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Thursday, November 2 • 10:30 - 12:00
319 – Science Integrity: Jump-starting Public Science (45 minutes) / Intégrité scientifique : relancer la science publique (45 minutes) | Panel Organizer: Maxime Gingras, PIPSC & Evidence For Democracy (E4D)

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Panel Organizer: Maxime Gingras, PIPSC & Evidence For Democracy (E4D)

Over 15,000 federal scientists represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service (PIPSC) are tasked with protecting, among other things, the health and safety of Canadian food, water, transportation systems, buildings and consumer products. They also protect the environment and promote the vitality of our economy through innovations in science and technology. In 2016 PIPSC negotiated with Treasury Board the first-ever collective agreement provision for Scientific Integrity. The new provision includes guaranteeing the right of federal scientists to speak freely about science and their research. At the same time, PIPSC and the federal government agreed to co-develop Scientific Integrity agreements in science-based departments and agencies (SBDAs) staffed by 10 or more scientists.
As a result of the innovative new provision, science based departments must now develop and maintain Scientific Integrity policies that include the following Principles of Scientific Integrity:
  • Release of scientific information and data to the public in a timely manner and in keeping with Directive on Open Government
  • Attribution and acknowledgement of the contributions of Government of Canada science and scientists
  • Science is of high quality, free from political, commercial and client interference
  • Ensure the education of employees of the department / agency on the role of science in evidence based decision making.
  • Professional Development and the employee’s role in the development of government policy or advice.

These provisions will restore and maintain public confidence in public science. By CSPC 2017, the new Scientific Integrity policies will be in development by PIPSC scientists and the Federal SBDA’s. Alongside representatives from the Government and Evidence For Democracy (E4D), our panel will report to CSPC on the principles of Science Integrity and the collaborative journey of these “made in Canada” policies set to change the way Public Science operates. The panel will also discuss the road ahead for such innovative and unique science policies, how they will affect evidence-based decision making to address Canada’s challenges, and how they will contribute to the government’s Innovation Agenda.

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Maxime Gingras

This will be Maxime's third time at CSPC on behalf of PIPSC. His work and research helped PIPSC, the Treasury Board Secretariat and federal scientists come to an agreement on the development of Science Integrity Policies within Science-based Federal Departments and Agencies. As an... Read More →

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Paul Dufour

Co-chair, Science Integrity Project
Paul Dufour was educated in science policy and history of science and technology at McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal. He is adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Principal of PaulicyWorks, a science and technology... Read More →
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Katie Gibbs

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa researching threats to endangered species, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’ rally - one of the largest... Read More →
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Matthew MacLeod

RE Group President, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Matthew R. MacLeod is a Defence Scientist working at DND and is a long-time supporter and innovator of Science Integrity. As RE Group president, Matthew was essential in elaborating and negotiating the Science Integrity agreement between PIPSC and Treasury Board. His knowledge and... Read More →
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Michael Urminsky

Research Team Lead, PIPSC IPFPC
Michael Urminsky led the work to negotiate the requirement for Federal Departments and Agencies to adopt scientific integrity policies on behalf of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. He is a lawyer and researcher, who has held various positions throughout... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30 - 12:00
ROOM 212 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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