Established in 2009, the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), meets an important need for a non-partisan, inclusive, national dialogue on science, technology and innovation policy. Our vision is to ensure systematic connections between Canada’s diverse scientific enterprises and policymakers in bureaucracy, and political spheres both federally and provincially.
The CSPC has become Canada’s most comprehensive, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary annual science policy forum and attracted numerous politicians and hundreds of professionals from industry, academia, the non-profit sector, federal and provincial governments every year. The conference has traveled across Canada: Toronto (2009), Montreal (2010), Ottawa (2011), Calgary (2012), Toronto (2013), Halifax (2014), Ottawa (2015) and returns to Ottawa in 2016.
The CSPC has impacted the science policy community in many ways;
- Successfully established a national network of stakeholders. Hundreds of private sector, academic, government, and non-profit organizations have enthusiastically embraced the concept and have become vigorous participants. They submit diverse panel proposals, identify emerging issues, attend the conference and signal a greater capacity for growth and transformation of Canadian science policy.
- Became a gateway for the younger generation of scientists and policy makers to enter the science policy arena: Over 300 graduate students and post docs from across Canada have served on various committees for the development of the conference. They develop interest and expertise in science policy, and from which many have pursued and built their career.
- Has driven coverage of science policy in the mainstream media. CSPC has been covered by numerous media outlets, including CBC, The Globe and Mail, The Hill Times and CPAC. Nature magazine hailed the conference as one of the hopes of science policy in Canada.
- Contributed significantly to elevating the science policy discourse by introducing novel topics and generating content through more than a hundred panel sessions, including hundreds of speakers some for the first time in Canada. All of these discussions have been captured in podcasts and proceeding books for public.