Canada Excellence Research Chairs/Canada 150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium

McGill University and the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat are proud to present the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)/Canada 150 Research Chairs (C150) Symposium:

Transformational Research for a Transformed World | June 8-9, 2021

*This event is by invitation only*
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Symposium will convene entirely online.

Purpose of the Symposium

The virtual symposium will offer participants the opportunity to connect with peers and members of the prestigious CERC and C150 Research Chairs programs, celebrate accomplishments, share diverse experiences and discuss challenges and best practices in successfully meeting the objectives of these programs.

Virtual Access

This free event will take place virtually. Participants may look forward to enjoying many activities, including keynote addresses; engaging sessions with CERC/C150 program leaders and administrators; and opportunities to converse and network with colleagues and friends. Access links will be sent to registrants prior to the event. 

Program and Registration

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Day 1 - Tuesday, June 8

Time Presentation Speakers
12:00 Opening Remarks

Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University

Ali Ehsassi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Chair of the CERC and C150 Steering Committees

Danika Goosney, Vice-President for Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Michael Strong, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Pierre Normand, Vice-president External Relations and Communications, Canada Foundation for Innovation

12:20

Keynote Address:

"Getting close to curbing the HCV pandemic", with Michael Houghton, Nobel Laureate 

 

Michael Houghton, Li Ka Shing Professor of Virology, University of Alberta; CERC Laureate in Virology (2010-2017); and 2020 Nobel Prize Laureate

Luda Diatchenko, CERC in Human Pain Genetics, McGill University (Moderator)

 

13:15 Transition Break
13:30

Presentations: 

Leading and interpreting research in the COVID-19 era

 

Catherine Hankins, Professor, Public and Population Health, McGill University; Co-chair, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (Chair and Moderator)

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Caroline Colijn, C150 in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health, Simon Fraser University

Title: Modelling and Policy in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Jennifer M. Welsh, C150 in Global Governance and Security, McGill University

Title: Global Cooperation and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Borries Demeler, C150 in Biophysics, University of Lethbridge

Title: Biophysics in the solution state: RNA drug characterization by Analytical Ultracentrifugation

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Sriram Subramaniam, CERC in Precision Cancer Drug Design, University of British Columbia

Title: Cryo-EM in drug discovery and vaccine research

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Vincent Mooser, CERC in Genomic Medicine, McGill University

Title: Enabling COVID-19 research using the Quebec COVID-19 Biobank

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Donna Rose Addis, C150 in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging, University of Toronto

Title: Thinking Beyond COVID-19: How the pandemic is shaping future thinking

14:45 Transition Break
15:00

Panel:

The Impact of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Today’s Research

Sari van Anders, C150 in Social Neurodocrinology, Sexuality and Gender/Sex, Queen's University (Panel Chair)

Panel 

Shireen HassimC150 in Gender and African Politics, Carleton University 

Wendy Hui Kyong ChunC150 in New Media, Simon Fraser University

Alán Aspuru-GuzikC150 in Quantum Chemistry, University of Toronto

15:45 Transition Break
16:00 A Conversation with Canada’s Research and Science Granting Agency Presidents 

Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University (Chair and Moderator)

Alejandro Adem, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada

Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Chair of the CERC and C150 Steering Committees

Michael Strong, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President/CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

17:00 Day 1 concludes

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 9

Time Presentation Speakers
12:00

Keynote Address

"The importance of standards, partnerships and stewardship", with Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

Nancy Ross, Associate Vice-Principal, Research, McGill University, and Incoming Vice-Principal, Research, Queen’s University (Moderator)

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

12:45 Transition Break
13:00

Presentations:

Looking Forward: Creating a sustainable future in a post-pandemic world

Ursula Eicker, CERC in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, Concordia University (Speaker and Moderator)

Title: CERC in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities

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Steven BryantCERC in Materials Engineering, University of Calgary

Title: Materials Engineering for Low Carbon Energy Systems

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Leon KochianCERC in Food Systems and Security, University of Saskatchewan

Title: Next-generation technologies for tomorrow’s crops: Getting to the roots of global food security

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Orlando Rojas, CERC in Bioproducts, University of British Columbia

Title: Bioproducts in the Boreal Bioeconomy

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Irina RishCERC in Autonomous Artificial Intelligence, Université de Montréal

Title: Artificial intelligence at the crossroads of machine learning and neuroscience

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Katja Mombaur, CERC in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence, University of Waterloo

Title: Human centred robots for societal challenges in Canada and worldwide

14:15 Transition Break
14:30

Panel:

Public Scholarship in the Research Ecosystem: Influencing Public Policy through research

Moderators:

Scott White, Editor, The Conversation Canada (Moderator)

Shannon Sampert, Columnist, Winnipeg Free Press (former Opinion Editor); founder, political analyst and media consultant, Media Diva (Moderator)

Panelists: 

Julienne Stroeve, C150 Research Chair in Climate Forcing of Sea Ice, University of Manitoba

Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University

 

15:45 Transition Break
16:00 "Ask Us Anything", with Agency Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-Presidents

Dominique Lalonde, Director, Institutional Programs, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (Moderator)

Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research, Social Science and Humanities Research Council 

Anne-Marie Thompson, Associate Vice-President, Research Grants and ScholarshipsNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Adrian Mota, Associate Vice-President, Research Programs, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Valérie Laflamme, Associate Vice-President, Tri-Agency Institutional Programs (TIPS)

 

16:45 Lessons Learned from the Summit and Closing Remarks 

Luda Diatchenko, CERC in Human Pain Genetics, McGill University

Vincent Mooser, CERC in Genomic Medicine, McGill University

Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research, Social Science and Humanities Research Council

17:00 Day 2 concludes

McGill and TIPS look forward to seeing you all virtually soon. All symposium attendees must register.

Conference Theme

Transformational Research for a Transformed World

The CERC/C150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium will take place virtually in 2021 due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Our current context presents new challenges daily, demanding rapid adaptation among the Canadian and international research communities.

Since the program’s launch in 2008, the CERC Symposium has been fertile grounds for innovation and inspiration. Over the course of the program’s history, these Symposia have inspired Canada’s top researchers to launch ideas and to initiate collaborations leading to transformative advances. While the pandemic has meant an abrupt halt to in-person events, we are leveraging new virtual interfaces to continue stimulating the next wave of innovations. We cannot afford to delay the exchange of ideas, waiting for this pandemic to pass.

This year, the C150 Research Chairs and their research teams will be participating. In this spirit, the 2021 CERC/C150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium will connect scientists in new ways to facilitate conversation, catalyze discovery and accelerate breakthroughs in a transformed world.

 

     

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