Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 18, 2007 10:00 ET

Minister of Industry Appoints Members of Science, Technology and Innovation Council

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, today announced the appointment of 17 members to the new Science, Technology and Innovation Council.

"These highly regarded and talented Canadians come from a variety of sectors and have the range of expertise required to advise on science and technology issues of national importance," said Minister Prentice. "I am pleased that they have agreed to serve on the Council and to provide the government with objective advice on Canada's science and technology issues and challenges."

Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, committed the Government of Canada to consolidate external science and technology advisory bodies and launch the Science, Technology and Innovation Council. The Council will provide the government with policy advice on science and technology issues and will produce regular national reports that measure Canada's science and technology performance against international standards of excellence. It will play a vital role in providing science and technology advice on issues, identified by government, which are critical to Canada's economic development and social well-being.

The Chair of the Council, Dr. Howard Alper, said that the appointees are respected members of the S&T and broader communities and understand the scope and scale of the issues the Council will consider. "A wide range of science, technology, and innovation issues - from information and communications technologies, to health, to energy, and to sustainable growth -are central to Canada's future," said Dr. Alper. "As our future turns on innovation based on science, the new Science, Technology, and Innovation Council is well-positioned to provide excellent and unbiased science and technology advice on issues identified by the Government of Canada."

Dr Alper's appointment as Chair was announced on June 15, 2007. An esteemed member of the international and domestic science community, his first task as Chair was to work with representatives of the federal government to make recommendations on membership to the Minister. These new members will serve in a volunteer capacity.

"Along with our Chair, Dr. Alper, we now have a full complement of qualified individuals who will work together to ensure that science and technology in Canada continues to evolve to benefit Canadians," said Minister Prentice. "I look forward to working with these exceptional Canadians."

Background information on the Council and its membership is attached. For biographical notes on the Council members, visit www.stic-csti.ca.

Backgrounder

Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, committed to the establishment of a new Science, Technology and Innovation Council reporting to the Minister of Industry. The Council is an advisory body that will provide the Minister of Industry with evidence-based policy advice on science and technology issues and will produce regular national reports that measure Canada's Science and Technology performance against international standards of excellence.

The Council consists of a Chair and 17 members whose work will be supported administratively by a Secretariat housed within Industry Canada.

A table of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council Members can be found at the following address:

http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Science1.doc

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
    Minister of Industry
    Deirdra McCracken
    Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502