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Friday, November 26 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
510: Lessons Learned From Student-Run Science Policy Groups and Youth Advisory Bodies In Canada

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In Canada, there is a growing interest among trainees and early-career researchers to build skills in the science policy interface, but there are limited opportunities to do so. While the limited number of student-run science policy organizations and science advisory bodies fill a critical gap, they do not have the capacity to engage the ever-growing number of next generation science policy leaders. This panel will bring together speakers from different groups to discuss their experiences with these policy and advisory groups, the challenges and successes they have encountered, and how to further build and broaden science policy capacity in Canada.

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Rachael Maxwell

Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
Rachael Maxwell joins Evidence for Democracy with a deep knowledge of the science landscape in Canada and a strong track record of success working at national not-for-profit research organizations. From 2018-21 she held progressively responsible roles at Genome Canada, working across... Read More →

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Shawn McGuirk

Senior Policy Advisor, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Shawn McGuirk is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and is an alumnus of both the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program and the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program of the Public Service Commission of Canada... Read More →
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Taylor Morriseau

Indigenous Scholar and PhD Candidate, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
Taylor Morriseau is an Indigenous Scholar and PhD Candidate within the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. As a recipient of a CIHR Vanier Scholarship, she investigates gene-environment interactions underlying type 2 diabetes among Indigenous youth. Her research... Read More →
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Sivani Baskaran

Toronto Science Policy Network, University of Toronto
Sivani is a PhD candidate in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Her research looks at methods for measuring and predicting physical-chemical properties that are important in identifying chemicals that have the potential to build up in air-breathing species. She... Read More →
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Sarah Bitter

Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ)
Sarah Bitter travaille aux Fonds de recherche du Québec depuis 2016 et occupe un poste d'analyste à la gestion et à la planification stratégique. Elle coordonne les activités du comité intersectoriel étudiant (CIE) depuis septembre 2018. De par sa connaissance pointu du fonctionnement... Read More →
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Uzma Urooj

Senior Policy Advisor, Innovation, Science & Economic Development
Uzma has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroimaging from University of York, UK and BSc Honors in Neuroscience and Linguistics from University of Toronto, Canada. An emerging science policy practitioner working in the Federal Government and experiences in research management, technology transfer... Read More →

Friday November 26, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST