of researchers from the global South, and the potential of more inclusive ways of knowing, as well as the equitable contribution by Southern researchers in both the framing and the search for solutions to relevant problems that have local impact.

Several advances and innovations, for instance in the field of mobile-health (m-health), have been driven by organizations from the global South where mobile connectivity is growing, offering opportunities to expand the reach of overburdened healthcare systems. Local participatory research such as that conducted by the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) project involved farmers at all stages and accelerated the experimentation phase to get improved crops out of the laboratory and into large-scale production by an average of seven years.

It is against this background that the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) was launched in July, 2014. Funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the OCSDNet’s main objective is to gather evidence on whether, and if so how, open science could lead to new thinking and locally driven innovations for addressing persistent development challenges.

The proposed panel is designed to stimulate debate about the implications of open models of scientific practices for innovation in the contexts of both developing and developed countries, and to highlight how Canadian researchers are engaging in these issues. Key opportunities, including incentive and institutional and policy frameworks, will also be debated


Moderators
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Naser Faruqui

Director of Technology and Innovation, IDRC
Naser Faruqui, an environmental engineer and water specialist, is the Director of Technology and Innovation at IDRC where he leads a global team that helps developing countries use science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and equitable development. His areas of expertise include science and innovation systems in developing countries; science diplomacy; innovation, trade, and growth, open models of development, international... Read More →

Speakers
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Leslie Chan

Associate Director, University of Toronto Scarborough, Centre for Critical Development Studies
Leslie Chan is a Professor in International Development Studies and the Associate Director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto. An early practitioner in the use of the Web for learning, knowledge exchange and partnership building, Professor Chan is particularly interested in the roles of network openness and control in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. Since... Read More →
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Suzanne Kettley

Executive Director, Canadian Science Publishing
Suzanne Kettley is a scientific publishing professional with more than two decades of experience and is the Executive Director of Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), Canada’s largest scientific publisher. A practitioner of change leadership, in 2009-2010, Kettley led a team of over 50 employees during CSP’s transition from the federal government to the private sector.  Suzanne was recently elected as the Vice-President/President... Read More →
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Florence Piron

Professor, Université Laval, Department of Information and Communication
Florence Piron, an anthropologist and ethicist, is a full professor at Université Laval, Department of Information and Communication, where she teaches critical thinking through courses on ethics, democracy and citizenship. Founding president of the Association science et bien commun (Association science and the common good) and of Accès savoirs, the Science Shop of Université Laval, she works on the relations... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

10:30am

Challenges Associated with Transferring New Technologies to Mining Industry / Les défis associés au transfert des nouvelles technologies pour l'industrie minière
Organizers: Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation

The mining industry has historically been resistant to try new technologies, but they can no longer afford to keep this stance. As mines go deeper to access ore deposits, they become more costly to operate. It is also hard to attract and retain new talent and mine closures have a negative effect on the Canadian economy, especially as small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME's) are hit the hardest.
The Business -led Network Centres of Excellence Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) was created with these needs and challenges in mind. We have established services to assist with transferring new technologies to the mining industry. The benefits will be realized in three areas:

1. Increasing research and development (R&D) capacity through a networked solution team approach
Our network solution team strengthens the public private sector relationship by engaging the mining service and supply sector, industry, academia, research institutions and government,
creating the tools and highly qualified people that will meet the needs of the mining industry.

2. Change Management
Introducing change is always a challenge across most industries, especially in an established mining industry. Change management allows us to look at the existing process and review/rewrite this process to allow new technologies to be embedded into existing systems.

3. Increasing research and development (R&D) receptivity at the mine sites.
Increasing R&D receptivity within the mining industry ensures more support for projects that have industrial trials built into the deliverables. This also helps researchers lower the risk trials and increases market exposure.

The paper will further define how these three approaches have been applied under the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN), whose mandate is to help the mining industry to adopt commercially viable R&D project results, and the deployment of proven innovative technologies.

Moderators
avatar for Adi Treasurywala

Adi Treasurywala

ArrowCan Partners Inc.
Adi Treasurywala's career of four decades has spanned the divide between well established large industry and small early technology innovators in a unique and fluid way. Two and a half decades with such companies as Wyeth Ayerst, Sterling Drug, Pfizer, and Allelix in both Canada and the US provided Adi with a firm foundation of industry norms and attitudes in the full range of positions from the bench to strategic levels of... Read More →

Speakers
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Wayne Ablitt

President, Jannatec Technologies
Wayne Ablitt, President and co-founder of Jannatec Technologies has over 27 years of experience in the communication industry. As President, Wayne’s focus has been to oversee the expansion of the business and foster growth in the mining community. Wayne helps ensure that all products and services are delivered and manages his staff to ensure that they are courteous, prompt and efficient. He also ensures that all of the products are of the... Read More →
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Zachary Mayer

Manager of Mine Technical Services, Glencore’s Kidd Operations
Zachary Mayer is the Manager of Mine Technical Services at Glencore’s Kidd Operations, the world’s deepest base metal mine, located in Timmins Ontario. Kidd Mine currently produces 2.25 million tonnes per year of zinc, copper and silver bearing ore from a depth of 3km below surface. | A professional mining engineer, his career began 15 years ago as a student contractor working on a development project at an Inco (now Vale) nickel... Read More →
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Douglas Morrison

President & CEO Chair of Holistic Mining Practices, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation
| Douglas has 14 years of operating experience in the deep nickel mines of the Sudbury Basin, where he became the Superintendent of Rock Mechanics and Mine Design at Inco (now Vale). He has since spent 15 years as a consultant at Golder Associates working on strategic mine design, productivity, and safety issues in mines around the world. He was based in Belo Horizonte Brazil, and from 2005-2010 he was Golder's Global... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Richelieu (level C)

12:00pm

Lunch Break
Thursday November 26, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:45pm

Luncheon Session with Bruce Archibald
Speakers
avatar for Bruce Archibald

Bruce Archibald

DM Champion, Federal Science and Technology Community, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Dr. Bruce Archibald was appointed President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) effective August 12, 2013.Dr. Archibald is also the Deputy Minister Champion of the Science and Technology Community, and Chair of the Deputy Minister Committee on Science and Technology. He is also the Deputy Minister Champion for McMaster University.Prior to joining the CFIA, Dr. Archibald was the first President of the Federal Economic Development... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:30pm

Book Session- Peter Phillip & David Castle / Wendell Wallach

Canadian Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: The Innovation Economy and Society Nexus

by G. Bruce Doern, David Castle, Peter W.B. Phillips

The book examines eight STI policy domains in Canada and the nature of STI agenda-setting. It presents new critical analysis about related developments such as significantly changed concepts of peer review, merit review, and the emergence of big data in the digital age and Internet information economy and society. The different ways in which federal versus provincial STI policies have impacted on both levels of government are examined, including STI as it relates to and impacts on Canada's natural resources. Key STI departments and agencies are probed as they function increasingly in networked and partnership clusters and settings as Canada seeks to keep up and lead in a highly competitive global STI system. The book also examines numerous realms of technology across Canada in universities, business and government and various efforts to assess new technologies. These include biotechnology, genomics, and the Internet but also earlier technologies such as nuclear reactors, satellite technology, and evolving computer technologies. The authors assess whether an S&T-centered innovation economy and society nexus has been established in Canada. An innovation economy and society is one that aspires to, and achieves, some kind of moving and interacting balance between STI  directed at commercial, private or market objectives and STI deployed to achieve social objectives, including delivering public goods and supporting values related to redistribution, fairness, and community and citizen empowerment. The nature of science advice across prime ministerial eras is also probed, including recent concerns in the Harper era about the claimed muzzling of government scientists in an age of continuous attack politics.


