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Thursday, November 2 • 10:30 - 12:00
502 – Does Canada have a Science Culture?/ Le Canada a-t-il une culture scientifique?
Panel Organizers: Kirsten Vanstone, RCIS and Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, University of Toronto

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Organizers: Kirsten Vanstone, Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS) and Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, Professor, University of Toronto

Canadians have ranked Banting and Best, two of the discoverers of insulin, high on their list of heroes. Popular Canadian writer, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. But, how many know about the work of other Canadian Nobel Prize winners such as John Polanyi (1986), Michael Smith (1993), Bertram Brockhouse (1994), or Art McDonald (2015)? How many know of the discovery of stem cells in the 60s by Till and McCullough at the Ontario Cancer Institute and the enormous potential of this technology in regenerative medicine? In 2014, the Canadian Council of Academies issued a report entitled “Science culture in Canada: where do we stand?” The panel takes off from this report.

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Ivan Semeniuk

Science Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Ivan’s career has touched many different means and media, starting at the Ontario Science Centre, then moving on to the Discovery Channel Canada, and as a senior correspondent with two of the highest-impact science publications in the world (Nature and New Scientist). He has been... Read More →

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Dr. Chantal Barriault

Director, Science Communication Graduate Program, Laurentian University and Science North
Dr. Barriault leads the only Science Communication Graduate Program of its kind in Canada, offered jointly by Laurentian University and Science North. She spent most of her early career working at Science North where she led many science communication projects. Now a master lecturer... Read More →
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Dr. Maurice Bitran

CEO, Ontario Science Centre
Prior to joining the Science Centre, Dr. Bitran held many positions in the Ontario Public Service including Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Integrated Environmental Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, ADM of Policy and Programs at the Ministry of Economic Development... Read More →
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Dr. Kelly Bronson

Canada Research Chair candidate, University of Ottawa
Kelly Bronson is a social scientist studying science-society tensions that erupt around controversial technologies and their governance processes—from GMOs to big data. Her research aims to bring community values into conversation with technical knowledge in the production of evidence-based... Read More →
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Marc LePage

President and CEO, Genome Canada
Marc LePage is President and CEO of Genome Canada.  Before assuming this role in January 2016, he served as President and CEO of Génome Québec since December 2011, where he led a major increase in research activity and enhanced focus on the development of genomic applications... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30 - 12:00 EDT
GATINEAU – ROOM 205/207 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2