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Wednesday, November 7


(90 min) Improvisation for Science Communication / Improvisation dans les communications scientifiques
Organized by:  LitScientist, Alan Shapiro 

Adapting the message to the audience is the single most important skill in communicating science effectively. Typically, scientists and researchers are trained to prepare presentations for colleagues; using the same approach for wider audiences including policymakers, funders, and the public can significantly limit the effectiveness of knowledge mobilization and community engagement efforts. Improvisation offers a wealth of tools and strategies for enhancing presentations and promoting audience engagement. Unlike traditional public speaking approaches, improvisation also supports researchers in responding to unexpected factors, such as challenging questions and unpredictable audiences. In this workshop, participants will work through interactive exercises to develop their communication skills. The workshop centres on individual and group work, and is designed to bring value to participants from both science and policy organizations. The workshop is geared to push participants outside their comfort zones and share concrete strategies that participants can apply for themselves and share within their institutions.

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Mitchell Beer

President of Smarter Shift; Publisher of The Energy Mix
Mitchell Beer is President of Ottawa-based Smarter Shift and Publisher of The Energy Mix a thrice-weekly e-digest on climate change, energy, and post-carbon solutions. He’s also a student at Ottawa’s Improv Embassy and proud member of the Darling Mob Bosses improv team, and declares that improv classes and practices are always the best part of his week. He’s wo... Read More →
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Nikki Berreth

Co-founder, Science Slam; Owner, STEAM Communication
Nikki Berreth is a science communicator and educator living in Vancouver. With a background in science and fine arts as well as formal training in Science Communication, she's always looking for new ways to relay both scientific and technical knowledge to her intended audience. Leveraging... Read More →
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Alan Shapiro

Co-founder and Director of Science Slam Canada, Science Communication Specialist with LitScience
Alan Shapiro is a Vancouver-based environmental professional and science communicator with aparticular interest in engaging the public and policymakers on environmental and water issues. He is Co-founder and Director of Science Slam Canada, a non-profit organization that runs community... Read More →

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Dr. Jeff Dunn

Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Calgary; Graduate Program Director, Cumming School of Medicine
Dr. Jeff Dunn is a Professor of Radiology with a focus on medical imaging and MRI. He is a graduateprogram director in the Cumming School of Medicine and has a broad interest in science communicationHis research has taken him from a PhD in Zoology at the University of British Columbia... Read More →
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Dr. Monica Granados

FQRNT and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Monica Granados is a scientist, science communicator and champion of open science. As a FQRNTand Wildlife Conservation Society Canada postdoctoral fellow, she uses food web theory to monitorchanges in freshwater systems and provide tangible recommendations to decision makers and... Read More →
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María Cortés Puch

Head, National and Regional Networks’ Program for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
María Cortés Puch is the Head of the National and Regional Networks’ Program for the UN SustainableDevelopment Solutions Network (SDSN). Prior to joining the SDSN, she worked for UNESCO in theScience Policy and Sustainable Development Division. Previously, she coordinated the... Read More →

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


(90 min) Incorporating indigenous ways of knowing into applied research / Intégration de façons autochtones de savoir à la recherche appliquée
Organized by: Colleges and Institutes Canada, Anna Toneguzzo

Indigenous ways of knowing – how First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples relate to the world around them, through community practices, ritual and relations – have traditionally not been integrated into academic research. This valuable expertise is often overlooked. Recognising this gap, colleges and institutes across Canada are developing partnerships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to advance applied research on some of the most scientifically pressing issues of our time, which results in social innovation in sectors as diverse as food security, climate change and governance. Applied research undertaken by colleges and institutes is demand- driven, based on local and regional community needs. This is important in urban areas, but particularly in rural, remote and northern areas where colleges are key providers of training, work- integrated learning opportunities and applied research. A key characteristic of applied research is to partner with communities to understand and define the problem that needs to be solved and to then design adequate, applicable and relevant solutions. Colleges and institutes, with their expertise in applied research, training and strong employer connections, are able to draw upon their resources, infrastructure and laboratories to support innovation by, for and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This panel will focus on their experience, lessons learned and the way forward on applied research with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, while also taking into account how these communities can develop and engage in their own research initiatives.

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Ursula Gobel

Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Ursula Gobel was appointed associate vice-president, future challenges, at SSHRC in April 2014. In her role, she collaborates with the research community and partners across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to advance the social sciences and humanities contributions... Read More →
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Manon Tremblay

Director, Indigenous Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Manon Tremblay is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.  She is the Director, Indigenous Research at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council where she leads the initiative to build Indigenous research capacity.  Prior to that, she was the Senior Project Leader for... Read More →

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Bronwyn Hancock

Associate Vice President Research Development, Yukon College
Bronwyn Hancock is the Associate Vice President Research Development for Yukon College, soon to be Yukon University. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of research at Yukon College, and for the development of positive relationships with the broader... Read More →
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Émilie Parent

PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal
Émilie Parent is completing her Ph. D. in anthropology at the Université de Montréal and worksas a research assistant at the Cégep de Victoriaville’s Centre d’innovation sociale en agriculture(CISA).Specifically, she’s responsible for Indigenous projects at CISA and currently... Read More →
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Pitseolak Pfeifer

MA Student, Northern Studies, Carleton University
Born and raised in Iqaluit, Pitseolak is currently building on over 25 years of Inuit advocacy inhis M.A. in Northern Studies at Carleton University. His research interests lie at the intersectionof sustainable Northern community development, Indigenous epistemologies, and socio-culturaland... Read More →
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Dr. Krista Robson

Chair of the Research Ethics Board and Professor, Red Deer College
Dr. Krista Robson, Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Red Deer College, received a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant in 2016-2017 to investigate how the OCAP approach could be applied to college research in Central Alberta. (OCAP: "ownership, control, access, and possession" approach... Read More →
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Gabriel Snowboy

President, Nihtaauchin Chisasibi Center of Sustainability
Gabriel Snowboy is from the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, located near the shores of the James Bay, northern Quebec. Gabriel spent most his career helping to make the community a better place, either by building houses or by community-based projects that benefit the youth and whole community... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière


(90 min)The social implications of emerging technologies: Are the most important questions the least studied? / Les répercussions sociales des technologies émergentes : les questions les plus importantes sont-elles les dernières à faire l'objet d'une étud
Organized by: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Peter Severinson

Rapid development of transformative new technologies – such as social media, artificial intelligence, and new health technologies – is creating important opportunities and challenges for governments, businesses, the research community and society at large. Too often, however, the social implications of such developments are overlooked.

Emerging technologies bring with them important new challenges. In recent years we have learned that our reliance on social media has created new risks to our democracies, with partisans and foreign actors able to rapidly spread falsehoods that exploit social divisions and erode public trust. The rapid development of artificial intelligence is raising questions about whether a new wave of automation threatens to dramatically reduce human jobs and accelerate inequality. Development in the medical sciences continually challenge historic social conventions and ethical norms.

We need to better understand how society is affected by emerging technologies in part to address the risks but also to help us unlock the potential benefits: to train workers able to make the best use of new capabilities, to make smart decision about how to employ new technology to address society’s most pressing problems, and to ensure the benefits of new technologies are effectively shared throughout our diverse society.

In this session we will explore whether the Canadian policy and research community is doing enough to understand and address the social implications of new technologies. We will consider how multidisciplinary approaches can help us address multiple dimensions of technological change and better understand the roles of diverse actors, including the natural scientist, the philosopher, the engineer, the behavioural scientist, the historian and the policy maker.

We will also explore the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the full potential of new technologies and to avoid the dangers, including scientific literacy, digital competency, creativity, openness, cultural awareness and sound ethical foundations. Finally, this event will engage the audience in a discussion about which new emerging technologies demand increased attention from the research and policy community and how we can work together to addressing their social implications.

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Sonia Vani

Director, Member Engagement and Communications, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Sonia Vani is a bilingual communications strategist, digital content producer, and a team leader.Over the past twenty years, she has applied her skills in leadership, storytelling, communications planning and strategic positioning to the advancement of education, culture, civic responsibility... Read More →

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Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., FCAHS

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric M. Meslin is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). He joined the CCA inFebruary, 2016, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in science policy in both universityand government settings.Dr. Meslin came to the CCA from Indiana University (IU... Read More →
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Jaigris Hodson

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
Dr. Jaigris Hodson is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University in BC. Her research specializes in understanding how people interact with digital technologies, such as social media, and the content that is produced and shared using those technologies... Read More →
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Dominic Martin

Professor, École des sciences de la Gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal
I am a professor of ethics at the École des sciences de la Gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal. My current research and teaching are the broad areas of business ethics, ethics and economics, and  political philosophy. My work combines approaches from ethics, contemporary... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom


(45 min) The Dementia Challenge: Facing the Rising Tide / Le défi posé par la démence : faire face au flot croissant
Organized by: Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Eleanor Fast

Canada’s aging population and the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias pose a significant challenge for Canadian families and their caregivers, and more broadly, for the health care system.

