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Wednesday, November 7


(90 min) Should regulators define their risk tolerances?: A debate
Organized by: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Alyssa Daku

Setting risk tolerance is considered essential for governmental departments, agencies and private sector entities facing resource constraints. Without an ability to eliminate every risk, organizations must, so the argument runs, distinguish levels of risk that cannot be tolerated from those that can be. Yet, regulators with mandates to protect public health and safety have often struggled to concretely define levels of risk they would be willing to tolerate, as several reports from the Auditor General of Canada have highlighted. Establishing a specific risk tolerance sets a benchmark against which an organization’s own performance can be judged, increasing transparency and helping to make risk management more targeted and deliberate. At the same time, declaring a risk tolerance level may create legal liabilities or implicate trade obligations. Moreover, many public health risks are inherently dynamic and complex, and keeping risks to tolerable levels may become difficult as the internal and external risk environments evolve. Finally, admitting a level of risk is tolerable may clash with a public expectation that no risks to human health are tolerable.

In light of these difficulties, risk tolerances are often left vague or undefined. But should they be? Should regulators declare their tolerable levels of risk? Or are the concerns with defining risk tolerance simply too great to make defining risk tolerance worthwhile? Speaking directly to this question, the proposed debate centers on the following motion: “Be it resolved that regulators can and must set concrete, measurable risk tolerances.” Moderated by Alyssa Daku, Chief Data and Risk Executive at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the panel will bring together a diverse array of panelists from Canadian federal agencies, departments, academia and risk management consulting – who will vigorously argue for both sides of the issue.

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Alyssa Daku

Chief Data and Risk Executive, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Alyssa is a strategy and risk leader with significant experience in the health sector and other areas of government as it relates to corporate strategy, risk management, compliance and analytics. Alyssa joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in October 2016 to lead its... Read More →

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Pierre Bilodeau

Executive Director, Plant Health Science Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
In his current position, Dr. Bilodeau is responsible for plant health science leadership in protecting Canada's plant resource base. His Directorate provides a valued source of scientific knowledge, analysis, risk assessment, and advice for stakeholders to support policy making, program... Read More →
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Greg Paoli

Principal Risk Scientist, COO, Risk Sciences International
Greg Paoli serves as Principal Risk Scientist and Chief Operating Officer at RiskSciences International. He has been providing advice to regulatory agencies andregulated industry in Canada, the United States and at the international level for 25years. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s... Read More →
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Liane Sauer

Director General, Strategic Planning,, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Liane Sauer is the Director General (DG), Strategic Planning with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and is responsible for strategic policy, Indigenous Consultations, international, research, evaluation, and planning and performance.  Prior to this, Ms. Sauer was the DG, Corporate... Read More →
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Robert Wiersma

Manager, Public Safety Risk Management, Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Ontario
Robert Wiersma is the Manager of the Public Safety Risk Management at the Technical Standards and Safety Authority in Ontario, Canada. He and his team seek to lead or conform to best practices in safety risk management and risk-informed decision making. Robert has experience understanding... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Hotel - Richelieu


(90 min) New Ways of Informing Policy by Leveraging Scientific Knowledge: Two Models related to Public-Academic Collaborations / De nouvelles façons d'éclairer les politiques en se servant du savoir scientifique : deux modèles associés aux collaborations
Organized by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Chantal Barton

A dynamic multi-sectoral panel organized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) that illustrates innovative approaches to inform evidence-based decision-making in policy development. Two successfully implemented models of collaboration between researchers and graduate students and other federal departments/agencies will be showcased. These models are set in the context of SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, which positions the social sciences and humanities as essential to addressing complex societal challenges facing Canadians, to the greater benefit of Canada and the world.

The first model features the International Policy Ideas Challenge (IPIC) - a special initiative developed in partnership between SSHRC and Global Affairs Canada (GAC), which taps into the talent base in post-secondary institutions across Canada, with graduate students and emerging scholars poised to inform policy development on key priority areas identified by GAC. In 2017, IPIC included key themes such as promoting democracy in a digital age; implications of climate change for Canadian trade and investment; and identifying best ways for Canada to support fragile and conflict-affected states.  Speakers will include Ioanna Sahas Martin, Director, International Assistance Research and Knowledge, GAC and Maïka Sondarjee, a SSHRC doctoral candidate, University of Toronto, and 2017 IPIC winner for her policy brief on the topic of, “Inclusive Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)+ in public participation processes”.

The second model will be illustrated by the work of Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, Western University and Ian Clark, Acting Chief, Economic Research, Science Integration and Outreach, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).  Following a knowledge synthesis report produced by Dr. Baruah, as part of SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, NRCan commissioned Dr. Baruah to produce a dedicated report on “Women in Natural Resources Sectors”, which examines current participation rates of women in natural resources industries and formulates recommendations for governments and industry to increase recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the sector.
Both models foster effective collaboration between the academic and public sectors, and  will provide a good foundation on which to engage the audience in a discussion about these and other new ways of informing policy through scientific knowledge.

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Madeline Johnson

Foreign Service Officer, Global Affairs Canada
Madeline Johnson is a Foreign Service Officer with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), currently working inthe Foreign Policy Research and Foresight Division as a Senior Policy Analyst. She is the lead coordinator of the International Policy Ideas Challenge and contributes to a critical... Read More →

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Bipasha Baruah

Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, Western University
Bipasha Baruah is the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, and a professor of women’sstudies and feminist research at Western University, Canada. Dr. Baruah conducts interdisciplinaryresearch on gender, development and globalization; women and work; and social, political... Read More →
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Ian Clark

Chief of the Economic Research, Science Integration and Outreach Division, Natural Resources Canada
Ian Clark is Chief of the Economic Research, Science Integration and Outreach Division at Natural Resources Canada.  The Division leads several initiatives to strengthen science and policy integration across the Department. One major initiative is NRCan's annual Science and Policy... Read More →
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Ioanna Sahas Martin

Director for International Assistance Research and Knowledge, Global Affairs Canada
Ioanna Sahas Martin is Director for International Assistance Research and Knowledge at Global AffairsCanada, with over 20 years experience in development and foreign policy. Previously Director forCentral America and the Caribbean, the Haiti development program, and International... Read More →
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Maïka Sondarjee

SSHRC Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto
Maïka Sondarjee is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Toronto and a graduate associate at the Centre for Critical Development Studies (CCDS) and at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERIUM). Her SSHRC-funded dissertation focuses on... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac


(90 min) Shaping science policy to improve equity, diversity and inclusion / Façonner les politiques scientifiques pour favoriser l'équité, la diversité, et l'inclusion
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
Delta Hotel - Richelieu


(45 min) A two-way street: science informing policy, and policy informing science
Organized by: The National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations

It has been said that the greatest purpose of scientific inquiry is in its potential, and therefore unpredictable, contribution to the benefit of all people. Various approaches have been at play to enable cross-sectoral decisions, collaborations, investments, and networking that aim to harness that potential and increase the likelihood of moving the value of research towards innovations with broad organizational and societal scope and benefit. To make these approaches effective, on the one hand, decision makers need to understand the ins and outs of the autonomous research process and how best to enable it over the entire timeline from discovery to impact. On the other hand, decision makers can also put challenges to the research community to stimulate research, collaborations, and innovation activities in areas where there are known knowledge gaps.

Policy and science have and have to continue to interact on various levels. Our panel will present pan Canadian perspectives on how this process occurs to establish cross sectoral culture, to identify and respond to regional and local needs, and to facilitate effective dialogue.

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Deborah Gordon-El Bihbety

President & CEO, Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery
Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety has been the President and CEO of Research Canada for fifteen years. She brings considerable executive level experience in public policy, health advocacy, government relations,association management, project management and media relations to Research... Read More →

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Denise Amyot

President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada
Denise Amyot est la présidente-directrice générale de Collèges et instituts Canadadepuis juin 2013. Collèges et instituts Canada (CICan) est le porte-parole descollèges, instituts et cégeps publics canadiens et un chef de file mondial en matièred’éducation axée sur l’emploi... Read More →
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Krista Connell

Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
Krista is responsible for providing the leadership and professional guidance necessary for the NSHRF to attain its mandate of improving the health of Nova Scotians through health research.Krista works collaboratively with the NSHRF Board of Directors and its many stakeholders to support... Read More →
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Necole Sommersell

Manager, Evaluation & Impact, Research Manitoba
Necole is the Manager, Evaluation & Impact and plays a key role in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress and impact of the Research Manitoba’s efforts to advance research in the province.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac
Thursday, November 8


(90 min) Risk Communication and Engagement with the Public in the Nuclear, Climate and Artificial Intelligence Sectors / Communication des risques et engagement auprès du public dans les secteurs du nucléaire, du climat et de l'intelligence artificielle
Organzied by: MITACS Science Policy Fellowships, April Killikelly

The connection between policymakers, scientists and the public is an essential bond that allows scientific innovation to translate into tangible benefit in the life of ordinary Canadians. And yet, we are increasingly seeing different perceptions over the nature, extent and capacity to mitigate potential risk and this is translating into protracted controversies that may actually put the public at risk – think nuclear waste management, climate change or artificial intelligence.

