Innovation Policy encompasses all policies governing the innovation ecosystem, including social innovation. It focuses on putting the outputs of research (knowledge, technology) into use for broad socio-economic benefits. Innovation policies generally support and promote technology transfer, product, process development, validation, commercialization and scale up, national and regional innovation systems with the objective of improving productivity and competitiveness and driving economic growth and job creation. Social innovation is considered as an integral part of innovation policy. CSPC encourages nominations from all disciplines of science (natural sciences and engineering, social and human sciences, and health sciences) and from all sectors (governments at all levels, academia, private and non-profit sectors, media, and others).
The Science for Policy Award
The Science for Policy Award recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves via the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations. Science for Policy is the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations in all policy areas, not limited to but including public-interest policy priorities such as health, environment, national security, education, criminal justice and others.
The Policy for Science Award
The Policy for Science Award recognizes an individual who has pioneered policies and practices to improve the development of new technologies, capacity building and research infrastructure. Policy for Science focuses on management of science enterprises, the production of new knowledge, the development of new technology, capacity building, training highly quality personnel and research infrastructure. In general, the key targets of Policy for Science are post-secondary institutions, research funding organizations and government science-based departments and agencies.
Science Policy Definition
Science Policy is inclusive of both policy for science and science for policy. Policy for Science focuses on management of science enterprises, i.e., the generation of new knowledge, the development of new technology, capacity building, training highly qualified personnel and research infrastructure. In general, the key targets of policy for science are post-secondary institutions, research funding organizations and government science-based departments and agencies. Science for policy is the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations in all policy areas, not limited to but including public-interest policy priorities such as health, environment, national security, education, and criminal justice and others.
Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD is the Executive Director of the Concordia University Think Tank Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Canada Hub Director for Future Earth. She is a member of the Capitals Coalition Supervisory Board as well as the Crop Trust Executive Board. Eliane is a Research Professor at Concordia University in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. Eliane is a Professor of Practice For Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She is a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council and Presidential Advisory Council. Eliane is a member of the Impact Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet and of ShEquity. She is a co-editor of the 2021 book Building Resilient African Food Systems after COVID-19. Eliane is also on the boards of the Science for Africa Foundation and Genome Canada. Eliane is an invited member of the External Advisory Committee to the Chief Statistician of Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on Canada’s first Census of Environment. Eliane’s career path was featured in Forbes in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019. She is one of the recipients of the International Leadership Association’s 2022 awards in women and leadership for outstanding practice with broad impact.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Fereidoon Shahidi, Ph.D., FACS, FAGFD-ACS, FAOCS, FCIC, FCIFST, FIAFoST, FIFT, FISNFF, FRSC (UK), is a University Research Professor and Distinguished Scholar in the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has authored over 1,000 publications as research papers and book chapters, 78 books, and 10 patents. His research interests include nutraceuticals and functional foods with particular attention to lipids, proteins, polyphenols, natural antioxidants and oxidation control in health promotion and disease risk reduction. He is a highly cited scholar and has received numerous awards from different societies, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST), among others. He is the immediate past chair of the Scientific Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the President-elect of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST). He serves as the editor-in-chief (EiC) of the Journal of Food Bioactives (JFB) and the journal of Food Production, Processing and Nutrition (FPPN). Shahidi is the principal founder of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), a Disciplinary Interest Group of IUFoST and Founding EiC of the Journal of Functional Foods for which he served in that capacity for 10 years. He was a principal founder of the Nutraceutical and Functional Food Division of IFT. He has trained nearly 200 graduate students, highly qualified personnel, visiting professors, scholars, and PDFs, now his colleagues in over a dozen countries.
Professor, Departments of Geography and Environment and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University
Dr. Isaac Luginaah is a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Geography and Environment, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University, He is the Director of the Western Centre for Climate Change, Sustainable Livelihoods and Health, and also the Environmental Hazards and Health lab. Dr. Luginaah was a Canada Research Chair in Health/Medical Geography (2007-2017). He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers. He is also a dedicated mentor who has trained more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in environment and health research. He is member of the International Science Council scientific committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment. His contributions to the fields of environment and health have been recognized with several prizes and awards including from the Royal Society of Canada (College Member), Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Association of Geographers (Early Career Award), American Association of Geographers Africa Specialty Group (Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguish Scholar Award), and The University of Western Ontario (Faculty Scholar for research and teaching excellence). In 2011, he was honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his “service above self” in his community and globally.
IUFoST Secretary-General, Oakville, Ontario
Judith, a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, has represented IUFoST at many national and international conferences, including the IUFoST World Food Congress in Montreal in 2014 and international meetings of Codex, FAO, WHO, World Bank and many others. In addition she works on an ongoing basis with the national and regional associations of Food Science and Technology globally. Judith was part of the leadership group putting forward the submissions to the UN Food Systems Summit that were accepted by the Science Group of the UNFSS, making IUFoST the global representative for the discipline in the sustainability of future food systems with profiles on Global Governance and the role of FS&T for sustainable food systems; Food and Nutrition Security: Traditional Foods and Processes – towards a healthy diet for all and FS&T Education and Training for Capacity Building.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and Environment, Western University
Professor Gordon McBean, CM, PhD, FRSC, Department of Geography and Environment, Western University (since 2015, Professor Emeritus) and Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. He was an Environment Canada scientist, Professor, University of British Columbia, Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada; and has been at Western and ICLR since 2000. He was Chair, Science Committees: World Climate Research Programme and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk; and Co-Chair, Future Earth Governing Council; and President, International Council for Science. He was PI for projects: Building Climate Resilient Communities; Integrated Strategies for Risk Reduction; Coastal Cites (Vancouver, Manila, Bangkok, Lagos) at Risk due to Climate Change. He is a: Member, Orders of Canada, and Ontario; Fellow: RSC, AGU, AMS, CMOS, IUGG, IAFoST, ISC and others; and shared in 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for his IPCC contributions. He was awarded the 2017 International Meteorological Organization Prize and the 2023 AMS W. Washington Medal Research and Leadership Medal.