Canadian and Ontario Ministers Address Science Policy Conference in Toronto

- Relationship between government, private sector and science takes centre stage
- November 20-22, 2013 -

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The fifth annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) will take place November 20-22 in Toronto at the Allstream Centre. The conference brings together professionals from industry, academia and government to explore emerging issues such as the relationship between science and government.

"The issues that Canadians care about - healthcare, environment, transportation and international affairs - all have a direct connection to science," said Mehrdad Hariri, President and CEO of CSPC, which is being held in Toronto after five years. "From entrepreneurial training for university graduates and the role of R&D on our struggling economy, to how science is being used to advance international diplomacy, this conference will hold the most advanced dialogue to date, where science and technology intersect with society."


  • The conference engages over 200 organizations and represent the "who's who" in science, technology and innovation policy from Canada's top scientists, business leaders and policy experts
  • More than 150 speakers and over 500 participants
  • Launch of the first annual Awards of Excellence in Science Policy in Canada (Nov. 20)
  • Three pre-conference workshops: Science Policy Nuts and Bolts, Science Diplomacy and Communication of Science (Nov. 20)
  • Click here for the program


  • Honourary Conference Chairs:
    • Mandy Shapansky, President and CEO, Xerox Canada Ltd.
    • The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, Chancellor, University of Toronto
  • Keynote speakers from federal and provincial governments:
    • The Honourable Greg Rickford, MP, Canada's Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    • The Honourable Reza Moridi, MPP, Ontario's Minister of Research and Innovation
    • John Knubley, Deputy Minister of Industry Canada
    • Bill Mantel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • National industry leaders including:
    • Robert Hardt, CEO, Siemens Canada
    • Lorne Hepworth, President, CropLife Canada
    • Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO, FPInnovations
  • Speakers and panel organizers from 200 organizations including:
    • Genome Canada
    • Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
    • Munk School of Global Affairs - University of Toronto
    • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
    • Perimeter Institute
    • McMaster University Health Forum
    • Public Policy Forum
    • Institute for Public Economics, University of Alberta
    • Asia Pacific Foundation
    • Digital Media Zone, Ryerson University
    • Canadian Innovation Centre
    • MaRS


  • Wednesday-Friday, November 20 - 22, 2013
  • Full program agenda can be found here.


  • Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C3

About the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC)
CSPC is the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary and multisector forum on science, technology and innovation policy in Canada. Annually, CSPC attracts the leaders of science and innovation policy to discuss the most important issues of Canada's R&D community. For more information please visit

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