The Government of Canada Is Taking Action to Better Support Business Research and Development

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (Marketwire) — 10/15/10 — The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is pleased to announce the addition of The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) for a special Keynote Lunch address on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

In his presentation, Minister Goodyear will discuss current efforts by the Government of Canada to encourage research and development in the private and public sectors, including the recent naming of an independent expert panel to review a number of federal R&D programs.

Mehrdad Hariri, CSPC chair, commended the government on this announcement. “I believe this is a step in the right direction and look forward to hearing more about this initiative directly from Minister Goodyear in Montreal. Modern scientific enterprises are increasingly interconnected and multidisciplinary. Better understanding of the global reach and local impact of R&D will strengthen Canadian science and technology policies at the Federal and Provincial levels and Canada’s capacity for innovation. . . I look forward to engaging with this Expert Panel to ensure that effective scientific translational capacity is included in their deliberations, I will invite the panel to present the results of their work at the next Canadian Science Policy Conference in 2011. ” Hariri says.

The next Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) will be held in Montreal October 20-22. CSPC 2010 will be a milestone in Canadian science policy. The conference will bring together more than 400 high-profile scientists, executives, government officials, academics and industry leaders for an exchange of ideas and will provide a unique opportunity for networking amongst Canada’s diverse science policy stakeholders. With 13 different panels, 3 workshops, 2 evening receptions, and more than 60 speakers from across the country, CSPC 2010 will be a unique opportunity to discuss the science and innovation policy-making in Canada.

Other keynote presenters include: Dr. Nina Fedoroff, former advisor of State Department who will speak on: “Rethinking Agriculture for a Hotter, Drier World”, and Marc Garneau , former astronaut and current MP from Westmount Ville-Marie, Montreal, whose speech titled: Why does an ex-astronaut get involved with politics?