Canadian Polar Commission's Annual Report 2013-2014

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The Honourable Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street
North Tower, Room 2100
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H4

Dear Minister:

On behalf of the Canadian Polar Commission, I am pleased to submit to you the
Commission’s annual report, which covers the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

Sincerely,

Nellie Cournoyea
Acting Chairperson

Mandate

Established in 1991, the Commission is Canada’s primary polar knowledge agency, whose purpose is to promote the development and dissemination of knowledge of the polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic). It contributes to public awareness of the importance of polar knowledge to Canada; enhancing Canada’s international profile as a circumpolar nation; and advising the Minister on any matter related to the polar regions.

In carrying out its mandate, the Commission builds and maintains polar knowledge networks, synthesizes knowledge to identify opportunities, issues and trends, and communicates knowledge and syntheses of research findings.

The Commission serves as Canada’s primary point of contact with the circumpolar knowledge community, and is Canada’s adhering body to the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). In addition, the Commission maintains a liaison with research organizations and institutes throughout the circumpolar world, providing guidance into multilateral research projects relevant to Canadian interests.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Canadian Polar Commission. Appointed by Governor in Council, they are responsible to Parliament through the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. The Board provides direction and delegates authority to the Executive Director, who manages the Commission.

Members

  • Bernard W. Funston, Chairperson (to 31/10/2013)
  • Nellie Cournoyea (Acting Chairperson)
    Inuvik, Northwest Territories
  • Barrie Ford
    Kuujjuaq, Quebec
  • Martin Fortier
    Quebec City, Quebec
  • Robert Gannicott
    Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • David Hik
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Rob Huebert
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Maxim Jean-Louis
    Sudbury, Ontario
  • John Nightingale
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Darielle Talarico
    Whitehorse, Yukon

Chairperson's Message

Polar knowledge is central to the mandate of the Canadian Polar Commission, and this is a pivotal time for polar knowledge in Canada.

Canada is chairing the Arctic Council, and Northerners are steadily gaining more political and economic power, most recently through devolution of lands and resource management responsibility to the Northwest Territories government. The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will open in Cambridge Bay in 2017, and will stimulate new northern research. Self government in the North is having a positive effect on government policies, including how research is done – northerners are getting more interested and involved in research, not just as field assistants, but also as planners and researchers. And, in Canada and around the world, interest in the Arctic and Antarctic is rising.

Keeping track of the state of polar knowledge in Canada – monitoring it and reporting to Canadians – is an important part of the Commission’s mandate. In the northern regions of Canada there is a strong appetite for new knowledge that we can apply to improving the quality of life in across the North. And there is plenty of new knowledge being created by researchers, some working closely with people in northern communities, or living in the North themselves. This year the Commission launched a major report under this part of its mandate. The State of Northern Knowledge in Canada outlines, from a northern point of view, what research has accomplished over the seven years starting with International Polar Year, and what the knowledge needs are now and for the foreseeable future. It’s the first report of its kind in Canada. If you are involved in planning, funding, or doing research in the North, I encourage you to read it.

Making information about polar regions readily available to Canadians is another part of the Canadian Polar Commission’s mandate. The Commission has created three new ways to help people get access to knowledge, make connections with the experts, and find out about important conferences and events. You’ll learn about these – the The Polar Blog, the Polar Knowledge App, and the Canadian Polar Commission Facebook Page – in this annual report. I invite you to try them out.

In closing, I would like to thank outgoing Commission Chair Bernard Funston and acknowledge his leadership in catalyzing the reinvigoration of the Canadian Polar Commission as an important federal government agency that is contributing significantly to Canada’s objectives pertaining to northern and polar issues.

Nellie Cournoyea (Acting Chairperson)

Executive Director's Report

I am very pleased to report that the revitalized Commission continues to make tremendous progress towards its strategic priorities, program delivery, and improvement of management practices and governance. Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), in April, 2013 in Krakow, Poland provided an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our current initiatives, further strengthen our international connections, and build our engagement with the early career scientists that comprise APECS. Much of the success outlined in this year’s Annual Report can be linked to connections made at ASSW.