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Duane Bratt

Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University
Duane Bratt is a political science Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He was educated at the Universities of Windsor (BA 1991, MA 1992) and Alberta (Ph.D 1996). He teaches in the area of international... Read More →
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Elaine Chatigny

Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health Agency of Canada
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Monica Gattinger

Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
Monica Gattinger is Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor at the School of Political Studies and Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. Professor Gattinger’s research and engagement focus on strengthening governance, public policy... Read More →
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Dr. Kimberly Girling

Policy Analyst, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Kimberly Girling holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, whereshe studied new therapeutics for Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness.  Kimberlywas a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship.Through the fellowship, she was positioned with Defence Research and Development where sheworked to identify ethical challenges of emerging techno... Read More →
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Margot Hurlbert

Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance Project; Lead of the Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS)
Margot has a B. Admin. (Great Distinction) from the University of Regina (1985), an LL.B. (Osgoode) (1987), an LL.M. (Osgoode) (2005) in Constitutional Law with a focus on energy, natural resource, indigenous and environmental issues, and a Ph.D. (University of Amsterdam) in Social... Read More →
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Bob Watts

Senior Associate, Consensus Building Institute
Bob Watts has been involved in many major Indigenous issues in Canada over the past 20 years and led the process, with support from across Canada and internationally, to establish Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is examining and will make recommendations regarding... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac


(90 min)Water at the science-policy interface: Challenges and opportunities for Canada
Organized by: The University of Waterloo, Tatjana Milojevic and Nancy Goucher

Optimum management of water resources is one of the most crucial challenges for Canada in the 21st Century. Safe and adequate water supply is central to sustainable ecosystems, healthy communities and strong economic growth. However, a widening gap between current management practices and increasing scientific knowledge is testing the adequacy of the current regulatory framework in addressing threats to water, such as those posed by nonpoint source contamination. As climate change increases the uncertainty and complexity for the management of water resources, water managers and researchers will need to understand more about the science-policy interface to improve the response to water threats. These threats demand a new approach to regulation for water protection and water management activities, which require adaptive responses. There is considerable variation in our current knowledge of the changing demands on water resources and in the different stages of adaptive management strategies, which might be improved by implementing water monitoring policies and plans.

This panel examines the perceptions of researchers and water managers working at the science–policy interface across Canada and discusses the implications of their role for addressing nonpoint source contamination in the face of climate change. Our discussion themes include: vulnerability and uncertainty, time lag issues, the need for different skill sets throughout the process, and what can be done to enable scientists and policymakers to work together more effectively to address current and  future water threats.

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Homa Kheyrollah Pour

Research Scientist, University of Waterloo
Dr. Kheyrollah Pour received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada in 2015. She worked as a Researcher with the Science and Technology Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Toronto. Currently, she is an adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo... Read More →

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Philippe Van Cappellen

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology Laureate
Dr. Van Cappellen joined the University of Waterloo in 2011 as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology. Van Cappellen’s research group carries out fundamental and applied research in support of the sustainable use of water resources, that is, one that balances society’s... Read More →
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Steve Cobham

Manager of Canada-U.S. Relations in the International Affairs Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Steve joined Environment Canada in April 2004 as a water policy specialist in the Environmental Conservation Service, following positions where he worked on international water and sustainable development issues with Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International... Read More →
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Nicola Crawhall

Principal, Westbrook Public Affairs
Nicola is principal of Westbrook Public Affairs, which provides government relations services, project management, strategic communications, and policy support services primarily in the areas of local government, infrastructure and environmental services. Nicola has over 25 years... Read More →
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Gail Krantzberg

Professor of Engineering and Public Policy in the Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, McMaster University
Dr. Krantzberg is Professor with the Engineering and Public Policy Programs in the School of Engineering Practise and Technology at McMaster University offering Canada’s first Master’s Degree in Engineering and Public Policy. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University... Read More →
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Alain Pietroniro

Executive Director for the National Hydrological Service within the Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr. Pietroniro is currently the Executive director for the National Hydrological Service within the Meteorological Service of Canada which includes managing the Water Survey of Canada.  Current duties include managing the operation of the WSC which include over 2300 hydrometric stations... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale


(90 min) Making Science Matter: Overcoming barriers to knowledge mobilization and science communication
Organized by: NIVA Inc. - Sean Young-Steinberg

Hi there Ms. Scientist, that looks like some interesting work you are doing there - but please help me
understand: what does it really mean, who is implicated, and why should Canadians care? So, Mr.
Researcher, you say those are some important results, but how can this information be put into use if
it is just sitting there, buried in a journal article that policy makers or other stakeholders won’t read,
nor comprehend? How do we put this in an accessible form that will motivate audiences to act on it?

The billions of dollars spent each year in Canada on scientific research and development generates a
tremendous volume of critical new knowledge and information. This includes gaining a better understanding of the world we live in, innovative new technologies that improve our quality of life, and ways to reduce the impact humans are having on the planet. While these efforts all have great merit on their own, without the capacity to effectively transmit this knowledge to the people who are in a position to make decisions or change their behaviours, little to no action will ever come of it.
Mobilizing scientific knowledge, whether from discovery to decision making, findings to funding, or from research to regulation, is no easy task. A key element for engaging, informing, and motivating target audiences is developing high-impact messaging that is clear, simple, and relevant. This approach also includes “knowledge brokering” as a means to bridge these two worlds to ensure that the right information is available to the right people.

More broadly, science communication is essentially distilling complex information into to its key
elements, and translating them into accessible plain language and visual representations that are tailored to specific audiences, to ensure they understand the message you are trying to deliver. These communications must be developed with a deep appreciation of the needs and motivations of a given audience. The use of narratives and storytelling are also key tools to engage and bring an emotional connection to your readers, and for communicating complex subjects to policy-makers and the general public.

With all this being said, there can be significant barriers and challenges that prevent knowledge mobilization and science communication activities from effectively delivering information to the right people at the right time so it can have an impact. What are those barriers, and how can they be overcome? What are some examples of success and failure in this regard? This session will explore how knowledge can be better mobilized and communicated to move people (including policy makers) to action, enable well-informed decisions, and bring it into active use. Successfully making the connections between research/expertise and policy/practice is critical to achieving desired outcomes and this includes building relationships, trust, and understanding between knowledge creators and users.

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Anton Holland

President and CEO, NIVA Inc.
Anton Holland is the President and CEO of NIVA Inc., Canada’s leading consultancy specializing in science, technical, and risk communication. For almost 40 years, NIVA has been helping clients transform complex information into compelling narratives, convert raw knowledge into action... Read More →

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Dr. Aline Dimitri

Executive Director, Food Safety Science Directorate and Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Dr. Aline Dimitriis the Executive Director of the Food Safety Science Directorate and the Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).Dr. Dimitri is responsible for providing science advice, scientific risk intelligence, and overall science direction... Read More →
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Jim Handman

Executive Director, Science Media Centre of Canada
Jim Handman is a freelance science journalist, media  trainer, and as of 2017, the executive director of the Science Media Centre of Canada.  For 17 years, Jim was the Executive Producer of  CBC Radio's award-winning science program, Quirks &  Quarks. Jim has also taught broadcast... Read More →
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Purnima Sundar

Director of Knowledge Mobilization, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Purnima Sundar is the Director of Knowledge Mobilization at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Childand Youth Mental Health. She has over 20 years of experience doing community-based, participatoryaction research and program evaluation in the areas of community mental health anddiversity/multiculturalism... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière


(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?
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
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac


(45 min) Federal-Provincial Coordination in Research and Innovation Funding / Coordination fédérale-provinciale en financement de la recherche et de l'innovation
Organized by: University of Toronto, Emina Veletanlic and Creso Sá, PhD 

Canada’s research enterprise crosses federal-provincial borders. Provincial and federal agencies together fund over 30% of R&D activities in higher education across the country (Statistics Canada, 2017). However, federal-provincial coordination in this area has been largely a “reactive” and “ad hoc activity without a clear organizational structure or mechanism to support it” (M. Tamtik in Science and Public Policy, 2016). This panel will clarify areas of stress as well as opportunities for improvement in policy coordination.

Historically, the federal and provincial governments have both wielded significant influence on research and innovation funding, but intergovernmental cooperation has been described as weak. This has resulted in a patchwork of programs and co-matching requirements at different levels of governments targeting the same communities with incentives that have conceptual and structural similarities. Researchers navigate a complex system of funding streams, seeking opportunities to help shoulder the costs of research.  

These issues are at the forefront in current policy debates. The 2016 Fundamental Science Review recognized that research supports are “an area where close cooperation and shared planning would make sense, but that is not what the Panel found” (p. 67).  A recent Council of Canadian Academies report highlighted this coordination gap as “both a risk and opportunity”, particularly for provincial governments (Science Policy: Considerations for Subnational Governments, 2017). Although the expert committee cautions against the risks associated with weak policy implementation, there are significant benefits to be derived from a closer connection between provincial and federal programs—if successfully translated into practice.

In light of the creation of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) to harmonize activities horizontally across the main federal agencies, mechanisms for vertical coordination with the provinces and territories must also be examined.

