REPORT TO PAGSE MEMBERS for May 2004 to May 2005

Representatives from PAGSE member organizations held regular meetings with Dr. Simon Hanmer of Natural Resources Canada in the chair on May 3, June 9, July 13, August 4, August 23, October 20 and December 9, 2004 and, in 2005 on January 18, February 15 and March 21. A representative from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) attended the fall meetings and the Institute has now joined the Partnership. Other invited guests were Karen Kraft-Sloan, M.P. and Dr. David Hik, who spoke in May on proposals to enhance research in the Arctic and Dr. Michael Raymont, interim President of NRC who spoke in October on NRC's program and plans. At the December, January and February meetings .Tom Brzustowski, President of NSERC, Dr. Marc Renaud, President of SSHRC and Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of CIHR, respectively, gave reviews of the present situation & future plans of their agencies while outlining their views on issues of particular relevance to PAGSE's interests.

The meetings in the spring and summer, 2004 were largely devoted to preparing the 2004 PAGSE submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee. The Federal election during that time introduced a measure of uncertainty and the new government indicated that it was beginning a period of evaluating the results of the increased funding to research instituted over the last five to seven years. The submission was completed and submitted in September. A summary of the submission is included in this membership package.

Breakfast meetings for parliamentarians in the "Bacon and Eggheads" series, organized by the communications committee led by Dr. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa, and co-sponsored by NSERC, resumed in fall 2004 after the early summer election and summer break. Presentations were made on October 28 by Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa, on "Light & Matter", November 25 by Vincent Tao, University of Toronto on Remote Sensing, Surveillance & Mapping", February 10, 2005, by Marc Bustin, UBC, on "Coalbed Methane Extraction", on March 10, by Maurice Boissinot, Université Laval, on "DNA-based diagnostics for infectious diseases", on April 12 by Paul Hebert, University of Guelph on "The Barcode of Life Initiative" and on May 5 by Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto on "Hydrocarbons in groundwater". Talks were received enthusiastically by parliamentarians and others among the general audiences that averaged over 100. Three talks are scheduled for fall 2005 and details will be posted to the PAGSE website as soon as they are available.

The Annual meeting for 2004 was held on the theme "Leaders of Tomorrow" on November 2, 2004, and was a considerable success. Dr. Denis St-Onge, O.C. ably chaired the meetings that were attended by 15 invited young researchers, from Social Science and the Natural Science & Engineering disciplines, who participated in a day of discussions, presentations and a final reception on Parliament Hill. Joining the discussions before lunch were leaders of the granting councils and other bodies such as AUCC. At lunch in the Parliamentary Restaurant, the National Science Advisor, Dr. Arthur Carty, spoke on his new role. He was introduced by Prof. Howard Alper. At the reception three of the delegates gave short presentations on their research and the Honourable Peter Adams, P.C., M.P. spoke on the significance of the occasion and the work being done. Dawn Conway, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Research, chaired the organizing committee. A number of agencies and private organizations sponsored the occasion

"Leaders of Tomorrow" will again be the theme of the Annual Event in fall 2005, when the emphasis will be on research in the private sector. Researchers under 40 years old will be chosen to participate in roundtable discussions, meetings with Members of Parliament and an evening reception with the Science & Technology community. Details of time and place will be announced.

Please visit the PAGSE website www.pagse.org for more information on all of the above activities or contact the PAGSE co-ordinator, Donna Boag 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca.

 


  ALSO SEE:

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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