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Friday, November 9


Brainstorming for Canada’s National Water Vision / Réflexion sur la vision nationale de l'eau au Canada
Organized by: Pacific Water Research Centre and Ryerson University Water, Nick Reid and Zafar Adeel

Co-led by the Pacific Water Research Centre and Ryerson Urban Water
Emerging water challenges in Canada can be tied to climate-change impacts on water availability, urbanization and population growth, water pollution, and threats to aquatic ecosystems. A 2017 report from the World Wildlife Fund in Canada (WWF-Canada) indicated that most of the watersheds in Canada are showing significant disruptions from human activities such as hydropower dams, discharges from agricultural and industrial activities, rapid urbanization, extensive application of road salt, and incidents involving natural resources extraction. At the same time, Canada has an unmatched, century-long history of peacefully managing shared water resources with the United States. In recent years, landmark water-sharing agreements have emerged, which engage Indigenous communities as important stakeholders. Canadian companies have developed advanced technologies for water treatment and monitoring.

Public perceptions play an important role in this respect. In a recent survey conducted by RBC, 45% of Canadians believe water is Canada’s most important natural resource and 50% believe water is an important part of Canada’s national identity. However, only 6% of Canadians say they put extra effort into saving water and only 50% of Canadians say they have an adequate understanding of the impact of climate change on water availability and quality. These findings reveal some contradictory perceptions held by the Canadian public, which value water an important natural resource, and yet demonstrate inattention to water resources under the presumption that it is an abundant resource.

One major stumbling block for Canada is that it does not have a common, ambitious and visionary national strategy to manage its water resources, unlike almost all developed countries in the world including those with similar federated constitutions. This means, for example, that no federally enforceable standards exist for safety and environmental/economic sustainability for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and ground water extraction. Further, the absence of a national water vision has led to varied, and sometimes chequered, approaches for addressing the water management challenges in Canada, including disproportionately disadvantaged indigenous communities, an increasing water infrastructure deficit and failing to declare water as a human right. Development of a common national vision that is jointly developed through engagement of stakeholders at various jurisdictional levels is an important first step in addressing Canada’s water challenges.

In this respect, a new comprehensive framework can be used to address these interconnected water challenges in one fell swoop: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations that aim to achieve significant and ambitious improvements by the year 2030. Countries across the globe, including Canada, are re-tooling their national development strategies to meet these global targets. Another pertinent development is the designation of 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development.” A pan-Canadian alliance of universities, civil society organizations, private sector leaders, and environmental groups – called the International Water Decade Alliance (IWDA) – brings together the SDG implementation with the new water decade.

This symposium will highlight the need for a national water vision in Canada and bring together experts from across Canada to begin a discussion on the opportunities and obstacles of achieving a common vision. This symposium will foster ideas, leading to actionable strategies, and steps necessary for making this visioning process a success.

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Zafar Adeel

Professor, Resource and Environmental management at Simon Fraser University ; Executive director, Pacific Water Research Centre
Dr. Zafar Adeel serve as the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, and as Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Resources and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of environmental... Read More →
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Julia Baird

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University
Julia Baird is an Assistant Professor at Brock University in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies and a Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience. Her research focuses on resilience... Read More →
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Courtney Bridge

Graduate Student, Simon Fraser University
Courtney Bridge completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Nova Southeastern University. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management at SimonFraser University. Her research focuses on national water policy in Canada.
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Ogimaa Kwe (Chief) Linda Debassige

M’Chigeeng First Nation
Ms. Debassige, who graduated with honours from Confederation College’s Civil Engineering program in Thunder Bay, was born and raised in M’Chigeeng. Ms. Debassige was first elected to council in 2013 and became involved and active in a number of portfolios including the audit and... Read More →
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Mark Fisher

Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region
Mark Fisher was appointed President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region by the Council’s board in 2014. Established in 2013,the Council is a bi-national nonprofit that brings decision-makers frombusiness, government, academia and the nonprofit sector together to deepen... Read More →
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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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Irving Leblanc

Director, Housing, Infrastructure & Emergency Services, Assembly of First Nations
Irving Leblanc is the Director - Housing, Infrastructure, and Emergency Services at the Assembly of First Nations. His responsibility is to represent the AFN on the various initiatives and committees related to housing, infrastructure, water and sanitation, source water protection... Read More →
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Merrell-Ann Phare

Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
Merrell-Ann Phare is a lawyer, writer and the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), a national First Nation charitable environmental organization. As Chief Negotiator for the Government of the Northwest Territories, Merrell-Ann lead... Read More →
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Lisa A Prime

Principal Consultant, PRIME Strategy & Planning
Lisa A Prime is the Principal of PRIME Strategy and Planning and is on the Advisory Board ofRyerson Urban Water where she contributes to research, education, policy, and think tankinitiatives and advancements. Lisa is an industry leader in sustainable community developmentand the... Read More →
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Nick Reid

Executive Director, Ryerson Urban Water Centre
Nick Reid is Executive Director of Ryerson Urban Water (RUW) with a focus on achieving healthy and sustainable urban water cycles through applied research, education and outreach, and supportive policy.He is a long standing member of the American Water Works Association, currently... Read More →
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Francis Scarpaleggia

Member of the Canadian Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis
Francis Scarpaleggia was First elected to the House of Commons in 2004, Francis Scarpaleggia was re-elected to Parliament in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He is the Chair of the National Liberal Caucus.Since first being elected, Francis has made the protection of Canada’s freshwater... Read More →
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Larry Swatuk

Director, Master of Development Practice (MDP), and Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo
Larry Swatuk (PhD) is Professor of International Development in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is also Extraordinary Professor in the Institute for Water Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa, and... Read More →
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Banu Örmeci

Professor and Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health, and Canada Research Professor, Carleton University
Banu Örmeci develops technology to clear pathogens and contaminants from wastewater and sludge, so they do not pose a threat to public health and environment. She has two U.S. patents with another commercialization on its way by one of the largest multi-national companies in the... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Delta Hotel - Richelieu


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

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

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

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Dr. Imogen Coe

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

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Dr. Art Blake

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

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

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

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

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


Policy and Funding Models for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows / Modèles de politique et de financement pour les étudiants diplômés et les boursiers postdoctoraux
Organized by: University of Toronto, Helen Lasthiokis

Doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) are intrinsic to the postsecondary research that results in benefits for our economy and society. The Fundamental Science Review highlighted this point but also found that, despite significant increases in graduate enrolments, the number of core graduate awards and PDF stipends as well as the amount of the awards, has not changed in more than a decade. In responding to the Review as part of Budget 2018, the federal Government noted that it would undertake work to determine how to better support this next generation of researchers through scholarships and fellowships.

An international keynote speaker and a diverse panel will discuss policy models and opportunities to reinvigorate scholarships and fellowships for graduate students and PDFs, and how the use of these awards can attract diverse talent from Canada and internationally.

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Vivek Goel

Vice President, Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto and a Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Professor Vivek Goel is Vice President, Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto and a Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Professor Goel is a distinguished scholar with an extensive background... Read More →

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Alejandro Adem

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

Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University
Professor Martha Crago is McGill University’s Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). Prior to returning to McGill, she was the Vice-President (Research) at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-President of International and Inter-Governmental... Read More →
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Bonnie Le, Ph.D.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
Bonnie Le is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto, where her graduate studies were supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and an Ontario Trillium... Read More →
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P. Kay Lund PhD.

Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, NIH Extramural Research Training Officer in the Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health
P. Kay Lund is Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce and the NIH Extramural Research Training Officer in the Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Her role is to provide leadership for development... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale


Science Policy 101 / Politique scientifique 101
Organized by: Canadian Science Policy Centre, Jeff Kinder and Silke Nebel 

Curious about science policy? Whether trying to make a difference or demonstrating impact to funders, the
need to engage effectively with policy- makers is increasingly part of the research endeavor. But even many of the most experienced research faculty balk at the barriers to bringing their research to the decision-table. For early career researchers and graduate students, the barriers are even higher – as are the rewards.

This workshop will provide a gateway into the world of science policy. You will gain an understanding of what science policy is and how it works through an afternoon of interactive exercises and discussion. We welcome active participants from all backgrounds, whether in the sciences, engineering, public policy and
administration, business, communications, arts or something else entirely. With an interest in science policy, this workshop is the place to share and expand knowledge, develop skills, and start building a network of interesting people in the world of science policy.

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Dr. Kimberly Girling

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

Executive Director, Science and Innovation Institute on Governance
Jeff has 30 years of experience in government science, technology and innovation policy in the US and Canada.  His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies and the Naval Research Laboratory.  In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural... Read More →
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Silke Nebel

VP Science and Conservation, Bird Studies Canada
Silke Nebel is the VP Science and Conservation with Bird Studies Canada, a national NGO that uses scientific research to inform conservation decisions for birds. She also runs a science communication business (‘Science to Action Consulting’). Prior to starting her own business... Read More →
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Kori St-Cyr

Senior Advisor, Science Strategies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Kori St-Cyr is a science strategy and knowledge translation professional committed to working at theinterface of science, partnership development and public policy. As a Senior Advisor with CIHR, Kori provides strategic leadership and advice towards the agency’s health research... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom


Supporting Canada’s Energy Transition – Bridging the Gap between Fundamental Research, Industry, and Policy
Organized by: Queen's University

For our prosperity and well-being, Canada must build a low-carbon energy future. The pathway to this future requires political leadership informed by collaboration with various partners – including government, Indigenous peoples, researchers, and industry.

Science and innovation will be key to driving this low-carbon future. Expertise in energy sources (e.g. petroleum, natural gas, renewables, and nuclear) and policy will be critical to informing the technologies, materials, and processes that facilitate this transition.  Before this research can inform government processes and policies – and before emerging technologies can be commercialized and mobilized – efforts must be made to translate and effectively bridge the research-industry-government gap.  This is not an easy journey, filled with barriers (e.g. regulatory hurdles, training, financial resources), and much promising research gets “lost” along the way.  

Building on Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Generation Energy initiative and the successful workshop (Envisioning a Competitive Low-Carbon Energy Future: The Role of Nuclear and Renewables) hosted by Queen’s University and NRCan in 2017, this symposium will explore how we can facilitate and accelerate knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) to help realize our low-carbon economy. What are the tools for KTE between these various bodies? What role can the various partners play in accelerating KTE?

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Carolyn DeLoyde

Ph.D Candidate, Geography and Planning, Queen's University
Carolyn DeLoyde’s current research focus is quantifying ecosystem services to enhance the use of natural heritage systems in response to climate change. She has been a registered professional planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners since 1996. As well, she has... Read More →
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Joy Romero, P.Eng, MBA PM, ICD.D, FCAE

Vice President Technology & Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Joy has worked in steel, iron ore, coal and oil and gas.   She has served as a School Trustee, Chair of the Governing Council of Athabasca University, and advisor to several NSERC chairs. Joy is currently chair of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, Board Chair of Canada’s Oil... Read More →
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Michael Fraser

Vice-Principal (University Relations), Queen’s University
Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal (University Relations), joined Queen’s in May 2013 after more than 20 years of experience in the public affairs and communications field, including a variety of positions in both the federal and provincial governments. He has served as a chief of staff... Read More →
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Monica Gattinger

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

Professor, Canada Research Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University
Praveen Jain is the Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics and Director of the Queen's University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER). Dr. Jain holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.Jain’s research contributions have resulted in over 550 publications... Read More →
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Warren Mabee

Head and Professor, Department of Geography and Planning Queen’s University
Warren Mabee (PhD 2001, University of Toronto) is head and professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. He holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, and is cross-appointed to the School of Policy Studies... Read More →

Trevor Nightingale

Principal Research Officer for the Construction Research Centre, National Research Council
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Dr. Ron Oberth

President, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
Ron Oberth has worked in the Canadian nuclear industry for more than 30 years, holding positions at Ontario Hydro, Ontario Hydro International, Ontario Power Generation and the former AECL Reactor Division (now SNC-Lavalin/ Candu Energy). In June of 2011, Oberth became president and... Read More →
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Laura Oleson

Director General of Energy Policy, Natural Resources Canada
Laura Oleson, Director General of the Energy Policy Branch, first joined NRCan and the Energy Sector in 2010 as the Director, Demand Policy and Analysis in the Office of Energy Efficiency where she made significant contributions to NRCan’s clean energy and climate change strategies... Read More →
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Dr. Kimberly A. Woodhouse

Vice-Principal (Research), Queen’s University
Dr. Woodhouse is Vice-Principal (Research) and a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, after serving as dean of that faculty for two five-year terms from June 2007 to 2017. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Woodhouse has almost a decade of experience... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière