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Friday, November 9 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Science: from Policy to Implementation / Équité, diversité et inclusion des sciences : des politiques à la mise en oeuvre

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The added value to Canadian science of embracing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is increasingly being identified by policy-makers, funding organizations, the post-secondary education sector and other parts of the scientific research & development eco-system as an economic imperative. Fully leveraging the talent pool, the human capital and the diversity opportunity that exists in Canada is also a key element in developing and maintaining a stronger innovation ecosystem. Strategies designed to promote and embrace EDI in all aspects of Canadian science currently exist or are in development at various levels. For instance, the federal government, through the tri-councils, has created explicit criteria relating to EDI
expectations and requirements (particularly relating to the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act) for a number of programs including, but not limited to, the Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) and Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs) (see http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/equity-equite/index-eng.aspx).

Canadian universities, through Universities Canada, have made explicit commitments to implementing principles of EDI (https://www.univcan.ca/priorities/equity-diversity-inclusion/) although details are vague. Moreover, in the recent federal budget  (https://www.budget.gc.ca/2018/home-accueil-en.html) significant new investments in science were framed by expectations for the development of programming (e.g. AthenaSWAN, ADVANCE) that would support the implementation of policies and processes to increase and improve EDI within Canadian science. While these initiatives all speak to a commitment to embracing EDI in science, the reality is that moving from policy to implementation is currently challenged by the low levels of awareness and education around EDI theory and practice within the scientific community. There are limited interactions between the scientific community and academic EDI experts and a general lack of understanding of best practices, which, when combined with inertia and pushback from some parts of the community may limit the effective integration of EDI into Canadian science. Therefore, it is imperative that the scientific community and all stakeholders are actively engaged in the development and implementation of well-designed, data-driven, evidence-informed approaches that raise awareness, drive education, define actions and achieve measurable outcomes that integrate EDI into the scientific enterprise in Canada.

This interactive symposium will bring together experts and practitioners to lead a dialogue on the current state of our understanding of EDI in science in Canada and to provide specific actionable approaches which will help individuals, departments, divisions, faculties, research institutes, scientific societies and conferences, and others, move from policy to implementation of EDI principles.

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Dr. Imogen Coe

Professor, Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University (2012-2018). She is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology, and is also an affiliate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan Research Centre, at St. Michael’s... Read More →

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Dr. Art Blake

Associate Professor and ECI Faculty Chair, Ryerson University
Art Blake is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Ryerson University. He is currently seconded to Ryerson's Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) as ECI Faculty Chair, a new pilot leadership role. The position is designed as a bridge between... Read More →
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Deanna Burgart

Self-proclaimed Indigeneer™; engineer, speaker, and mentor
Deanna Burgart P.Eng, CET is a self-proclaimed Indigeneer™; engineer, speaker, and mentor that has a talent for identifying gaps and providing solutions to systemic, organizational and transformational change. She brings over 20 years of experience and education in oil, gas, and... Read More →
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Dr. Danika Goosney

Associate Vice-President, Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat
Dr. Danika Goosney is the Associate Vice-President of the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, housed at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).   The Secretariat is responsible for the administration of the Canada Research Chairs Program... Read More →
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Dr. Steven Murphy

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Dr. Steven Murphy joined the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as its new President and Vice-Chancellor on March 1, 2018. He envisions the university as a bastion for alternative ways of thinking about why diversity in all forms is important. He believes experiential and... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac