Meet the staff of the University of Ottawa's Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

Gattinger, Monica

Gattinger, Monica


Monica Gattinger is Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor at the School of Political Studies and Founder/Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Gattinger is an award-winning researcher and highly sought-after speaker, adviser and media commentator in the energy and arts/cultural policy sectors. Her innovative research programme convenes business, government, Indigenous, civil society and academic leaders to address complex policy, regulatory and governance challenges. She has published widely in the energy and arts/cultural policy fields, with a focus on strengthening decision-making in the context of fast-past technological change and markets, changing social values, and lower levels of trust in governments, industry, science and expertise.

Gattinger is Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, board member of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, and serves on advisory boards for the Institute on Governance, the National Research Council Canada, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Pollution Probe and the University of Calgary. She Chairs the Editorial Board of the University of Ottawa Press and is a columnist for JWN Energy’s Daily Oil Bulletin. Monica received the 2020 Clean50 Award for her thought leadership in the energy sector. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University.

Fafard, Katherine

Fafard, Katherine

Head, Planning and Resource Management

An experienced public policy and public management professional, Katherine brings to the ISSP an extensive background in the design and management of university-based institutes with mandates in public policy and science research. Her previous work includes the development of networks among public sector organizations, university scholars and community groups, and strategies to enhance knowledge mobilization. Katherine is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto (B.A. History) and Carleton University (M.A. Public Administration).

Kinder, Jeff

Kinder, Jeff


Jeff has almost 35 years of experience in government science, technology and innovation policy in the US and Canada.  His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies and the Naval Research Laboratory. 
In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Council of Science and Technology Advisors. In 2014, he supported the External Advisory Group on Government Science and Technology (the Knox Panel). More recently, he led the Federal S&T Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science, the Deputy Minister Champion for Federal S&T and related initiatives. From 2017-2022, he created and served as Executive Director of the science and innovation area of practice at the Institute on Governance. He is now at the Council of Canadian Academies directing assessments on international S&T partnerships and quantum technologies. 

At the University of Ottawa, Jeff is Executive-in-Residence at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and an adjunct at the Telfer School of Management. Jeff is a member of the board of the Canadian Science Policy Centre and advisor to the Ottawa Science Policy Network. He holds a PhD in public policy, a Master’s in science, technology and public policy, and a BS in physics.

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Dunn, Geneviève

Dunn, Geneviève

Communications and Outreach Specialist

Geneviève Dunn is the Communications and Outreach Specialist at the Institute. She is responsible for the management of the ISSP's and Positive Energy's websites, social media channels, newsletters, virtual and in-person events, and member relations. 

A graduate of the University of Ottawa (Telfer School of Management), Geneviève is fully bilingual and possesses extensive experience and expertise in communications and marketing, knowledge mobilization and event planning.

Yasmina, El Harim

El Harim, Yasmina

Research and Communications Administrative Assistant

A graduate of the University of Ottawa (Telfer School of Management), Yasmina El Harim is the Institute's Research and Communications Administrative Assistant. She assists in the management of the ISSP and Positive Energy websites, social media, newsletters, and virtual and in-person events. 

Yasmina is fluently trilingual and has extensive knowledge in social media marketing and event planning through her experience and involvement in campus marketing associations such as the Telfer Marketing Association.

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