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Thursday, November 2 • 15:30 - 17:00
304-313 (Merged Panel) – Mobilizing Research for Policy Impact/ (Groupe de discussion combiné) – Mobiliser la recherche pour un impact politique
Panel Organizers: Sasha Wood and David Phipps

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Panel Organizers: Sasha Wood, New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network and David Phipps, York University

How can we more effectively bring new and existing scientific knowledge to bear on Canada’s challenges?

Researchers are increasingly expected to plan for and report on economic, social and/or environmental impacts in research grant applications. Universities are complementing investments in technology commercialization with supports for knowledge mobilization that more broadly support researchers and their non- academic partners as they collaborate to develop inclusive impacts on professional practice, public policy and social services. Policy makers are exploring innovative methods of policy development. The focus of this panel will be on efforts universities are making to support collaborations with policy makers, and specifically, the role of knowledge brokers and knowledge brokering organizations to make policy impacts. These collaborations are critically important for impact because researchers don’t create policy impacts on their own. Research creates evidence but it is the policy makers that use the evidence as one input into the policy process.

The panel will feature different perspectives on policy research to policy impact processes at both the provincial and federal level. The primary case will be the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN). The University of New Brunswick (UNB) hosts NBSPRN on behalf of all four New Brunswick universities and the Government of New Brunswick. Bill MacKenzie (Director of Strategic Partnership, NBSPRN) and Nick Scott (Executive Director of Innovation and Open Government, Government of New Brunswick) will present the case of NBSPRN reflecting on strengths and gaps from each side of the policy research collaboration.

Reflections on NBSPRN will be offered by Moura Quayle (Director, Liu Centre for Global Issues, University of British Columbia) who is working on a proposal for a School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC which will have a mandate for policy impact as well as scholarly excellence. Comments on the role of government and the academy in influencing public policy will be offered by Rodney Ghali (Assistant Secretary of the Innovation Hub at the Privy Council Office). Rodney Ghali leads the PCO Innovation Hub which is experimenting with policy innovation for the federal government including the various contributions academic research and expertise can make to federal policy development

The panel will be moderated by Robert Haché (VP Research & Innovation, York University), Chair of Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network representing 12 universities making investments to maximize the impacts of university research. Dr. Haché will lead the panel in discussing ways the academic institution can help researchers and policy partners collaborate to create policy impacts. The panel will explore issues related to planning for impact, barriers and enablers of successful collaboration, research impact assessment and inclusive innovation.

Respondents to the panel will include Cathy Malcolm Edwards, in her role at Carleton University has participating in Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network and Matthew McKean, Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. Each will reflect briefly on the impact of the panel discussion and the implications to academic (Cathy Edwards) and policy (Matthew McKean) partners. Respondents will set the stage for moderated audience Q&A.

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Dr. Robert Haché

Vice-President Research and Innovation, York University
Dr. Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University. Prior to that, he served as the associate vice-president research at the University of Calgary, where he was instrumental in moving the university’s strategic research priorities forward. He has also... Read More →

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Cathy Malcolm Edwards

Managing Director, 1125@Carleton, Carleton University
With 20 years of experience in research environments, Cathy Malcolm Edwards has an enthusiastic appreciation for the power that research has to improve lives and the world we live in. Her client-centric approach fosters open dialogue, promotes collaborative engagements and encourages... Read More →
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Rodney Ghali

Assistant Secretary of the Innovation Hub, Privy Council Office
Rodney Ghali is the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet of the Innovation Hub at the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada. He is responsible for leading the exploration and execution of new and innovative policy and programmatic approaches, focused on improving impact, accountability... Read More →
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Bill MacKenzie

Director of Strategic Partnerships, New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network
Prior to his role as Director of Strategic Partnerships with the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network, Bill has held a number of senior policy and strategic planning roles in the New Brunswick Departments of Agriculture and Social Development. Some of his past experiences... Read More →
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Matthew McKean

Associate Director of Education, Conference Board of Canada
Matthew McKean is Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. He directs the research program and leads stakeholder relations for the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, a major five-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education... Read More →
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Nick Scott

Executive Director, Open Government and Innovation, Government of New Brunswick
Nick Scott is Executive Director, Open Government and Innovation at the Government of New Brunswick. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the NB Social Policy Research Network; a partnership between the Government of New Brunswick and the province’s Post-Secondary Institutions... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 15:30 - 17:00 EDT
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