We have achieved significant progress in strengthening the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators, a vital element that supports the full spectrum of knowledge creation in Canada’s north. Similarly, our efforts to advance the work of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative in Canada is contributing to enhancing monitoring efforts here and across the circum-arctic region. Both of these organizations are now better prepared to collaborate with the nascent Canadian High Arctic Research Station and its research
program, aligned with Canada’s overarching Northern Strategy.

We are very proud to have worked with hundreds of northerners and northern experts in the development of our State of Northern Knowledge in Canada report, and are looking forward to ensuring that it is used to guide future research efforts in Canada, and throughout the Arctic through the International Arctic Science Committee’s third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) process.

We have dramatically increased the profile of new polar knowledge in Canada through various media, including the The Polar Blog partnership with Canadian Geographic, our Facebook pages, and the Polar Knowledge App. We have reached out to northerners with the Northern Eurekas series on CBC North radio, and have initiated work on a number of new public lecture events.

This year the Commission welcomed the Northern Scientific Training Program on board, and through it delivered financial support to almost 400 students at educational institutions across the country, and rolled out a new user-friendly on-line application system.

We are proud that we were able to bestow the Northern Science Award medal and prize upon laureate Dr. Gérard Duhaime, and thrilled that the presentation was made by the Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

In closing, we have also made progress to further strengthen the management and operation of the Commission, and ensure its effective governance by our Board of Directors. I would like to extend my thanks, on behalf of the Commission, to outgoing Chair Bernard Funston, for his dedication to the revitalization of thisorganization and generous sharing of his polar knowledge and experience.

Dr. David J. Scott (Executive Director)

Strategic Outcome and Priorities

Our goal, as Canada’s primary national institution dedicated to polar knowledge, is to ensure that Canada fully embraces its place as a polar nation. To achieve its strategic outcome, increased polar knowledge, the Commission’s work is guided by the three-year strategic plan developed by the Board for the period
2012-2015. The plan outlines the following priorities:

  • Maintain and build active polar knowledge networks
  • Synthesize polar knowledge to identify opportunities, issues and trends
  • Effectively communicate polar knowledge and syntheses of research findings

Strategic Priority 1: Maintain and build active polar knowledge networks

Northern office in Yellowknife

Completing its first year in operation, the Commission’s northern office in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, has been central to its knowledge gathering, networking, and communication in the North. Accordingly the office, staffed by Northern Coordinator David Miller, has been active strengthening connections with northern decision-makers and organizations and in initiating a number of knowledge-sharing events, including a major northern traditional knowledge conference and a lecture series on Arctic issues. In collaboration with the senior science advisors of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut governments the northern office helped develop the Northern Science Advisors Forum, a vehicle for sharing information on Arctic research and research policy issues that meets quarterly. The northern office provided senior level support and liaison for the planning of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Science Agenda Research Partnerships Conference over the course of the six-month planning period prior to the April 2014 event.

The Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO), is a pan-northern federation of the operators and managers of the infrastructure, widely distributed across the Arctic and sub-Arctic, that serves Canadian and international researchers. The Commission recognizes that by improving communication and cooperation among these important components of Canada’s polar knowledge creation enterprise and bringing enhanced coordination and efficiency to their operations, costs can be reduced and access improved for researchers conducting field- work. The Commission continues to provide guidance and secretariat support to the CNNRO, and as a result the network’s leaders and membership were able to incorporate as a non-profit organization, elect a slate of directors, initiate a strategic planning exercise, and begin fundraising efforts. The CNNRO continues to contribute expert advice to the development of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, and is raising its international profile and connections by representing Canada at the Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO).

International Scientific Coordination

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental organization that facilitates and promotes cooperation among countries that carry out Arctic research — anywhere in the Arctic, and in any field (Website of International Arctic Science Committee). The Canadian Polar Commission is Canada’s adhering body to the organization, and its financial support enabled Canadian experts to participate on IASC’s working groups: Terrestrial (Dr. Warwick Vincent, Vice-Chair), Marine (Dr. Humfrey Melling), Cryosphere (Dr. Martin Sharp, Chair), Atmosphere (Claude Labine), and Social and Human (Dr. Gail Fondahl, Vice-Chair). Julie Friddell has recently been appointed as the Canadian member to the IASC Data Steering Committee. The Commission convened a preparatory meeting involving the Canadian delegation to IASC’s Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2013, and participated actively at IASC Council and other meetings during ASSW 2013. The Executive Director represented Canada at the IASC Council meeting and supported the Council’s decision to adopt a Statement of Principles and Practices for Arctic Data Management (Website of International Arctic Science Committee Data statement). The Commission provided guidance on such topics as science-policy integration, career development, and involvement of northern communities in research, at workshops sponsored by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).