Recognizing the importance of developing and implementing an effective strategy to address this challenge, the Minister of Health of Canada, through the Public Health Agency of Canada, asked the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) to provide an evidence-informed and authoritative assessment on the state of knowledge to help advance federal priorities under the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act.

To address the charge, the CAHS assembled a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral panel with a range of expertise, experience, and demonstrated leadership in this domain. The panel’s report will assess the evidence‐based and emerging practices, actions, and programs in jurisdictions within Canada and internationally that improve the care and the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers.

This session at CSPC will provide attendees with an overview of the panel’s approach to providing meaningful input in a complex multi-jurisdictional policy environment.

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Howard Bergman, MD, FCFP, FRCPC, FCAHS

Chair, Panel for the Assessment of Evidence and Best Practices for the development of a Canadian Dementia Strategy, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)
Howard Bergman is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine, Medicine, and Oncology at McGill University where he was the first Dr. Joseph Kaufmann Professor of Geriatric Medicine from 2001-2015. He is Special Advisor (International) to the Dean of... Read More →

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Carrie McAiney, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
Carrie McAiney is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and the UW-Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia. As a health services researcher, Carrie works collaboratively with organizations, providers, persons living with... Read More →
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Isabelle Vedel, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Isabelle Vedel is a Public health physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Vedel conducts health services research in primary healthcare services for older patients with chronic diseases. Specifically, she is conducting studies... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière


(90 min) Communication culture: scientists' views and trainers' methods to better engage with publics and policy-makers / Culture de dialogue : objectifs des scientifiques et méthodes des formations pour mieux coopérer avec le public et les décideurs poli
Organized by: Carleton School of Journalism and Communication

Canadian scientists want to engage with non scientists to ensure that policy makers use scientific evidence to form public policy. This rationale for engagement was given top priority in a recent survey of NSERC Discovery grantees when asked about their communication objectives. The survey was carried out in 2017-18.

Ensuring continued research funding came in second, and in third place, but sill with a strong showing was the desire to ensure Canadian culture values science.

Mindful of these priorities, this panel will look at ways and means of how these goals might be realized in practice. How important is communications training?  Just over half the survey respondents had some media training. Is it working?

At one time, academics believed that transferring knowledge to non-scientists was adequate and advisable. No longer.

Scientists are taught to use techniques like storytelling, active listening, empathy in the expanding number of workshops and sessions offered by research-informed science communicators in training organizations across North America and Europe.

The panelists all have relevant academic and practical approaches to help scientists communicate more effectively when talking to media, policy makers or interested audiences. The questions about what works best relies on articulating how we measure successful outcomes with the methods used to achieve desired goals. In other words, injecting some science into science communication.

The moderator will expand on the expertise of the panel by eliciting audience experiences. The session will explore the communication issues and best practices for those who want to ensure that scientific evidence is a vital part of the body politic and an appreciation of science is a fundamental aspect of Canadian culture. 

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Kathryn O'Hara

Adjunct Research Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Kathryn O'Hara is  a science journalism educator and communicator with 40 years in public broadcasting and academia. She held the CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism at Carleton until she retired  in 2018.  She served on the executive board of the World Federation of Science... Read More →

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Dr John D. Besley

Ellis B Brandt Professor, Michigan State University
Dr John D. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect  perceptions of science and technology.  His work emphasizes the need to look at both  citizens perceptions of decision-makers and decision-makers’ perceptions of the public.  He has published... Read More →
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Sarah Everts

Journalist at the Max Planck Institute & associate professor at Carleton University (effective January 2019)
Sarah Everts is an award-winning science journalist and science communication trainer currently based in Berlin, Germany. In January 2019, she will relocate to Ottawa as an associate professor and holder of the  CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism at Carleton University. Her... 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 →

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


(90 min) The status of science literacy in Canada / Profil des connaissances scientifiques au Canada
Organized by: Ontario Science Centre, Maurice Bitran

The level of science literacy and the attitudes of the population towards science and technology are important to the future of technology-based societies like ours. Not only because our economy is dependent on technology, but also because many social issues are affected by science and technology, effectively making science literacy a requirement for meaningful participation in the public policy dialogue. What do Canadians think about science and technology? Do they trust scientists and scientific results?What do they think about science and technology related issues such as climate change or artificial intelligence?

For the third consecutive year, the Ontario Science Centre has conducted an on-line survey on science literacy and attitudes towards science across Canada. A review of its main results will serve as the background for this discussion in which each panel member will also discuss what their organizations are doing to increase public literacy and public trust in science.

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Maurice Bitran

CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre
Dr. Maurice Bitran is the Ontario Science Centre’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer.  He joined the Centre in 2014 after wide-ranging careers in government and in academia.In the Ontario government he was the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Integrated Environmental... Read More →

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Dr. Eugenia Duodu

CEO, Visions of Science
Eugenia Duodu is the CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning (www.vosnl.org), a charitable organization that empowers youth from low-income communities through meaningful engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She devotes her time to community and global... Read More →
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Dr. Mona Nemer

Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada
Dr. Mona Nemer is the Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of Science. Her mandate is to provide advice on issues related to science and government policies that support it. This includes advising on ways to ensure that science is considered in policy decisions... Read More →
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Dr. Molly Shoichet

University Professor and Senior Advisor to the President on Science and Engineering Engagement, University of Toronto
Professor Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering at the University of Toronto.  She served as Ontario’s first Chief Scientist in 2018 where she worked to enhance the culture of science in Ontario. Dr. Shoichet has published over 575 papers... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom


(45 min) The Logic of Inclusive Innovation: From Inputs to Outcomes / La logique derrière l'innovation inclusive : des contributions aux résultats (45 min)
Organized by: OCAD University, Robert Luke

What is inclusive innovation? How do we achieve it?
These are important questions to ask as we continue to pivot into a knowledge based global economy. Inclusive innovation is a worthy outcome to strive for. But in order to achieve it, we need to ensure that the inputs are inclusive. We can usefully plot this into a logic model, which provides a way for understanding the relationships between the various inputs, activities and outputs that will help us achieve the outcome(s) commensurate with the focus on inclusive innovation.

When we look at innovation through this lens and work back from the goal of inclusive innovation we can see that there are gaps in the material conditions that would support the outcome of inclusive innovation. Innovation inputs usefully include the pipeline of science and technology and research and development (S&T and R&D), funding, people, culture, activities: those conditions and material supports that are put into play against any innovation effort.

Inclusive innovation means focusing not just on simple to count measures such as patents and publications, but on the full spectrum of innovation outputs.
  • We need to ask: whose perspective has been left out of innovation?
  • What activities and disciplines are needed to facilitate innovation?
  • What outputs result from these inputs?
When we look at innovation through this lens and work back from the goal of inclusive innovation we can see that there are gaps in the material conditions that would support the outcome of inclusive innovation.

The authors in this series offer helpful advice, expertise and perspectives on inclusive innovation.
  • Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design, OCAD University, on BIPOC entrepreneurship (and Black Panther!)
  • Malavika Kumaran, Senior Associate, Research, MaRS Data Catalyst, on women in tech
  • Ken Doyle, Executive Director of TechAccess Canada on later-stage applied R&D and experimental development in support of diversity of activity
  • Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research Programs, SSHRC will address the role of humanities and social sciences in addressing grand challenges and multidisciplinary research.
Inclusive innovation is a worthy outcome to strive for. In order to achieve it, we need to ensure that the inputs, activities and outputs are inclusive. When we do so, we leverage the full spectrum of capacity from across society, and help to build more resilient social, cultural and economic outcomes.

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Robert Luke

Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University
Robert Luke, PhD, is Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University. His expertise is in human-centered knowledge media design, working at the intersections of education... Read More →

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Dominique Bérubé

Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research Programs, at SSHRC in October 2015. Prior to joining SSHRC, Dominique worked at the Université de Montréal, beginning in 2007. There, she held a variety of positions, including acting vice-rector, Research; associate vice-rector... Read More →
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Ken Doyle

Executive Director, TechAccess Canada
As Executive Director of Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada's 30 Technology Access Centres (TACs), Ken is responsible for ensuring the network achieves its mandate of facilitating the sharing of best practices between member TACs, and promoting the adoption of comparable... Read More →
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Malavika Kumaran

Research Manager, MaRS Data Catalyst
As Research Manager, MaRS Data Catalyst, Malavika is responsible for the design and delivery of research projects that align with the objectives of the Innovation Economy stream, using data to provide better insights on entrepreneurship, as a tool to tackle systems barriers, and to... Read More →
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Dori Tunstall

Dean of Design, OCAD University
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale
Thursday, November 8


(90 min) Granting agencies and participatory science in Canada / Organismes subventionnaires et science participative au Canada
Organized by: Fonds de recherche du Québec, Fanny Magini

Canadian granting agencies are increasingly interested in strengthening the link between science and society. This link can take various forms, including that of participatory science, in which non-expert citizens are involved in the research process. The Chief Scientist of Québec would like to organize a panel to discuss the role of granting agencies in the funding of participatory science in Canada and the role of citizens in the research process. Panelists will answer questions such as: Do granting agencies already support this type of research? Are there specific research programs to promote and recognize participatory science? Beyond research programming, should citizens have a place on evaluation committees, boards of directors of granting agencies, or other official bodies?

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Véronique Morin

Science Journalist
Véronique Morin is a science journalist in broadcast and print magazines with over 25 years experience who believes strongly that Science should have an important place in daily newscasts.For the past seven years, she has worked for the science magazine program “Le Code Chastenay” on the pub... 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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Ted Hewitt

President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Dr. W. E. (Ted) Hewitt is President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Executive Vice-President at the Council. Since 1989, he has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, in London Canada, and in... Read More →
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Serge Marchand

Directeur scientifique, The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
Jusqu'à sa nomination à titre de directeur scientifique du Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, Serge Marchand était professeur titulaire au département de chirurgie - service de neurochirurgie de l'Université de Sherbrooke. À titre de chercheur, il est rattaché au Centre... Read More →
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Louise Poissant

Directrice scientifique, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
Louise Poissant est titulaire d'un doctorat en philosophie à l'Université de Montréal. Après avoir enseigné au département de communication de l'Université d'Ottawa, elle a occupé le poste de professeure titulaire à l'École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l'UQAM pendant... Read More →
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Dr. Michael J. Strong

President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Dr. Michael J. Strong is Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Distinguished University Professor at Western University. He also holds the Arthur J. Hudson Chair in ALS Research. He undertook his undergraduate training in biochemistry and medicine at Queens University... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom


(90 min) Fake News, Fake Therapies: Upping the Ante in the Fight Against Unproven Stem Cell Therapies in Canada / Fausses nouvelles, faux traitements : soulever la barre dans la lutte contre les traitements à base de cellules souches non éprouvés au Canad
Organized by: Stem Cell Network, Lisa Willemse

Stem cell research is an exciting field of science and holds much promise for the treatment of chronic illnesses and diseases. However, stem cell research is complex and there is much to learn before stem cell-based treatments will be ready for routine clinical use. Today, there are very few stem cell therapies offered by medical professionals as the standard care of practice. Despite this, private clinics worldwide – and increasingly here in Canada – market stem cell-based therapies to people who are vulnerable and seeking relief for a variety of conditions, from arthritis to stroke.  Regulatory loopholes have allowed these clinics to expand in many jurisdictions.  Recent studies show that the global market for unproven therapies is $2.4B, with 60,000 patients purchasing treatments each year. Nearly 800 clinics are operating in the United States alone, it is unclear how many are operating in Canada.

These treatments come with high financial costs, little to no medical follow-up, and the risk of adverse outcomes. None have been proven to be effective through clinical trials, the medical gold standard required to determine both safety and efficacy. Nor do these clinics publish their methods or outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, relying instead on anecdotal evidence and patient testimonials to support their claims. By preying upon the hopes of desperate patients, unregulated stem cell clinics are making very tidy profits.

Led by the Stem Cell Network, the stem cell research community has been working nationally and alongside international partners to better understand the issue and provide guidance that fit social, legal and political frameworks. With limited resources dedicated to the massive effort required to effectively debunk existing myths and communicate the risks to the public, scientists are facing a losing battle. Action is needed and Canada is well positioned to become a leader for the world in responding to this growing industry and its unethical practices.  However, to meet the challenge head-on a coordinated effort is required; one that sees the science community, patient groups, health care providers, media and government all playing their respective part to increase awareness of fake or risky therapies.
With reference to a paper detailing the outcomes of a 2017 workshop (publication expected summer/fall 2018), this panel will explore the current state of the issue in Canada and provide insights on what they believe is needed to mitigate the proliferation of a new market that is offering unproven and risky treatments to the general public.

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Harold Atkins

Physician, Ottawa Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Harold Atkins MD is a physician of the Ottawa Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, a scientist in the Center for Innovative Cancer Research and the medical director of the Regenerative Medicine Program at the... Read More →
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Torah Kachur

Columnist, CBC Radio One
Torah Kachur is the syndicated science columnist for more than 20 local afternoon shows on CBC Radio One and is a Sessional Lecturer in Cell Biology and Genetics at the University of Alberta. She has a range of science communication experience including host of a 2014 national summer... Read More →
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Jennifer Molson

Research Assistant, Ages Cancer Assessment Clinic, Ottawa Hospital
Jennifer Molson was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 21 in 1996.  Six years later, after multiple failed therapies, she took part in a stem cell clinical trial at the Ottawa Hospital funded by the MS Society Scientific Research Foundation. The procedure... Read More →
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Cate Murray

