Canadian Science Policy Centre

Canadian Science Policy Centre

November 10, 2011 12:25 ET

Politicians, Leaders of Industry, Government and Science Enterprise Will Meet in Ottawa Next Week at CSPC 2011

TORORNTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multi-sector national forum on science, technology and innovation policy in Canada. This year's conference is less than a week away and features more than 90 speakers, including Presidents, CEOs, and Executive Directors from industry, government and academia.

Conference highlights include -

Keynote sessions:

"A big picture perspective of science and innovation policy in Canada", featuring:

  • Dr. Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist Australia
  • Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist Quebec
  • Dr. Peter MacKinnon, President, University of Saskatchewan, member of the STIC State of the Nation Working Group

This panel is moderated by awarding-winning journalist Veronique Morin, with introductory and concluding remarks by NSERC President, Dr. Suzanne Fortier.

"Science and Politics in Canada":

This is a non-partisan and cross party discussion among former scientists and current Members of Parliament on the interface between science and government. Pierre Meulien, President of Genome Canada, will introduce and conclude this panel.

  • Dr. Marc Garneau, MP for Westmount-Ville-Marie, Liberal Opposition House Leader
  • Hon. Helene LeBlanc, MP for LaSalle-Emard, Science and Technology critic, (NDP)
  • Dr. Kellie Leitch, MP for Simcoe-Grey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, (Conservative)
  • Dr Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Dr. Moira Stilwell, MLA for Vancouver-Langara, BC (invited)

Luncheon Keynote Address by Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Member of Parliament for Cambridge & North Dumfries.

Other highlights include -

"Jenkins R&D Review Panel Recommendations - Implications for Canadian Business". For the first time since the release of The Jenkins Report, industry representatives discuss if the recommendations can assist Canadian business to conduct more research and innovation activity.

Two plenary sessions: "Drivers of Innovation in the Chemical-Related Industry Sector", organized by Chemical Institute of Canada, and "Building Stronger Communities Through Innovation", organized by Canada Foundation for Innovation. Both feature speakers from a diverse range of stakeholders in the science policy community.

Two receptions: "Mingle of Science and Politics", a chance to meet and greet with a number of MPs and Senators; and "Genome Canada", to follow The Hall of Fame Science and Engineering awards ceremony, which CSPC 2011 will co- host with the Science & Technology Museum and Engineers Canada.

A screening of "Dust," a captivating audio-visual experience, which explores the changing state of matter.

Register for CSPC 2011 now while space is available. A special invitation is extended to researchers, industry managers, government policy makers, journalists and writers, scientific association members and students! For more information visit or contact

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Contact Information

  • Verney Conference Management
    P. Jon Boyle
    Marketing Coordinator
    613.722.7725 (FAX)