January 19, 2019

Seeking Candidates for a new federal Council on Science & Innovation: CATA Community Outreach

federal Council on Science & Innovation (candidates)

Executives who wish CATA to put forward their candidacy for a proposed new federal Council on Science & Innovation, spearheaded by the Hon, Navdeep Bain, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Hon Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, should first review selection criteria and then email CATA CEO, John Reid at jreid@cata.ca to confirm their interest. Your application needs to be sent to John by Friday, January, 24th.

We will be providing support to all selected candidates through the CATA research and advocacy teams and the resources we utilize to validate public policy guidance.

Overview & Criteria

The Council will be an independent advisory body mandated to provide the government with expert advice on policy issues related to science and innovation. This advice will support the Government of Canada’s efforts to strengthen the science and research ecosystem and stimulate innovation across the country’s economy. The Council’s advice will be made public, although we may choose to seek confidential advice under certain circumstances. More specifically, the Council will be mandated to:

  •  provide evidence-based analysis and policy advice on complex issues that require background research and consultation/engagement with experts, stakeholders, or civil society;
  • provide a “sounding board” on short-term or urgent issues; and
  • report publicly on science and innovation issues of importance to the Government of Canada and to Canadians.

 The Council’s scope is expected to encompass the full range of disciplines across the natural sciences and engineering, life and health sciences, and social sciences and humanities and cover the breadth of activity from fundamental research, through applied research, to successful commercialization of product/process innovations and the application of new insights to societal challenges.

 The Council is expected to be composed of a chairperson and 11 other members drawn from the scientific and research community, the private sector, and civil society. The Chief Science Advisor will serve in an ex‑officio capacity as Vice‑Chair, and the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Deputy Minister of Health will serve as ex‑officio members. As deemed necessary, ex‑officioappointments and/or cross‑appointments with related bodies may also be made.

We are applying a rigorous approach to making these appointments, built on an open, transparent, and merit‑based selection process‎. This approach reflects the fundamental role that Canadians play in our democracy as they serve on councils and other bodies across the country. We expect that the process will result in the appointment of high‑quality candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity and will bolster the confidence of Canadians in this important council.

 Further information on the selection process can be found on the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada webpage. Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, applications will be retained and may be considered until such time as appointments are concluded.

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