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This Fall 2019, 17 researchers begin year-long placements in the federal government and two provincial governments, harnessing their research expertise for the development of policy-based decisions on key issues across Canada.
With robust expertise ranging from environmental protection to mental health, the 2019-2020 cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship will be instrumental in the continued implementation of innovative policies and evidence-based government decision making.
The fellows will continue to build relationships between policy makers and academic researchers, contributing their research backgrounds and scientific expertise to government policy-making. Administered by Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters innovation and growth in Canada, the program allows fellows to gain hands-on training in public policy and contribute to a national network of science policy expertise across academia, government, not-for-profit organizations, and industry.
The recipients of the 2019-20 Canadian Science Policy Fellowship are:
Provincial Fellows British Columbia (Victoria) and Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Jennifer Wilkie, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial and Human Resources Officer
“At Mitacs, we are proud to help some of Canada’s brightest minds bridge the worlds of academia, government, and business. Our ultimate goal is to innovate in ways that benefit every Canadian and this cohort of researchers will be instrumental in that vision. Working in partnership with the host governments, they will provide invaluable, innovative solutions to some of society’s most critical challenges.”
Dr. Primal Silva, Chief Science Operating Officer, Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
“From the 2019 cohort, the Government of Canada gains not only the experience that comes from experimental rigor, but also liaisons between important Canadian institutions. The Mitacs Science Policy Fellowship is an important asset for the country and will help us make tangible traction in areas that concern Canadians, including animal and zoonotic diseases that can have serious implications.”