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Thursday, November 2 • 13:30 - 15:00
322 – Leveraging Federal Science: How Provinces Can Make a Difference in Strengthening Canadian Knowledge Production/ Miser sur la science fédérale: comment les provinces peuvent contribuer au renforcement de la production de connaissances canadiennes

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322 – Leveraging Federal Science: How Provinces Can Make a Difference in Strengthening Canadian Knowledge Production 
322 – Miser sur la science au palier fédéral : comment les provinces peuvent contribuer au renforcement de la production de connaissances canadiennes 

Panel Organizer: Anna Buczek, Council of Canadian Academies

In Canada, science is as much a provincial endeavor as it is a national one. Indeed, as the primary funders of universities, provinces are inextricably linked to Canada’s scientific effort. Yet, while both the provinces and federal government play critical roles in supporting science-performing institutions and infrastructure, Canada’s science ecosystem is both complex and remarkably uncoordinated.
Understanding the relationship between, and opportunities for, more explicit federal, provincial and territorial science policy may be a way to leverage federal science for the benefit of the country as a whole.  By bringing a degree of coordination to the Canadian science policy system, such policies would allow provincial governments to better align this essential resource with provincial priorities and provide a strategic framework for building critical mass for federal science investments to the benefit of not just the provinces but also Canadian science.
Few provincial governments, however, have ever been successful at developing or sustaining their own science policy.  With the release of the federal government’s review on fundamental science review in 2017, an important opportunity exists to have a serious conversation about the opportunities for both the provincial and federal governments to help strengthen Canadian research. 
This panel session will begin this important conversation using three questions:
  1. Should all provinces be encouraged to develop their own explicit science policies?
  2. What are the opportunities that would result from greater pan-Canadian multilevel coordination across the science system?
  3. What are the barriers to realizing these opportunities?

avatar for Dr. Eric M. Meslin

Dr. Eric M. Meslin

President/CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., FCAHS, is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies. He joined the Council in February, 2016, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in science policy in both university and government settings. Dr. Meslin came to the Council from... Read More →

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Krista Connell

Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
As Chief Executive Officer at Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Krista Connell has been instrumental in increasing the capacity and activity of Nova Scotia’s health research enterprise.She is recognized nationally and internationally as a champion of health research and is... Read More →
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Jeff Kinder

Director, Innovation Lab, Institute on Governance
Jeff has almost 30 years of experience in government science 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... 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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David Schwarz

Senior Director, Science Policy & Evaluation, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
David Schwarz, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Science Policy and Evaluation within the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade at the Government of Alberta. David is responsible for science and evaluation policies and strategies, and science and innovation funding program development... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 EDT
ROOM 209 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2