Science policy session

Science Policy session at can2018


Science Policy session at CAN2018

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 MoodyCoquitlam
  • 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.