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Thursday, November 2 • 13:30 - 15:00
506 – Big Thinking Panel, Expertise in a post-truth era: How to be a trusted advisor in a low-trust world/ expertise dans une période postfactuelle : comment être un conseiller fiable dans un monde où le niveau de confiance est faible

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506 – Big Thinking Panel, Expertise in a post-truth era: How to be a trusted advisor in a low-trust world
506 – Groupe de discussion sur la capacité à voir grand, expertise dans une période postfactuelle : comment être un conseiller fiable dans un monde où le niveau de confiance est faible 

Panel Organizer: Peter Severinson, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The apparent rise in populist, anti-intellectual sentiment around the world presents serious risks to the research community, public-policy practitioners and, indeed, the functioning of a democratic society. Widespread popular rejection of evidence-backed messages in areas such as the environment, public health and national security is contributing to destructive policies and behaviours, including inaction on climate change, declining vaccination rates and hostility to immigration.Researchers, business leaders, public servants and other subject-matter experts now face difficult questions: To what extent have they lost public trust? Why do so many reject the findings of experts? What are the consequences of a political discourse that is dismissive of facts? And how can researchers, public servants and other experts build and maintain public trust in the years ahead? This panel will explore these questions by examining the nature of the “post-truth” phenomenon; the social forces that underlie it; and practical steps researchers and public-policy practitioners can take to grow public trust.

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Gabriel Miller

Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Gabriel Miller is an experienced not-for-profit leader who has built an extensive track record in member relations, advocacy, stakeholder engagement and public policy development over his 16-year career. Prior to joining the Federation, he served in a series of senior roles with... Read More →

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Lisa Kimmel

President and CEO, Edelman Canada
Lisa Kimmel has been described by clients and colleagues alike as a smart, strategic thinker and a natural leader who empowers others to be and do their best. Her ability to rally a team to co-create exceptional programs and outcomes together is one of her great talents. Lisa’s... Read More →
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Mark Kingwell

Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Mark Kingwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998... Read More →
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Rima Wilkes

President, Canadian Sociological Association
Rima Wilkes is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and the President of the Canadian Sociological Association. Her current work - “It’s a Question of Trust: Explaining Ethno-Racial Differences in Trust” - is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 EDT
GATINEAU – ROOM 205/207 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2