4th Annual Ursula Franklin Forum on Science, Engineering and Society

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4th Annual Ursula Franklin Forum on Science, Engineering and Society

Wednesday, March 4 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Trust in Science and Engineering/ Trust in Scientists and Engineers – Issues of Data-driven decision making, policy issues and data sharing

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:00-6:00 pm
Upper Library Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto ON  M5S 2E1


Program of Events:

1pm opening remarks

1:30- 2:45 First Part of Forum:

10 min presentation from each panelist on their background, engagement and perspective on how this issue impacts their activity and professional engagement

2:45-3:30 coffee break

3:30-5 pm

Second Part of the Forum:

Q&A and Panel Discussion guided by graduate student coordinators of event

5-6pm Reception

6pm Panelists invited to dine in Massey Hall as our guests with the graduate students and continue the conversation and community connections!


Panel participants and brief bios:


Maya Goldenberg is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. Her research in philosophy of medicine and philosophy of science examines the intersection between science and values in both institutional and public domains. She is author of a forthcoming book on vaccine hesitancy and public understanding of science, A Crisis of Trust: Vaccine Hesitancy, Science, and Public Debate (University of Pittsburgh Press).


Jennifer McKelvie is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 25, Scarborough Rouge-Park. She has been designated as Mayor’s Resilience & Environmental Champion and in that capacity has taken an active role in the City of Toronto’s climate change, resilience and ravine strategies. Before entering politics, Jennifer managed research partnerships at the NWMO and CIFAR. She obtained her training as an environmental geoscientist at the University of Toronto (PGeo, PhD).


Elissa Strome is the Interim VP Research and Executive Director, Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, CIFAR and works at the interface of strategy, policy and leadership.  From 2008 – 2015 she held senior leadership positions at University of Toronto’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, advancing major institutional strategic research priorities, including establishing and leading the SOSCIP research consortium.  She is a member of the Federal Government’s AI Advisory Council.


Bob Watts is the Vice-President of Indigenous Relations at the NWMO. He has worked on a broad range of Indigenous issues at the regional and national levels for many years, including working to establish the historic Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The focus of his work includes examining ways the NWMO can the contribute to the reconciliation process in Canada, finding ways to ensure partnership is the cornerstone of relationship building with Indigenous and municipal communities and leading both policy and practical processes to interweave Indigenous knowledge and western science. Watts is also a former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations, served as the Chief of Staff to the Assembly of First Nations‘ National Chief Phil Fontaine, and is a former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and fellow at the Harvard Law School. Mr. Watts is from Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and is a member of the Six Nations Reserve.


Please RSVP by March 1 to rsvp@masseycollege.ca


Wednesday, March 4
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST


Upper Library
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada


Massey College