What is needed and what is next for Canada’s research community: A summit for scientists/researchers working in or outside of academia

May 6-7, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport, 2400 Alert Rd, Gloucester, ON K1V 1S1

It has been two years since the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science shone a spotlight on the challenges and opportunities to strengthen the foundations of Canadian research. Despite many positive advances since the report was tabled, many scientists/researchers are struggling to find their place in the workforce, whether that be in or outside of academia.  Join the Canadian Consortium of Research (CCR) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in Ottawa, May 6-7, 2019, as Dr. Naylor leads off their joint Summit focussed on identifying solutions for ongoing issues facing today’s and tomorrow’s Canadian research community.


Day 1

Session 1: Identifying the Issues

9:00 – 9:30

Greetings, Introductions and Context Setting

9:30 – 10:30

Keynote Plenary Address by Dr. David Naylor

Update on Status of Fundamental Research in Canada

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Townhall with Dr. David Naylor

Beyond the Science Review: What Issues Still Face Researchers in Canada?

11:45 – 12:45

Lunch (provided) and Networking

Session 2: Identifying the Challenges

12:45 – 2:15

First Round of Break out Discussions


BREAK OUT 1 - The Academic community: How do we Rejuvenate, diversify and Expand the Professoriate?


BREAK OUT 2 - Training the Next Generation: How do we Best Equip Students and Trainees to Succeed In and/or Outside of Academia?


BREAK OUT 3 - Impacts and Outcomes in Academia and Science: Are we Measuring and Communicating What Matters?

2:15 – 2:30

Break and Transition to Next Discussion Group

2:30 – 4:00

Second Round of Break Out Discussions

4:00 – 4:30

Day 1 Summit Wrap Up

Dinner on Own

Day 2

Session 3: Identifying the Solutions

9:00 – 10:30

Facilitated Report Back and Discussion from Break out Discussions

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Facilitated Discussion to Identify Key Issues, Recommended Solutions, and Next Steps

11:45 – 12:00

Summit Wrap Up

12:00 – 16:00

Meeting with Psychology Summit Attendees Only

Ottawa, Ontario