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5) Science and The Next Generation [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 7

1:30pm EST

(90 min) A Data Native Generation's Approach to Science: Science Instruction Vs. Inquiry into Science / Une approche propre à la génération de données pour la science : enseignement scientifique ou requête scientifique
Organized by: STEM Fellowship, Mohammad Asadi Lari

Current class and curriculum structures don’t answer a data-native generation’s knowledge acquisition needs and practices. This generation has honed its skills through the years of using information technology, the Internet, and yes, gaming. Modern students come to school with already developed learning techniques, which some of them may hide, keeping teachers happy within the current model; however, some cannot and end up getting into trouble by not meeting the curriculum expectations.

Following the paths of social media and open access culture, academic publishers consciously or unconsciously invited a new generation of learners to scholarly communication. Modern scholarly publication formats like Open Access or even Facebook academic journals have a far-reaching effect triggering students’ curiosity and challenging them with real scientific findings. Introduction of electronic impact factor indicators like Altmetric went even further, allowing a new generation to become participants of the public “peer-review” process.

The new generation of science learners often start with derivatives of research that they pick up in the form of social network reflections on scholarly publications and academic findings. They grasp the concepts from blogs, news stories and even Youtubes and Facebook posts that lead them directly to abstracts and manuscripts. The last often present information far beyond their ability to comprehend, which results in two new science learning phenomena. On one hand, they skim through publications and extract facts and theories within the scope of their understanding. On another, these elements serve as a new motivation for science studies and often leads them to generate unorthodox interdisciplinary ideas and theories. In order to bridge their knowledge gaps they form groups, which are fertile ground for non-institutionalized scholarship. Within these groups, it is possible to observe very interesting forms of scholarly interaction. These are collective presentations and Q&As where presenters complement and change each other without formal moderation.

STEM Fellowship (SF) is a unique example of a largely youth-led initiative to bridge these gaps. As a Canada-wide community, we focus on bridging gaps in data science (with our acclaimed Big Data Challenges), scientific communication (through challenges, workshops and the Canadian Science Publishing sponsored STEM Fellowship Journal) and community (through a network of high schools and university campuses dotted all across Canada. This panel would not only focus on our experience on the data-native generation’s approach to science, but also that of our numerous partners, which also shows how important cross-sector collaborations and discussions are in generating multi-dimensional solutions.

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Mohammad Asadi Lari

Managing Director, STEM Fellowship & MD/PhD Candidate, U of T
Mohammad is co-founder and managing director of STEM Fellowship and an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. In May 2018, he graduated from the Honours in Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS) program from the University of British Columbia and subsequently... Read More →

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Suzanne Kettley

Executive Director, Canadian Science Publishing
Suzanne Kettley is the Executive Director of Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), Canada’s not-for-profit leader in mobilizing scientific knowledge and publisher of 24 journals including FACETS, Canada’s first multidisciplinary open access science journal. With three decades of... Read More →
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Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch

Founder and Executive Director, STEM Fellowship
Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch is a champion of the data-native generation talent development and expert in their knowledge acquisition practices. He designs and implements new forms of student-driven education like big data inquiry and experiential learning program.Dr. Noukhovitch is a founder... Read More →
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Bonnie Schmidt

Founder and President, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, C.M. is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a Ph.D. in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for... Read More →
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Dr. Alan Winter

Innovation Commissioner
Dr. Alan Winter is British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner. He has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the President and CEO of Genome BC from 2001 to 2016, the founding President and CEO of the New Media... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Capitale
Thursday, November 8

10:30am EST

(45 min) Canada 2067 – Lessons learned in building a national vision for STEM education / Canada 2067 – leçons tirées de la définition d'une vision nationale de l'enseignement des STIM
Organized by: Let's Talk Science, Bonnie Schmidt

