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Thursday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
(45 min) Connecting Science with Policy in Canada: How do I do it? / Faire un lien entre les sciences et les politiques au Canada: comment je m'y prends?

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Organized by: Bird Studies Canada

Scientific knowledge is not easily accessible to policymakers and scientists often do not have a clear understanding of the needs of policymakers. The importance of bridging this gap between science and policy was one of the key topics at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in November 2017. This panel will draw from the insights of experts on the science-policy interface and discuss the following questions:

1. Government policymaker: what avenues does s/he take to obtain scientific advice?

2. NGOs that work towards improving federal science policy (Future Earth and Ecofiscal Commission): how do they connect with policymakers and how do they access scientific information?

3. Scientists who have built successful relationships with policymakers: what was their path to success?

4. Research administrators: what are some options to incorporate time spent on the science-policy interface towards the departmental service component of academics?

5. Office of the Chief Science Advisor, Canada: how do they source scientific information, and what avenues are open to you to influence federal policy? Is there an opportunity for scientists to engage in the process?

This panel is of interest to all of those who are interested in practical guidance for bridging the gap between science and policy. Increasing the role of science in public debates will ultimately improve evidence-based decision-making at the provincial and federal level in Canada. 

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Silke Nebel

VP Science and Conservation, Bird Studies Canada
Silke Nebel is the VP Science and Conservation with Bird Studies Canada, a national NGO that uses scientific research to inform conservation decisions for birds. She also runs a science communication business (‘Science to Action Consulting’). Prior to starting her own business... Read More →

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Mark Daley

Associate Vice-President (Research), Western University
Mark Daley believes that every problem can be modelled, understood and solvedwith mathematics, and that nature produces the most interesting problems. Beforerunning off to study maths, Mark studied music composition. His family is the mostimportant thing in his life. Mark is Western’s... Read More →
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Scott Findlay

Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa; Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Environment
Scott Findlay is Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa and Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Environment. His main research interests concern human impacts on ecosystems, evidence-informed decision-making, integration of indigenous and western... Read More →
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Amy Luers

Executive Director, Future Earth
Amy Luers is Executive Director of Future Earth. Previously, she was the Director of Climate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) and Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Previously, she was... Read More →
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Frederick John Wrona, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, Alberta Environment and Parks
Chief Scientist of Alberta Environment and Parks, Dr. Fred Wrona, is a champion of science, research, and the role of evidence in decision-making. As Chief Scientist, he provides scientific advice to address complex environmental challenges and opportunities facing Alberta and promotes... Read More →
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Christopher Ragan

Director of McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy; Associate Professor, Department of Economics at McGill University; Chair of Canada's Ecofiscal Comission
Christopher Ragan is the inaugural Director of McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy and is an Associate Professor in McGill’s Department of Economics. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which launched in November 2014 with a 5-year horizon to identify... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac