Agenda

November 20, 2013

8:00 am to 3:30 pm
* lunch is included in cost This symposium is a first of its kind in Canada, and intends to initiate a dialogue on science diplomacy and raise awareness about its importance. Canada has huge potential to become a global player in the area of science and technology. By mobilizing its resources...
Speakers:
Paul Dufour, Rees Kassen, David O'Brien, Kevin Fitzgibbons, Vaughan Turekian, Anita Dey Nuttall, Mehrdad Hariri, Peter Singer, Yvon Martel, Raju Goteti, Rabiz Foda , Halla Thorsteinsdottir
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
*lunch is included in cost Taking charge: why you should actively engage in public communication, and how to join the process CSPC Science and Technology Communication workshop/symposium Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 8:30am – 3:30pm All too often, public policies on matters of science,...
Speakers:
Paul Dufour, Tim Lougheed, Howie Honeyman, Rees Kassen, C. Scott Findlay, Lisa Lambert, Chantal Barriault, Dave Secko, Peter Calamai, David Pearson, Samantha Kuula, Kieran O'Doherty, Holly Langstaff
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
*lunch is included in the cost 0800 - 0845 Breakfast and registration 0845 - 0850 Introduction to the Workshop Prof. Adam Holbrook, Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University 0850 - 0915 Background: What is this all about? - What is S...
Speakers:
Adam Holbrook, Paul Dufour, Marc Saner, Brian Wixted, David Wolfe, Heidi Swanson , Ron Freedman
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Sustained economic growth in key Asian markets has galvanized the world's attention in recent years. Economic progress has also enabled Key Asian markets to drastically increase their research and development expenditure and move up the technological value chain. Diffusion of scientific activity in...
Speakers:
Joseph Wong, Rahim Razaie, Dan Breznitz, Douglas Goold, Carin Holroyd
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
As a transformative technology, genomics stands to play a key role in addressing many pressing challenges of the 21st century (population growth, food production, energy demand, etc.). With its intellectual talent, socio-economic infrastructure and natural resources, the advancement of genomics in...
Speakers:
Jason Cleaversmith, John Kelly, Soheil Asgarpour, Alison Symington, George Bruemmer , Neil MacIntosh
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
The rising rates of vaccine deniers in developed countries; the regular promises that science has found a cure for cancer; the Dr. Oz-based medicine that is practiced in pharmacies and health clinics across Canada: Many blame the media for these unscientific and anti-science practices, arguing that...
Speakers:
Cameron Norman , Julia Belluz, Helen Branswell, Steven Hoffman, Jim Woodgett
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
In 2010 the Economist published an article entitled “The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time”. We will deliver a lively panel discussion made of a diverse group of PhDs to discuss graduate education today and to answer the question: Is a PhD Really a Waste of Time?...
Speakers:
David Gallo, Trevor Moraes, Zayna Khayat, Ivan Waissbluth, Nana Lee, Avrum Gotlieb
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Speakers:
Lorne Hepworth , Dr. Tom Corr
10:00 pm
Come mix & mingle with fellow CSPC 2013 delegates at Williams Landing! Williams Landing 120 Lynn Williams St, Toronto, ON M6K 3P6 (647) 340-8008 *Please note that guests are required to cover their own food and beverage costs.

November 21, 2013

8:30 am to 10:00 am
As research in all fields and sectors is increasingly collaborative and data- and compute-intensive, Canadian researchers require an integrated and sustainable digital scholarship and infrastructure ecosystem established within a consistent regulatory and funding framework to power the scholarship...
Speakers:
Ted Hewitt, Wendy Cukier , Jill Kowalchuk, Neil Bunn, Jim Ghadbane, Jay Black
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
The importance of nurturing science-based talent has been stressed in numerous international and national studies into science, technology and innovation. Canada has made gains in the past few years but much more can be done to encourage students at all ages to pursue science learning. Barriers to...
Speakers:
Bonnie Schmidt – Moderator, Mike Spear, Paul Cassar, Amanda Naaum, Tawsha Murray , Mike Dixon
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
This panel will provide an international and Canadian perspective on the Conference theme: ‘Emerging Trends in International Trade and Diplomacy: The Role of Science and Technology’. Within this theme, the panel will reinterpret one of the focus questions as follows: “What leadership is shown by...
Speakers:
Sagarika Bose, Monica Salazar, Shaukat A. Abdulrazak, David O'Brien
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Industrial research and development in Canada (IR...
Speakers:
Kathleen E. Sendall, Lisa Crossley, R.J. (Bob) Fessenden, Elizabeth Dowdeswell
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
As part of Genome Canada’s 2012-2013 GPS Series "Where Genomics, Public Policy and Society Meet," the session will facilitate a dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders interested in GE3LS (Genomics and its Ethical, Economic, Environmental, Legal, and Social aspects),...
Speakers:
Karine Morin - Moderator, Don Husereau, Chris McCabe, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Jim Pelot, Robyn Tamblyn
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
"Canada’s Patent Act exists to encourage progress in science and the useful arts. It achieves this by securing inventors’ property rights in their inventions, thus establishing a market-based regime of incentives to foster innovation. Securing a patent is based on following logical, sound...
Speakers:
Giuliano Tolusso , Richard Gold, Brian Gray, Ken Bousfield, Albert L. Abaunza
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
A three person panel discussion will try to advance our understanding of how the present government's policy of demanding that requests for interviews by journalists be vetted before they occur or that public information officers sit in on interviews has changed how everyone involved does their job...
Speakers:
Stephen Strauss , John McKay, Tim Vail, Jim Handman
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Research and experience in Canada has shown that: • Private sector research and development, as a percentage of revenue for private companies, falls below our international competitors • The time taken to diffuse university and government funded research is too slow • Canada’s global...
Speakers:
Harold Schroeder, Andrew Maxwell, Aaron Fenster, Tom Brzustowski
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
This panel will begin by presenting the results of the 2013 survey of postdoctoral fellows in Canada with the aim of stimulating discussion around the current state of doctoral and post-PhD training in Canada. Four major questions to be addressed by panelists are: 1) Who is doing the scientific...
Speakers:
David Kent, Chris Corkery, Rob Annan, Dr. Neel, Mawana Pongo
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
We need to broaden graduate training in STEM to incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship.  We also need to bring many more women into these training schemes because it is simply good business and good social practice. We hear a lot about the leaky pipeline – that we lose women from the STEM...
Speakers:
Imogen Coe, Barbara Crow, Gabrielle Boulianne, Diane Freeman
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Ocean science policy should be a natural priority for Canada as the steward of three oceans, with the longest coastline in the world, and because of the ocean’s critical role in future state of the climate system. It is particularly important today to focus discussions on ocean policy because of...
Speakers:
John Farrell, Kate Moran, Geoff Munro, Paul Snelgrove , Martin Taylor
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Speakers:
Wendy Cukier , Lisa Goos, Brennan McEachran, Denis Garand, Véronique Cloutier, Meghan Verstraete, Bill Mantel, Jennifer Ryan, Pierre Meulien
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
The various tools by which research is funded internationally are under duress. Various agencies, whether governmental, NGO or Foundations are re-evaluating how and what research they fund. Peer review is under extreme pressure due to diminishing pay-lines and the duration and required investments...
Speakers:
Peter Goodhand, Phil Hieter, Christine Williams, Jane Aubin, Jim Woodgett
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
This panel will address such questions as "Do governments hold certain misconceptions concerning the science community and its ability to contribute to public policy and the achievement of public goals? Does the science community hold certain misconceptions concerning the interests of government...
Speakers:
Pierre Meulien, John Knubley, Martha Crago
10:00 pm
Come mix & mingle with fellow CSPC 2013 delegates at the Thompson Hotel Lobby Bar! The Thompson Hotel Lobby Bar 550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4 (416) 640-7778 *Please note that guests are required to cover their own food and beverage costs.

November 22, 2013

8:30 am to 10:00 am
In light of new paradigm shifts of recent global economic challenges, governments around the world are turning to science policy and re-tooled R...
Speakers:
Euan Robertson, Frank Cullen, Tasha Kheiriddin
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
This panel discusses recent initiatives to build research and innovation partnerships between Canada and other regions of the world. Drawing on two projects that seek to strengthen Canadian relations with Europe and Brazil, the panel will illustrate connections between international science...
Speakers:
Ted Hewitt, Paul Ledwell, Paul Davidson
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Innovation is the principal driver of wealth creation and social development in society. R...
Speakers:
Chad Saunders, Adam Holbrook, Colleen McMorrow, Cynthia A Sheehan, Loredana Marchetti
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
There is an unprecedented amount of data being generated by public, private, and research organizations. Effective management and use of big data requires tools of e-science and supercomputing capabilities in which storage of many petabytes of data is fully compatible with regular computing and...
Speakers:
Paul Young, Ron Van Holst, John Bancroft, Jill Kowalchuk, Alison Kennedy , Jeremy Yates
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
This panel will explore the northern dimensions of the development of highly qualified personnel, or HQP. HQP are widely accepted to be essential to the transformation of knowledge into societal and economic benefits as well as the development of innovative products and services for the global...
Speakers:
Aynslie Ogden, Lindsay Sowdluapik-Lloyd, Jean-Sebastian Blais , Martin Fortier, Jennifer Provencher, Christopher Hawkins, Andrew Applejohn, Kevin Turner
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
This panel will be a highly interactive discussion on science diplomacy and the role of science in international development. It will be based around three key questions, which the panel will consider and then discuss with the audience: * What will the world look like in 2020? * What challenges...
Speakers:
Andrée Carter, John Preece, Tom Wang, Christopher Hayter, Stephen Lye
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
This session will take you into the revealing, thought-provoking and sometimes wild world of science blogs. They’re out there, they’re more numerous than you might think and they have impact. They validate successful science and challenge weak conclusions. And, in today’s climate, in which research...
Speakers:
Mike Spear, Lisa Willemse, David Kent, Kennedy Stewart, Sarah Boon, Rees Kassen
1:30 pm to 2:10 pm
Driven by a mission to connect ideas and people across public and private sectors to find new uses for genomics, Genome Canada is investing in large-scale science and technology (S...
Speakers:
Samantha Evans, Peter Phillips, Michelle Picard Aitken
2:20 pm to 3:00 pm
Peter Drucker, a guru in of scientific management, noted that Increasing productivity of knowledge workers is shaping up to be one of the most strategic challenges facing management in the 21st century. Our panel will discuss what is meant by knowledge work, the attributes of knowledge workers, the...
Speakers:
Wendy Cukier , Adam Habayeb, Joanne Thomsen