A Dangerous MasterHow to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
by  Wendell Wallach

A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control provides a entertaining primer on the emerging technologies with a little science, history, discussion of benefits, and special attention to the societal impact and risks posed by innovative tools and techniques. We are in the midst of a veritable Techstorm of new possibilities, all of which are being developed simultaneously.  

While other books and news headline focus upon specific discoveries and innovations, A Dangerous Master presents a comprehensive overview of the societal impact of so many different means to alter human live, our society, our economy, and our environment.  Among the challenges are radical life extension, technological unemployment, an arms race to produce autonomous robotic weapons, driverless cars, synthetic organisms, new methods to produce energy, and devices and drugs that enhance human capabilities. We may be on a path towards inventing the human species, as we have known it, out of existence.

 Examining the players, institutions, and values that stand in the way of the regulation of everything from autonomous robots to designer drugs, A Dangerous Master proposes solutions for regaining control of our technological destiny. Wallach’s nuanced study offers both stark warnings and hope, navigating the middle ground between speculative fears about a dystopian future and the hype surrounding technological innovations. An engaging, accessible, and masterful analysis of the forces we must manage in our quest to survive as a species, A Dangerous Master forces us to confront the practical—and moral—purposes of our creations.

 “Hordes of technologies emerge in lockstep with warnings of their risks. Ethicist Wendell Wallach sorts the hysteria from the hazards in this magisterial study.”

Nature

 “Wendell Wallach, it seems, is always a few years ahead of the rest of us. In this marvelous book, he takes us to the technological frontier and shows us where, why, and how our most promising technologies could turn on us. Wallach is levelheaded and thoughtful, combining his encyclopedic knowledge of emerging technology with a sense of history and an abiding respect for humanity. A Dangerous Master is fascinating, important, and—in defiance of its own gravity—a joy to read.”

—Joshua Greene, Director, Harvard Moral Cognition Lab and author of Moral Tribes

 “This timely book offers a balanced assessment of the upsides and risks of a wide range of fast-developing technologies. It deserves a wide readership.”

—Martin Rees, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge, and author of Universe and Just Six Numbers

 



Speakers
avatar for David Castle

David Castle

Vice-President Research and a Professor, School of Public Administration with an adjunct appointment in the Gustavson School of Business
David Castle is Vice-President Research and a Professor in the School of Public Administration with an adjunct appointment in the Gustavson School of Business. His research focuses on social aspects of life science innovation including democratic engagement, regulation and governance, and intellectual property and knowledge management. He has published extensively on the social dimensions of science, technology and innovation, has held several... Read More →
avatar for Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips

Distinguished Professor and Graduate Chair, Johnson‐Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Phillips is Distinguished Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He earned his MScEcon and Ph.D. at the LSE and practiced for 13 years as a professional economist and advisor in industry and government. At USask he has held the Van Vliet Research Chair, created and held an NSERC-SSHRC Chair in Managing Technological Change, was a founding member and director of the virtual... Read More →
avatar for Wendell Wallach

Wendell Wallach

Visiting Fulbright Research Chair, University of Ottawa
Wendell Wallach is a visiting Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa during the fall and winter of 2015-2016. He is a scholar and consultant at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, a senior advisor to The Hastings Center, a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law (Arizona State University), and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology. At... Read More →




Thursday November 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

1:30pm

Data Driven Decisions: Putting IoT, big data and analytics to work for better public policy / Décisions guidées par les données : IdO, grandes données et analyses au service de meilleures politiques publiques

Organized by Cybera

The scientific community and policy makers are bombarded with information about Big Data, the Internet of Things, and the power of analytics to produce amazing insights.  This session will describe a model whereby these topics are integrated into a single model.  At base is the data layer with inputs from an ever growing array of sensors.  Networks are needed to collect this data and give it context.  Storage and access systems are needed to give it context and turn it into information.  Computational resources are required for analytics to convert the information into knowledge.  Finally policy and education are required to ensure the knowledge informs the decision making process and leads to wise policies and governance.  The panel will bring together representatives from the fields of data collection, data access, networking, computation and policy to show the power of aligning all these fields to make better public policy through data driven decision making.



Moderators
avatar for Robin Winsor

Robin Winsor

President & CEO, Cybera
Robin Winsor is President and CEO of Cybera, the not-for-profit technology-neutral agency that operates and manages Alberta’s Research and Education Network. The organization is a strategic investment by the Government of Alberta and its members to accelerate technology adoption in the province and support post-secondary institutions. CyberaNet is the dedicated network for unmetered, not-for-profit traffic, and it functions as a conduit for... Read More →

Speakers
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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 on subjects such as women in university research, food security in the north, industrial research and development, and STEM skills for Canada’s future... Read More →
avatar for Jim Ghadbane

Jim Ghadbane

President and CEO, CANARIE
Jim joined CANARIE as Chief Technology Officer in May 2010 and is a seasoned leader in the ICT industry. | | 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 the ongoing evolution of the advanced research and education network; technology innovation and the development of research software tools, and stimulating innovation and... Read More →
avatar for Jill Kowalchuk

Jill Kowalchuk

Strategic consultant
For more than a decade, Jill Kowalchuk has been an ambitious driver and advocate for the advancement of Canada’s technology and innovation sectors. She has her own business to support private and not-for-profits companies develop and implement successful strategies for utilizing digital infrastructure to enable research and innovation. As the past President of Compute Canada, she was responsible for overseeing a national platform of... Read More →
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Bonnie Schmidt

President and Founder, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning and engagement through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). | | Bonnie has... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Wilson

Shannon Wilson

Alberta Healthcare Consulting Leader in IBM Global Business Services, IBM
Shannon Wilson is a Business Development Executive with IBM and the Chair of the Child Data Centre committee of the Alberta Centre for Child Family and Community Research. Shannon works with clients to advance their organizational maturity in the use of analytics. She bridges between the business and technical domains to develop solutions that evolve with the business and prepare the organization to handle data at an enterprise level including... Read More →

CSPC2015 Team
avatar for Aaron Maxwell

Aaron Maxwell

CSPC Team members of Revenue development, Media and advertising, McMaster University
Dr. Aaron Maxwell received his Ph. D. in astrophysics from McMaster University, where he studied the dynamical evolution of dwarf galaxies using large supercomputer hydrodynamic simulations.  He spent a year as the Vice President of Services for the Graduate Student Association at McMaster, where he was responsible for creating and updating policy in regards to student health and wellness.  He is an avid science communicator, donating... Read More →

