This Week in Canadian Science 2018-06-24

by | June 24, 2018


By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

“OTTAWAJune 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced the appointment of Dr. Ingrid J. Pickering as Chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Board of Directors, the first woman to serve in this position. She will lead the Board for a three-year term, effective immediately.

Dr. Pickering is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research uses synchrotron X-ray techniques to study metals and other elements in biological systems that are important to the environment and human health.

She has experience serving on a number of international advisory panels for synchrotron facilities, making her well suited to lead the CFI and help advance the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan. Dr. Pickering has previously been a member of the CFI Board, providing the Foundation with advice and strategic direction that enabled it to fulfill its mandate to support world-class research infrastructure at universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations across Canada.”


OTTAWAJune 19, 2018 /CNW/ – New technologies have changed the way that we access information, shop, live, socialize and work.

As a result of these changes, our economy has transformed to become increasingly data-driven and critical innovations and unparalleled economic opportunity have been unlocked. At the same time, the digital transformation has brought with it new and uncharted challenges surrounding the changing nature of work, privacy, information and consent.

Digital innovation is essential to growing our economy, attracting investment and creating middle-class jobs for Canadians, but the government recognizes that the potential of a data-driven economy must be balanced against Canadians’ right to have their data and privacy protected.

That is why the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has launched a national consultation on digital and data transformation in order to better understand how Canada can drive innovation, prepare Canadians for the future of work, and ensure they have trust and confidence in how their data is used.’


“Dr. Elizabeth Borycki was interested in health informatics long before the science had a name. Now she teaches, researches, consults and publishes on the science of designing, developing and managing digitized health systems, technologies and data. Borycki, a professor with the University of Victoria’s School of Health Information Science, is recognized around the world as a leading health informatics researcher, scholar and innovator.

In 2008, Borycki co-created the first double degree graduate program in Nursing and Health Informatics in Canada. In doing so, she promoted the first nursing-informatics program in our country. Unlike other technology-focused areas of study, the majority of Health Information Science students at UVic are female. “Many of our students are interested in revolutionizing health care using health information technologies designed, developed and implemented to improve patient health,” says Borycki. The School of Health Information Science at UVic is currently educating the largest intake of undergrads in the school’s 36-year history.

Health-information technology is digitizing healthcare. Patients, health professionals and care services are moving online and becoming more accessible. Borycki develops and designs best practices and shares that knowledge with her informatics students, researchers, administrators and policy makers worldwide. That’s one reason the school attracts high interest locally and globally, graduating desirable professionals to forge new advances in settings where health-information technologies are used to improve health care.”


TORONTOJune 20, 2018 /CNW/ – We are pleased to announce the seventh cohort of Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients.

Out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award.

Of the 50 recipients, 25 are pursuing an engineering degree and 25 are pursuing a science, technology or mathematics degree at our 20 Canadian partner universities.”


OTTAWAJune 22, 2018 /CNW/ – Canada’s greatest potential can only be realized when all people, including women, are welcomed into the lab, the classroom and the field. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in the research community.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced she will consult students, researchers, academics and others to discuss their views on how to adapt the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) initiative for a “made-in-Canada” approach.

Participating in Athena SWAN is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in research. It is an internationally recognized initiative that celebrates higher education institutions that have implemented practices to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the sciences.”


OTTAWAJune 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that Iain Stewart has been reappointed as President of National Research Council Canada(NRC).

Mr. Stewart has been serving as President of the NRC since August 24, 2016. Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Stewart held various leadership positions throughout the public service, notably as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board and as Assistant Secretary of the International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. He also held a number of key science leadership positions at Industry Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Sector, Secretary to the panel on Federal Support to Research and Development (known as the “Jenkins panel”), and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Science and Innovation Sector. Outside the public service, Mr. Stewart served as Assistant Vice-President, Research at Dalhousie University and was a member of the NRC Council.

This reappointment will enable Mr. Stewart to build on the results he achieved during his first term as NRC President and continue the work he launched with the NRC Dialogue:

  • Achieving the promise of Budget 2018 by successfully implementing new funding for research excellence, growing firms to scale, and building collaborations with business and academic partners;
  • Deepening research excellence by establishing an NRC Chief Science Advisor, developing the next generation of NRC research leaders and encouraging a more diverse NRC;
  • Revitalizing NRC research facilities through shared approaches with partners; and
  • Further positioning the NRC as a collaboration partner with business, academia and government.”


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