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Thursday, November 8 • 7:45am - 8:30am
Breakfast Session - Skills and competencies where science and policy meet - MITACS Science Policy Fellows Special Panel

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Policy-making is a complex process involving multiple considerations and competing priorities. Ensuring that science and evidence underpin policy-making can be a challenge both for those seeking to influence policy, and for those making policy decisions. What are the skills and competencies needed to navigate this process? What steps can be taken to enhance the capacity of an organization to integrate science in policy-making processes? Join Mitacs, and a panel of experts to explore Canada’s approach to building science policy capacity.  

Speakers
avatar for Alejandro Adem

Alejandro Adem

Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Mitacs Inc.
Alejandro Adem has been Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of Mitacs since February 1, 2015. He is concurrently Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia.As CEO of Mitacs, Professor Adem has overseen an unprecedented expansion of its programs, with... Read More →
avatar for Gail Bowkett

Gail Bowkett

Director, Innovation Policy, Mitacs Inc.
Gail Bowkett is the Director, Innovation Policy at Mitacs. With over 20 years’ experience in the fields of higher education and international development, Gail provides leadership on policy research and analysis in support of Mitacs priorities and programming. Gail's experience... Read More →
avatar for Dr. David Castle

Dr. David Castle

Vice-President Research and a Professor in the School of Public Administration with an adjunct appointment in the Gustavson School of Business
Dr. 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 science policy, democratic engagement, regulation... 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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Katie Gibbs

A scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies
Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Biology, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’—one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 7:45am - 8:30am
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom

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