ISSP Fellows are professors, researchers or professionals from organizations other than the University of Ottawa who work with the ISSP in various capacities, including consultation, strategic advice and collaboration on projects.
Senior Fellow, ISSP, uOttawa
Stephen Blank’s career has spanned the academic, business and not-for-profit communities. His academic careers, at Harvard and Pitt and later at Pace University were bridged by work in The Conference Board and as a founding partner of MultiNational Strategies, an international management consulting firm. Blank’s research on infrastructure, economic integration and logistics is well recognized, as are his writings on British, Canadian and North American politics. He served as Bissell Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at Western Washington University and was awarded three Fulbright Professorships. He was Managing Director of an alliance of four North American business schools, and directed the largest Canadian-North American focused public affairs program in the US. In a change of pace, Blank and his wife headed a major project looking at the impact of global change on arts and cultural institutions, leading to several conferences at MOMA. A long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he was awarded L’Ordre National du Quebec by the Government of Quebec. He serves as Senior Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and continues to teach in the Osher program at Carnegie Mellon University. Blank was educated at Dartmouth, Cambridge and Harvard.
President Emeritus of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, Washington, DC
Nigel Cameron is President Emeritus of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC; in 2015-16 he was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy. He has written widely on technology, health, and ethics. In 2007 he was the U.S. Government’s (unsuccessful) nominee to be United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health. He is currently working on a biography of C. Everett Koop, U.S. Surgeon-General from 1981-89, who lead America’s response to the AIDS pandemic.
Founder, Idea Connector Network
Co-creator, National Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (NIWEE)
Guy Dancause is of mixed-heritage French, German and Algonquin. Before leaping into the world of new technologies, from 1977 to 2009 (32 years), Guy held senior positions at the Council for Canadian Unity, the Yorkminster Group, and Sharwood and Company. He was a management consultant for ten years. He led projects in process design, information management, project financing, marketing, and outreach. As a consultant, he provided services in Canada and overseas, primarily in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. He was also a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has degrees from Sir George William University (commerce) and l’Universitė du Québec à Montréal.
In late 2010, Guy founded the Idea Connector Network, with a focus on Indigenous Entrepreneurship. He designed and produced numerous tailored programs, in-studio and on location, engaging targeted audiences through dialogue extension. He is presently co-leading the co-creation of a National Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (NIWEE). It’s on track to launch in late spring 2022.
Michigan State University
Heather Douglas is a philosopher of science with a longstanding interest in science policy. Trained in the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh, her work on science policy began in graduate school, where her dissertation on dioxin science explored the value judgments that prevented easy agreement among scientists doing work of central relevance to policy-making.
Her research concerns the moral responsibilities of scientists, the place of science in democratic societies, the nature of scientific objectivity and integrity, methods for weighing complex evidence, and the roles for values in scientific reasoning. Her book,Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal (University of Pittsburgh Press 2009), argues that the value-free ideal is inadequate for policy-relevant science and offers an alternative ideal. She has argued that recognition of the importance of values in science, for both shaping research agendas and for setting sufficiency standards for evidential warrant, leads to the need for increased citizen participation in the policy process, alongside scientists, in carefully structured ways.
She has held previous appointments at the University of Puget Sound, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Waterloo. She was named a AAAS fellow in 2016.
Adjunct Professor, ISSP
Paul Dufour has been senior adviser in science policy with several Canadian agencies and organizations over the course of the past 30 years. Among these: senior program specialist with the International Development Research Centre, and interim Executive Director at the former Office of the National Science Advisor to the Canadian Government advising on international S&T matters and broad questions of R&D policy directions for the country.
Born in Montreal, Mr. Dufour was educated at McGill, the Université de Montreal and Concordia University in the history of science and science policy, and has had practical S&T policy experience for over three decades having been with such bodies as the Science Council of Canada, Ministry of State for Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs, and special adviser to the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on S&T.
Dufour lectures regularly on science policy, has authored numerous articles on international S&T relations and Canadian innovation policy. He is series co-editor of the Cartermill Guides to World Science and is the author of the Canada chapter for the UNESCO 2010 Science Report released in November 2010.
Senior Fellow, ISSP, uOttawa
E. Louise Earl has extensive national and international experience in the measurement of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) and the development of related statistical indicators. She is best known for championing the measurement of innovation to all sectors of the economy and developing methods to measure knowledge management and other technology management and use practices. Ms. Earl has co-edited, authored and contributed to numerous chapters, volumes and classification manuals in the field of ST&I measurement. She was vice chair of the OECD’s Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators from 2016 to 2018.
