2019 Annual General Meeting
RESEARCH CANADA’S 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: THE FUTURE OF HEALTH RESEARCH IN CANADA
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa
(Across from Parliament Hill)
DAY AT A GLANCE
10:00 am – 11:50 am: Panel Presentation — Calling for Recognition, Better Funding and Career Training: The Canadian Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Experience (Research Canada’s Members, Supporters and Partners)
|CHAIR: Ryan Wiley, PhD
President, Shift Health
Dr. Ryan Wiley is President of Shift Health, where he has successfully worked with industry, governments, academic institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. He has facilitated and managed effective, innovative partnerships that have opened new markets and leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, and he has worked seamlessly with the public and private sectors on economic development, health research, capacity-building and commercialization initiatives in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
|Tina Gruosso, PhD
Scientist Translational Research, Forbius | President, Science & Policy Exchange
Dr. Tina Gruosso completed her PhD at the Institut Curie in Paris and her postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montreal in oncology and tumor microenvironment. She is now a scientist in translational research at Forbius, a clinical stage biotech company. She is an advocate for evidence-based policymaking, innovation, science diplomacy, science communication as well as equity, diversity and inclusion. She represents early career scientists as president of the student-led non-profit organization Science & Policy Exchange devoted to engaging the next generation in the interplay between science and society including science policy, and is also a member of the Global Young Academy, the Montreal chapter of Women In Bio and the redaction committee of the ACFAS magazine.
|Joseph Sparling, PhD
Executive Director (and Interim Past Chair), Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS/ACSP)
Dr. Joseph Sparling is the Past Chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS/ACSP), a recognized authority on postdoctoral labour and training in Canada, and an outspoken advocate for evidence-based policy reform. He played a significant role in convincing the Alberta government to grant all postdocs employment status in 2017 and has authored a variety of reports to government regarding postdoctoral policy as well as opinion pieces for iPolitics and The Black Hole Blog.
|Jennifer Polk, PhD
Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate
Dr. Jennifer Polk is co-founder of Beyond the Professoriate (beyondprof.com), a mission-driven organization that works in partnership with institutions and individuals to help PhDs launch meaningful careers. She also speaks and writes on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for doctoral-degree holders. Her University Affairs blog, originally named From PhD to Life, is a three-time gold winner from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto.
12:00 pm – 1:20 pm: Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon – The Future of Health Research in Canada: The Student Perspective — Hosted by Ms. Kim Rudd, MP (Northumberland—Peterborough South), 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, The Honourable Judith Seidman (Research Canada Members, Supporters and Partners – By Invitation Only)
The number of scholarships and fellowships awarded by the federal granting councils has not kept pace with the increased enrollment in doctoral programs, leading to a disproportionately small percentage of trainees receiving direct funding. As a result, not only are many PhD graduates leaving to pursue their post-doctoral training in other countries, Canada underperforms in attracting top international talent. Other graduates leave academia altogether, but a smooth transition into non-academic careers is hardly guaranteed. It seems that Canadian students and post-doctoral fellows are overwhelmingly identifying a lack of knowledge of and preparedness for careers outside of academia as a major gap in their training. This lack of both training and funding support leaves Canada’s trainees in a particularly precarious position. This Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon will give trainees in health research an opportunity to share their experiences, their research and their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges a career in science presents in 2019.
Shawn McGuirk, PhD
Taylor Morriseau, B.Sc.
1:30 am – 3:00 pm: Research Canada’s 14th Annual General Meeting (Research Canada Members only)