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Scott Findlay

Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa; Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Environment

Scott Findlay is Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa and Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Environment. His main research interests concern human impacts on ecosystems, evidence-informed decision-making, integration of indigenous and western knowledge in impact assessment, and the role of Darwinian evolution in cancer progression and cancer therapy. In April 2005, he was appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission, and in 2008 to the federal Challenge Advisory Panel to advise on the federal government’s Chemical Management Plan.  In September 2009, he was appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel to the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development. In 2011, he was commissioned by the National Judicial Institute of Canada to produce a manual for Canada’s judiciary on the interpretation of scientific evidence in the courtroom.  In May 2012, he was awarded the inaugural University Chair in Teaching from the University of Ottawa, and in 2013 co-founded Evidence for Democracy, a national non-partisan organization that advocates for evidence-informed decision-making by governments.  In November 2017 he was appointed “Researcher in Residence” at the federal Office of the Chief Science Advisor.