As part of its ongoing commitment to advocacy, the Chemical Institute of Canada Board of Directors, under Chair Bruce Lennox’s leadership, has submitted a Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA). CIC recommendations include: targeted fellowship funding to increase both the quantity of applied and basic research undertaken in Canadian universities and to power the innovation agenda of Canadian industry, increased funding to tri-council programs which support innovation-enabling fundamental research and finally investment in the development, maintenance, and upgrading of world class science and technology infrastructure in regional, national, and international shared facilities.
In addition to its Brief, the CIC speaks to government through strategic partnerships in the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) and the Partnership Group on Science and Engineering (PAGSE.) Throughout the fall of 2014 and winter of 2015, the CIC representatives will be meeting with MPs, granting council presidents and senior level bureaucrats in partnership with PAGSE, CCR and their constituent societies.
The CIC also encourages its members to meet with their members of parliament in order to communicate the importance of the chemical sciences and engineering in building a prosperous future. The full text of the Briefs from CIC, PAGSE and CCR are provided below, and would serve as an excellent starting point for such meetings.
Chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists are society’s problem solvers; from advances in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, to energy, food and water, they find solutions for our future.
Through its three Constituent Societies — the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) — the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is committed to advancing the chemical sciences and engineering.
CIC serves the members of its Constituent Societies and achieves its mission by organizing Canada’s two premier annual conferences for the chemical sciences and engineering; publishing ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News, and The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering; conferring awards; overseeing a network of Local Sections, Student Chapters and Subject Divisions; lobbying the government on issues of research funding and regulations; accrediting university programs and certifying chemical technologists; and reaching out to the public to advance their understanding and appreciation of the chemical sciences and engineering.
The Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) was established in 1976. It consists of 18 organizations that represent researchers in all disciplines across Canada. While the majority of these researchers are based in universities, the constituent organizations have numerous members in government laboratories and in private sector research centres. With more than 50,000 researchers and 500,000 students represented in these member groups, the CCR is the largest umbrella organization in Canada whose primary concerns are the funding of research in all sectors and support for post-secondary education.
All activities of the Consortium are conducted with volunteers from the constituent member societies and organizations. A six-member steering committee provides the planning and leadership for the CCR and reports to the Consortium at regularly scheduled monthly meetings of the member representatives.
PAGSE is a cooperative association of more than 25 national organizations in Science and Engineering, representing approximately 50,000 individual members from the industry, academia, and government sectors. It was formed in June 1995 at the invitation of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada to represent the Canadian science and engineering community to the Government of Canada.
The member organizations of PAGSE provide core support for its meetings and activities. These include defining the economic benefits of research in Canada and the effects of research budgets, analyzing intellectual property issues and other potential impediments to improving academic-industry symbiosis, showcasing the international dimensions of research projects and associations, and informing decision makers about science and engineering and their importance to Canada.