Province Supporting Science and Innovation
The province is searching for its first Chief Scientist to advance science and evidence-based decision making in Ontario.
The Chief Scientist will advise on the long term vision and strategic research agenda for Ontario and provide scientific expertise on a range of provincewide issues including the aging population, transformative technologies and climate change. They will also work to ensure the province remains a top destination for global research talent and help advance Ontario’s reputation as a jurisdiction that believes investing in knowledge and science is the key to success and economic prosperity.
In March 2017, Ontario held public consultations to help determine the skills and experience the Chief Scientist should possess, and how this role could advance science in the province.
In addition to having a strong scientific background, feedback from the public consultations indicated that people across the province agreed that the ideal candidate should be:
- An innovator who can rally support for new ideas
- A communicator who can translate complex scientific knowledge
- A thought leader who can establish trust and confidence among the scientific community and policymakers
- A strategic thinker who understands policy development and will ensure decision-makers have the highest quality scientific evidence and analysis available
- An influencer who can provide scientific advice to decision-makers
- A networker who can build relationships with the scientific community and within government.
The province’s first Chief Scientist will be announced this fall.
Supporting research and innovation is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Four Corners Group, an executive recruitment firm, will run the recruiting process based on feedback from the public consultations.
- Ontario produces close to 40,000 graduates in science, engineering, mathematics and related technologies, each year.
- Ontario’s research capacity nationally and internationally is well known. Canada ranks as one of the top ten countries in the world for total output of research publications, and Ontario is the leading province with 226,470 publications (or 45.6 per cent of national output) between 2009 and 2014.
- Since 2013, Ontario has committed over $436 million towards 691 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund.
- Ontario is the largest life sciences jurisdiction in Canada with more than 50 per cent of the total Canadian life sciences economic activity.
- The life sciences sector employs approximately 60,000 people in Ontario.
- Recruiting a Chief Scientist is part of Ontario’s five-year, $650-million Business Growth Initiative that is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.
“People across the province told us what they want our first-ever Chief Scientist to accomplish. Our strategic recruitment process will ensure we find the best person for the position to advance science and research for a better and more prosperous Ontario.” — Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science