Public Lectures and Presentations

Women in Science Speaker Series ~ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research

The Johnson Shoyama Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy was pleased to host the inaugural Women in Science Speaker Series, featuring the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related disciplines and professions are core to innovation-driven economies and growth. Nevertheless, persistent gender inequalities and biases in training, hiring and promotion processes have limited the benefits of STEM sectors for social prosperity and personal well-being. These factors combined with other social barriers have intensified effects for certain groups of women including Indigenous women, women with disabilities, and those of visible minority communities. 

This speaker series showcases leading female scientists in the STEM sectors and recognizes their contributions to policy development, national dialogue, economic growth and prosperity.

Innovation and Change: Forging the New Canada-Indonesia Partnership

Len Edwards - Few nations have advanced so rapidly and presented such scale of opportunity and challenge as Indonesia, which is projected to be the 7th largest economy in the world by 2030. Yet, in Canada, Indonesia has received only sporadic attention from senior policy makers and the business community. CIGI’s Special Report entitled “Innovation and Change: Forging the New Canada-Indonesia Partnership” sets out why Indonesia is relevant to Canada, highlights the challenges and opportunities we face in pursing our relationship and assesses the drivers underlying our bilateral ties and engagement. Above all, this report lays out a path forward and provides a series of recommendations for concrete steps that are needed if the gap between performance and potential is to be closed. Canada’s future prosperity depends on our capacity to tap into the growth of emerging economies such as Indonesia.

2014-15 Fall Featured Lecture Series - Five Trends Changing Our World: Are we ready for them?

Presented by the Honourable Kevin Lynch, Vice Chairman, BMO Financial Group, this lecture also featured a panel discussion with Deputy Minister Louise Greenberg, Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan, Harold MacKay, Counsel, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, and Ron Styles, President and CEO, SaskTel.

The world is in the midst of profound change, driven by the intersecting trends of globalization, information technology, energy, demographics, and education. What do these mean for continued success and prosperity in mid-sized western countries like Canada? What are the implications for governing in a hyperconnected global economy? These are not issues easily solved, but from a governing perspective, they must be publicly discussed and debated if we are to manage these forces of change well.