The Past, Present and Future of Science Advice in Canada - January 2019

The ISSP and the Institute on Governance (IOG) were delighted to host an event for Senior Fellows Paul Dufour and Jeff Kinder for the launch of their edited volume The Lantern on the Bow: A History of the Science Council of Canada and Its Contributions to The Science and Innovation Policy Debate. The book launch featured a panel discussion to explore the past, present and future of science policy and science advice in Canada.

The book is a labour of love by a collection of authors, many of whom were associated with the Science Council of Canada (SCC). Equally importantly, the book traces the SCC’s history and its contributions to important science and innovation policy issues which continue to resonate today, including: priority-setting in research, big science, STEM education, industrial innovation policy, concerns for the environment, the digital economy, science culture and science diplomacy.


Speaker's bios (PDF file)


Event photos (Facebook album)

The Official Videos of the event (Youtube link)

The Official Videos of the event (Facebook link)

Opening Remarks


Toby Fyfe, President, IOG




Professor Monica Gattinger, Director, ISSP, University of Ottawa


Initial Presentation


Jeff Kinder, Executive Director, Science and Innovation, IOG (Senior Fellow, ISSP, University of Ottawa)





Kristiann Allen, Science Policy Specialist at Office of the Chief Science Advisor / Canadian Institutes of Health Research




Janet Bax, Project Director, Council of Canadian Academies



Eric Meslin, President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies




Kathryn O’Hara, Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism, Carleton University


Final Presentation


Paul Dufour, Senior Fellow, ISSP, University of Ottawa

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