CSPC 2021 has ended
Back To Schedule
Thursday, November 25 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
903: Mission-Driven Research and Innovation to Address Grand Challenges: Does Canada have what it takes?

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Organized by: University of Ottawa

Canada faces a host of grand challenges, from climate change to the repercussions of COVID-19 to economic and social inequality. Mission-driven research and innovation offers a powerful way to address these challenges. What is mission-driven research and innovation? Does Canada have what it takes to do it? What has the country tried in the past and what should we do going forward? This session aims to answer these questions. It begins with an opening presentation providing an overview of the concept. Following this, leaders from business, government, academia and civil society will share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges before Canada, along with the country’s current and past strengths and limitations in mission-driven research and innovation.

avatar for Monica Gattinger

Monica Gattinger

Full Professor, School of Political Studies, and Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
Monica Gattinger is Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor at the School of Political Studies and Founder/Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa.Dr. Gattinger is an award-winning researcher and highly sought-after speaker, adviser and... Read More →

avatar for Marcius Extavour

Marcius Extavour

Vice President, Energy & Climate, X Prize Foundation [
Dr. Marcius Extavour is a leader and expert in innovation for climate change and the clean energy transition. As Vice President of Energy & Climate at XPRIZE Foundation he leads development and execution of the foundation’s portfolio of energy and climate change innovation programs... Read More →
avatar for Rees Kassen

Rees Kassen

Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa
Rees Kassen is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa and a Core Member of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy. He is internationally recognized for his work with microbes as models for studying the evolution of biodiversity, antibiotic resistance... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Brenda Kenny

Dr. Brenda Kenny

Chair, Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates
Dr. Brenda Kenny is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Alberta Innovates. Dr. Kenny brings significant experience in board governance, energy and environment regulation, policy, sustainability, and innovation. She also serves on the boards of the Canada West Foundation, Member... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau

Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau

Vice-President Research, University of Ottawa
Sylvain Charbonneau received his B. Sc. And M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. degree in Photonics – Semiconductor Physics from Simon Fraser University in 1988. He joined the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC... Read More →
avatar for Jeffery Kinder

Jeffery Kinder

Executive Director, Science and Innovation, Institute on Governance
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in government science, technology and innovation policy in the US and Canada.  His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies and the Naval Research Laboratory.  In Canada, Jeff has worked in the federal public... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Perritt

Jessica Perritt

Section Manager, Indigenous Knowledge & Reconciliation, Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Jessica is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and a proud Anishnaabe-kwe (Ojibway women). She is a mother to two sons, a daughter, granddaughter, wife, sister, auntie, and niece. Jessica joined the NWMO in 2008 and had been instrumental in creating the NWMO’s... Read More →

Thursday November 25, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST