Towards a Science Policy in Alberta

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is undertaking a workshop assessment on science policy ideas under development in Alberta. The workshop will engage national and international experts to explore various dimensions of sub-national science systems and the role of sub-national science policy.

Progress Report

A two-day workshop was held in Canmore, Alberta on November 21 to 22 on the science enterprise in Alberta and the role of subnational science policy in supporting science at the provincial level. It was guided by the Workshop Steering Committee, and attended by 11 Workshop Participants. The results of the workshop will be published in a report to be released in early 2017.

Background

A two-day workshop, which took place November 21 to 22, 2016, brought together a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral group of leading Canadian and international experts to review, validate, and advance work being done on science policy in Alberta. The workshop explored the necessary considerations when creating science policy at the sub-national level. Specifically, participants did the following:

  • Debate and validate the main outcomes of a sub-national science enterprise, particularly in relation to knowledge, human, and social capital.
  • Identify the key elements and characteristics of a successful science enterprise (e.g., funding, trust, capacity, science culture, supporting interconnections and relationships), with a particular focus at a sub-national level.
  • Explore potential intents of a sub-national science policy, important features of such a policy, and the role of the policy in informing investment decisions.

The workshop results will be published in a final summary report, and made available on the website, in early 2017.

This workshop assessment is supported by a grant from the Government of Alberta.

Workshop Steering Committee Members and Workshop Participants

To lead the design of the workshop, complete the necessary background research, and develop the workshop summary report, the CCA has appointed a five member Workshop Steering Committee, chaired by Joy Johnson, FCAHS, Vice President, Research, Simon Fraser University. The other Steering Committee members are: Paul Dufour, Adjunct Professor, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, Principal, Paulicy Works; Janet Halliwell, Principal, J.E. Halliwell Associates, Inc.; Kaye Husbands Fealing, Chair and Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech; and Marc LePage, President and CEO, Genome Canada.

Workshop Participants 

Workshop attendees participated in a two-day discussion to review, validate, and advance work being done on science policy in Alberta. The workshop explored the necessary considerations when creating science policy at the sub-national level. The participants had expertise, experience, and demonstrated leadership in public administration and public policy, the science and innovation interface, the evaluation of science investments, and science culture. For a complete list of workshop participants, visit the Workshop Participants page.

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Tijs Creutzber, Director of Assessments at 613-567-5000 ext. 232 or tijs.creutzberg@scienceadvice.ca

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Samantha Rae Ayoub, Communications and Publishing Director at 613-567-5000 ext. 256 or
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