Successful research in the polar regions requires cooperation and collaboration; and the rapid changes under way in the polar regions— changes that affect the entire globe —can only be understood through widespread and coordinated monitoring. Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), an initiative of the Arctic Council and IASC, is developing an international network of long-term, coordinated, pan-arctic observing and data sharing systems for information on environmental and socio-economic change. The SAON International Council includes representatives of the eight Arctic countries, the permanent participants in the Arctic Council, and the Arctic Council working groups, as well as members of IASC and the World Meteorological Organization. The Canadian Polar Commission now represents Canada on the SAON International Executive Committee, and it continues to provide coordination and secretariat functions for SAON’s Canadian Ad Hoc Working Group. SAON Canada (Website of Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks) is developing two strategic projects: the first, an inventory of existing monitoring sites and infrastructure in Canada’s North, will provide the basis for an analysis of gaps in coverage; the second, a communications pilot project, will develop a “Results Bulletin” information product that will highlight the policy relevance of new knowledge being created by these monitoring networks, in partnership with the Canadian chapter of APECS. Both projects will launch in 2014.

As Canada’s adhering body to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) the Commission is responsible for representing Canada’s national interests in Antarctic and bipolar science as well as for disseminating relevant information from SCAR to Canada’s polar research community. As the global polar scientific community continues to promote an integrated, bipolar approach to its research activities, it is important for the Commission to ensure Canadians are aware of our scientific community’s contribution to polar knowledge creation activities in the Antarctic and their relevance to the Canadian context. For example, Canadian researchers are active in SCAR coordination efforts through participation in its groups and committees, including the three Standing Scientific Groups: Geosciences (Drs. Luke Copland, P. Thayyil Jayachandran and Wayne Pollard); Life Sciences (Drs. Kathleen Conlan, Émilien Pelletier, Irene Schloss and Diana Varela); and Physical Sciences (Drs. Dermot Antoniades, Nathan Gillett, Thomas James, and Philippe Tortell). The Standing Scientific Groups coordinate international scientific research in their respective fields. Dr. Peter Pulsifer is a member of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information. The Commission has begun its preparatory work for the XXIII SCAR Meetings and Open Science Conference that will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, in August and September 2014.

The Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research (CCAR) is Canada’s National Antarctic Committee recognized under the provisions of SCAR. It advises on Antarctic research matters, ensures that the Canadian polar research community participates in Antarctic research planning activities, and encourages international cooperation in Antarctic and bipolar research.

This year the Commission has taken measures to re-energize the Antarctic portion of its mandate and consequently Canada’s Antarctic efforts, with the goal of establishing a formal national program firmly in mind. As an initial step, it has appointed nine new members as well as a new Chair to CCAR, and is guiding and supporting the Committee in the development of a Canadian Antarctic research program. The Commission also organized and conducted bilateral meetings with key international organizations including the British Antarctic Survey (Natural Environment Research Council’s Arctic Office), the Norwegian Polar Institute, the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany), the National Institute of Polar Research (Japan), and the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), to foster greater collaborations and partnerships in arctic research activities in general, and linkages to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) specifically. Commission officials also briefed the newly appointed Canadian Ambassador to Poland, Alexandra Bugailiskis, on Canadian northern and arctic knowledge and research-related activities and issues in preparation for her participation in a political panel at ASSW 2013, “Arctic Dialogue, Science-Policy Interface”.

The Commission continued to provide guidance and assistance to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) on the development and implementation of its Science and Technology program, monitoring initiatives, and partnership plans. The new research station to be built in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut will complement and reinforce Canada’s existing network of arctic and subarctic research facilities and ongoing federal, territorial, and academic research priorities. Through the station and its Science and Technology program, Canada will expand its capacity for collaborative international research projects to address the highest priority arctic issues. In March, Dr. Martin Raillard was appointed as Chief Scientist of CHARS.