Thursday November 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

1:30pm

Disruptive Technologies / Les technologies perturbatrices
Organized by Ryerson University VP- Research and Innovation, 

Disruptive technologies challenge existing business models – creating entirely new industries (think google) and destroying or transforming entire industries (think encyclopedia Britannica, think travel agents). A recent study by McKinsey outlined predicted dramatic impacts of technologies such as mobile, robotics, big data, and 3 D on virtually every sector. Another study by Fey and Osbourne The future of computerization concluded 47% of jobs in North America are at risk. Currently Canadian business under-investments in technologies contribute to the productivity gap, and it is not because the technologies are not available. Canada leads the world in consumer use of mobile technologies but corporate adoption of mobile has lagged. A recent study by the government of Ontario showed Small Medium Enterprises were generally laggards in the use of ecommerce. Electronic health records, have been promising to transform health care since the 1980’s but the impediments to use are systemic. To date, Canada’s innovation strategy has focused largely on the supply side – on research and development and commercialization of new technologies in the hopes that they will drive improvements in productivity, economic growth and quality of life. But increasingly the evidence is that we need to also focus on the demand for these technologies, for the factors shaping individual and organizational behavior that drive or impede their adoption. This panel will explore what the future holds with emerging technologies, their potential impacts, what factors shape their adoption and the implications for policy.
Disruptive technologies challenge existing business models – creating entirely new industries (think google) and destroying or transforming entire industries (think encyclopedia Britannica, think travel agents). A recent study by McKinsey outlined predicted dramatic impacts of technologies such as mobile, robotics, big data, and 3 D on virtually every sector. Another study by Fey and Osbourne The future of computerization concluded 47% of jobs in North America are at risk. Currently Canadian business under-investments in technologies contribute to the productivity gap, and it is not because the technologies are not available. Canada leads the world in consumer use of mobile technologies but corporate adoption of mobile has lagged. A recent study by the government of Ontario showed Small Medium Enterprises were generally laggards in the use of ecommerce. Electronic health records, have been promising to transform health care since the 1980’s but the impediments to use are systemic. To date, Canada’s innovation strategy has focused largely on the supply side – on research and development and commercialization of new technologies in the hopes that they will drive improvements in productivity, economic growth and quality of life. But increasingly the evidence is that we need to also focus on the demand for these technologies, for the factors shaping individual and organizational behavior that drive or impede their adoption. This panel will explore what the future holds with emerging technologies, their potential impacts, what factors shape their adoption and the implications for policy.


Moderators
avatar for Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

Vice-President Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
Wendy Cukier, as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, leads the strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization.  Under her leadership, Ryerson has expanded its multi stakeholder collaborations and research funding has grown by 40% in the past two years alone. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school. She has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Chretien

Michelle Chretien

Program Manager, Strategic Research, Xerox Research Centre
Michelle Chrétien joined the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in 2007 is currently Program Manager for Strategic Research as well as the Product Manager for Electronic Materials.  Michelle leads a group focused on fundamental and applied materials science and is responsible for the design and characterization of materials for both Xerox Corporation and external clients.  Her group is also active in the fabrication and... Read More →
avatar for Mohamed Elmi

Mohamed Elmi

PhD student / Research Associate, Information Systems at University of Cape Town / Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute
Mohamed Elmi is a PhD student in Information Systems at University of Cape Town and a Research Associate with the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. | Mohamed’s doctoral research focuses on how Information Communication Technologies can further economic and social development in African countries. As part of his research, Mohamed looks at how ICTs is used within communities that lack a defined... Read More →
avatar for Martin Lavoie

Martin Lavoie

Director, Innovation, Canadian Manufacturers Association
Martin Lavoie is currently Director of policy for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest trade and business association representing over 10,000 businesses across the country. Martin is primarily responsible for the elaboration of policy positions that relate to innovation and public and R&D, business taxation and government procurements. Previously, Martin worked in government relations for private... Read More →
avatar for Colin Mckay

Colin Mckay

Head, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Canada
Colin is the Head of Google's Public Policy and Government Relations team in Canada. | Colin is a member of the board at MediaSmarts, a not-for-profit organization that provides youth with critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens, and is a member of the Government of Canada Advisory Panel on Open Government, as well as sitting on the boards of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, the... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Richelieu (level C)

3:00pm

Coffee Break
Thursday November 26, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Science Without Boundaries / Sciences sans frontières

Organized by TRIUMF

« La science n’a pas de patrie, parce que le savoir est le patrimoine de l’humanité. » – Louis (Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.)

Science has become increasingly globalized as research programs become ever-more sophisticated and ambitious. The Human Genome Project (HGP), the International Space Station (ISS), CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) – these are just a few of the major research endeavours that require the expertise and collaboration of thousands of scientists from every corner of the world.

While the scale and cost alone of these projects often necessitate international cooperation, this globalized approach comes with innumerable scientific, social, and economic benefits. It can accelerate the pace of scientific and technological advances, lower costs, and facilitate the sharing of data and resources. It has an egalitarian effect, providing opportunities to countries that may not otherwise have access to top facilities and resources, and promoting collaboration between nations that might otherwise be separated by political or social differences

The goals of Big Science projects are driven by fundamental curiosities; the powerful applications and intersections with other disciplines are discernible.  How can other disciplines and sectors become involved in these conversations at an early stage?

How does the continued internationalization of science, particularly regarding shared investments in state-of-the-art research infrastructure, align with the 2014 Federal STI Strategy? How does Canada demonstrate accountability for its participation in Big Science projects? How can Canada maximize the benefits of its participation, formal and informal, in major scientific collaborations, both at home and around the world? Does it make sense to consider a national framework for formally engaging and funding these collaborations?

The pace and process for political decision-making varies from country to country. Are clearer roadmaps needed internationally? How can Canada maintain its vitality in science without boundaries?



