An Oct. 29, 2013 announcement highlights some of the speakers you can expect at the 2013 (5th annual) Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) being held in Toronto, Ontario from Nov. 20 – 22, 2013. The conference whose overarching theme is ScienceNext: Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity features (Note: I have bolded this year’s new initiatives),,
CSPC 2013 Welcomes Minister Rickford:
We are thrilled to announce that the Honourable Greg Rickford, [Canada’s] Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) will speak at CSPC 2013, more details to follow. Be sure not to miss it, register now!
Are you the next Rick Mercer? Bill Nye?
CSPC presents its first ever humorous speech contest, Whose Science is it Anyway? Thursday, November 21st at 9pm. To enter, send your name, contact info and 2-3 lines about your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attractive prizes to be won! Deadline: 5pm, Friday, Nov. 15 (Finalists will be notified Monday, Nov. 18)
CSPC is now Accepting Donations:
We are quite pleased to announce that with the generous support from Ryerson University, CSPC can issue charitable tax receipts for donations. If you wish to donate please contact us or visit cspc2013.ca for more details. www.cspc2013.ca
> CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
• 600+ participants, 28 panel sessions, 150+ speakers including:
– Hon. Reza Moridi, MPP,Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation
– John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Industry Canada
– Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada Limited
– Wendy Cukier, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
– Pierre Meulien, President and CEO, Genome Canada
– Paul Young, Vice President Research, University of Toronto
More exciting names are being added to the Program.
• Inauguration of the Awards of Excellence in Science Policy – a first in Canada
• 3 pre conference full day workshops/symposiums
– Science Policy Nuts and Bolts
– Science Diplomacy
– Communication of Science
> CONFERENCE HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
• The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada Inc. and Chancellor, University of Toronto
• Mandy Shapansky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Canada Ltd.
> CSPC 2013 CONFERENCE THEMES
• Private Sector R&D and Innovation: New Realities and New Models
• Emerging Trends: Science & Technology in International Trade and Diplomacy
• Science and Technology Communication
• Graduate Studies and Research Training: Prospects in a Changing Environment
• Emerging Issues in Canadian Science Policy
A couple of comments. I notice that Member of Parliament (NDP) Kennedy Stewart,, the Official Opposition Critic for Science and Technology, and member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, is included as a feature speaker this year. Last year (2012), he held an impromptu, after official conference presentation hours sessions on science policy. Good to see that he’s been included in the official programme for 2013. Perhaps next year (2014) will see the Liberal critic for Science and Technology. Ted Hsu as a speaker.
Pierre Lapointe is another speaker whose name caught my attention as he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations, one of the partners behind CelluForce (the other partner is Domtar), the Canadian nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC, aka, cellulose nanocrystals, CNC) initiative. In my Oct. 3, 2013 posting, I noted that CelluForce had stopped producing NCC as they had a stockpile of the product. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’ll be any mention of the stockpile since Lapointe is on a panel organized by Genome Canada and titled: The complexity of driving the bio-economy: Genomics, Canada’s natural resources and private-public collaborations.