43 Delegates from across Canada were welcomed on Parliament Hill on May 2nd and met one-on-one with 63 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, and attended several House and Senate Committee Meetings as well as Question Period.
The SMP Program is championed by CSPC and Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer. SMP aims to strengthen the connections between Canada’s scientific and political communities, enable a two-way dialogue, and promote mutual understanding, to benefit parliamentarians, the scientific community, and the Canadian public alike.
This program included a day of extensive meetings with Parliamentarians (in a one-on-one format) and attending the House committees that were in session. The program also included eight training sessions centered on science policy, government structure and policy making, science communication,and EDI in science, among others.
Overall, this unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience changed the ways that participating scientists think about parliament and pointed out the numerous ways that one can connect with parliamentarians – on the hill or in their ridings in the future.
Previous iterations of the program can be found here.
This Program would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: The Royal Military College of Canada, The Stem Cell Network, and the University of British Columbia.