|November 20, 2015
Letter from CSM Presidents to Minister Duncan, Minister of Science
November 12, 2015
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan
House of Commons
Dear Minister Duncan,
On behalf of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists- Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes we send an enthusiastic congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Science. The CSM-SCM is excited by the creation of a new Ministry and the accompanying new opportunities to work with the Government of Canada on addressing societal challenges and opportunities for new discoveries that can benefit Canadians.
We welcome the new Government's commitment to appoint a Chief Science Officer, to make Government science and scientists fully available to the public, and to re-inject scientific analysis in the decision making process. Furthermore, the Government has pledged to make significant investments in our aging infrastructure, and in an innovation agenda. We strongly believe that the future prosperity of Canada will depend on the next generation of scientists who will make fundamental and applied discoveries that make our Citizens wealthier, healthier and safer. To this end we encourage significant investment in our science human resource infrastructure, and to review how NSERC, CIHR, NRC and Government laboratories fund and deliver research and training accordingly.
The CSM-SCM has been happy to provide service to the Government in the past. For example we provided expert testimony when the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act was being drafted, and our members frequently serve as Chairs and committee members on the Tri-Council funding agency grant review panels. Our membership includes prominent internationally recognized scientists who can work together with the Government to tackle challenges such as antibiotic resistance, clean energy and global food security. Microbes have a prominent role to play in providing solutions to all these challenges, and Canada is internationally recognized for its expertise in microbial sciences.
Congratulations again and the CSM-SCM looks forward to assisting the Ministry into the future.
Christopher Yost, PhD. President CSM-SCM; University of Regina
Christine Szymanski, PhD. 1st Vice-President; University of Alberta
Andrew Lang, PhD. 2nd Vice-President; Memorial University of Newfoundland
Charles Dozois, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2014; INRS University
Daniel Dubreuil, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2013; Université de Montréal
Nancy Martin, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2012; Queens University
Ivan Oresnik, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2011; University of Manitoba
Ed Topp, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2010; Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre, AAFC
Trevor Charles, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2009; University of Waterloo
Michael Hynes, PhD. Past President CSM-SCM, 2008; University of Calgary
Christopher Yost, CSM President