Canada announces chair of independent expert panel that will review applications to Strategic Science Fund

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Ottawa, Ontario

The scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow will be born out of the work that our researchers and innovators are doing today. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting, leveraging and protecting Canadian research and science to grow the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, along with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced that Dr. Elizabeth Cannon has been appointed as chair of the independent expert panel that will review the full applications to the Strategic Science Fund (SSF). As announced in August 2021, the SSF is a new approach to supporting third-party science and research organizations through a transparent, competitive, peer-reviewed funding process.

Dr. Cannon, OC, FRSC, FCAE, has led research at the forefront of global positioning systems (GPS) since 1984, commercializing technology to over 200 agencies worldwide. She is President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. Among her many appointments, Dr. Cannon has served on the Minister of Natural Resources’ National Advisory Board on Earth Sciences and been president of the U.S. Institute of Navigation and a director on the board of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She has also served as chair of Universities Canada and co-chair of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Cannon was the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Prairie Region and worked to raise public awareness about science and engineering careers for women.

Dr. Cannon and the members of the independent expert panel will meet later this month to review the full applications that were submitted as part of phase two of the Strategic Science Fund. Program details can be found on the Strategic Science Fund website.

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