Ontario’s first chief scientist, Molly Shoichet to promote scientific innovation in Government decision-making
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Toronto, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): Molly Shoichet was appointed on Nov 17 as Ontario’s new Chief Scientist to advance science and innovation by using the province’s world's best scientific research and evidence decision making, media reports said.
“We are pleased to see the Government of Ontario moving forward on the appointment of a Chief Scientist. We now face a world that is changing more rapidly than at any other time in history, and governments need to understand emerging science in order to craft policy informed by the best scientific advice,” Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) was reported by the media to state.
Canada ranks among the world’s top 10 countries for total research publication output, and Ontario is reported to account for about 46 percent of Canada’s national output from 2009 to 2014.
Ontario reportedly plans to increase the number of postsecondary students graduating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to 50,000 per year accounting for 25 percent over the next five years, giving Ontario the highest number per capita of postsecondary STEM graduates in North America.
Shoichet, a professor at the University of Toronto, a researcher and award-winning expert in the study of polymers for drug delivery and tissue regeneration and a member of the Order of Ontario, will report to Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science and will advise Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne in promoting our world-class science both at home and to international audiences and help to accelerate our economy by investing in scientific research, climate change, aging populations and the impact of transformative technologies.
athleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario aware of the amazing research scientists right here in Ontario are doing was reported by media to state, “As we tackle some of today’s biggest challenges, science plays an increasingly vital role in helping governments make informed decisions. I am excited that Molly Shoichet will become Ontario’s first Chief Scientist. I look forward to her thought leadership and advice on how we can strengthen the research and innovation happening across our province — and how we can apply scientific evidence to make government smarter and more effective.”
Congratulating Shoichet for becoming Ontario’s first Chief Scientist, Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science was reported by the media to state, “She is one of the top biomedical scientists in the country, with in-depth knowledge of Ontario’s research community. As Chief Scientist, she will help us continue a proud tradition of science and research excellence through evidence-based decision making and will open the world to the incredible innovative talent and technologies Ontario has to offer.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)