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Wednesday, November 1 • 08:30 - 12:00
The Next 150 years of Science in Canada: Embedding Equity, Delivering Diversity/ Les 150 prochaines années de sciences au Canada : Intégrer l'équité, promouvoir la diversité

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Organizer: Dr. Imogen Coe, Ryerson University

Enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) has been described as being a human rights issue and an economic development issue by various individuals and organizations (e.g. OECD). Recent federal policy initiatives in Canada have focused on increasing participation of women (a designated under-represented group) in science through increased reporting, program changes, and institutional accountability.  However, the Employment Equity Act requires employers to act to ensure the full representation of the three other designated groups: Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Significant structural and systemic barriers to full participation and employment in STEM for members of these groups still exist in Canadian institutions.  Since data support the positive role of diversity in promoting innovation and economic development, failure to capture the full intellectual capacity of a diverse population limits provincial and national potential and progress in many areas.  A diverse international panel of experts from designated groups will speak to the issue of accessibility and inclusion in STEM.  In addition, the discussion will focus on evidence-based recommendations for policy initiatives that will promote full EDI in science in Canada to ensure local and national prosperity and progress for Canada over the next 150 years.

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Dr. Imogen Coe

Professor; Dean, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen Coe is the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor at Ryerson University, and an affiliate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital. In addition to being a research scientist and academic leader... Read More →

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Dr. Shohini Ghose

Founding Director, Centre for Women in Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
Shohini Ghose is a Professor of Physics and Computer Science and founding Director of the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a theoretical physicist who examines how the laws of quantum physics can be harnessed to transform computation and communication... Read More →
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Melanie Goodchild

Research Associate, Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), University of Waterloo
Melanie Goodchild, moose clan, is from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations in northern Ontario.  She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Lakehead University and is currently completing her PhD in Social and Ecological... Read More →
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Hilary Lappin-Scott

Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott is the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Senior Management team at Swansea University, leading for Research and Innovation and Strategic Development. Prof Lappin-Scott was elected Vice President of the prestigious Federation of European... Read More →
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Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai

Head of Research, CNIB
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind biomedical research scientist. Mahadeo is the incoming Head of Research for the CNIB, having previously served as a research scientist at the University Health Network in Toronto. Dr. Sukhai is the Principal Investigator... Read More →
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Luc Villeneuve

Canada Country Manager and General Manager, Red Hat Canada
As Canada Country Manager and General Manager for Red Hat Canada, Luc Villeneuve is chartered with helping to build a customer-centric team singularly focused on helping Fortune 500 companies best leverage and exploit the innovation from enterprise Open Source technology. With over... Read More →

Wednesday November 1, 2017 08:30 - 12:00 EDT
ROOM 210 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2