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Manning, Goodyear to speak at Policy Conference

August 4, 2009

I’ve blogged about this event before, but the speaker list has grown and more details are now available about the Science Policy Conference scheduled for Oct 28-30 in Toronto. Keynote speakers are Preston Manning and Gary Goodyear (though I wonder whether Minister Goodyear will still hold the science and technology portfolio if the Prime Minister shuffles cabinet when Parliament resumes on Sept 14). The speaker list also includes Alain Beaudet and Suzanne Fortier, presidents of CIHR and NSERC, respectively, in addition to a wide array of academics and industry leaders. The preliminary program looks promising, with topics including government policy-setting, industry innovation, and public engagement. Registration is open, and I encourage interested scientists to attend and participate. It’s important for all stakeholders to be involved in discussions surrounding the future of Canadian science policy – including actual researchers. I’ll be there and will look forward to meeting any of you who will also be attending.

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