Our proposed panel will spark new thinking about the coordination challenge and means to overcome the vertical coordination gap that has been endemic in Canada. Our Panel will harness the collective thinking of our expert panel and the CSPC participants to address questions such as:
  • How can past examples of federal-provincial initiatives inform the present? 
  • What are potential models for intergovernmental coordination? 
  • How can the federal research councils work with their provincial/territorial counterparts to avoid policy duplication and inconsistencies in research support programs?
  • What could be some short- and long-term coordination targets? What is success?

The following Green Paper will be discussed: https://www.impactcentre.ca/research/a-delicate-balance/  

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Dr. Creso Sá

Professor of Higher Education and Director, CIHE-OISE, University of Toronto
Professor Creso Sá is Professor of Higher Education and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher education (CIHE) at the University of Toronto. He is an expert in science and technology policy, the evolving role of universities in the economy... Read More →
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Emina Veletanlic

University of Toronto, PhD Student, CIHE-OISE; Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Impact Centre
Emina Veletanlic is a PhD student at the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include science policy, research funding strategies, emerging scientific fields, and university-industry partnerships... Read More →

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Dr. Marc Fortin

Vice-President, Research and Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Marc Fortin is Vice-President of Research Partnerships at the Natural Sciences and Engineering ResearchCouncil of Canada (NSERC). Dr Fortin is responsible for several programs designed to stimulate researchpartnerships, innovation and the training of the generation of research and... Read More →
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Dr. David Moorman

Senior Advisor, Policy & Planning, Canada Foundation for Innovation
Dr. David Moorman is the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning. As the Senior Advisor, Dr. Moorman assists with the development and planning of new research infrastructure support programs and related policies. Dr. Moorman is specifically responsible... Read More →
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Dr. Merli Tamtik

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Dr. Merli Tamtik is an Assistant Professor in Educational Administration in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Her main research focus is in policy coordination in multi-level governance systems focusing on innovation, research and international education policy. She... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac
Friday, November 9


(45 min) How Canada Can Create a Sustainable National Space Infrastructure / De quelle façon le Canada peut-il créer une infrastructure spatiale nationale qui soit durable?
Organized by: Space Advisory Board, Michelle Mendes

Canada is known for its high-quality talent in space science and technology and has made many contributions to international initiatives past and present, such as James Webb Telescope, MOST, RADARSAT, the Canada Arm and many more. In order to continue Canada's national space legacy and to participate in future international space projects, a policy must be developed to tolerate a highly competitive, dynamic and changing global environment.

The Canadian Space sector is at a crossroads. Without immediate action, the consequences are dire. At minimum the status quo will lead to a reduction on ability to translate innovation and science into economic development, the exit of highly trained Canadians, loss of access to space activities with international partners, and limited information and data needed to sustain the activities of many Canadians sectors, such as agriculture, environmental management, health and others.

The moderator and the panellists will discuss Canadian space policy to provide a baseline for understanding the existing environment. The panel will then review and analyze recent national directives, made by other nations such as the United Kingdom, the USA, India and others. They will then demonstrate how relatively minor changes can make a significant impact on the future of Canadian space. Furthermore, a discussion about making space a national strategic asset is critical to a long-term plan for the national space sector.

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Dr. David Kendall

Past Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2016-2017)
Dr. Kendall is the past Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2016-2017).  During his career he has held senior positions with the Canadian Space Agency including as the Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology. He is... Read More →

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Kate Howells

Global Community Outreach Manager and National Coordinator for Canada, The Planetary Society
Kate Howells works with The Planetary Society as Global Community Outreach Manager and National Coordinator for Canada. She organizes educational outreach activities via a global network of volunteers, manages the development of a youth education program, and is growing the Society's... Read More →
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Dr. Gordon Osinski

NSERC/MacDonald, Detwiller and Associates Ltd/Canadian Space Agency Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, Western University
Dr.  Osinski is the NSERC/MacDonald, Detwiller and Associates Ltd/Canadian Space Agency Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at Western University in Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on understanding impact... Read More →
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Dr. Michael Pley

President, Pley Consulting Inc.
Michael Pley retired as CEO of COM DEV International in 2016 after a 30-year career,  and is currently supporting technology SMEs and space companies through his management consulting company. COM DEV was one of the leading suppliers to satellite manufacturers and space agencies... Read More →
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Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak

Executive Director, Mosaic
Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak is the Executive Director of Mosaic, the Creativity & Innovation Hub at HEC Montréal, Canada's oldest business school. She has directed the Space Studies Program of the International Space University and has over 20 years’ experience in developing international... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 8:15am - 9:00am
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom