Government seeking public input to hire province's first ever Chief Science Officer

Mar 14 2017, 9:43 pm

The Government of Ontario is looking for its first Chief Science Officer.

And unlike most government recruitment processes, Ontario is seeking the public’s input on their next hire.

The Chief Science Officer will be a senior executive advising the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, as well as other areas of government on research and science matters, according to the province.

The role is meant to strengthen science and innovation across Ontario.

Public feedback will be used to develop the mandate and help decide how the new Science Officer will:

– Accelerate Ontario’s science and research and make this province a top destination for global research talent
– Develop the long-term vision and strategic research agenda for Ontario to help address challenges and reach scientific frontiers in Canada and around the world
– Help the government make decisions on science-based policy issues by relying on evidence and research
– Cement Ontario’s reputation as a jurisdiction that believes investing in knowledge and science is the key to success and prosperity

You can share your thoughts and feedback through the government’s website or by email, and the last day to do so is March 27.

The government will report back regarding this consultation later this spring.

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