Expectations include delivering on mandate priorities, engaging in consultations and continuing ongoing collaboration
OTTAWA, June 8, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, met the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) to outline her expectations for transformative change in the research community. The Minister launched the CRCC in October 2017 with the mission of delivering on priorities that include:
- Bringing greater harmony and coordination to research-related programs and policies in Canada and addressing common concerns across the three federal granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation;
- Improving equity, diversity and inclusion across the research spectrum; and
- Developing, in partnership with Indigenous communities, an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
During today's meeting in Ottawa, the Minister outlined her expectations that the committee engage in ongoing consultations with the members and organizations that are part of Canada's research community.
She then made it clear to the CRCC that she expects them to continue operating in an open, transparent and collaborative manner. Minister Duncan also discussed the vital role the committee plays in helping her achieve her goals of supporting the next generation of researchers and strengthening the culture of science and research in Canada.
"I want to thank the members of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee for their service in support of our government's goal to strengthen science in Canada. Our researchers can be confident the committee will continue working hard to improve the experience of our scientists, scholars and students so they can make the discoveries and innovations that lead to healthier communities, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy."
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
"It is my belief the Canada Research Coordinating Committee will bring about transformative and lasting change that will empower our researchers to fulfill their greatest ambitions. We believe in the power of science to change lives for the better. Research, after all, leads to new technologies, improved medical therapies and the evidence we need to make sound decisions."
– The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
"On behalf of the eight members of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, I want to thank the ministers for their leadership and guidance. With their support, our committee is determined to deliver results that matter not only to front-line researchers but also to all Canadians."
– Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee
- Minister Duncan established the committee following a recommendation, made in the Fundamental Science Review, to bring greater harmony and coordination to Canada's publicly funded research community.
- The committee consists of:
- the President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- the President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- the President of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
- the President of the National Research Council Canada
- the Chief Science Advisor
- the Deputy Minister of Health Canada
- the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
- CRCC website and five key priorities
- Minister Duncan and Minister Petitpas Taylor's open letter to the CRCC
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