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Minister of Science discusses Canada's scientific strengths at G7 and Carnegie Group meetings

September 29, 2017 – Turin, Italy – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, took part in the 2017 G7 Ministerial Meeting on Science and the Carnegie Group Meeting in Turin, Italy, where she showcased the hard work being done by Canadian scientists to further Arctic science and climate change and ocean research, among others.

In addition to promoting the strengths of Canada's researchers, the Minister set the stage for Canada's Presidency of the G7 in 2018 by discussing the Government of Canada's priorities for science and innovation. She spoke about how science and evidence-based decision-making can help strengthen the middle class, the value of research in mitigating the effects of climate change, and the need for greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Canada will hold the G7 Presidency from January 1 to December 31, 2018, and will welcome global leaders to the G7 Summit at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec. The Summit will take place June 8 and 9, 2018.

At the Carnegie Group meeting, an informal closed-door session involving the G7 science ministers, Minister Duncan shared best practices on science and innovation issues of common interest to member countries. The meeting also gave the Minister the opportunity to strengthen relationships with scientific leaders from Italy, France, Germany, the U.K., Japan and the U.S., while promoting Canada as a partner of choice for international science collaboration.

Quotes

Science knows no boundaries. When scientists are encouraged to work across borders, their collaborations lead to the discoveries and innovations that benefit us all. I am honoured to have worked in partnership with G7 science leaders who demonstrated their commitment to science, to evidence-based decision-making, and to the role that scientists play in building a bold, brighter future for all people.”

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

Quick Facts

  • The G7 Summit brings together the heads of government of the G7 plus the European Union to discuss and build consensus on some of today’s most challenging global issues.

  • This is the fifth G7 Ministerial Meeting on Science held to date, and Minister Duncan’s second as Canada’s Minister of Science. She previously represented the Government of Canada at the May 2016 meeting that Japan hosted.

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Contacts

Follow the Minister on Twitter: @ScienceMin

Ann Marie Paquet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science
613-404-2733
Ann-marie.paquet@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca


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