MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2010) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced today plans for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation to build an online HUB for the Pan-Canadian science, technology and engineering community .
"Canada is, and will remain, among the best countries in the world for scientists and researchers to pursue their discoveries while we strengthen our capacity to make their innovations available to the market here at home and around the world," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Our government supports science and technology to improve the quality of life of Canadians, create jobs and strengthen the economy."
The vision is for the HUB (www.connexscience.ca) to serve as an open collaborative space for everyone involved or interested in science, engineering and technology, as well as their historical and broader dimensions. The HUB will greatly contribute to the promotion of a science and technology culture in Canada.
The Museums Corporation wants the hub to be "owned" by a broad cross section of the Canadian science, technology and engineering community, and to create the digital conditions that will support the HUB in becoming a living, thriving online community.
"All Canadians have a role to play in helping shape Canada's science, technology and engineering future," said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. "We invite people to share this with their friends and colleagues. All perspectives, suggestions, ideas and submissions will be important inputs in the creation of the HUB."
The idea for this online forum stems from a cross-Canada consultation held by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in 2009 to seek national partners and information on local initiatives, as well as ways for the Museums Corporation to enhance its outreach across the country. Many expressed the interest having a place where they could come together to collaborate.
The announcement was made from the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Montreal during National Science and Technology Week. NSTW is a celebration of the significance of Canada's science and technology heritage, the importance of science and technology in today's world, and Canada's ongoing role as a world leader in innovation.
Also today, during NSTW, the Honourable Gary Goodyear paid tribute to the four remarkable scientists who have been inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are Dr. George C. Laurence (1905-1987), Dr. Henry Norman Bethune (1890-1939), and the team of Dr. James Till (1931- ) and Dr. Ernest McCulloch (1926- ). The Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame honours individuals whose outstanding scientific or technological achievements have made a significant contribution to Canadian society.