Science policy session

Science policy at CAN2018


Science Policy session at CAN2018

Come talk science policy with MPs Joyce Murray, Matt Jeneroux, Elizabeth May and Brian Masse

Date & time: Monday May 14th 2018, at 5:30 PM

Location: Pavilion Ballroon, Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver

Organiser: Katalin Toth

Moderator: Jaideep Bains

Ever wondered how elected officials make decisions about science policy?  CAN has invited elected officials to participate in a conversation about science policy at the CAN2018 meeting, so you can ask them.  We are thrilled to announce that the following MPs have already accepted our invitation:

  • Matt Jeneroux, Conservative MP for Edmonton Riverbend, and Conservative Shadow Minister for Science
  • Joyce Murray, Liberal MP for Vancouver Quadra
  • Elizabeth May, Green Party MP for Saanich – Gulf Islands, and Leader of the Green Party
  • Brian Masse, New Democratic Party MP for Windsor West, Critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, NDP

This event will be an opportunity to build bridges between politicians and scientists, and to initiate a constructive relationship that will ensure that all Canadians reap the benefits that supporting fundamental research brings. Members of all major political parties will be invited to make a presentation about their vision for Canada’s role in promoting and supporting scientific research. This will be followed by a discussion panel with the audience.


Monday May 14th, 2018, at 5:30 PM – Pavilion Ballroom, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver

  • 5:30 PM – Opening remarks by incoming CAN President and session moderator Jaideep Bains
  • 5:35 PM – Advocacy award presentation by CAN Advocacy Committee Chair Katalin Toth
  • 5:40 – Presentation of the Liberal Party’s position on Federal support of science by Joyce Murray, MP, Vancouver Quadra
  • 5:50 – Presentation of the Conservative Party’s position on Federal support of science by Matt Jeneroux, Shadow Minister for Science, and MP, Edmonton Riverbend
  • 6:00 – Presentation of the Green Party’s position on Federal support of science by Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party and MP, Saanich—Gulf Islands
  • 6:10 – Presentation of the New Democratic Party’s position on Federal support of science by Brian Masse, MP for Windsor West, Critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, NDP
  • 6:20 – 7:00 PM – Panel discussion and Question period
  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Drinks and informal discussion

Free drink tickets will be given to the first 150 attendees.

Attendance: The Canadian Association for Neuroscience leadership (board members and executives), will be present, and all meeting attendees will be invited to participate in this important event.

Objective:  The goals of this event are to initiate a discussion on federal support of science between scientists and elected officials, to inform scientists of the decision-making process in Parliament, and for the elected officials to learn more about the perspective of scientists.  We aim to foster a productive conversation, which will benefit all parties present.