The panel will discuss key recommendations and lessons learned through Canada 2067, a unique and ambitious national initiative to forge a “made in Canada” action plan for the future of youth science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Canada’s complex education ecosystem demands creative solutions to catalyze large-scale change that can benefit all students.  Canada 2067 responded to this need for creativity through the convening of: five summits with high school students; seven Global Shapers’ roundtables with young adults; a national leadership conference that included federal and provincial governments and diverse stakeholders; and a social media campaign that resulted in input from hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Through this process, Canada 2067’s collaborative vision and five-year goals reflect the varied perspectives of students, millennials, educators, parents and the general public as well as policy makers, industry, community organizations and global education researchers.  The vision and goals address six areas that were found to align in global research into STEM education policy initiatives published over the past ten years.  

Having successfully positioned Canada as a world leader in education at the start of the 21st century, our schools are now working to ensure that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future, but in decades to come. Increasingly, this means graduating students with a diverse set of skills that go beyond disciplinary knowledge to include those related to critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and communication.  What types of supports and partnerships do our schools need to ensure that they are successful in this endeavour? How supportive is the public of a new vision for education that emphasizes critical thinking over rote learning and a multi-disciplinary approach over traditional subjects?  This panel will explore these questions and more by outlining the rationale for Canada 2067, summarizing key recommendations, and ultimately addressing the issue of how schools can help to fuel Canada’s innovation agenda.

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Bonnie Schmidt

Founder and President, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, C.M. is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a Ph.D. in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for... Read More →

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Rob Mariani

Senior Vice President, GM Ottawa, Hill + Knowlton Strategies Canada
Rob is a strong believer in the power of engaging people in decisions that affect them most, having applied his passion and expertise on projects for business, government and not-for profits. He is committed to helping organizations build sustainable decisions to complex issues through... Read More →
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Rohan Nuttall

Research Assistant at the Urban Predictive Analytics Lab, University of British Columbia
Rohan is currently a Research Assistant with the Urban Predictive Analytics Lab at UBC, workingon data models and visualization for smart cities. He completed his undergraduate thesis inexperimental particle physics with the Rare Decay Research Group, has worked for TRIUMF(Canada’s... Read More →
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Andrew Parkin

Director, Mowat Centre
Andrew Parkin is the Director of the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank located atthe Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. The Mowat Centre undertakes collaborative... Read More →
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Ruth Silver

Founder, Groundswell Projects
With a BA in Fine Art/Indigenous Studies from McMaster University and a Master’s degree from theHarvard Graduate School of Design, Ruth SIlver has worked with the likes of Annie Liebovitz, Bruce Mau,Urban Strategies and Decode before founding Groundswell Projects in 2013. Ruth has... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière

11:15am EST

(45 min) Supporting the next generation of northern scientists / Appuyer la prochaine génération de scientifiques dans le Nord
Organized by: Polar Knowledge Canada, Jennifer Sokol

The planet is changing rapidly and nowhere more so than in the Arctic, where a warming climate is already bringing a multitude of environmental, social and economic consequences. This is raising a lot of questions about what the future is going to look like, how to prepare and the type of research and knowledge necessary to address these changes.   This panel will discuss opportunities to grow the base of northern scientists, including Indigenous researchers, across the North. Too often, northerners are participants within Arctic science but not recognized as knowledge holders and researchers themselves. Despite a renewed focus on Indigenous Knowledge systems, few Indigenous researchers are being acknowledged and accredited for their contributions. Northern-based educational institutions and universities that use pedagogical approaches in line with the cultural contexts of the north could help increase the number of northern researchers. During this panel, we will hear from a diverse range of voices including educators, northern youth, and institutions; all working to engage northern Indigenous communities in research.
Hosted by Polar Knowledge Canada, the panel will discuss questions including the following: what tools and support systems are needed to encourage northern youth towards research careers? How can we better reflect Indigenous knowledge and approaches in research? What barriers do northern students face in entering a science career and higher education? What kinds of policy, programming, and coordination are needed to address these barriers, improve northern self- determination in research, and northern research capacity?

Polar Knowledge Canada's mission is to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and other circumpolar regions including the Antarctic, and strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, while promoting the development and distribution of knowledge, across the north.

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Jennifer Sokol

Senior Policy Advisor, Polar Knowledge Canada

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Joanna Laskey

Director, Pilimmaksaivik (Federal Centre of Excellence, Inuit Employment in Nunavut)
Joanna Laskey is the Director of a new whole-of-government federal office based in Iqaluit, Nunavut: Pilimmaksaivik (Federal Centre of Excellence for Inuit Employment in Nunavut). Pilimmaksaivik is an Inuktitut word chosen by federal Inuit employees, translating roughly to ‘a place... Read More →
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David Silas

First Nations Engagement Advisor, Yukon College
David Silas is from a small un-incorporated First Nation community of Pelly Crossing and is located in central Yukon Territory; David is a member of the Wolf Clan and a part of the Selkirk First Nation. He is a from the Northern Tutchone language group. David has recently finished... Read More →
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Kelsey Wrightson

Director of Policy and Programming, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
Dr. Kelsey Wrightson is the Director of Policy and Programming at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. Kelsey grew up in Edmonton Alberta, and completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2015. She held a post-doctoral position at Queen’s University in the... Read More →
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Krista Zawadski

Curator of Inuit Art, Department of Culture and Heritage, Government of Nunavut

Thursday November 8, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière

1:30pm EST

(45 min) Science and Inclusivity: Going Beyond the Slogans / Science et inclusion : au-delà des slogans
Organized by: Deborah Currie, Director, SHAD Fellow Network

Everybody’s talking about inclusion – and ensuring that Canadians from every sector have opportunities to excel in STEM or now STEAM. That's a good thing. But if inclusion is going to be about more than photo-ops and catchphrases, we have to have real discussions about the challenges of genuine, deep inclusion. Meaningful gender, economic, regional, and philosophical diversity are easy to talk about but tough to achieve in any organization – even in entrepreneurial settings where diversity is widely known to be an engine for creativity. SHAD, Canada’s premier entrepreneurship program empowering high school aged youth to become change-makers, was established in 1980 and is based in Waterloo, Ontario. For this panel discussion SHAD will present four young SHAD Fellows from diverse backgrounds who will address diversity and inclusion from their own perspectives and experiences, and whose stories show why it’s critical to get it right.

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Tim Jackson

President and Chief Executive Officer, SHAD
Tim Jackson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SHAD. Tim joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business... Read More →

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Alex Bouchard

Inaugural Member of the Prime Minister's Youth Council and SHAD 2009
Alex Bouchard is from Haines Junction, Yukon, and is a proud francophone who was involved with the Fédération de la Jeunesse Canadienne Française. She founded the University of British Columbia Parks Canada Club while attending university and inspired youth to get outdoors and... Read More →
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James Flynn

SHAD Fellow and Rhodes Scholar
James Flynn is a Rhodes Scholar with interests in digital literacy and economic development. James is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He also holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from the University... Read More →
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Eva Greyeyes

SHAD Fellow 2018
Eva Greyeyes is currently a grade 11 student in Toronto beginning the IB Diploma Programme at Branksome Hall. She is Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.She has been actively involved in the performing arts from an early age. Eva has acted professionally in theatre and in the 2018... Read More →
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Joseph Tafese

Student, University of Waterloo
Joseph Tafese attended SHAD in 2017 and received the Dave Black Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. After moving to Canada from Ethiopia, Joseph decided to invest the only thing he had – time – on the inner-city children he lived with. He became a Sunday School... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Capitale

2:15pm EST

(45 min) Enabling Interdisciplinarity for the Next Generation of Problem Solvers / Favoriser l'interdisciplinarité pour la prochaine génération de solutionneur de problèmes
Organized by: College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada , Steven Cooke

The concept of interdisciplinarity is used to frame education, scholarship, research, and interactions within and outside the academy.  Moreover, given the complexity of problems facing the world today, interdisciplinarity thinking is often considered as "essential" for developing effective solutions.  In principle, the premise of interdisciplinarity is a good one; yet, the extent to which this concept is embraced by the current generation of learners and thinkers, the benefits and risks for doing so, and the barriers and facilitators to achieving interdisciplinarity are rarely considered.  

We contend that emerging scholars, artists and scientists including students, post docs, and early career professionals have much to contribute to discussions about the ways in which interdisciplinarity can be enabled to equip and empower the next generation with the skills and knowledge to work across and among traditional disciplines. Relatedly, there is a need to identify successful examples/case studies of where interdisciplinarity has been achieved with meaningful results.  In this panel session organized by the College of the Royal Society of Canada, we will seek to generate a "Manifesto for Enabling Insterdisciplinarity". To generate the "manifesto" we will collate thoughts from the panel as well as the audience and twitter.  To engage the audience we will distribute cards during the event and collect ideas.  

We will do the same on Twitter for the 24 hrs preceding the session in an attempt to engage the broader community.  

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Steven Cooke

Canada Research Chair and Professor, Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences at Carleton University
Dr. Steven Cooke is a Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences at Carleton University. His work spans the natural and social sciences including several publications on the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary scholarship... Read More →

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Dr. Graeme Auld

Director and Associate Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University
Dr. Graeme Auld is recognized for his work on global environmental policy and politics, especially his examinations of the rise, evolution, and consequences of private certification programs that oversee the authenticity of ethically and environmentally labeled products in global... Read More →
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Dr. Shohini Ghose

Professor, Physics and Computer Science; Director, Centre for Women in Science (WinS); Vice-President Elect, Canadian Association of Physicists
Dr. Shohini Ghose is a theoretical physicist whose pioneering work in the field of quantum information science and quantum chaos has helped shape the field. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her scientific breakthroughs, is an internationally sought-after public... Read More →
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Dr. Vivian Nguyen

2017-18 Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Vivian Nguyen is a 2017-18 Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow hosted in the Office of the Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada. Her PhD focused on knowledge exchange and mobilization theories in the context of resource management.  She is currently working at Natural... Read More →
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Andrea Reid

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia and Carleton University
Andrea Reid is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia and Carleton University. She is a member of the Nisga’a Nation and a National Geographic Explorer. Her research adopts a social-ecological systems approach to the conservation of wildlife and wild spaces.

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Capitale

3:30pm EST

(45 min) Fueling Water Innovation in Atlantic Canada / Alimenter l'innovation dans le domaine de l'eau dans le Canada Atlantique
Organized by: WWF-Canada, Elizabeth Hendriks

What’s the biggest threat to Canada’s freshwater?  It’s a myth. The one that tells us our water wealth will last forever. The one that says: water, that’s someone else’s problem. The truth is, there is nothing Canadians should take more personally than the health of our waters. Engaged communities ask questions, they seek information, they pay attention to changes in their local, and they hold decision-makers accountable.

For decades, Canada has failed to collect real-information on a regional or national scale about the health of our freshwater ecosystems. The good news is that Canada’s commitment to freshwater stewardship, conservation, and science-based decision-making is now a national priority. There is a growing awareness that safeguarding our freshwater ecosystems is critical to the future of our economies, our communities and our quality of life. In other words, the people empowered to implement freshwater solutions are now asking for them.   The window is wide open.
Trusted water data underpins the goal of abundant, clean freshwater. Communities, governments, citizens and NGOs require the information to make decisions that protect Canada’s fresh water supply. Yet, water data deficiencies are widespread. One of the key findings of World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2017 Watershed Report was data deficiencies on key water health metrics.
To address this challenge, RBC, WWF-Canada, Gordon Foundation and local community groups have been forging conservation partnerships with river communities, closing knowledge gaps around freshwater health, building capacity behind local water stewards and with the groundswell of regional commitment we are poised to help drive the most important era in Canada’s history for freshwater conservation.  Here is how: By creating a local network of users at a regional scale we are creating a true tool for evidence-based decision-making. Here’s how:

We are pairing the security of blockchain technology (decentralized ledger system) and the nimble nature of open data.  We’re making comprehensive analysis accessible and available to everyone—watershed advocates, scientists, governments, and everyday citizens—and keeping it updated through Atlantic Datastream, an online data sharing platform.  But we’re not counting on the data to speak for itself, we’re distilling and communicating our findings powerfully through WWF’s Watershed Reports.
Together, we’ll measure our progress in the adoption of smarter, evidence-based water conservation policies across the country. But the real measure of success will be Canada’s ability to bend the curve on our freshwater health on a national scale.

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Elizabeth Hendriks

Vice President, Fresh Water Program, WWF Canada
Elizabeth Hendriks is Vice-President of the National Freshwater Program at WWF-Canada, one of Canada’s oldest conservation organizations. She has fifteen years’ experience working internationally and nationally on water policy and in 2017, she led the release of the first national... Read More →

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Angela Douglas

Project Manager, PEI Watershed Alliance/Hillsborough River Association
Angela has twelve years' experience working with environmental groups in Atlantic Canada. She completed a MSc at UPEI while working for the Hillsborough River Association and Pisquid watershed group. She is also the executive director of the Coalition-SGSL and project manager for... Read More →
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Carolyn Dubois

Director of the Water Program, The Gordon Foundation
Carolyn DuBois is the Director of the Water Program at The Gordon Foundation. In this role, she has worked with partners across sectors to improve freshwater stewardship through citizen engagement and the use of the best available evidence. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for open... Read More →
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Emma Wattie

Director, Atlantic Water Network, Saint Mary's University
Emma Wattie is the director of Atlantic Water Network, and has been working with Community-BasedMonitoring Organizations for the last four years. As a proud Maritimer, she’s thrilled for the opportunityto work in Atlantic Canada and empower local community-based monitoring programs... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière

3:30pm EST

(90 min) Governance of research: how can next generation scientists get involved? - Gouvernance de la recherche : quelles formes peut prendre l’implication de la relève?
Organized by: Fonds de recherche du Québec, Madison Rilling

Science’s next generation of researchers, embodied by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, generates a significant share of scientific output in Canada and contributes to its growth and democratization. More and more, these emerging scientists are getting involved and mobilizing themselves to influence the decision-making processes within the various spheres of the research ecosystem. Taking into account the perspectives of the next generation of scientists ensures that the decisions made reflect their needs and values, and fosters the involvement of student researchers in decision-making and institutional governance. In Canada, this involvement can take many forms, e.g., advisory committees, advocacy groups or representation positions in governance structures. The proposed panel aims to present the various forms of involvement or influence that students can have, namely by putting the spotlight on three concrete examples and their impact: 1) The intersectoral student committee (Comité intersectoriel étudiant - CIÉ) of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ); 2) Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) and; 3) Science Outside the Lab North (SOtL). These examples will be complemented by the presence of an experienced researcher now working in a federal department. This generational junction aims to highlight the positive repercussions of the involvement of the next generation, for both organizations and students.

The CIÉ advises the Quebec’s Chief Scientist and is mandated to identify strategies to promote access to funding for graduate studies, foster excellence of student research, and contribute to the local and international promotion of research stemming from Quebec. Since 2014, the CIÉ has been actively contributing to integrating student researchers within the governance structure of the FRQ. Based in Montreal, SPE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bridge the gap between academia, industry and government to inspire evidence-based policymaking. SPE led the #Students4theReport campaign to support the Naylor Report's recommendations for federal reinvestment in fundamental research. The SOtL North organization aims to provide immersion training to students related to issues that affect science, politics and society. In addition to the representatives of these three organizations, the panel will be supplemented by Donna Kirkwood, Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada, having herself been involved in and a witness to the training of students during graduate studies. Her experience in both academia and government will provide discussions on the importance of the contribution of the next generation in the development of research in Canada.


