The Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), which is an independent advisory body mandated by the Government of Canada, goal is to provide advice on science, technology and innovation policy issues. The Council recently declared “that Canada continues to tread water as a mid-level performer.”
To assist in overcoming this and assist Canada in becoming a major player in the space, Industry Minister James and Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder announced the appointment of Ken Knox as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).
Ken Knox, who is the former Ontario Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, is well equipped for the job and has provided strategic advice to both federal and provincial scientific agencies and organizations including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Ontario Science and Innovation Council, the Ontario Bio Council, the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
“I am honoured to have been selected to serve as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council and to work with such an incredible group of Canadians to move Canada forward. I look forward to working with ministers, Council members, the federal public service and Canada’s universities, colleges and companies to strengthen Canada’s global standing as a vibrant place for research and technology,” said Knox.
James Moore, Minister of Industry, stated, “I would like to welcome Mr. Knox in his new role as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council. His lifelong service to Canadians and his in-depth knowledge of science and technology in Canada will help ensure that Canada continues to be at the forefront of research innovation and that research in Canada continues to meet the highest standards of research excellence.”