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Tuesday, November 23 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
535: “Lion’s Den” - Pitch Your Science-Based Policy Intervention to Real Politicians

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Organized by: Elect STEM

Elect STEM will be offering a workshop modeled after the popular TV show “Dragon’s Den” – the Lion’s Den. We will ask pre-selected participants to give a 3-minute pitch on a desired political intervention driven by their science. This would be an intervention that would need to be passed as a bill or motion at any level of government anywhere in the country. Our panel of Lion’s will evaluate each participant’s proposal, providing educational feedback for our audience on how to pitch science policy to politicians. Participants will receive constructive feedback from our Lion’s and a hypothetical motion to their proposal. The motion of each proposal will be made by a combination of an audience poll and the ‘expert judgement’ of the Lion’s. For their bravery into the Lion’s Den, each participant will receive a ‘badge of honour’ from Elect STEM that they can show off to their colleagues and encourage future political participation of scientists and engineers. We hope this workshop will offer valuable communication training for scientist interest in science policy or engaging in politics.

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Monika Stolar PhD

Co-Founder, Elect STEM
Monika Stolar is a Research and Industry Relations Officer at Simon Fraser University, liaising between researchers, external funding agencies and industry to identify potential research collaborations and partnerships.  She has a strong passion for scientific communication and education... Read More →

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Andrew Weaver

Dr. Andrew Weaver is the former MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Green Party of British Columbia leader. Prior to his election, Dr. Weaver served as Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has... Read More →
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Bhutila Karpoche, MPP

Member, Provincial Parliament for Parkdale—High Park
Bhutila Karpoche is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale—High Park. In June 2018, Bhutila made history by becoming the first person of Tibetan heritage to be elected to public office in North America. Bhutila is active on issues around social justice and public health... Read More →
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Preston Manning, PC CC AOE

Founder and the only leader, Reform Party of Canada
Preston Manning is the founder and the only leader of the Reform Party of Canada, a Canadian federal political party that evolved into the Canadian Alliance which in turn merged with the Progressive Conservative Party to form today’s Conservative Party of Canada. Manning represented... Read More →
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Ted Hsu, PhD

Member of Parliament, Kingston and the Islands
In 2011, Ted was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, one of very few scientists in parliament. In 2014-15, Ted revived and led a national campaign to restore the long-form census because of the vital information it delivers to our society. That restoration became... Read More →

Tuesday November 23, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST