IOG creates a Science and Innovation Advisory Council

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Science and innovation are necessary to address Canada’s grand challenges and to build robust and inclusive prosperity and resiliency in the 21st century. Science and innovation touch every aspect of our daily lives, as individuals and a society.

“To ensure that Canadians and Canada continue to benefit from science and innovation, the IOG is driving an evolution in science and innovation policies and governance,” said Toby Fyfe, IOG President, “I am pleased to announce the creation of a Science and Innovation Advisory Council to support IOG’s new Science and Innovation area of practice.”

The IOG Science and Innovation practice focuses on learning and leadership development, advisory services, and independent research. The Science and Innovation Advisory Council is comprised of leading thinkers and doers in each of these three areas:

  • Sarah Everts, Associate Professor and CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism, Carleton University
  • Monica Gattinger, Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
  • Katie Gibbs, Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
  • Nancy Hamzawi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada (Chair)
  • Rees Kassen, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa (Vice Chair)
  • Janet King, Deputy Minister Champion for Science and Associate DM, Laboratories Canada Procurement and Public Services Canada
  • Jenn Maclean, Director, Collaboration, nGen
  • Eric Meslin, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
  • Pascal Michel, Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Peter Phillips, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Center for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy, University of Saskatchewan

For more information about Science and Innovation at the IOG, contact Jeff Kinder, Executive Director, Science and Innovation at

About the author

Jeff Kinder

Jeff Kinder

Executive Director - Science and Innovation

Jeff has over 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 Resources Canada and the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA). In 2014, he supported the Knox Panel on Government Science and Technology. Most recently, he led the Federal S&T Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science, the Deputy Minister Champion for Federal Science and related initiatives, including the Federal S&T Infrastructure Initiative (now Laboratories Canada). Jeff is currently on interchange with the Institute on Governance.

At the University of Ottawa, Jeff is a Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and Adjunct at the Telfer School of Management. Jeff is a board member of the Canadian Science Policy Centre and a member of the Advisory Council of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellows program.

He is co-editor with Paul Dufour of A Lantern on the Bow: A History of the Science Council of Canada and its Contributions to the Science and Innovation Policy Debate (Invenire, 2018). He holds a PhD in public policy, a Master’s in science, technology and public policy, and a BS in physics.

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