Canada is working to establish a North American chapter of the International Network of Government Science Advisors (INGSA), according to Quebec chief scientist Dr Rémi Quirion. In his latest message to the scientific community, Quirion said discussions on the new chapter continued during a G7 research summit on arctic research and the sustainability of northern…
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Dr Sarah Gallagher has been appointed the first science advisor of the Canadian Space Agency – the first in a proposed network of external science advisors to key departments and agencies across the federal government. The two-year appointment will see Gallagher – an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Western Univ – report directly to CSA president Sylvain Laporte and establish a close working relationship with Dr Mona Nemer, Canada’s chief science advisor and the architect of the external advisory network.
British Columbia has jumped into the science advice and advocacy arena by appointing a tech industry veteran – Dr. Alan Winter – in hopes of increasing the province’s share of federal innovation funding.
Ottawa has announced a new coordinating body that aligns the three federal granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Is Canada finally getting its innovation house in order? Two recent developments offer encouraging signs that federal (and provincial) policy is beginning to address past shortcomings at both ends of the innovation spectrum, acknowledging the importance of fundamental research and ensuring that rapidly expanding tech firms grow while remaining in Canada.