Moderators
avatar for Andrew Potter

Andrew Potter

Editor, The Ottawa Citizen
I am the Editor at The Ottawa Citizen.  I'm a newspaperman more or less by accident. I have a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and I was a professor of philosophy from 2001 to 2004 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. From 2005-2011 I was a public affairs columnist for Maclean's magazine. I am the author of the 2010 book The Authenticity Hoax,  and I also coauthored the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Bagger

Jonathan Bagger

Director / Former Interim Vice-Provost, TRIUMF, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Jonathan Bagger was elected Director of TRIUMF effective July 1st, 2014. Prior to his role at TRIUMF, he was appointed Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs at Johns Hopkins University for six years. A faculty member since 1989, he spent a third of his time as Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He served as the university’s Interim... Read More →
avatar for Robert Crow

Robert Crow

Executive in Residence, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo
Robert E. (Bob) Crow is an experienced public policy and technology industry leader, currently serving as Executive in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo. Bob's career includes lengthy service in the private, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and university sectors as an executive, consultant and teacher. He is especially known as a strategic thinker and builder of organizational capacity in... Read More →
avatar for Mark Dietrich

Mark Dietrich

President and CEO, Compute Canada
Mark Dietrich is Compute Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an entrepreneurial leader with decades of executive management experience, and a proven track record of building and transforming organizations, increasing revenues, and maximizing organizational effectiveness. He specializes in innovative corporate strategy, marketing, business development and exceptional service delivery. Mark was previously the Chief Executive... Read More →
avatar for Heather Douglas

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. She is the author of Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) as well as numerous articles.  Her work focuses on the role of... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

3:30pm

Creating Digital Opportunity for Canada: challenges and emerging trends / Créer des opportunités numériques pour le Canada : défis et tendances émergentes
Organized by Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Evolving digital technologies are critical to the global economy and to Canada's future
economic growth and prosperity. The rapid pace of innovation, along with shifting global
leadership in digital technology, are creating major challenges for Canada’s digital
industries, but also new opportunities. Canada’s future competitiveness and prospects for
economic growth are inextricably linked to our ability to seize the digital opportunity being
created. Creating Digital Opportunity (CDO) is a research partnership designed to produce
the knowledge required to assist Canada in moving toward global competitive advantage
by increasing the knowledge base needed to form effective policies. The partnership,
including over 20 investigators at 16 universities across Canada and thirteen committed
partner firms, cities and organizations, proposes to answer the question: how can Canada
best respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing digital landscape, while
benefiting from emerging opportunities to promote our economic prosperity? The proposed
panel will present initial case studies arising from the project that deal with a number of
different sectors of digital technologies from various regions across the country.

Moderators
avatar for David Wolfe

David Wolfe

Co-director, Professor, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs
Dr. David A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy at the University of Toronto. He has been the Principal Investigator on two Major Collaborative Research Initiatives funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Beaudry

Catherine Beaudry

Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Member - Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie  | Fellow - Center for interuniversity research and analysis of organisations (CIRANO) | | Catherine Beaudry, Rhodes Scholar, has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oxford where she also obtained an M.Phil. in economics. From her first degree in electrical engineering specialised in satellite technology, she has kept a strong interest on technology... Read More →
avatar for Tijs Creutzberg

Tijs Creutzberg

Research Fellow / Program Director & Director of Business Development, Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto / Council of Canadian Academies
Tijs Creutzberg is Research Fellow with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto where he is heading up research on Ottawa’s digital sector as part of a SSHRC funded partnership grant titled “Creating digital opportunity: Canada’s ICT industry in global perspective project.” He is also Program Director and Director of Business Development at the Council of Canadian Academies where he has led expert panel... Read More →
avatar for Adam Holbrook

Adam Holbrook

Associate Director and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Adam Holbrook is an adjunct professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST), at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.  He was trained as a physicist and electrical engineer, and is a registered professional engineer in BC. He started his career as a satellite engineer at Telesat, after which he spent over twenty years in the federal public service in several S&T policy... Read More →
avatar for Tara Vinodrai

Tara Vinodrai

Associate Professor in the School of Environment, University of Waterloo
Tara Vinodrai is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, where she is also Director of the Local Economic Development graduate program. Her research interests and expertise relate to innovation and technological change; economic development; creative and cultural industries; and local labour market dynamics... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Richelieu (level C)

3:30pm

Proposals for Advancing Canadian Open Science Policy / Propositions pour faire avancer la politique scientifique ouverte du Canada
A 90 minute interactive session that focuses on refining participants understanding of the strategic situation of Canada in the open science landscape, defining opportunities, gaps, and outlining options for Canada’s path forward in open science policy. The session will engage conference participants in developing science policy proposals that would feed into development of the federal government next round of commitments on open science that could be featured in the Open Government Action Plan 3.0 to be implemented starting in July of 2016.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandre Bourque-Viens

Alexandre Bourque-Viens

S&T Policy Advisor, Environment Canada
Alexandre Bourque-Viens is an S&T policy advisor at Environment Canada (EC) where he has been involved in coordinating the emergence of the federal Open Government Science initiative, and definition of both the federal Open Science commitment and the associated implementation plan under EC’s role as Open Science champion on behalf of science-based departments and agencies. Alexandre was a member of the OECD Making Open Science a Reality... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Richard Akerman

Richard Akerman

Federal Open Science plan, Senior Open Science advisor
Richard Akerman is a Senior Open Science Advisor at Environment Canada where he is coordinating the concerted efforts of  federal science-based departments and agencies in advancing open science.  He was instrumental in developing the first federal Open Science Implementation Plan.  He communicates frequently about open science on Twitter.  He has helped organise open data events for the federal government and for the City... Read More →
PE

Paula Esber

Director of the Research Management and Partnership Division (RMPD), Science Branch of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Paula has worked in the Canadian Health and Agriculture portfolios for more than 15 years within a variety of roles in federal laboratories and national headquarters.  Her career began with conducting biotechnology research at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre (ECORC) and has been followed by several roles within the CFIA's Science Branch where she has... Read More →
avatar for Martin Islam

Martin Islam

Science business analyst and Open Science lead analyst, Agricultue and Agri-Food Canada
Martin Islam is an analyst at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.  He is involved in the coordination and implementation of departmental Open Science activities. Martin is also leading a federal project aimed at developing guidance on open access licensing for peer-reviewed scientific publications.  He engages with international counterparts, including in the US Department of Agriculture, to learn from their experiences and advance... Read More →
avatar for Mark Levine

Mark Levine

Acting Director, Open Government Strategic Planning and Liaison, Treasury Board of Canadian Secretariat
Mark Levene is currently Acting Director, Open Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in the Government of Canada. His team is responsible for drafting and implementing Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government, working nationally and internationally with partners, and developing policy on a wide variety of open government issues, including common licensing and open standards. Prior to joining Treasury Board in 2012, Mark... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Wallace

Matthew Wallace

Senior Evaluation Officer, Canadian Foundation for Innovation
Matthew Wallace is currently a senior evaluation officer at the Canada Foundation for Innovation where his current focus is on developing a new understanding of the social, environmental and economic impacts of research infrastructure investments. Previously, his science policy research in Canada and in Europe has led him to study the use of portfolios for public research management, the emergence of Canadian atmospheric science as well as... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

5:00pm

Reception
Thursday November 26, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom C

6:00pm

Speech by Hon. Minister Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
Speakers
avatar for Honourable Kirsty Duncan

Honourable Kirsty Duncan

Minister of Science, Government of Canada
Kirsty Duncan was an Associate Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto and the former Research Director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management. A renowned international speaker, she has lectured for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, the Government of Japan, and the Young Presidents' Organization. She sat on the Advisory Board for Pandemic Flu for the Conference... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 6:00pm - 6:15pm
TBA

6:30pm

Keynote Session- Perspectives on the Science and Technology Policy Landscape and Capacity Building
This is an interactive and exciting session that includes three groups of young scientists, policy makers, mid career professionals, established scientists and executives. Join us for a uniquely diverse session.

