The Past, Present and Future of Science Advice in Canada

Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • January 24, 20194:30pm - 6:30pm
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The ISSP and the Institute on Governance (IOG) are delighted to invite you to join Paul Dufour and Jeff Kinder for the launch of their edited book The Lantern on the Bow: A History of the Science Council of Canada and Its Contributions to The Science and Innovation Policy Debate.

This book is a labour of love by a collection of authors, many of whom were associated with the Science Council of Canada (SCC). Equally importantly, this book traces the SCC’s history and its contributions to important science and innovation policy issues which continue to resonate today, including: priority-setting in research, big science, STEM education, industrial innovation policy, concerns for the environment, the digital economy, science culture and science diplomacy.

The book launch will feature a panel discussion that explores the past, present and future of science policy and science advice in Canada.

LIVESTREAM: For those who are unable to attend, a livestream of the book launch will be available the day of on our Youtube channel.

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Toby Fyfe

President, IOG

Mr. Fyfe has extensive executive public sector experience in governance, service delivery, change management, and organisational design and performance. He developed the Treasury Board Alternate Service Delivery Policy and represented Canada at an OECD public management (PUMA) experts panel examining arm’s-length agency creation. He has worked on a number of significant governance and change management initiatives including ones for the RCMP, the Caribbean Development Bank and the creation of the Natural Resources Canada Shared Services Office. He is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and a former federal government head of communication. He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The House, Cross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

Jeff Kinder

Executive Director, Science and Innovation, IOG

Jeff has 30 years of experience in government science, technology and innovation policy, working at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Council of Science and Technology Advisors. He is now the Executive Director of the Institute on Governance where he leads the Science & Innovation business line and the ASPIRE Lab. At the University of Ottawa, Jeff is a Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy and an Adjunct Professor at the Telfer School of Management. Jeff is a member of the board of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, a member of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellows Advisory Committee, and a past co-chair of the Ottawa Science Policy Roundtable.

Professor Monica Gattinger

Director, ISSP, University of Ottawa

Monica Gattinger is Director of the ISSP, 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 the energy and arts/cultural policy sectors, exploring how to strengthen governance, public policy and regulation in the context of fast-paced innovation, technological change and markets, fundamental social and value change, and lower public trust in government, industry, science and expertise. Gattinger is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the DC-based think tank the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies and the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University.

Paul Dufour

Senior Fellow, ISSP, University of Ottawa

Paul Dufour has been senior adviser in science policy with several Canadian agencies and organizations over the course of the past 30 years, such as senior program specialist with the International Development Research Centre, and interim Executive Director at the former Office of the National Science Advisor to the Canadian Government advising on international S&T matters and broad questions of R&D policy directions for the country. Mr. Dufour was educated at McGill, the Université de Montreal and Concordia University in the history of science and science policy, and has had practical S&T policy experience for over three decades having been with such bodies as the Science Council of Canada, Ministry of State for Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs, and special adviser to the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on S&T.

Kristiann Allen

Science Policy Specialist at Office of the Chief Science Advisor / Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Kristiann Allen is a senior policy practitioner with specialisation in evidence-to-policy processes and senior advisor experience in multiple policy contexts internationally, including provincial, federal and multi-lateral (UN) systems. From 2013-2018 she served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor in New Zealand. In late 2018, Kristiann returned to the Canadian public science system through a joint interchange appointment with the Office of the Canadian Chief Science Advisor and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Kristiann is a founding member of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), serving as executive secretary and providing strategic direction, developing training material and undertaking mentorship.

Janet Bax

Project Director, Council of Canadian Academies

Janet’s most recent positions were with the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) where she has been since 2011. During that period she served as Project Director for five assessments, on topics as varied as factors influencing the career trajectory of women researchers in Canada, Food insecurity in the North, the state of Industrial R and D in Canada and most recently, on Mature Minors and Medical Assistance in Dying. Prior to joining the CCA, Janet held senior positions in the Government of Canada, including serving as DG of Research and Policy for the Atmospheric Environment Services of Environment Canada, serving as a member of the political office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Heritage and heading a multi-departmental office dealing with health policy and programming issues facing federal departments called the Federal Healthcare Partnership.

Eric Meslin

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies

Eric joined the CCA in 2016 after 30 years in university and government settings, including the previous 15 years at Indiana University where he was Founding Director of the IU Center for Bioethics, Associate Dean for Bioethics in the IU School of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine, of Philosophy, of Medical & Molecular Genetics, of Bioethics & Law, and of Public Health. Trained in bioethics and philosophy at York University (BA) and Georgetown University (MA, PhD) he has held academic positions at the University of Toronto, University of Oxford, University of Western Australia, and Université de Toulouse, publishing more than 150 articles and book chapters on bioethics aspects of genomics, international health, big data, and human subjects research.

Kathryn O'Hara

Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Carleton University

Kathryn O’Hara, Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism, Carleton University Kathryn O’Hara’s journalism experience includes more than twenty-five years working in both radio and television as a host, reporter, producer and researcher mainly in public broadcasting. Kathryn has a MSc. in Science Communication from The Queen’s University of Belfast and Dublin City University. She held the inaugural CTV Chair in Science Journalism from 2001-2018. She has served on the science and technology advisory boards of Health Canada and Environment Canada until 2007. She was on the steering committee for the National Cancer Institute of Canada’s Prevention Research Initiative. She was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Research Integrity. Kathryn O`Hara is currently apart of CIHR’s College of Reviewers and Carleton’s Communication, Risk and Public Health Research Group. Kathryn is the former president of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association and after that, Treasurer of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

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