Positive Energy Advisory Council Member
Deputy Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
The opening words of Canada’s new hydrogen strategy state, “For more than a century, our nation’s brightest minds have been working on the technology to turn the invisible promise of hydrogen into tangible solutions.” It is with a mix of optimism and pragmatism that I say the promise of hydrogen can finally be realized.
Senior Fellow, ISSP
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ontario Tech University
Hydrogen is an important part of Canada’s energy future. A key obstacle to a full-fledged hydrogen economy lies in identifying a sustainable, low-cost method of hydrogen production with reduced dependence on fossil fuels.
With this month’s cabinet shuffle, Canada has another minister responsible for the massive portfolio of innovation, science and economic development with over 20 agencies and 35 programs under its wing. It is worth taking the opportunity to view how science and technology came to have a seat at federal Cabinet tables 50 years ago.
How keen are Canadians for climate action in these extraordinarily trying times? New survey results from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program and Nanos Research suggest that enthusiasm may be on the rise, despite the unprecedented fiscal, economic, and health situation.
Full Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, uOttawa Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Chair in Black women’s health/HIV care
Participatory action research is a partnership approach to research, where the researchers work collaboratively with interest groups in communities that are affected by the work and the findings, allowing us to align science, society and policy imperatives to produce better health outcomes.
On Wednesday, March 3, at 12:00 PM, in the week of celebration of womxn and gender awareness, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, in collaboration with the Idea Connector Network, will host a panel with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous experts.
On Thursday March 4, 2021, at 12:00 PM, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM) and The Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa will be delighted to host Alain Loute, Senior Lecturer at the Université Catholique de Lille and co-holder of the Law and Ethics of Digital Health Chair, to examine the relationships between knowledge and power that underlie the political management of the health crisis.
On Thursday, March 25, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Tosh Southwick, co-owner operator of IRPotential and ISSP Advisory Committee member, to discuss the challenges of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
On April 15, 2021, The Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University will be delighted to host Sethuraman Panchanathan, the Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 4:30 PM, the ISSP organised the panel Aligning Science, Society and Policy for the Grand Challenges of our Time, as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:30 AM, the ISSP organised the panel Polarization: What does it mean for Science Communication and Decision-Making?, as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, at 8:30 AM, the ISSP, the Centre for Systems Solutions and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis organised the Interactive Social Simulation Helping Societies Address Cascading Climate Risks from Outside Geopolitical Boundaries: Case Study on the Arctic (Interactive Policy Simulation), as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.
On Thursday, October 29, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted Prof. Melike Erol-Kantarci, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, uOttawa, to discuss novel AI-based tools that will allow a peer-to-peer energy trading platform consisting of microgrids to become a part of the future transactive energy systems.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
New survey analysis by Positive Energy focuses on three issues that matter for Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change: the country’s climate performance; the present and future of renewables and nuclear energy; and the role that local communities should play in energy infrastructure projects.