Thursday November 26, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

8:45pm

Get Your Dance on with CSPC 2015 at La Discoteka Dance Club
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: RSVP.
Get your dance on with CSPC, Thursday, November 26th at La Discoteka Dance Club in the Market, starting at 9pm. Located in the historic Byward Market and at the heart of Ottawa's vibrant nightlife, La Discoteka is offering a free dance lesson to CSPC conference-goers from 9-10:30pm.

If you don't dance, please don’t hesitate to join us as you can still enjoy the relaxing latin ambiance while sharing a drink and conversation with your peers. A free taxi ride to the club will be offered to registered conference attendees leaving the Delta hotel lobby at 8:45pm.


Thursday November 26, 2015 8:45pm - Friday November 27, 2015 12:00am
La Discoteka Dance Club In the Market
 
Friday, November 27
 

7:45am

Breakfast Session- Economic Impact of Innovative Financing Models

 Organized by Eli Lilly

The field of venture-backed investments into early-stage (preclinical to Phase 2a) biopharmaceuticals has seen a shift to a greater reliance on virtual models of drug development.  This trend is based on the fact that expertise required for drug discovery and preclinical drug development differs in large part from that required for clinical development.  Building R&D teams de novo for each asset can result in “feast and famine” for the local economies where teams of experts are hired, to be let go once the product moves along the drug development continuum.  The virtual model of drug development provides for a more stable employment environment as it looks to engage the “best and brightest” from established companies and independent consultants to fill the resources required to take a product through the series of developmental hurdles.  As well as “feeding” the local established economy, the model bolsters strong local capabilities by also sourcing internationally top key opinion leaders and established groups with long records of drug development.  This model results in greater capital and timeline efficiencies, an increased likelihood of investing in “winners” and a process for drug development focused on getting innovative therapies to patients as quickly as possible. 

Our esteemed panel of experts all contribute to this ecosystem;

  • Organizations like FACIT, work with academic groups to identify innovative medicines of highest interest and provide a link to the key opinion leaders in a specific field.
  • Investors like Teralys who invest both directly and indirectly into the model of virtual drug development; supporting the local and international ecosystems of expert drug developers.
  • Venture Capital teams, like TVM Capital, who understand the value of team building in later-stage companies and have applied the virtual model of drug development at early stages in order to support the ecosystem of service providers, academic key opinion leaders and expert consultants in Canada and internationally. 

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Lavoie

Cynthia Lavoie

General Partner, TVM Capital Life Science
Dr. Lavoie is a General Partner with TVM Capital Life Science, an international venture capital firm with more than $1 billion under management. Dr. Lavoie is responsible for deal making, deal origination and execution and for the management of portfolio companies in the US and Canada. Dr. Lavoie has led investments into Montreal-based TVM companies Kaneq Bioscience and FAAH Pharma, where she serves on the Boards of Directors. Dr. Lavoie also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cedric Bisson

Cedric Bisson

Partner, Teralys Capital
CEDRIC BISSON is partner at Teralys Capital, Canada’s largest technology fund of funds management organization, where he focuses on healthcare and life sciences investments. He has spent the past two decades across Canada, in Europe and the USA creating, building and advising innovative businesses, serving as founder and partner of iNovia Capital (a leading pan-Canadian VC firm), founder of MSBi Valorisation (now Aligo, seed technology... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Bouthillier

Daniel Bouthillier

President and CEO, Kaneq Pharma
Daniel Bouthillier possède plus de 25 ans d’expérience en administration de la recherche. Il est présentement Président et chef de la direction de Kaneq Pharma. Auparavant il a occupé différents postes chez Merck&Co où il fut Directeur exécutif à l’Administration et à la planification de la recherche pour différents centres de recherche... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Courtney

Jeff Courtney

Chief Commercial Officer, Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)
Mr. Jeff Courtney was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of the Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT), the commercialization partner for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in November 2012. He is leading the Institute’s efforts to commercialize novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer resulting from research conducted in Ontario. Mr. Courtney has extensive experience in venture capital, business... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Marc Rivière

Dr. Marc Rivière

General Partner, TVM Capital
Marc Rivière joined the Montreal-based TVM Capital Life Science team in 2013 after twenty years of international drug development preceded by ten years of medical and public health practice in Europe and the Middle East. Marc’s expertise encompasses all aspects of drug development in different clinical indications from pre-clinical development to post marketing surveillance. At TVM Capital Life Science, he focuses on evaluation of... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 7:45am - 8:10am
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

8:25am

Welcoming Remarks
Friday November 27, 2015 8:25am - 8:30am
TBA

8:30am

Plenary Session- The Outlook for Canada’s S&T/Innovation Ecosystem: Risks and Opportunities

This plenary session will begin with a presentation by David Watters of Global Advantage and CSPC Board member, on the key roles played by each major stakeholder group (Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Higher Education, Not-for-Profits, Private Sector, Foreign Sector) in Canada’s S&T/Innovation Ecosystem, including the patterns of their activities and performance.

Three questions will be discussed:

1.       Why is Canada’s S&T/Innovation system generally performing so poorly?

2.       What are the key “risks” of a further deterioration in performance?

3.       What are the key “opportunities” to improve performance and how might this be accomplished?


Moderators
avatar for Janet Halliwell

Janet Halliwell

Principal, JE Halliwell Associates Inc,
Janet Halliwell is the Principal 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 Science Publishing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gerard Kennedy

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... Read More →
avatar for Ken Knox

Ken Knox

Chair / CEO, Science, Technology, and Innovation Council (STIC) / Knox-Vannest Inc.
In addition to being Chair of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Council (STIC), Kenneth Knox is the CEO of Knox-Vannest Inc., providing strategic advice and advisory services to non-profit and public sector organizations managing complex issues. Dedicated to public service, Mr. Knox served in numerous positions in the Government of Ontario from 1972 until leaving in 2000 after serving as Deputy Minister, Energy, Science and Technology. On... Read More →
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John Knubley

Deputy Minister, Industry Canada
John Knubley has been Deputy Minister of Industry since September 2012. In his role, he promotes strong regulatory and market place frameworks for Canada; supports innovation in the economy to address competitiveness and productivity challenges; and works with business generally, especially small business to help address their challenges. He has been a longstanding public servant with experience in over eight departments, including the Privy... Read More →
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Roseann O’Reilly Runte

President, Carleton University
Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte is President of Carleton University and has led four other universities in the U.S. and Canada over the last three decades.  Author of a number of scholarly works in the areas of literature, culture and economic development, she has also served as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Chair of the Foundation for International Training.  She has been a member of the board of the National... Read More →
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Dave B. Watters

President and CEO, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa)
David Watters worked for 30 years in the Canadian Public Service in a variety of Economic Ministries, including a dozen years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Industry Canada, Treasury Board Canada and Finance Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing federal Economic Development and Corporate Finance policies and developing federal Budgets. In 2002 David established the Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa) and is the... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

10:00am

Coffee Break
Friday November 27, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

The Future of University Support for Canada’s Science, Technology & Innovation Strategy / L'avenir du soutien universitaire pour la stratégie du Canada en matière de sciences, de technologies et d'innovation

Organized by York University

For 35 years since the passage of the US Bayh Dole Act (1980) and the subsequent growth of technology transfer in Canada (the Fortier Report, 1999), the predominant paradigm of university participation in Canada’s innovation agenda has been the commercialization of university technology and research collaborations with industry. With the termination of the Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology (ACCT) in March 2015 traditional concepts of technology transfer are broadening to include other forms of engagement between university researchers and non-academic research partners. These forms of collaboration include knowledge mobilization, graduate internships, experiential education, entrepreneurship and social innovation. Knowledge mobilization is emerging as a means to support not only economic impacts of university research but also social, environmental and health impacts and thus supporting broad notions of innovation.

