The Honourable Kirsty Duncan MP

Kirsty Duncan

Contact information

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-995-4702
Fax: 613-995-8359

Minister of Science
Represents the riding of Etobicoke North

Kirsty Duncan has been the driving force for putting science front and centre in the federal government's agenda. The Minister intends to:

  • strengthen science
  • strengthen evidence-based decision making
  • strengthen the culture of curiosity in Canada

To achieve her goals, Minister Duncan is taking action on her mandate and several of the recommendations made in the Fundamental Science Review.

Minister Duncan is also working closely with Canada's Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, to strengthen research in Canada. Minister Duncan will look to Dr. Nemer to provide her and the Prime Minister with impartial, independent scientific advice. The Minister will then bring this scientific advice to the Cabinet table as she and her fellow Cabinet colleagues make decisions that affect the lives of Canadians.

In addition to delivering on her commitments, Minister Duncan is taking action to improve equity and diversity in the sciences—from the natural and health sciences to engineering and technology to the social sciences and humanities.

Minister Duncan holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Edinburgh.

She was an associate professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto and the former research director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management.

A renowned international speaker, Dr. Duncan has lectured for such organizations as the National Geographic Society and the Young Presidents' Organization, and she has helped organizations throughout Canada and the United States prepare for a possible flu pandemic. She also contributed to the Nobel Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Recent announcements

Canada Research Coordinating Committee

New science committee will help meet the needs of Canada's researchers

- News release

Government unveils plan to improve coordination among research funding agencies that support scientists, students

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