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Decoding Budget 2022 for Science and Innovation in Canada

By 31/05/2022No Comments

Federal Budget 2022 emphasizes core pillars that are intended to grow the economy and make life more affordable for Canadians.  This Budget includes historic investments in housing affordability, clean growth, Indigenous reconciliation, critical minerals, intellectual property and cyber security.

Canada’s global standing in R&D and innovation has declined over the last two decades, while this Budget contains unprecedented spending on R&D that is intended to drive economic growth.

Decode the 2022 Federal Budget and learn the implications for government and science with the Institute on Governance and Global Advantage Consulting Group on Friday, June 10th for a presentation, discussion and Q&A.

Omer Kaya is the Chief Executive Officer at Global Advantage Consulting group. As CEO, Omer is responsible for every aspect of the business to support public and private sector organizations including overall business strategy and planning, team leadership, management of processes, programs, and projects, as well as client relationships and partnerships. He has over four years of experience in the management consulting industry. Omer had previously worked in academia holding teaching and research positions, and the private sector in sales, marketing, and financial services. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from the faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University.

Jeff Kinder has more than 30 years 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, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Council of S&T Advisors (CSTA). In 20124, he supported the Knox Panel on Government S&T. During 2015-17, he led the Federal S&T Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science and Deputy Minister Champion for Federal Science. He is currently on interchange at the IOG.

For 20 years, Rhonda Moore has worked at the intersection of communications, research, and policy analysis and development. At that intersection, Rhonda has sought out opportunities to build relationships, to connect people and ideas, and to promote evidence-informed decision-making in plain language. Prior to joining the IOG in May 2018, Rhonda worked for a variety of private, public, and non-profit organizations including the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the University of Ottawa, and the Public Policy Forum.

Rhonda is President of the Science Writers and Communicators Canada, and a session lecturer at Carleton and the University of Ottawa.

David Watters worked for 30 years in the Canadian Public Service, including a dozen years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Industry Canada, Treasury Board Canada and Finance Canada. In 2002, David established Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa) and is the President of this strategic management consulting firm.

The firm has completed over 700 contracts for clients specializing in: analyzing and “mapping” complex public policy economic systems; creating collaborative business models for service delivery; aligning operational processes among networked organizations for enhanced decision-making; and designing growth strategies for organizations, particularly in the areas of research and technology development, innovation, commercialization and trade.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Law Degree in corporate, commercial and Tax law from Queen’s University Law School. He was also an adjunct Professor for seven years.

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