Open to all #can2018 attendees. Press passes available for accredited journalists.
Come talk science policy with MPs Joyce Murray, Matt Jeneroux, Elizabeth May and Fin Connelly
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
- Fin Donnelly, New Democratic Party MP for Port Moody — Coquitlam
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 Fin Donnelly, MP for Port Moody — Coquitlam
- 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.