Gabriel, Kamiel S.
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Ontario Tech University
Dr. Kamiel Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science (honors degree), and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He holds a diploma in Space Science from the International Space University (H/Q in Strasburg, France), and an M.B.A. from the International Business Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the recipient of several national and international awards including the Society of Automotive Engineering’s Ralph Teetor Educational Award (Aerospace), the University of Saskatchewan’s Distinguished Research Supervisor Award, and the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance’s “Builder Award”. Dr. Gabriel is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (C.A.E.).
Dr. Gabriel is the founding Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and the co-founder and past president of the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DESA). He was DSEA’s president and Chair of the Board from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, Dr. Gabriel was seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation as the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Research and its first ever Science Adviser. Most recently, Dr. Gabriel was invited by the government of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. to assist with the creation of a Research Funding Agency to support competitive research efforts in the federal and private higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates.
President and CEO
Canadian Science Policy Centre
Dr. Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, the leading non-profit HUB for science, technology and innovation policy in Canada. A visionary in Canadian science policy, he founded the national annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), a national multidisciplinary forum dedicated to discussions on pressing issues in Canadian science, technology and innovation policy. In 2020, he was selected as a member of the Governor-General Leadership Conference. He is the author of numerous publications and opinion pieces and regularly appears as a media commentator on science policy issues. He is a board member of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, a member of the Innovation Leadership Council of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, and was a member of the first advisory committee to MITACS Science Policy Fellowship program.
International Relations Executive
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Senior Fellow with the University of Alberta’s China Institute and Distinguished Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Formerly, she was Executive Vice-President at NSERC where she was responsible for strategic operations, including research policy and international relations. She was also a member for seven years of the Steering Committee for the Canada-China Science and Technology (S&T) Initiative.
From 1991 to 2009 Margaret held senior management positions in the federal government. She was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy Technology and Programs at Natural Resources Canada and was appointed to the Assistant Deputy Minister level as General Director in the Department of Finance. She also held the position of Director General, Manufacturing and Processing Technologies at Industry Canada and was Assistant Secretary of the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology. She was also Director of Science Strategy, in the (then) Department of Industry, Science and Technology and Senior Advisor in the Privy Council Office. In the Ontario government, Margaret held positions in federal-provincial relations, telecommunications and consumer/corporate affairs.
Margaret holds an MA in International Relations from York University with Majors in International Organizations and China, and an Honours BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto. She speaks French and Mandarin. She is also working with the University of Ottawa’s Office of International Research on the university’s partnership with China, as well as writing on S&T in China.
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Dr. Robert Walker has had a distinguished career in public service in various domestic and international leadership roles. From 2010 until his retirement in 2015, Dr. Walker worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a federal Crown Corporation, first as Senior Vice President Nuclear Laboratories and later as President and CEO. From 2014, he was concurrently the first President and CEO of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Before joining AECL, Dr. Walker had a career of 33 years as scientist, manager and executive in research and development at the Department of National Defence, including as Assistant Deputy Minister and CEO for Defence R&D Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University.
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
Gregor Wolbring is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (Canada), Cumming School of Medicine, Community Health Sciences, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.). He is presently a member of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe, Germany, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Science, Policy and Society, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is Past-President of the Canadian Disability Studies Association and he is also a former member of the executive committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Some of his areas of engagement are: ability studies including governance of ability expectations, disability studies, governance of emerging and existing sciences and technologies (e.g. genetics, robotics, brain machine interfaces, artificial intelligence and machine learning, sensors), the governance of bodily enhancement, sustainability issues, EcoHealth, resilience, ethics issues, health policy issues, human rights and sport.
Some of his awards are: one of three finalist for the 2020 Sustainability Award University of Calgary category, Faculty Sustainability Research, Tanis Doe Award of the Canadian Disability Studies Association (2017) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medial awarded by the government of Canada in recognition of the benefit of his academic work to the greater community (2013). As to teaching awards he received the Bachelor of Health Sciences Research Mentor Award in recognition of making undergraduate students succeed in research (2014, 2016 and 2018), the Faculty of Graduate Studies, “My SupervisorSkills, GREAT Supervisor Award!” (2015) and the Faculty of Medicine McLeod award for excellence in teaching (2011) and Council of Canadians with Disabilities, National Award (1998)
Gregor holds a diploma in Biochemistry from the University Tubingen, Germany and performed his diploma work at University College London, UK. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from University of Frankfurt, Max Planck Institute for Biophysics.