On Monday, December 5th, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the establishment of the position of Chief Science Advisor for Canada. According to the announcement, the Chief Science Advisor “will be responsible for providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Science and members of Cabinet. This individual will also advise on how to ensure that government science is open to the public, that federal scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and that science is effectively communicated across government.”
CSPC CEO and President, Mehrdad Hariri spoke at the ceremony on the importance of the role of Chief Science Advisor. He emphasized that the major challenges facing the world today are all science related; climate change, global health, food safety and water shortage, sustainability of natural resources and many more. Therefore, it is important that our highest political offices, Prime Minister, and the cabinet have access to high caliber, independent scientific advice.