Executive Director & COO, Stem Cell Network
Cate Murray assumed the role of Executive Director & COO of the Stem Cell Network in 2017. She has over two decades of experience working in public policy, strategic communications, and government relations. Cate has a proven track record of helping national research organizations... Read More →
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Amy Zarzeczny

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
Amy Zarzeczny is an Associate Professor, Graduate Chair, and the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP) Health Innovation Research Cluster Lead with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina campus. After completing law school... Read More →

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


(90 min) Bridging Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Best Practices / Établir un lien entre les systèmes de connaissances scientifiques et de connaissances autochtones : pratiques exemplaires
Organized by: Natural Resources Canada’s Office of the Chief Scientist 

Today’s issues are multi-facetted and complex. Drawing on various sources of evidence can enhance our ability to identify sensible and practical solutions.  Success stories that draw on both science and Indigenous Knowledge systems are often undocumented. Much remains to be done, and discussions of experiences and examples are important for sharing experiential knowledge of the panelists such as lessons learned and best practices.

Moderated by Natural Resources Canada’s Chief Scientist and for the benefit of the Government of Canada’s Science and Policy Integration community, this panel will provide an opportunity for practitioners in various disciplines to present their experiences including both challenges and enablers. Panelists will discuss the results of their work in bridging science and Indigenous knowledge systems for a common purpose such as sustainable environmental and natural resource management. Case studies presented by the panelists will provide participants with examples of successful integration and partnership practices established between governmental organizations and local/regional and Indigenous groups.

This "Case Study" panel would follow the Short Talk-type panel on the same subject, delving deeper by providing ‘grassroots’ perspectives.

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Dr. Donna Kirkwood

Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
As Chief Scientist for Natural Resources Canada, Donna plays a leadership role on developing, advancing and promoting the department’s overarching S&T priorities as aligned with the Government’s Science and Innovation agenda. To this end, Donna Kirkwood works closely with NRCan’s... Read More →

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Leah Braithwaite

Executive Director, Arctic Net Inc.
Leah is the Executive Director of Arctic Net Inc. She holds an MSc in Environmental Physiology and worked for several federal government Departments including Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency, NSERC, DFO and most recently Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian... Read More →
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Dr. Solange Nadeau

Senior Forest Sociologist, Canadian Forest Services at Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Solange Nadeau is a Senior Forest Sociologist with the Canadian Forest Services at Natural Resources Canada.With a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University, Dr. Nadeau’s research interests relate to the human dimensions of forestry. Her research focuses on sustainability... Read More →
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Scot Nickels

Director, Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre,
Scot is the current Director of the Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre, which focuses on research issues within Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). He is responsible for advising the Centre and ITK executive on research and science-related environmental and human health issues... Read More →
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Rachel Olson

President and one of the Founding Directors, The Firelight Group
Dr. Rachel Olson is citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon Territory. Rachel has a PhD in Social Anthropology, and she is currently the President and one of the founding directors of The Firelight Group, a research consultancy that works with Indigenous communities... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Hotel - Richelieu


(90 min) Mitigating disruption: integrating social, ethical and policy research into the development of disruptive genomic technologies / Atténuer les perturbations : intégration de la recherche sociale, éthique et politique dans le développement de techn
Organized by: Genome Canada, Rob Annan

Disruptive technologies are double-edged swords. Social media, artificial intelligence (AI), gene editing—all promise enormous economic and social potential. At the same time, they challenge important social norms, policies, and institutions and create unintended and unpredicted consequences.

Society invests significant public resources to support the science and technology that drive these innovations, but invests relatively little to investigate their potential benefits, risks and consequences. Indeed, these are incommensurable – there are no commonly accepted metrics that allow us to evaluate and compare the benefits and risks. Policy makers and the public, faced with rapidly developing technologies, often succumb to reflexive and emotive policy responses.

Since its establishment, Genome Canada has promoted a globally-innovative program (“GE3LS”) to research the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues involved in genomics research. Each large-scale genomics project funded at Genome Canada must integrate a GE3LS research component, promoting a deeper understanding of the broader impact of the research. Dr. Eric Meslin, President of the Council of Canadian Academies and expert on bioethics and science policy, recently led an extensive review of the GE3LS program which identified key lessons for integrating social sciences research into technology development.

Dr. Meslin will chair a session that will explore this topic through two case studies that illustrate how GE3LS works in practice. Each will be co-presented by the project’s genomic and social science researchers who will explain:
- Why it was important to integrate social research into the project;
- The challenges and opportunities this integration presented;
- Expected—and unexpected—benefits observed.

