Person: Kirsty Duncan

Canadian college-industry research partnerships receive $45 million federal investment

Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science and Sport, has announced $45 million in investment for college-industry research partnerships through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). This investment reflects Budget 2018’s inclusion of $140 in additional funding for CCI over five years and $30 million a…

Mario Pinto

Mario Pinto has resigned as president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), more than a year before the typical five-year term expires. In a special announcement released Sept. 10 by NSERC, Pinto said he’s resigning, effective September 21, 2018, with “mixed feelings” to pursue other possibilities in academia. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of…

Editorial 32-7

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.

Dr Ingrid J. Pickering

Science minister Kirsty Duncan has announced the appointment of the first woman chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a federal agency funding and supporting advanced research infrastructure. Dr Ingrid J. Pickering will lead the CFI board of directors for a term of three years effective immediately. She replaces Dr Kevin Smith, who served…

NRC president Stewart reappointed for another term

Iain Stewart, the current president of the National Research Council (NRC), has been reappointed for a term of five years. The reappointment – announced by Navdeep Bains, minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on June 20 — will allow Stewart to continue to work on the federal agency’s transformation, called the NRC Dialogue,…

Science minister Duncan meets with CRCC for updates

Science minister Kirsty Duncan met with members of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) this June to outline her expectations for the committee created in fall 2017 to harmonize research initiatives among federal granting agencies. Duncan’s office said the meeting was held in Ottawa where she made clear her expectations of the CRCC, how it…

G7 scholars submit recommendations to G7 leaders for policy direction

Scientists and scholars have submitted recommendations to G7 leaders for consideration when they meet June 8-9 for their annual summit in Charlevoix QC. The recommendations are contained in two statements on the “most pressing issues of our times” – the digital future and the global Arctic.

CRCC outlines plans to develop programs for priorities

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) is working to prepare to roll out an initial slate of programs to fulfill their mandate of harmonizing and coordinating research funding disbursed by the three federal research granting councils.