Person: Dr Molly Shoichet

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Cogent, timely science advice is a hallmark of advanced, knowledge-based nations but as recent Canadian events have demonstrated, that capacity can often be weakened or even taken away as political winds shift and governments change.

No STI minister in Ontario cabinet

The newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has eliminated research and innovation as a separate ministry as it unveiled its slimmed-down 21-person Cabinet.

Q&A with Ontario’s first chief scientist, Dr Molly Shoichet

Last fall, Ontario named its first chief scientist after a nearly year-long search, selecting Dr Molly Shoichet, a biomedical scientist in Univ of Toronto. RE$EARCH MONEY spoke with her last month to learn more about what she and her team will be working on.

Ontario’s new chief scientist to serve advisory role

After a months-long public search, Ontario has announced the appointment of Dr Molly Shoichet as its first chief scientist who will advise the provincial premier on science and innovation policy based on scientific evidence.

Killam Prize winners

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the winners of the 2017 Killam Prizes, which celebrate world class excellence in the arts and sciences. This year’s five winners will each receive $100,000 at a May 30th awards ceremony at the Governor General’s residence in Ottawa on May 30. This year’s winners are: Dr John…

Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte has been appointed president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), effective March 9th. Laporte’s announcement was made in a terse two-sentence statement on February 27th by the Prime Minister’s Office. The position has been vacant since November 3/14 following the surprise departure of Walter Natynczyk who was appointed DM of Veteran Affairs after…

Dr François Blais

Dr François Blais has been appointed minister of the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology. Blais comes to the ministry during a period of uncertainty over provincial funding of science, research and innovation. He replaces Yves Bolduc who quit politics February 26th following controversial comments on the appropriateness of strip searching high…

Dr Molly Shoichet

Dr Molly Shoichet has been awarded the 2015 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award — one of five awarded globally for achievement in the physical sciences. Shoichet is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, chemistry and biomaterials and biomedical engineering at the Univ of…