The case studies represent disruptive technological research in genomics. The first describes the development of novel diagnostic technology for breast cancer, the challenges created in supporting informed decision-making by doctors and patients, and the importance of  evaluating the cost-effectiveness of the new technology. The second project focuses on forestry genomics and climate change and integrates research into understanding the ecological, socio-economic and institutional factors that affect the adoption of new technologies in forest management. Both projects are led by internationally-recognized and celebrated Canadian researchers.

Following the case study presentations, Dr. Meslin will moderate a brief discussion between panelists and members of the audience to explore how these case studies might inform the larger context of disruptive technology research, with lessons for ongoing work in artificial intelligence and machine learning, automation and robotics, and beyond.

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Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., FCAHS

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric M. Meslin is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). He joined the CCA inFebruary, 2016, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in science policy in both universityand government settings.Dr. Meslin came to the CCA from Indiana University (IU... Read More →

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Sally Aitken

Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia; Director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics
Sally Aitken is a Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, and Director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics. Sally obtained her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research... Read More →
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Shannon Hagerman

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Shannon Hagerman is an Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines the science-policy-management interface in the context of adapting conservation and resource management... Read More →
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Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD

Professor, McGill University; Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine; Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy
Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), is a Full Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine and Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She is the founder of the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G... Read More →
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Jacques Simard

Canadian Research Chair in Oncogenetics; Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Université Laval
Jacques Simard, PhD holds a Canadian Research Chair in Oncogenetics since 2001. He is Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine and is a senior scientist at the CHU de Québec - Université Laval Research Center since 1990. He is... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac


(90 min) Science Fact or Science Fiction? How can science be heard in an age of misinformation? / Mythe ou réalité scientifique? De quelle façon la science peut-elle être entendue dans cet ère de désinformation?
Organized by: David Johnson Research + Technology Park, University of Waterloo

Whether its climate change skepticism, falling vaccination rates, or the public pressure to shape policy that contravenes research findings, scientific information in all arenas struggles against waves of misinformation and disinformation that confirm our biases and reinforce the stories we want to tell ourselves about the world and how it works. As journalist Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir noted in 2017, “It has even been said that, despite the easy access to knowledge, we as a human kind, are now living in the era of misinformation or disinformation.” (https://njc.dk/article/the-challenge-in-an-era-of-misinformation-and-disinformation/)

This isn't a new phenomenon – indeed the communication challenges facing science have deep historical roots – however, the rapid acceleration of digital technologies has given rise to a plurality of powerful, non-traditional voices who handily circumvent the gatekeeping and agenda setting functions of traditional institutions and outlets, planting the seeds of skepticism, mistrust and confusion. Meanwhile traditional information outlets continue to find themselves increasingly short on the time and resources necessary to fully investigate these stories, widening the gap between the general public and trusted, evidence-based information. This panel brings together experts from industry, academia, and media to discuss the historical challenges of communication and story-telling facing science and to explore how we can work together to create a stronger public discourse built on sound, evidence-based information to re-establish public trust and develop better policies. We’ll explore the historical challenges of scientific communications and how those are rapidly evolving in the digital era; how institutions, government, and industry and respond and leverage these emerging technologies to share information; and attempt to examine how we can work together to approach science communication at a broader policy level.

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Mike Pereira

Manager, David Johnston Research + Technology Park, University of Waterloo
Mike Pereira is the Manager of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo. Over the past ten years Mike has developed expertise in marketing, communications, and partnerships, working with organizations ranging from global enterprise to tech startups... Read More →

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Rita Celli

Host of Ontario Today, CBC Radio One
Rita Celli is host of the province-wide radio phone-in show Ontario Today, airing weekdays at noon on CBC Radio One. During her tenure, the show has earned a number of awards including three Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show (2013, 2011, 2010), a Gabriel Award (2011), the RTNDA... Read More →
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Dr. Erika Dyck

Professor, Department of History; Canada Research Chair in History of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Erika Dyck is a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine. She is the author of Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus (Johns Hopkins, 2008; University of Manitoba Press, 2011), Facing Eugenics: Reproduction... Read More →
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Conway Fraser

Managing Director, Fraser Torosay
Conway Fraser is the Managing Director of Fraser Torosay, a strategic communications company based in Waterloo. He helps companies, organizations and leaders tell their stories clearly and persuasively. Conway has almost 30 years’ experience as a professional communicator and is... Read More →
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Dr. Heather MacDougall

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Heather teaches at the University of Waterloo, specializing in Canadian history and the  history of medicine, public health and health policy. Since publishing Activists & Advocates: Toronto's Health Department, 1883-1983 (Toronto, 1990), she has continued to research the history... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom
Friday, November 9


(90 mins) Who Speaks for Science?
Great research ecosystems support public outreach.
- INVESTING IN CANADA’S FUTURE Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research.
In this one sentence lies an entire field of research and practice that is key to moving science forward in Canada. But most science outreach programs in this country are, by their very design, only reaching youth or “science-aware” adults.

Many of us used to be merely concerned about the large group of public who turned away from science early in their lives and now lack any inclination to engage with it. Now, flat Earthers, anti-vaxxers and climate change deniers demonstrate that a public not just disengaged from, but actively skeptical of established science, can become a political force.

Even in the face of this, we have not changed how we engage with adults to try and reach beyond our traditional, science-aware base.

This panel explores ideas and best practices to engage adults from many backgrounds and interests with science, and what these require to be sustainable. The session moves from discussion to practice with a Freestyle Social, an innovative vehicle for public consultation and engagement with current science-related issues. The ultimate goal is to answer the question, who speaks for science in Canada?

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Carrie Boyce

Program Manager, RCIScience
Specialising in outreach and public engagement, Carrie works to promote lifelong learning, widenparticipation and champion social mobility and diversity in STEM. Carrie has enjoyed a varied career,working with the University of Cambridge, Royal Society of Chemistry and Cancer Research... Read More →
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Dr. Marianne Mader

Executive Director, Canadian Association of Science Centres
Marianne is the new Executive Director for the Canadian Association of Science Centres, a member-based organization representing over 60 organizations that support the informal learning of science,technology, and nature across Canada. She is responsible for government advocacy, partnershipdevelopment... Read More →
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Cara Marshall

Director of Communications, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor
Cara oversees the communications activities for the Office of the Chief Science Advisor, and advises onstrategic planning, media relations, and issues management. Prior to that, she managed sciencecommunications in the Government of Canada’s department of Innovation, Science and... Read More →
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Anthony Morgan

Broadcaster and Creative Director of Science Everywhere
To say Anthony Morgan loves science is an understatement. Though he is a neuroscientist andpsychologist by training, it was the 12 years he spent at the Ontario Science Centre that sparked hispassion for creating and sharing incredible science experiences! From here he decided to... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac


(45 min) Digital Futures: The Impact of Digital Threats to Democracy / Avenir numérique : les répercussions des menaces numériques sur la démocratie
Organized by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Eloisa Martinez

An interactive and forward-looking series of four lightning talks, organized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), will highlight several key opportunities and challenges presented by the pervasive role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies in the daily lives of Canadian citizens within a globalized context. Speakers from across academic, public, community/not-for-profit and business sectors will explore with the audience the transformative impacts of technology related to digital threats to democracy. Following these presentations, a number of possible storylines will emerge based on the key digital trends under discussion. Audience members will be called upon to examine possible societal outcomes for a number of potential futures.

These lightening talks will frame a discussion on digital threats to democracy and the role of evidence- based policy making to address the associated risks and opportunities to democratic processes in the digital age. This session provides an excellent opportunity for cross-sectoral dialogue and insights related to policy implications on these critical issues with a view to imagining our digital futures.

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Ursula Gobel

Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Ursula Gobel was appointed associate vice-president, future challenges, at SSHRC in April 2014. In her role, she collaborates with the research community and partners across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to advance the social sciences and humanities contributions... Read More →

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Dr. Elizabeth F. Judge

Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Dr. Elizabeth F. Judge is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where shespecializes in intersections of law, technology, and policy.  She is a member of the Centre for Law,Technology and Society, and holds a cross appointment with the Department of... Read More →
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Barrie Kirk

Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE); President, Canadian Automated Vehicles Institute (CAVI)
Barrie Kirk, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence(CAVCOE) and the President of the newly-formed industry association the Canadian Automated VehiclesInstitute (CAVI). He has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.S... Read More →
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Norman Mendoza

Manager of Business and Technology Innovation, City of Edmonton
Norman Mendoza is the City of Edmonton’s Manager of Business and Technology Innovation. Since joining the City, Norman has been involved in advising City leadership on ways to transforming the architecture of the City’s IT capabilities to better meet citizen needs. In his role... Read More →
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Renee Sieber

Associate Professor, School of Environment & Department of Geography, McGill University
R. E. Sieber researches the use and value of information and communications technologies by marginalized communities, community based organizations, and social movement groups. Her current work concentrates on the potential use of geospatial machine learning algorithms and AI for... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom