2018 Annual General Meeting
2018 Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Sir John A. Macdonald Building
144 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
(across the street from Parliament Hill)
Research Canada’s 2018 AGM is all about our Members. We have a day packed full of panel discussions, a Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon with Members of Parliament and the launch of our new Strategic Plan 2020, which our Members have helped us to develop! Please join us for an important day.
8:00 am – 10:00 am: AGM Business Meeting and Launch of Strategic Plan 2020 (Research Canada Members Only)
10:00 am – 10:15 am: Nutrition Break
10:15 am – 11:55 am: Morning Panel Presentation: What’s Next in Health Research Advocacy? (Research Canada’s Members, Supporters and Partners)
Budget 2018’s investments in research have put the health research community in a new and better place. While our community welcomes and lauds these investments, Canada still lags behind internationally in terms of investments in fundamental science. But how do we advocate for more when the Government, from its perspective, has made an historic and unprecedented investment in our sector? With these factors in mind, what are the next steps for health research advocacy leaders?
This Panel discussion will feature research leaders and government and public relations specialists who will speak to the health research sector’s unique opportunity to capitalize on Budget 2018’s vision for a Canada that harnesses the power of science to ensure long term success in terms of the health and prosperity of Canadians.
12:00 pm – 1:20 pm: Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon on Innovations in Healthy Aging hosted by Mr. John Oliver, MP, Oakville, Chair of the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus, Co-hosted by Vice-Chairs, Ms. Marilyn Gladu, MP, Sarnia-Lambton, Ms Carol Hughes, MP, Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing and Senate Representative, Senator Judith Seidman (Research Canada Members, Supporters and Partners)
- Dr. Heidi Sveistrup, Interim CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the Bruyère Research Institute and VP, Research and Academic Affairs
- Dr. Allison Sekuler, VP Research, Baycrest Health Sciences
Innovations in Healthy Aging: Canada is aging faster than ever. Canadians are living longer and with fewer disabilities than the generations before them. At the same time, the majority of seniors have at least one chronic disease or condition. Older adults can live longer, healthier lives by staying socially connected, increasing physical activity, eating in a healthy way, taking steps to minimize risks of falls, and refraining from smoking. However, there are real environmental, systemic and social barriers to adopting these healthy behaviours. The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon on Innovations in Healthy Aging will explore how we can address these barriers using, among other things, technology and home design for aging in place, which can offer alternatives for assisted living. This event will be held during Research Canada’s Annual General Meeting.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Panel Presentation: Meeting the Advocacy Challenge for the Health Innovation Ecosystem (Research Canada Members, Supporters and Partners)
The research funding and policy framework within which our health system operates must recognize biomedical discovery, commercialization and product development not simply as outcomes, but more importantly as a part of one ecosystem. Recognizing the enormous value of the discovery and development process reinforces the imperative of supporting all aspects of a fully functioning health innovation system, and yet Canada continues to fall short in this regard. In particular, our industry partners have a great deal at stake, and it is far from certain that future decisions with respect to pricing, reimbursement, pharmacare and credit for investment in R&D will serve the private sector or, by extension, our ecosystem.
This panel discussion will feature leaders in health innovation who will speak to the challenges, potential and necessity of achieving balance among all components of a robust health innovation system in the current policy environment.
Register now to reserve your spot.