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Science & Innovation Governance

Embracing science and innovation means leading through disruption.

Science and innovation are more important at the highest levels of government than ever before, and are increasingly fundamental to good governance across sectors.

Our S&I experts are working to equip public servants with the innovative tools they’ll need to lead and manage in a context of accelerating, disruptive change.

This can mean:

  • Working to engage a scientific community to mobilize scientific knowledge for public policy and mission purposes
  • Employing foresight and seizing new technological opportunities as they arise
  • Championing evidence-based decision making

Science and innovation partnered with good governance is how public service leaders will distinguish themselves in an increasingly disrupted landscape – now and in the years to come.

Leadership Development Program in Science and Innovation

The Leadership Development Program in Science and Innovation (LDPSI) is an intensive program for those who work in and across science, innovation, and policy.

It is also for those who aspire to lead in these areas. Participants study the cultures of science, innovation and policy – where they intersect, how they work together, how they influence Canadian society, and how individuals can have impact and achieve results.

“This course provided me with the space to think about my career journey and path forward, open my perspective on how to be more strategic and to look at issues with a different lens.” 

– LDPSI Alumni

“I’m excited to learn about myself and continue to develop my skills. The IOG staff have done a great job of inspiring me!”

– LDPSI Alumni

Government Science and Innovation in the New Normal

A multi-year, collaborative research initiative designed to support medium-term planning for the federal science and innovation departments and agencies, and provide an in-depth examination of the evolving relationship among science, innovation and society.

Learn about some of our other work

GSINN Hindsight Report

Between December 2020 and March 2021, the IOG conducted a

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The Present and Future State of Synthetic Biology in Canada

1 minute read The synthetic biology community convened on March 6-7,

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Canada’s leading science and innovation team

IOG is Canada’s only think tank with science and innovation governance as a focused practice area. We are committed to helping public sector leaders who need to move the needle on science and innovation policy do so in a way that maximizes benefit to citizens and society.


Jeff Kinder

Executive Director, Science and Innovation

Expertise: Science and Innovation  Degree(s): PhD Public Policy; MA Science, Technology and Public Policy; BS Physics  Jeff has over 30 years’ 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 […]

Rhonda Moore

Senior Practice Lead, Science & Innovation

Expertise: science and innovation, science communications, facilitation  Degree(s): Bachelor of Public Relations (BPR), Mount Saint Vincent University, Masters in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (MSc), University of Edinburgh  For almost 20 years, Rhonda Moore has worked at the intersection of communications, research, and policy analysis and development. At that intersection, Rhonda has sought out opportunities to build relationships, to […]

Karen Dodds

Associate, Faculty

Karen Dodds retired in 2016 after a 32-year career in the public service. She built on her basic background in science research, developing expertise in regulation, legislation, operations, and policy. Karen retired as Assistant Deputy Minister, Science & Technology Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada. That branch was responsible for research and monitoring in the […]

Paul Mayers


Paul has more than 18 years of experience in as an executive leading program design and delivery, risk management and policy development. This includes over 6 years as Vice President, Policy and Program and of the Science Branch at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In addition to his executive leadership within Canada, Paul has […]

Geoff Munro

Associate, Faculty

Geoff Munro was the Chief Scientist of NRCan (retired Dec 2013) and in this capacity advanced the work of the departmental Science and Technology Board and helped to drive the corporate priority of “Mobilizing our Science & Technology”. Mr. Munro was first appointed Chief Scientist at NRCan in 2007 and carried out this role while […]

Ezra Miller


Ezra Miller has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Queen’s University, respectively. He worked for 16 years, in the 1980s and 1990s, in the federal government beginning in energy policy at Energy, Mines and Resources (now NRCan) and later focusing on his main interest in science, technology and […]

Science and Innovation Advisory Council

IOG’s science and innovation practice area is further informed by members of our Science and Innovation Advisory Council. Each is a leading figure in her/his own right. Meet them here:

Rees Kassen, Chair

Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

Dr. Rees Kassen is Full Professor and Cystic Fibrosis Canada Researcher at the University of Ottawa. He is internationally recognized for his work with microbes as models for studying the evolution of biodiversity, antibiotic resistance, and the development of chronic infections in respiratory disease. Rees has played leading roles at the interface between science, society, […]

Jenn MacLean, Vice Chair

Vice President, Research and Innovation, Aspire Food Group

Dr. Jennifer MacLean is Vice President of Research and Innovation at Aspire Food Group. In this role, Jenn drives Aspire’s research and innovation strategies, and builds and supports strategic partnerships that bolster Aspire’s position as a world leader in the edible insect movement. Prior to joining Aspire, Dr. Maclean served as the Director of Collaboration […]

Sarah Everts

Associate Professor, CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism, Carleton University

Sarah Everts joined Carleton University in 2019 after more than a decade in Berlin, Germany, where she reported on science and technology for a variety of publications including Scientific American, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Chemical & Engineering News and others. Her work has garnered several awards and accolades, such as inclusion in the 2017 Best American […]

Marcius Extavour

Vice President, Energy and Climate, Carbon XPrize

Dr. Marcius Extavour is a leader and expert in climate tech, carbon removal, and new energy technologies. As Vice President, Energy & Climate at XPRIZE he leads the $100-million XPRIZE Carbon Removal supported by Elon Musk, and the recently-awarded $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to recycle CO2 into valuable products. He […]

Monica Gattinger

Director, Institute for Science, Society, and Policy, and Professor of Political Science, and Chair, Positive Energy, University of Ottawa

Monica Gattinger is Director of the Institute for Science, Society, and Policy, Full Professor at the School of Political Studies and Founder/Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Gattinger is an award-winning researcher and highly sought-after speaker, adviser and media commentator in the energy and arts/cultural policy sectors. Her innovative research programme […]

Danika Goosney

Vice President, Research Grants and Scholarships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Dr. Danika Goosney joined NSERC in February 2019 as Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (first class honours) from St. Francis Xavier University and her PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Michael Smith Labs) at the University of British Columbia, for which […]

Janet King

Chair, PermaFrostNet and Vice Chair, Canadian Light Source

Dr. Janet King is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the NSERC PermafrostNet, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Science Policy Centre. Janet joined the federal public service in 1995 as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (NRCan).  Her research focused on bedrock geological […]

Rachael Maxwell

Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy (E4D)

Rachael Maxwell joins Evidence for Democracy with a deep knowledge of the science landscape in Canada and a strong track record of success working at national not-for-profit research organizations. From 2018-21 she held progressively responsible roles at Genome Canada, working across the organization on key priorities in communications, public affairs and strategic planning. Previously, Rachael […]

Eric Meslin

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies

Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). Eric joined the CCA in 2016 after 25 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 […]

Pascal Michel

Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada / Conseillier scientifique en chef, Agence de la santé publique du Canada

English version follows Pascal Michel est le conseiller scientifique en chef de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada. À ce titre, il est principalement responsable de la supervision et de la direction de l’excellence et de l’innovation en science et du leadership organisationnel en ce qui concerne les politiques scientifiques de l’Agence. Avant d’occuper […]

Aynslie Ogden

Director, Science and Technology, Polar Knowledge Canada

Dr. Aynslie Ogden recently joined Polar Knowledge Canada in the position of Director, Science and Technology. Aynslie has 20 years of experience developing and advising on research program excellence in Canada’s North including 12 years in the leadership role of Science Advisor to the Government of Yukon. In this role she provided strategic direction on […]

Peter W. B. Phillips

Distinguished Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Associate Member, Department of Bio-resource, Policy, Business and Economics, College of Agriculture; and Associate Member, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Peter Phillips is Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Center for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy. He earned his Ph.D. at the LSE and practiced for 13 years as a professional economist in industry and government. At the University of Saskatchewan, he was the Van Vliet Research Professor, created and […]