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Wednesday, November 13 • 8:00am - 11:45am
Symposium - Acting for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Canadian Science and Research / Agir pour l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion dans les sciences et la recherche au Canada

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Organized by: The Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC)

This pre-conference symposium focuses on strategies, actions, and perspectives related to acting toward greater equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in Canadian research, science and policy. While we continue to face systemic barriers to inclusion, it is an exciting time to tackle challenges given the recent launch of the Dimensions Charter. Hear from the Tri-agencies, researchers, and policymakers as they discuss how to advance EDI across sectors. The first portion of the symposium will focus on dismantling barriers to inclusion. The second portion will feature strategies and takeaways for embedding EDI into policy and practice using social science and collaboration.


8:00 - 8:10am: Land acknowledgment; Introduction by Eden Hennessey
8:15 – 9:00 am: How Can Multiple Layers of Society Collaborate to Dismantle Barriers to Gender Equity in STEM? (including Q&A)
Chair: Eleanor Haine-Bennett
Speakers: Sandra Corbeil, Brittany Grimsdale, Liette Vasseur
9:05 - 10:25 am: Minority integration into the Canadian STEM Workforce (including summary of findings)
Chair: Bhairavi Shankar, Krishana Sankar
Speakers: Ana Sofia Barrows, Vanessa Sung, Roopali Chaudhary, Ryan Anderson
10:25 – 10:40 am Coffee Break
10:40 - 11:30 am: Better Together: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Dialogue among Scientists, Social Scientists, and Policymakers & Tri-Agency Panel: The Dimensions Charter and working on EDI across agency sectors (including Q&A).
Chair: Eden Hennessey
Speakers: Imogen Coe, Mahadeo Sukhai, Jessica Kolopenuk, Karine Morin, Tammy Clifford
*social science informing tri-agency work in EDI
11:35 - 11:45am - Summary of recommendations by Eden Hennessey and Chairs (Karine Morin, Eleanor Haine-Bennett, Krishana Sankar)

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Tammy Clifford

Vice-President, Research Programs, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Effective October 29, 2018 Dr. Tammy J Clifford joined CIHR as its Vice-President of Research Programs. In this role, Dr. Clifford is responsible for the design, development, and administration of the agency’s funding programs and science policies. She is also an adjunct professor... Read More →
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Jessica Kolopenuk

Assistant Professor Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Jessica Kolopenuk (Cree, Peguis First Nation) is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Her doctoral project, The Science of Indigeneity: DNA Beyond Ancestry is a study of how, in Canada, genomic knowledge is impacting what it means to... Read More →
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Mahadeo Sukhai

Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer, Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind biomedical research scientist. Mahadeo is the Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Dr. Sukhai is the Principal Investigator for and co-author of "Creating... Read More →
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Eden Hennessey

Research and Programs Director, Laurier Centre for Women in Science (WinS)
Eden Hennessey is a Social Psychologist with expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion in science. She researches diversity promotion and discrimination reduction, and her recent work assesses the consequences of confronting sexism in science, technology, engineering, and math... Read More →
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Karine Morin

Director, Policy and Interagency Affairs, NSERC
In early 2019, Karine Morin joined NSERC as Director, Policy and Interagency Affairs where she is responsible for the implementation of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative. She recently returned to Ottawa after being an Executive Director at Alberta Innovates, overseeing... Read More →
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Eleanor Haine-Bennett

Program Officer for Natural Sciences, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Eleanor Haine Bennett is the Program Officer for Natural Sciences at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She has a background in ecology research, science communication, and STEM education, and is the former Executive Director of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Eastern Ontario. URL... Read More →
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Krishana Sankar

Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Krishana Sankar is a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine. She completed her Hons. Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Human Biology and Physiology. Her research combines biology and engineering techniques... Read More →
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Ana Sofia Barrows

Project Coordinator, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
Ana Sofia is a highly knowledgeable Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. She has a multidisciplinary educational background in Physics, Leadership & Inclusion, and Human Resources Management.She graduated from Ryerson University with a BSc (Hons) in Medical Physics and is currently... Read More →
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Vanessa Sung

Science Policy Analyst, Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada
Vanessa is a science policy analyst at the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, where she works on equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, as well as international engagement. She completed her PhD at McGill University, where her work focused on mechanisms of tumour... Read More →
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Ryan Anderson

Founder and President, Satellite Canada Innovation Network
Ryan is the founder and President of Satellite Canada Innovation Network, a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to driving the competitiveness of the Canadian space industry. SatCan is administering a $10M advanced optical satcom consortium and provides strategic consulting... Read More →
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Roopali Chaudhary

Co-founder of Women of Colour in STEAMM Canada (WoCScan); Founder/CEO of Lotus STEMM
Roopali is a co-founder of Women of Colour in STEAMM Canada (WoCScan), and the founder/CEO of a grassroot not-for-profit, Lotus STEMM. Roopali immigrated at the age of 13, and living in the Diaspora, Roopali struggled with identity loss throughout her secondary education in Canada... Read More →
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Liette Vasseur

UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: from Local to Global; Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and the Women and Gender Program, Brock University
Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University where she is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. Since 2014, she holds the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability... Read More →
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Brittany Grimsdale

Acting Program Head, Women in Trades and Technology, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Brittany Grimsdale is the Acting Program Head for the Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the province’s only polytechnic and its primary institution for post-secondary applied education and research. Brittany’s... Read More →
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Sandra Corbeil

Director Strategic Partnerships and Networks, Ingenium
Sandra Corbeil is the Director Strategic Partnerships and Networks for Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation where she is the lead for their Women in STEM initiative. A leader in building collaboration and a passionate activist for the integration of social, dynamic... Read More →
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Imogen R. Coe

Professor, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018 and is a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, where her research group studies drug transport proteins. She is the... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 8:00am - 11:45am EST
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