Workshop/Symposium 1: Science Policy: Nuts and Bolts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

*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&T policy?
- Why study S&T policy?
- History of S&T policy
- Examples of national S&T policies
- Canada’s unwritten S&T policy Prof. Adam Holbrook, , Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University

0915 - 0940 Science and technology Policy in Canada: 2013:
- Current federal S&T policy initiatives Prof. Paul Dufour, Professeur auxilliaire, Institut de recherche sur la science, la société et la politique publique, Université d’Ottawa

940 - 1015 Innovation policy in Canada:
- The role of universities, of businesses in innovation policy
- The role of regional/provincial governments in innovation policy Dr. David Wolfe, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto

1015 - 1030 Coffee

1030 - 1200
Science and Innovation Policy case studies and discussion:
-the digital economy,
-the experimental lakes area (ELA),
-charities and foundations research policies Prof. Wolfe, Dr.Swanson(Waterloo), Dr. Wixted (CPROST/SFU)

1200 - 1250 LUNCH

1250 - 1310 10 S&T Policy Conundrums Ron Freedman, The Impact Group

13100 - 1400 Interactive session on science and policy integration Prof. Marc Saner, Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

1400 - 1515 What have the participants learned?
-What policies should younger scientists/engineers/innovators be putting forward?
-How can younger scientists/engineers/innovators make a difference?
- How can CSPC contribute? Facilitated discussion (Swanson. Saner),
Facilitator: Dr. Brian Wixted


Impact Group

Co-founder of The Impact Group, has worked in the field of science and technology policy and communications for over twenty years, in both the private and public sectors. He is a leading specialist in program evaluation, and pioneered the development of Necessary Condition Analysis, a technique for evaluating R&D and technology transfer programs early in their mandates. He has worked as a consultant to all levels of government, leading technology firms and is an advisor to the government of Colombia. For several years, Ron was a policy advisor to the Saskatchewan government. Ron has a Master's degree in environmental studies from York University and did doctoral work in science policy at the University of Sussex. He is a member of the science policy committee of the Canadian Research Management Association.

Assistant Professor
University of Waterloo

Dr. Heidi Swanson: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Queens, Master of Science (MSc) Alberta, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) New Brunswick, Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Alberta. Her research interests lie at the interface of freshwater ecology, fish ecology, and contaminant bioaccumulation, and my research program reflects my interest in elucidating complex ecological interactions with chemical tracers. Many of her projects involve analyses of stable isotope ratios and/or otolith microchemistry. She aims to conduct research that is applicable to multiple stakeholders, and places great value in developing positive collaborative relationships with other academics, government researchers, aboriginal communities, and industry.

David A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab, and Director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. In July, 2009 he was named the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy at the University of Toronto. His research interests include the political economy of technological change and the role of local and regional economic development, with special reference to Canada and Ontario. PROGRIS has been the national secretariat for the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is National Coordinator of the ISRN and was principal investigator on two Major Collaborative Research Initiatives, the first on Innovation Systems and Economic Development: The Role of Local and Regional Clusters in Canada followed by the Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City Regions which ran from 2006 to 2011. He is the editor or co-editor of twelve books and numerous scholarly articles.
He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. From October, 1990 to August, 1993 he served as Executive Coordinator for Economic and Labour Policy in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario. Upon his return to the University of Toronto from 1993 until 1997, he was a research associate in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Program on Law and the Determinants of Social Ordering. He has acted as an advisor to the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, the Ontario Premier’s Council, the E-Business Opportunities Roundtable and the Electronic Commerce Task Force of Industry Canada, the National Research Council, the LEED Program of the OECD, the Ontario Panel on the Role of Government, the Ontario Research and Innovation Council, DG Regio of the European Commission, and the Toronto Region Research Alliance. He was the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence for the Conference Board of Canada in 2008-2009 and published a book for the Conference Board, entitled 21st Century Cities in Canada: The Geography of Innovation.

Research Fellow
CPROST - Simon Fraser University

Brian is Research Fellow with CPROST at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the founder of Technomics Research. He has worked on innovation topics for more than 20 years, specializing in research funding evaluation, science and innovation system indicators, and analysis of global
innovation cluster complexes. Brian has a particular interest in natural resource based innovation systems. He has a Bachelor degree and PhD in commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science. He worked for the Australian government for 5 years on science, technology and innovation indicators analysis (1989-1995) and agricultural and resources science and innovation policy (1995-2000). In the period 2000 to 2004, Brian was with the AEGIS Research Centre in Sydney, In 2006 he joined the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology as a Research Fellow. Brian has also conducted work for a number of organizations including the Australian Government, New Zealand Government, BC government, Canadian Federal Government agencies, the OECD on European projects with European partners. As well as this consulting research he also is active in the academic research fields of science, technology and innovation.

Institute for Science, Society and Policy

Dr. Marc Saner is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (since July 1, 2010), and an Associate Professor in the University of Ottawa Department of Geography.
Prior to this appointment, he served as Executive Director, Regulatory Governance Initiative, School of Public Policy and Administration, at Carleton University, and Director of Assessments and Executive Vice-President of the Council of Canadian Academies. Previously, Dr. Saner was a Director at the Institute on Governance where he built the Ethics and Risk Management Sector and co-managed the Technology and Governance Program.
For the last decade, his primary interest has been multi-disciplinary work at the intersection of science, ethics and governance. He holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Basel, Switzerland (1991) as well as an MA in Philosophy from Carleton University (1999).
Dr. Saner publishes in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of technology ethics, bioethics, risk management, biotechnology and ecology and has been invited to speak at seminars, workshops and international conferences around the world. He was also appointed Adjunct Research Professor in Philosophy at Carleton University.
Read Marc Saner's Curriculum Vitae and Resume.


Paul Dufour is Principal of PaulicyWorks, a science and technology policy consulting firm based in Gatineau, Quebec. He is one of Canada’s leading experts in S&T policy and international development. He is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, member of the External Advisory Board to the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and is on the steering committee for the Canadian Science Policy Conference.
Having spent 30 years in the public sector as a science adviser with several agencies and departments, Mr Dufour served as interim executive director of the the Office of the National Science Adviser to the Government of Canada. He was with the International Development Research Centre as special programme assistant of the project on Research on Knowledge Systems. Other professional activities included senior adviser at Natural Resources Canada, Ministerial Assistant to Canada’s Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development, senior analyst with the Science and Technology Strategy Directorate at Industry Canada and international S&T relations’ adviser with the Secretariat to the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology. Mr Dufour was for several years, research advisor for the Science Council of Canada, where he produced several reports on Canada’s international and domestic technology prospective.
Born in Montreal, Mr. Dufour was educated at McGill, the Université de Montreal and Concordia University in the history of science and science policy, and has had practical S&T policy experience for over three decades. He lectures regularly on science policy, has authored numerous articles on international S&T relations and Canadian innovation policy including the Canada chapter for UNESCO’s World Science Report in November 2010. He was series co-editor of the Cartermill Guides to World Science (Canada, Japan, Germany, Southern Europe and the United Kingdom) and North American editor for the revue Outlook on Science Policy. He provides seminars to interns for the Council of Canadian Academies, writes regularly on innovation policy, and has been an assessor on several Canadian government programs, including Grand Challenges Canada and Genome Canada.

Associate Director
Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST)

Adam Holbrook is the Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST), and an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Prof. Holbrook was trained as a physicist and electrical engineer and is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Ontario and BC.

After starting his career at Telesat Canada as a satellite control engineer, he joined the federal government of Canada as the Program Branch officer for S&T programs at the Treasury Board Secretariat. He later transferred to the Ministry of State for Science and Technology (MOSST), and remained involved in science and innovation policy activities for the federal government after MOSST was absorbed into Industry Canada. In 1995 he moved to Simon Fraser University to join CPROST.

He has published extensively in academic journals and has edited two books on clusters in regional economies and one book on small and medium sized enterprises in Canada. He carries out teaching and consulting activities on S&T and innovation policy, the competitiveness of specific clusters and the competitiveness of specific cities for all three levels of government in Canada and several international development agencies.

At CPROST his research activities centre on the analysis of science, technology and innovation activities in both the public and private sector. Recently he led a study for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada aimed at identifying national and international leading practices for leveraging public investments in higher education research and development to stimulate innovation.