Enhancing Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence

Is Canada's extraordinary research record receiving the international recognition that it deserves?

Is Canada successfully promoting global excellence to the full extent required in the 21st century?

What can be done to build on Canada's major international research achievements, especially in recent years?

The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., along with members of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council, and leaders of research agencies, scholarly associations and interested groups from across Canada, met in spring 2012 to address the above questions. They agreed that, in order to increase international recognition for leading scholars and scientists in Canada, a process is needed to ensure more scholars and scientists are nominated for major awards.

The goal of the Enhancing Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence initiative is to boost Canada's research profile on the global stage.

The presidents of the three federal granting agencies - the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - have offered to support the efforts of universities, hospitals, research institutes, and corporate and government laboratories by:

  • developing an inventory of international research awards (a living document to be updated regularly); and
  • offering the support of their organizations in building compelling dossiers on candidates for international awards, by providing external reviews of institutions' draft statements on major scholarly contributions, or by helping institutions seek out international endorsements.

The Committee to Enhance Canada's Success in International Awards/Prizes, chaired by the Governor General of Canada, will also set up a canvassing committee to identify potential outstanding candidates. The committee members will serve as talent scouts to:

  • identify meritorious candidates for major international research award nominations;
  • contact the leader of the candidate's institution to recommend the candidate be considered for nomination for a specific award; and
  • connect the institution's administrators with the federal granting agencies' interagency coordinator to provide support, if a nomination is pursued.

An op ed on this initiative - written by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston and Dr. Howard Alper, Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council - was published in the Globe and Mail on February 18, 2013. The article highlights the importance of celebrating Canadian scientists and researchers, and emphasizes the value of the initiative to enhance global recognition.

Contact Information

For more information about this initiative, please contact:


Kiera Keown
Interagency Coordinator
Tel.: 613-954-7143
Fax: 613-954-1800
Email: kiera.keown@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

 


Canvassing Committee to Enhance Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence
Membership

Chair:

  • Howard Alper, Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa

Members:

  • Julia Baum, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria.
  • Catherine Beaudry, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and Commercialization of Innovation, Polytechnique Montreal.
  • John Dirks, President and Scientific Director, The Gairdner Foundation.
  • Colin Dodds, Former President, Saint Mary’s University.
  • Shana Kelley, Professor and Director, Division of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Toronto.
  • Jacques Menard, Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group.
  • Healther Munroe-Blum, Former Principal, McGill University.
  • Robert Prichard, Chair, Torys LLP.
  • Louis Taillefer, Professeur and Chaire de Recherche du Canada en matériaux quantiques, Université de Sherbrooke.

     


Terms of Reference for the Canvassing Committee to Enhance Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence

1. Objective

The objective of the Canvassing Committee (CC) is to identify potential outstanding candidates for major international awards.

2. Constitution

  1. The CC shall be composed of a minimum of five members.
  2. Members of the CC will be appointed by a sub-committee of the Committee to Enhance Canada's Success in International Awards/Prizes, chaired by the Governor General of Canada. This sub-committee will comprise the members of the Committee but exclude the Governor General, who will not participate in the selection process.
  3. Each member shall be appointed for a three-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of one term.
  4. The Chair of the CC is the Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The CC will serve as talent scouts to identify highly meritorious candidates for nomination for major international awards in research.
  2. The CC will contact the leader of the institution where the candidate is employed to recommend that said institution consider nominating the candidate for a specific award; if a nomination is pursued, the interagency coordinator will help the relevant individuals at the institution with the preparation of the nomination by providing external reviews of the institutions' draft statements on major scholarly contributions, or by helping institutions seek out international endorsements.

4. Meetings

  1. The CC shall meet usually by teleconference, and sporadically in person, a minimum of twice a year.

5. Minutes and Reporting Responsibilities

  1. All recommendations by the CC shall be recorded by the Secretary of the CC, in the minutes of the meeting.
  2. The Chair of the CC will keep the group convened by His Excellency advised, reporting from time to time on its work and the candidates referred. 

6. Support to the Committee

  1. Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council will take responsibility to support the CC's work.

7. Confidentiality

  1. All deliberations of the CC, and all records, material and information pertaining to the CC or obtained by a member of the CC shall be considered confidential.