On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
, the Prime Minister's office announced that Dr. Siddika Mithani, Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of the Science and Techonology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), was posted to Environment Canada as the Associate Deputy Minister. We were later informed that Dr. Gilles Saindon takes over as the Interim Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of the Science and Technology Branch.
Dr. Saindon has had a long career with AAFC and defines himself as an "agriculture scientist". We welcome his appointment and look forward to working with him in the near future.
The Agricultural Insitute of Canada wishes everyone a Happy New Year. As Canada is about to make choices in 2015, it is increasingly important to understand what is happening in our agricultural sector as well as the way agricultural research is being promoted, funded and managed in our country.
AIC will continue to be an unbiased source of information on agricultural research and voice for agricultural researchers and practitioners. We will continue to be an advocate for a strong, well funded and sustainable agricultural research model.
Ottawa, ON - October 8, 2014 - The Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is concerned about what a report produced by Simon Fraser University and Evidence for Democracy has revealed. The report alleges that scientists that work for the federal government are not able to speak freely about their work.
"Trying to stop discussions on topics like climate change and other important scientific topics will not make these issues disappear," said Serge Buy, CEO of AIC. "The government needs to encourage open and frank discussions on these important matters even if they dont like what's being said."
AIC believes that in order to maintain its reputation on the world stage, it is important for the federal government to foster working conditions that bring the best and brightest scientists to Canada.
If the government of Canada is to retain and attract the best and brightest scientists, it needs to create and support the ability for scientists to freely exchange information with their colleagues and share their research findings.
Agricultural research (including food production, safety and security) is a focal point for governments around the world. AIC has, since its inception almost a century ago, been an advocate of agricultural research and a proponent of the development of a strong, national agricultural research policy.
Read the full media release.
AIC Honours and Awards
Nominations are now open for 2015!
AIC encourages members and non-members to nominate deserving individuals and organizations for our Fellowship, Sustainable Futures Award, and International Recognition Award.
Deadline for submission of nominations is January 15, 2015.
Read about the awards to access Guidance Statements and Nomination Forms.
AIC's Chair, Lianne Dwyer, was a witness for the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry's study, Innovation in Agriculture: The Key to Feeding a Growing Population. Read the full report.
Drs. David Chanasyk and Michael Trevan were elected to the AIC Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2014. Read their bios and those of the other members of the Board for 2014-2015.
Congratulations to Dr. Ernie Barber, who received AIC's highest honour, the title of Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, at a dinner in Ottawa on June 11, 2014.
Read the AIC 2013 Annual Report.
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Read the latest Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest.
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Photo credit (above, centre):
S. Colvey, IDRC