CSPC: A Successful Grassroots Effort
The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) was founded in 2009 by a diverse group of young and passionate professionals from industry, academia, and science-based governmental departments. CSPC serves as an inclusive, non-partisan and national forum uniting stakeholders, strengthening dialogue, and enabling action with respect to current and emerging issues in national science, technology, and innovation policy. The CPSC is a grassroots initiative that thrives on a dynamic and responsive conference structure focused on best serving the needs of the science policy community. Year after year, it has flourished thanks to the efforts of more than 100 volunteers dedicated to engaging members from research, technology, policy, and the general public in thoughtful discussion to improve governance of issues important to Canadian society. The event has experienced tremendous expansion over the course of its 7 years, growing to more than 1,400 attendees. This would not have been possible without the support of over 200 companies, institutions, and agencies, as well as the Advisory and Honorary Committees comprising of more than 70 field-leading experts.
The following three key themes define the mission of the CSPC:
- Act as a hub promoting ongoing national dialogue in support of more effective coordination and collaboration across all stakeholders, nurturing a broad and evolving community of policy thinkers
- Build capacity by introducing and fostering initiatives to train the next wave of leaders in science, technology, and innovation policy
- Advance science policy research by enabling a framework for collaborative, multi-sectoral assessment of science and innovation policies in Canada