Summary of past PAGSE recommendations to House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) is a cooperative association of more than 20 national organizations in Science and Engineering (S&E), formed in June 1995 at the invitation of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada to act as the principal voice representing the Canadian science and engineering community to the Government of Canada. The organizations that comprise PAGSE include approximately 50,000 individual members from the industry, academia, and government sectors.

  The member organizations of PAGSE provide core support for its meetings and activities. PAGSE’s role is to inform decision makers about science and engineering and their importance to the nation, the economic benefits of research in Canada, the effects of research budgets, intellectual property issues, and other potential impediments to improving academic-industry symbiosis, including the international dimension.

  PAGSE represents an extensive resource that, through contracts and agreements, can hold events and undertake studies and assessments of benefit to government departments and agencies, to non-government organizations, and to the general public. In addition, in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), a monthly breakfast meeting is held on Parliament Hill known as “Bacon and Eggheads”, to inform parliamentarians about recent advances in science and engineering. Each fall PAGSE organizes an event focused on science and engineering issues – for 2003 the spotlight was on “Leaders of Tomorrow”.

  PAGSE submits a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance each fall to provide consensus views from the S&E research community on policy issues and initiatives. Prior to 2000, PAGSE has strongly supported such government initiatives as the creation of CFI, the Canada Research Chairs, and the CIHR, and the Sustainable Development Technology Fund and the Canada Graduate Scholarships. Since 2000, PAGSE’s briefs have made recommendations that can be broadly grouped under four headings:


PAGSE-sponsored studies
With the aid of external funds, PAGSE also sponsors independent studies of important issues for S&E in Canada.

  Setting Priorities for Research in Canada” (2000), by SECOR. The study found that “Most organisations were simply not interested in how priorities ought to be established nationally”, and that there is poor fit between research priorities of universities and those of firms. Most importantly, broad S&E research priorities are set with little public debate. It recommended that Government should establish a foresight and priorities panel to ensure that investments are being made in research for the economic needs of the country, linked to industrial sector needs, and for social benefit.

  Socio-Economic Importance of Scientific Research to Canada”, written by David A. Wolfe and Ammon Salter (1999), which highlighted the difficulty of performing quantitative evaluations of the socio-economic benefits that derive directly from science. However, it concluded that there were many qualitative examples that demonstrated that they do. It also examined the instruments used by government and the financial sector to support research and its commercialisation.



Summary of PAGSE submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (2004)
REPORT TO PAGSE MEMBERS for May 2004 to May 2005
Summary of 2003 PAGSE Submission to Standing Committee on Finance
Summary of past PAGSE recommendations to House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance


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