La relève en recherche, incarnée par les étudiant.es de cycles supérieurs et les postdoctorant.es, génère une part importante de la production scientifique au Canada en plus de contribuer à son rayonnement et à sa démocratisation. De plus en plus, la relève s’implique et se mobilise pour influencer les processus décisionnels dans les différentes sphères de l’écosystème de la recherche. La prise en compte des points de vue de la prochaine génération de scientifiques assure que les décisions prises reflètent leurs besoins et les valeurs en plus de favoriser le développement de l’expérience des jeunes quant aux mécanismes décisionnels et à la gouvernance des institutions. Au Canada, l’engagement de la relève scientifique peut prendre plusieurs formes, notamments celles de comités consultatifs, groupes de pression ou représentation étudiante dans les instances. Le panel proposé vise à présenter la diversité des modèles d’engagement ou d’influence de la relève et à exposer par trois exemples concrets les impacts positifs et multiples de leur implication active : 1) Le Comité intersectoriel étudiant (CIÉ) des Fonds de recherche du Québec; 2) Dialogue Sciences et Politique - Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) et; 3) Science Outside the Lab North (SOtL). Ces exemples seront complémentés par la présence d’une chercheuse d’expérience oeuvrant maintenant au sein d’un ministère fédéral. Cette jonction générationnelle vise à mettre en valeur les retombées positives de l’implication de la relève, tant pour les organismes que pour les étudiant.es.
Le CIÉ conseille le scientifique en chef du Québec et a pour mandat d’identifier des stratégies afin de promouvoir l’accessibilité au financement aux études supérieures, de favoriser l’excellence de la relève de et contribuer au rayonnement de la recherche. Depuis 2014, le CIÉ contribue activement à l’intégration des considérations de la relève dans la gouvernance de la recherche au Québec. Basée à Montréal, SPE est une organisation à but non lucratif dont la mission est de combler le fossé entre le milieu universitaire, l’industrie et le gouvernement pour inspirer l’élaboration de politiques fondées sur des données probantes. SPE a mené la campagne #Students4theReport qui visait à appuyer les recommandations du rapport Naylor pour un réinvestissement fédéral en recherche fondamentale. L’organisation SOtL North vise à offrir une formation d’immersion aux étudiantes et étudiants en lien avec des enjeux qui touchent la science, les politiques et la société. En plus de la présence des représentants de ces trois organisations, le panel sera complété par Donna Kirkwood, scientifique en chef à Ressources naturelles Canada, qui témoignera de l’importance de la contribution de la relève dans le développement de la recherche au Canada, ayant elle-même été témoin de premier plan dans la formation en recherche d’étudiantes-chercheuses et étudiants-chercheurs.

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Paul Dufour

Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa
Paul Dufour is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa and science policy Principal with PaulicyWorks in Gatineau, Québec. He is on the Board of Directors of the graduate student led Science Policy Exchange based... Read More →

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Blake Freier

PhD Student, University of Waterloo
Blake Freier is a PhD student in the philosophy department at the University of Waterloo. His interest is in socially relevant philosophy of science, particularly as it relates to evidence-based decision making in democracies. Specifically, Blake’s research looks at the nature of... Read More →
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Tina Gruosso

Postdoctoral Fellow, Goodman Cancer Research Center, McGill University
Tina completed her PhD in oncology at the Institut Curie in Paris. In 2013, she joined the Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University in Montreal as a postdoctoral fellow where she studies how the breast tumor microenvironment influences patient response to therapy. Tina... Read More →
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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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Madison Rilling

PhD Student, Université Laval
Madison Rilling is a PhD student in Physics at Université Laval. Working mid-way between the lab and the clinic, she applies optical design to medical physics to improve cancer treatments in external beam radiotherapy. Since 2016, Madison has been Vice-President of the Fonds de recherche... Read More →

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

8:30am EST

(90 min) Where the rubber meets the road: The real life impact of policy on Canadian postdocs / Les répercussions concrètes des politiques sur les boursiers canadiens
Organized by: Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars, Joseph S. Sparling, PhD

This panel aims to examine the real life impact of current postdoctoral policies in Canada and to discuss potential policy reforms that could provide solutions to many of the challenges facing Canadian postdoctoral scholars today. The panel will open with two presentations by current/former postdocs affiliated with CAPS/ACSP. The first of those presentations will review the major challenges facing Canadian postdocs based on survey data and front-line stories from postdocs across the country, including issues related to employment status, compensation and benefits, immigration, career development, and personal support. The second presentation will focus on identifying the policies that contribute to those challenges and discussing potential policy-based solutions for improving the status quo for postdocs in Canada. Following the presentations a representative from the Tri-Agency and a postdoctoral administrator from a large Canadian research university will be asked to weigh in on the proposed policy reforms, identify potential barriers to those proposed changes in the current Canadian research landscape, and discuss possible ways to overcome those barriers. The panel will close following questions from the audience and a brief summary statement from the moderator. 

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Joseph S. Sparling, PhD

Chair, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Joseph S. Sparling is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS/ACSP), the spokesperson for the Postdoctoral Associations of Alberta (the group responsible for convincing the Alberta government to grant postdocs employment status via legislation... 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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Jenna Haverfield, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, McGill University and Vice-Chair Membership, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Jenna Haverfield is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Haverfield earned her PhD from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and has undertaken postdoctoral training in the UK and Canada. Dr. Haverfield... Read More →
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Krishnamoorthy Hegde, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Institut national de la recherché scientifique and At-Large Member, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
Krishnamoorthy Hegde is a postdoctoral researcher at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Centre Eau Terre Environnement; INRS-ETE), Québec, Canada. He holds PhD in biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has worked in industry and academia in the... Read More →
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Rachel Fernandez, PhD

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia
Rachel Fernandez is a microbiologist. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and an MSc and PhD in Microbiology from Dalhousie University. After a four and half year postdoc first at Virginia Commonwealth University and then at the University of Cincinnati... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Delta Ottawa - Capitale

8:30am EST

(90 minute) Skills-building and impact in the social sciences and humanities
Organized by: Research Impact Canada, the Conference Board and The Collaboration, SSHRC

Research Impact Canada, the Conference Board have partnered with The Collaborative, a SSHRC funded network dedicated to helping educators foster a better culture around SSH knowledge and skills to offer a new collaborative platform for educators in K12 through PSE. The premise of the project is that students, graduates, researchers, and educators in SSH disciplines benefit from applied skills training, cross-sectoral collaborations, and knowledge sharing. Likewise, collaboration and knowledge sharing skills help extend the reach, engagement, and impact of SSH research and activities. But the models of impact available do not do justice to the nature and diversity of activities in which engagement and knowledge mobilization objectives can be achieved. This panel will offer draw upon the expertise of the speakers and to identify best practices, resources, and next steps for improving our understanding of impact in the social sciences.

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Dr. Sandra Lapointe

Associate Professor, Philosophy, McMaster University
Dr. Sandra Lapointe joined the Philosophy Department at McMaster University in 2011 as Associate Professor. A Commonwealth alumna and a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, she is a Research Affiliate of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre and currently Director, Associations at the... Read More →
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Dr. Matthew McKean

Director, Education, Conference Board of Canada
Dr. Matthew McKean is Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. Matthew directs the research program and leads stakeholder relations for the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, a major five-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and... Read More →
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Dr. David Phipps

Leader of Knowledge Mobilization Unit, York University
Dr. David Phipps is Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, Division of Vice-President Research & Innovation with York University where he manages research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University, including York’s award winning... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière