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Wednesday, November 24 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
286: Closing the transparency gap: How science, society and policy can advance evidence-informed decision-making together

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Organized by: Evidence for Democracy

How is evidence used in policymaking? Who stewards it through the structures of government? While we all benefit when governments make decisions informed by the best available evidence, conversations on evidence-informed policy rarely prioritize the public’s ability to understand what goes into complex decisions. This is especially important amid uncertainty when trust in government is mission critical. Throughout the pandemic, stakeholders everywhere have sought to understand decisions that have impacted their livelihoods. Transparency is the persistently missing link.

Panelists from academia, government and civil society will examine Canada’s ‘transparency gap’, and discuss pathways to improve the accessibility of evidence. 

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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 →
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Senator Stan Kutcher

Canadian Senate
Senator Stan Kutcher is an internationally renowned psychiatrist in adolescent mental health. He is a leader in mental health research, education, advocacy, policy and services innovation. He previously worked at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University as the Department... Read More →
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Tracey Brown

Director, Sense about Science
Tracey Brown has been the Director of Sense about Science since 2002. Under her leadership, the charity has turned the case for sound science and evidence into popular campaigns to urge scientific thinking among the public and the people who answer to them. It has launched important... Read More →
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Farah Qaiser

Director of Research and Policy, Evidence for Democracy
Farah Qaiser is the Director of Research and Policy at Evidence for Democracy, Canada's only non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the transparent use of science and evidence in government decision-making. In 2020, Farah completed a Master of Science at the University of... Read More →
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Frédéric Bouchard

Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences., Université de Montréal
Frédéric Bouchard is a Full Professor in the Philosophy Department at the Université de Montréal and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Frédéric was Deputy Vice-Rector for Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation at Université de Montréal, professor... Read More →

Wednesday November 24, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm EST