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Wednesday, November 7 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
(90 min) Shaping science policy to improve equity, diversity and inclusion / Façonner les politiques scientifiques pour favoriser l'équité, la diversité, et l'inclusion

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Organized by: Fonds de recherche du Québec, Fanny Eugène

Progress has been slow in increasing diversity in the scientific community. A recent report from the Canadian Association of University Teachers shows that while the representation of women among university professors has improved over the past decade, they are still highly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and their proportion still decreases in all sectors as we move up the academic ranks. Indigenous peoples and some racialized groups are also underrepresented. This panel will present case studies that illustrate how we can improve policies to help increase equity, diversity and inclusion in science. It will bring together perspectives from a university, provincial and federal funding agencies, an international non-profit organization, as well as from the younger generation.

At the institution level, Ryerson University has shown great leadership by intentionally prioritizing equity and inclusion values, as the first university in Canada to create a vice-president post in charge of equity and community inclusion with the mandate of identifying and addressing systemic barriers. At the provincial level, the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation are currently working on UNESCO’s SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement) project, which will help identify gaps and improve Québec’s science policies to improve gender equality in STEM. At the federal level, the three granting agencies, including the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat are currently putting in place equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) action plans to embed EDI in every aspect of the research they support. At the international level, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is currently conducting a pilot project called SEA (STEM Equality Advancement) Change, which encourages and recognizes institutions’ efforts toward equity, diversity and inclusion, through an award system based on the United Kingdom’s Athena SWAN model.

A student perspective will be included on this panel, as students can play an important role in shaping science policy, through initiatives such as #Students4theReport, a social media campaign that encouraged the Canadian government to follow recommendations from the Fundamental Science Review committee, including the development of policies aimed at improving equity and diversity in science.

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Maryse Lassonde

President, Conseil supérieur de l’éducation (Government of Quebec)
Professor Lassonde currently is the President of the Conseil supérieur de l’Éducation (Government of Quebec). She completed a Ph.D. in neuropsychology at Stanford University. She went on to become professor first at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR, 1977-1988... Read More →

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Mary-Rose Bradley-Gill,

Vice-President External Relations, Science & Policy Exchange
Mary-Rose Bradley-Gill is a PhD Candidate in Biology at McGill University. She is VP External Relations with Science & Policy Exchange (SPE), a student-run non-profit that aims to foster discussion on science policy issues and acts as the student voice in evidence-based decision making... Read More →
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Shirley Malcom

Director, Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Shirley Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS. She works to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields as well as to enhance public science literacy. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and a regent of Morgan State University... Read More →
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Denise O’Neil Green, PhD

Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, Ryerson University
Dr. Denise O'Neil Green is the first Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (VPECI) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.  Dr. Green whose leadership, advocacy and deep-rooted passion for the advancement of inclusive campuses, has championed organizational change in... Read More →
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Serge Villemure

Director, Scholarships, Fellowships and Chairs for Women and Science in Engineering, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Serge Villemure graduated in 1989 with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and obtained his Masters in 1991 in Administration from the University of Ottawa. Serge joined NSERC in 1991 where he worked as a Program Administrator in different disciplines within the Research Grants Division. In 1997... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Delta Hotel - Richelieu