Ep.54: Critical casualties? The Dichotomy & Discrepancy of Essential Work and Emerging Industries
With Jerry Dias
The Canadian S&T landscape consists of a diverse community including academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Each entity within this system maintains a unique mandate, including national and international priorities, according to which it operates. While there is recognition of the importance and value of international engagement, as demonstrated by the emphasis placed on international by each of these organizations, collectively, there is limited coordination within Canada’s S&T community.
The Public Policy Forum brought together senior thought leaders representing 19 federal departments, agencies and national associations in November 2015 to discuss opportunities for enhancing the coordination of Canada’s international science engagement. The group traversed many topics and themes, addressing not only coordination of science, but the role and value of science, scientific infrastructure, science diplomacy, Canadian identity through and beyond science, global challenges and wicked problems, our common appetite for change, and Canada’s future scientists. Our report explores the dominant themes of that discussion. Where there was consensus, recommendations have been put forward. More often, discussion has raised more questions that require further exploration. This conversation is the first step in what we plan will be a series of like-minded discussions to explore these and additional related topics.
The Forum has identified four areas for further exploration: