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Friday, November 3 • 08:30 - 10:00
Addressing Major Global Challenges through Science and Public Policy: Transdisciplinary and Multidimensional Approaches/ Relever les principaux défis mondiaux par l’entremise de la science et de la politique publique

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Addressing Major Global Challenges through Science and Public Policy: Transdisciplinary and Multidimensional Approaches 
Relever les principaux défis mondiaux par l’entremise de la science et de la politique publique: Approches transdisciplinaires et multidimensionnelles 

Panel Organizers: Gordon McBean and Anne Ballantyne | International Council for Science and Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP), JSGS, and University of Saskatchewan

The UN 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals reflect a wide range of large-scale or so-called “wicked” problems linked to the management and sustainability of our environment, natural resources, health and economic systems. Dealing with such challenges requires new approaches for decision-makers in pursuit of effective evidence-based policy solutions. These are problems for which there are many legitimate viewpoints and a variety of economic, social, political, cultural, and moral dimensions. Often there is uncertainty regarding the sources of the problem, as well as the most effective goals, methods and partnerships for its resolution. These challenges require the convergence and integration of disciplinary excellence across the full spectrum of sciences – natural, socio-economic, humanities, engineering and health - to inform comprehensive and effective transdisciplinary solutions. Beyond this however, the role and effectiveness of science and innovation in large-scale change are often questioned.  Canada must strengthen its science-policy dialogue.  While research illuminates causal relationships and engenders solutions to complex problems, the academy alone is limited in its ability to impact public, policy and industry opinions and perspectives.
Enhancing the science-policy interface is critical for addressing wicked and unwieldly problems. Transdisciplinary research must be integrated within a broader range of multi-sectoral, multi-dimensional and multi-level governance.  Strategies must incorporate the perspectives, expertise and authority of numerous players and organizations, including from all levels of government, industry, communities, and academic and research institutions.  But how do we ensure an effective science-policy interface amidst federal, provincial & territorial interactions that necessitate alignment of regional interests?  Given decision-making occurs across complex and contested spheres, what are the optimal ways to enhance cooperation across diverse governance forms?  How do we integrate research within government and private sector strategies while respecting their unique priorities and mandates?   
This session will focus on research and partnership-building at the science-policy interface.  Brief presentations by experts and practitioners from government, academia and industry will include case studies involving transdisciplinary and multidimensional collaboration to highlight lessons learned for sectors like health, the environment and the biosciences. A facilitated exchange among panelists and the audience will target constructive policy solutions for complex multi-sectoral challenges, focusing on supporting policy development through knowledge that integrates both science and political considerations with all their interdependencies and tensions.

Moderators
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Gordon McBean

President, International Council for Science (ICSU)
Professor Gordon McBean CM, OOnt, PhD, FRSC is President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Co-Chair of the Governing Council for Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability, Professor Emeritus of Geography and Adjunct Research Professor in Departments of Geography... Read More →

Speakers
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Charmaine B. Dean

Vice President of Research, University of Waterloo
Professor Charmaine B. Dean was appointed as University of Waterloo Vice-President, university research beginning a five-year term on July 1, 2017.   Dean, an alumnus of Waterloo, is currently professor and Dean of the Faculty of Science at Western University.  Dr. Dean’s leadership... Read More →
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Janet Halliwell

Principal, JE Halliwell Associates Inc.
Janet Halliwell is the Principal of JE Halliwell Associates Inc., a company offering value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D.  Janet has extensive experience in S&T... Read More →
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Margot Hurlbert

Proficient Lawyer, Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
Margot Hurlbert is a Professor at Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and is the Lead of the Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster at the University of Regina campus of the Policy school. Margot holds a B. Admin. (Great Distinction) from the University... Read More →
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Jerome Konescni

Executive-in-Residence, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Jerome Konecsni is an entrepreneur, a seasoned corporate professional, an executive public sector manager, a former teacher, and an Executive-in –Residence with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan Campus and an Advisor with the Centre... Read More →
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Amy Luers

Executive Director, Research for Global Sustainability Programme, Future Earth
Dr. Amy Luers is now the Executive Director, Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability Programme.  Before joining Future Earth she was at the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) where she directed the climate and water programs.  Previously, she was the Assistant Director for... Read More →
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Dr. Rémi Quirion

Chief Scientist of Quebec
Dr. Rémi Quirion, OC, PhD, CQ, FRSC is Québec’s first chief scientist. He chairs the boards of directors of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec and advises the Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research on research and scientific development issues. Until his appointment... Read More →
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Peggy Schmeiser

Associate Director and Co-founder, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy
Dr. Peggy Schmeiser is Associate Director and co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy and an Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).  She teaches and conducts research... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 08:30 - 10:00
OTTAWA SALON Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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