The presence of social, environmental and health areas of focus in addition to traditional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) priorities in Canada’s recent Science, Technology & Innovation Strategy (December 2014) calls for Canadian universities to collaborate across disciplines and across sectors to maximize the impacts of university research and contribute to Canada's broader innovation agenda. As well as being the primary generator of graduate level talent, universities are partnering with public, private and non-profit organizations to develop new solutions to persistent social, economic and environmental challenges. This emerging orientation of partnered research is supported by new funding programs that embrace new models of collaboration. Mitacs and Ontario Centres of Excellence fund graduate student internships with eligible non-profits. Ontario Social Enterprise Development Fund created opportunities for investment in social enterprises. Ontario Regional Innovation Centres Communitech, ventureLAB and NORCAT are collaborating on supports for social ventures. Networks of Centres of Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization (NCE KM) are working with industry, government and health care partners on bullying prevention, cyber security, stem cells, child and youth mental health and children’s emergency medical care.

This panel will explore the gaps left unfilled by traditional notions of university industry collaboration and explore the  potential of Canada's universities to contribute to broader notions of innovation that create triple bottom line (economic, social, environmental) benefits for Canada.  The panel will explore Canada’s existing assets and what we need to build in order to maximize the return on investments in university research?


Moderators
avatar for David Phipps

David Phipps

Leader of Knowledge Mobilization Unit, York University
David Phipps leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research. In 2011 and 2012 Dr. Phipps was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada and in 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christine Tausig Ford

Christine Tausig Ford

Vice President, Universities Canada
Christine Tausig Ford has three decades of experience in higher education and association management. She is Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Universities Canada, the national organization representing Canada’s 97 universities and university degree-level colleges. | | Ms. Tausig Ford oversees the operations of the Ottawa-based organization. She provides high-level strategic advice to the President, Board of Directors and... Read More →
avatar for Ron Freedman

Ron Freedman

CEO, Innovation Atlas Inc. and Research Infosource Inc.
Born in Toronto, Ron has worked in the field of science and technology policy for over 35 years, in the public and private sectors. Ron's graduate education was in the fields of environmental studies, adult education and science policy. Ron is CEO of Innovation Atlas Inc. and Research Infosource Inc.  | Innovation Atlas Inc. is a web-based service designed to show Who is doing What, Where in research and innovation in Canada. | Research... Read More →
avatar for Robert Hache

Robert Hache

Vice-President Research and Innovation, York University
Dr. Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University. Prior to that, he served as the associate vice-president research at the University of Calgary, where he was instrumental in moving the university’s strategic research priorities forward. He has also held academic appointments in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine, and in the Department of Biological Sciences in the... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Ower

Cameron Ower

Chief Technology Officer for, MDA Robotics and Automation
Cameron Ower is the Chief Technology Officer for MDA’s Robotics and Automation business, responsible for strategic research and development and intellectual property management. His focus is on the identification and development of enabling robotic technologies for challenging environments including satellite servicing, planetary exploration, police first response, medical robotics and industrial automation. This current role also... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

10:30am

The Role of Innovation in Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance / Le rôle de l'innovation dans la lutte contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens

Organizer: Industry Canada

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem with efforts underway by individual countries, and by the G7 and WHO, to address the issues.  

As global efforts advance, Canada must examine the challenges and opportunities in research and development around AMR.  The purpose of this panel is to open the Canadian conversation around innovation:  what is Canada currently doing and what are the considerations for moving forward both domestically and internationally. 

Panelists from government and industry will discuss the current efforts underway globally and in Canada on AMR, and the role that innovation and partnerships in the health research community and industry will need to play to address the problems.



Moderators
avatar for Roman Szumski

Roman Szumski

Vice-President of Life Sciences, NRC
Dr. Roman Szumski joined NRC in July 2005 as Vice-President of Life Sciences. A medical doctor and pathologist by training, Dr. Szumski is recognized as a visionary leader and an innovative manager with unique experience in building strategic public-private sector partnerships in the life sciences sector. He was the founding CEO of Calgary Laboratory Services, and more recently Vice-President (Science & Technology) of MDS Inc. During his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Patrice Allibert

Mr. Patrice Allibert

CEO, GenePOC
Dr. Allibert holds a PhD in molecular biology for the University of Grenoble, France, and has more than 25 years of experience within the molecular diagnostic and vaccine industry. He has acted as an expert for the European Community and is now a member of the board of the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
 From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Allibert was the Vice-president R&D and Vice-president of... Read More →
avatar for Brigitte Nolet

Brigitte Nolet

Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Basel Switzerland, Head of Global Public Policy
Brigitte Nolet joined the Roche Global Health Policy team as the Senior International Public Policy Manager for Oncology in January 2014, leading to her role as Head of Global Health Policy in April 2014. She previously worked as Director of Government Relations and Health Policy, for Speciality Care at Roche in Canada. She joined Roche Canada in 2006, as the Director of Federal Health Policy and Government Relations. Prior to joining Roche, she... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Marc Ouellette

Dr. Marc Ouellette

Scientific Director, CIHR
Dr. Marc Ouellette obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry at Ottawa University and received his PhD at Laval University on antibiotic resistance in bacteria. His postdoctoral studies were done under the mentorship of Pr. Piet Borst of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, where he further developed his expertise in antimicrobial resistance studying protozoan parasites. In 1990 he joined the Centre de Recherche en... Read More →
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Sameeh Salama

Vice President, Business Development, NAEJA Pharmaceutical Inc.
Sameeh M. Salama, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Business Development at NAEJA Pharmaceutical Inc. His responsibilities include all activities related to in-licensing and out-licensing of research projects, strategic planning, project design and monitoring, as well as contract research sales and marketing. Dr. Salama joined the Edmonton-based biotechnology company SynPhar laboratories Inc. in 1994 as Group Leader then Director of the... Read More →
MA

Ms. Angela Wittlesberger

Scientific Officer, Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
Angela Wittelsberger, Ph.D., scientific officer at the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), is mostly involved in the planning and organisation of the early stages of new IMI projects, notably the interaction with industry partners and definition of new call topics, and communication and dissemination activities around new call topics and projects. She oversees in particular the activities of the IMI New Drugs for Bad Bugs (ND4BB) and vaccine... Read More →
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Dr. Gerry Wright

Director of the Michel G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, McMaster University
Dr. Gerry Wright is the Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University (2007-present). He is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Associate member of the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as well as Pathology and Molecular Medicine. | He received his BSc in Biochemistry (1986) and his PhD in Chemistry (1990) from the University of Waterloo... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Richelieu (level C)

10:30am

The Role of Post-Secondary Institutions in Building Ontario’s Entrepreneurial Class
Organized by the Ministry of Research and Innovation

As the innovation agenda grows globally, so does the need to ensure that entrepreneurship is strategically embedded into post-secondary institutions. Post-secondary institutions in Ontario, and across the globe, are offering an increasingly wide array of programs, services and resources to help young entrepreneurs explore options of starting their own technology-based business. Many of these initiatives have helped transform the entrepreneurial culture of their institutions, across all faculties and disciplines. This session will discuss the strategies adopted by post-secondary institutions to break down barriers and make on-campus entrepreneurship activities a strategic priority

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mantel

Bill Mantel

Assistant Deputy Minister, MEDEI/MRI
Bill Mantel is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Division serving both the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. In this role, Bill oversees the delivery of a number of key ministry programs and initiatives focused on supporting Ontario’s research excellence, commercialization networks, and entrepreneurial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tony Bailetti

Dr. Tony Bailetti

Director, Technology Innovation Management, Carleton University
Dr. Tony Bailetti is the Director of the TIM program at Carleton University, Ottawa. He holds a faculty appointment in both the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and in the Sprott School of Business. | His areas of expertise include: i) Technology entrepreneurship; ii) Sustainable growth of technology companies; and iii) Technology, product and service commercialization. | | Dr. Bailetti is the founder of Lead To Win - an award... Read More →
avatar for Steve Farlow

Steve Farlow

Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
Steve Farlow is the founding Executive Director of The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario. He recently became the Interim Executive Director, Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises focused on the key issue of scaling and growing emerging technology companies. He brings his own entrepreneurial background to support student’s education in entrepreneurship. The... Read More →
avatar for Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta

Director for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Services, Centennial College
Dr. Deepak Gupta is the Director for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Services at Centennial College in Toronto. As part of his portfolio, Dr. Gupta oversees the award-winning Centre of Entrepreneurship, which has helped nearly 3,600 individuals launch businesses with a 97% startup success rate since its founding in 1987. Dr. Gupta led Centennial to become the only individual college in Ontario to found ACCEL, a campus-linked... Read More →
avatar for Francine Schlosser

Francine Schlosser

Professor and Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning, Entrepreneurship, Practice, and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) University of Windsor
In her roles as Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business and Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning at the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), Dr. Schlosser has worked with other faculties to develop an entrepreneurial culture on campus. Her research and collaborations with University of Windsor’s Law and Engineering faculties and the Office of Research... Read More →
avatar for Abdullah Snobar

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, DMZ at Ryerson University
Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the DMZ. | | Abdullah joined the DMZ in 2014 as the Director of Community and Business Development. In that role, he established and led the team responsible for increasing and strengthening connections with industry and corporate leaders, with a dual focus on local and international outreach, resulting in... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

12:00pm

Lunch Break
Friday November 27, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

So What Now? The Path to Science, Technology and Innovation Competitiveness

Organized by the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), on the occasion of the release of its State of the Nation (SON) 2014 report

Description: The Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) is using the occasion of the CSPC to release its State of the Nation (SON) 2014 report, which tracks Canada’s science, technology and innovation (ST&I) performance against international standards of excellence. Using the most recent international data available, the report identifies Canada’s key ST&I performance challenges and opportunities, offering a common evidence base from which governments, industry and academia can chart the path forward.

 

STIC Chair Kenneth Knox will launch State of the Nation 2014 at the CSPC plenary session that morning, by highlighting the report’s key findings and conclusions. This afternoon concurrent session, The Path to Science, Technology and Innovation Competitiveness, will allow conference participants the opportunity to engage in active discussion with panel members on the way forward - i.e., on concrete ways to enhance Canada’s business innovation performance and protect and grow our knowledge and talent advantages. The session will challenge participants to think about what all ST&I sectors can do, working in concert, to improve Canada’s ST&I performance.


Moderators
avatar for Ken Knox

Ken Knox

Chair / CEO, Science, Technology, and Innovation Council (STIC) / Knox-Vannest Inc.
In addition to being Chair of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Council (STIC), Kenneth Knox is the CEO of Knox-Vannest Inc., providing strategic advice and advisory services to non-profit and public sector organizations managing complex issues. Dedicated to public service, Mr. Knox served in numerous positions in the Government of Ontario from 1972 until leaving in 2000 after serving as Deputy Minister, Energy, Science and Technology. On... Read More →

Speakers
BC

Bogdan Ciobanu

Vice-President, National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Bogdan Ciobanu was appointed Vice-President of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) in 2011. | | He joined NRC in 1998 as an IRAP Associate Regional Director and became the Executive Director for the Québec Region in 2004. Before joining NRC, Mr. Ciobanu had a breadth of experience having worked in R&D and consulting with a major research organization, was involved with sales and... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Forest

Sophie Forest

Managing Partner, Brightspark
Sophie has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech venture capital industry. She has been Brightspark’s managing partner since 2003. Brightspark is the leading early stage Internet, media and software venture capital firm in Canada. Prior to joining Brightspark, she was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, a position she held since 1996... Read More →
avatar for Marc Fortin

Marc Fortin

Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology) (ADM S&T) / Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Department of National Defence (DND) / Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
Marc Fortin is the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology) (ADM S&T) of the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). | | In his capacity as ADM (S&T) of DND, Dr. Fortin oversees the department’s S&T investment and provides leadership on national issues in defence and security science and technology. In his capacity as CEO of DRDC, he... Read More →
avatar for Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta

University of British Columbia, Former President and Vice-Chancellor
| Arvind Gupta was most recently President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Gupta was CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research organization dedicated to developing the next generation of innovators with scientific and business skills in partnership with companies, government and academia. He is also a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
TBA

1:30pm

Who Should be the Voice for Science Within Government? / Qui devrait être la voix de la science au sein du gouvernement?

Organized by Evidence for Democracy

There has been increased discussion of what institution or structure(s) should exist to act as a voice for science within parliament as well as provide science advice to parliamentarians and the public. One proposed solution is to create a Parliamentary Science Officer (PSO) that would provide lawmakers with background and analysis on science-related issues, serve as a watchdog over the government’s use of scientific evidence and encourage evaluation and coordination of research expertise across federal agencies.

Does Canada need a Parliamentary Science Officer? Is this the best way to ensure a voice for science is represented in government? What are the alternatives?

 

This outcome-oriented panel will examine different models for institutionalizing a voice for science within government in light of historical attempts to provide science capacity and science advice to Canada’s federal government, experiences with a similar institution in other jurisdictions, and the Canadian experience with the Parliamentary Budget Office.



Moderators
avatar for Katie Gibbs

Katie Gibbs

Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
Dr. Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’ rally which was one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Dr. Gibbs is a co-founder and Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that promotes science... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Arbour

Nicole Arbour

Senior International Advisor Government and International Relations, National Research Council of Canada
Nicole Arbour holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a Senior International Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), where she acts as the liaison point between Canada and the International Council for Science (ICSU) through the NRC Grants to International Affiliations Program (IA). Dr. Arbour previously held the role of Team Lead for the UK’s Science and Innovation Network in... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Fafard

Patrick Fafard

Professor, University of Ottawa
Patrick Fafard holds a Ph.D. in Political Studies from Queen's University, where he also taught at the School of Policy Studies from 1995 to 1998. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he served in senior executive positions with the Government of Canada and Saskatchewan. He has published extensively on various aspects of Canadian federalism and intergovernmental relations. His current research interest is the all aspects of public health... Read More →
avatar for Ted Hsu

Ted Hsu

former MP Kingston & the Islands, Liberal Party of Canada Science critic
Dr. Ted Hsu is a former Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Ontario. He was the Liberal critic for Science and Technology and Post-Secondary Education and one of only two MPs in the 41st Parliament to hold a PhD in a STEM field. Dr. Hsu graduated from Queen’s University in 1984 with a B.Sc. Hons. Physics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. He worked as a researcher with 25 published papers in... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Page

Kevin Page

Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Mr. Kevin Page holds the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Page was Canada's first Parliamentary Budget Officer from 2008 to 2013. He has 27 years of federal public service with much of his career working in central agencies responsible for budgeting including the Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. Prior to taking the position as... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

1:30pm

Science Blogging: The next generation / Blogage scientifique : la nouvelle génération

Organized by Science Borealis

Blogging and other forms of social media can increase engagement among scientists, government and the public. How can it better be used, or used in new ways to influence science policy and how can Canadians use it to effectively participate in policy debates?

Science blogs serve many communities, including research, policy, the mainstream media and the public at large. They validate successful science, challenge weak conclusions, and are an increasingly important tool for providing valuable context and understanding of research via an open and public forum that encourages debate. Further, science blogging fills the void left by the changing media landscape with fewer resources invested in science writing and reporting. Policy makers are looking to trusted blogs and social channels for insight and information.

This session will provide an in-depth and hands-on look at science blogging and its impact on the Transformation of Science, Society and Research in the Digital Age. With a particular focus on tools and platforms, best practices, the current Canadian blogging landscape, and some predictions for the future, this interactive session will demonstrate how blogs are a platform for engagement, discussion and sharing of science.

Canada has many talented science bloggers, representing both the science reporting and documentary approaches. Our science blogging community has strengthened and grown in recent years, with Science Borealis, launched at the 2013 CSPC, providing a cohesive platform for discussion, discovery and delivery. The proposed panel will address how science blogs are useful for both policymakers and scientists.

Tapping into the power of the crowd, the session will interactively engage the audience in the creation of a quality, high-impact, policy-oriented blog post that will later be published on Science Borealis. The panel will provide audience members with hands-on experience in good blogging practice: goals, approaches, dos and don’ts -- and more -- to create a well-designed post accessible to government, the broader scientific community, industry and the public.  

The panel will discuss the current state of science blogging in Canada showcasing best examples and demonstrating their impacts on the public perception of science and the transformation of science and research and. It will briefly explore this type of digital engagement with an eye to the future.

Check out Science Borealis' blog on their panel here:
http://scienceborealis.ca/blog/science-policy-and-blogging-mixing-it-up-at-cspc-2015/  

Moderators
avatar for Brian Owens

Brian Owens

General Science editor, Research Canada / Science Borealis
Brian Owens is General Science editor of Science Borealis, and the editor of Research Canada, the newest member of the international Research Professional family of science policy publications. He has previously worked in London as a reporter and editor at Research Professional's UK and European publications, and as a news editor at the journal Nature, where he won several awards for social media campaigns. His freelance work, on a variety of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Buchanan

Amelia Buchanan

Blogger, Journalism student at Algonquin College
A recent convert to science communication, Amelia Buchanan is a journalism student with a biology background. Her blog, Lab Bench to Park Bench, is a study of the everyday plants and animals that share our parks and backyards. For 18 months Amelia has brought natural science to the non-scientific mind through interviews with birds and flowers, and through historic reviews of the plants we eat. Her posts consider how humans interacts with the... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Buddle

Christopher Buddle

Associate Professor and Associate Dean at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Chris Buddle is an Associate Professor and an Associate Dean at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, where he has worked for over 12 years. He teaches in the area of field biology and ecology, and has an extensive research program focused on exploring Canada’s biodiversity. He has been blogging regularly on Arthropod Ecology since 2012. This blog is focused on writings about insects, spiders, higher education and teaching, and... Read More →
avatar for Sabrina Doyle

Sabrina Doyle

New Media Editor, Canadian Geographic
Sabrina Doyle is the New Media Editor at Canadian Geographic, where she’s in charge of assigning, editing and writing for the CG blog, among other duties. Before this, she handled the magazine's social media, and spent six years writing about science for a variety of publications, including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, New Brunswick's Telegraph-Journal and Carleton University's Research Works. Her... Read More →
avatar for Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour

Principal / Adjunct professor, PaulicyWorks / 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 policy consulting firm based in Gatineau, Quebec. Paul has over 35 years of experience working directly with science policy agencies, ministries... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Senior Communications Advisor, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Lisa Willemse is a communications professional with 18 years experience working in the technology, child development and health research fields, and is currently a Senior Communications Advisor with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Her background includes training in fine art, communications and journalism and she spent several years working as a freelance editor, writer and photographer for a range of Canadian and US-based... Read More →


Friday November 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

3:00pm

Break
Friday November 27, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:30pm

Closing Panel- Interactive Session on the Future of Science Policy in Canada
This is an interactive session with participation of all CSPC delegates to discuss the future of science policy in Canada and the role CSPC can play. 

Science policy is undergoing a fundamental shift in Canada. It is important for governments, businesses, and researchers to work together to create an effective science technology and innovation ecosystem. The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) meets an important need for a non-partisan, inclusive, national dialogue on science, technology and innovation policy and is well positioned to lead the discussions on the priorities and directions for the new Liberal Government. The CSPC vision is to ensure systematic connections between Canada’s diverse science policy stakeholders.  This is an open mic session to discuss the future of science policy in Canada and the role CSPC can play. Please join us and engage in the discussion!



Friday November 27, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

7:30pm

Nature Nocturne and CSPC
Join us on the final night of the conference at the castle-like Nature Museum, transformed into Ottawa’s best dance party with DJs and live music, dance floors, food and drink spread throughout the museum, right alongside the regular exhibits. But don’t wait too long to buy your tickets as they typically sell out fast! For those not familiar with Ottawa, we will be meeting at 7:30pm in the lobby of the Delta hotel. Find out more at http://cspc2015.ca/nature-nocturne

Friday November 27, 2015 7:30pm - Saturday November 28, 2015 12:00am
Canadian Museum of Nature 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1
 


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