The Commission worked closely with its United States counterpart, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, to facilitate Canadian expert participation on a U.S. National Academies of Science (NAS) study team developing a report on emerging research questions in the Arctic. Jointly with colleagues at the NAS-Polar Research Board, the Commission organized sessions of the study team in Ottawa to enable team members to hear Canadian perspectives on emerging research issues. The Commission began organizing the fourth Canada-US Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum, slated to take place in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, November 4-6, 2014 (Website of Canada - United States Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum) with its partners, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the US North Slope Science Initiative.

The Commission has also worked this year with representatives from a number of other countries and international research institutes to facilitate partnerships and collaborations on arctic research. These include Korea, France, Italy, Norway, Finland, China, Germany (the Alfred Wegener Institute), the United Kingdom, and Japan. The Commission organized the Ottawa portion of the Alfred Wegener Institute mission to Canada in May 2013. A delegation of scientists, including Institute Director Dr. Karin Lochte, met with key government and academic representatives to advance discussions on future collaborative projects and activities involving the Institute and Canadian research-based institutions.The Institute also participated in a meeting of the federal interdepartmental Committee of Assistant Deputy Ministers on Arctic Science and Technology. The mission to Canada of the Alfred Wegener Institute has both strengthened existing arctic research partnerships between Canada and Germany and led to the establishment of new ones.

During the last quarter of the year, the Commission began work with the Embassy of Italy to organize a joint Canada-Italy Workshop on Arctic Science and Technology Collaboration. The workshop will take place in Ottawa on October 22, 2014. The Commission is also an active member of the organizing committee for the Canada-Norway Transatlantic Science Week, planned for 27-28 October 2014 in Toronto.

Strategic Priority 2: Synthesize polar knowledge to identify opportunities, issues and trends

This year the Canadian Polar Commission completed its landmark report on the State of Northern Knowledge in Canada. Produced under the Commission’s mandate to monitor and report to Canadians on the state of knowledge of the polar regions, this report analyses the significant gains made since the beginning of International Polar Year 2007-2008, with a view to determining current knowledge gaps and fostering collaborative opportunities to address them. The report focuses on the perspectives of northerners on progress to date and future knowledge needs, and is built on semi- structured interviews with 114 northern subject matter experts, two-thirds of them resident in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, and Nunavik. The information they provided was corroborated and supplemented through an extensive survey of peer-reviewed and grey literature, and reinforced by further expert consultation during the 18-month study. In September 2013 the Commission organized and delivered four engagement workshops on its State of Northern Knowledge in Canada project. These involved officials from federal agencies and departments; academics and other experts; northerners and private sector representatives; and representatives from international missions in Ottawa. Discussions focused on the development of the report, as well as on research and knowledge issues and their linkages to policy and decision-making.

The report’s immediate objective is to inform Canadians, especially those living in Canada’s North, of the state of northern knowledge so they can better influence future efforts to address priority knowledge gaps, and to assist decision-makers in identifying and acting on those key knowledge gaps most critical to northerners and the Canadian North. It also addresses the issue of northern capacity with a view to increasing northern involvement in research at all levels, from the establishment of policies and priorities to fieldwork.

The report has four cross-cutting themes:

  • Preparing for Large-Scale Resource Development
  • Increasing Community Sustainability;
  • Strengthening Resilience; and
  • Understanding Environmental Change.

The report highlights new knowledge that can be used to address many of the issues northerners have identified as important: among them mental wellness, the high cost of living, maximizing the benefits of resource development while minimizing the environmental impacts, and more integrated, long-term environmental monitoring. It also suggests areas where further new knowledge would be beneficial. The report is available at The State of Northern Knowledge in Canada and is Canada’s initial contribution to the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III), to be held during Arctic Science Summit Week 2015 in Japan. The report will be released in April 2014, and engagement activities are planned for 2014-15.

Strategic Priority 3: Effectively communicate polar knowledge and syntheses of research findings

In order to more effectively reach a greater number of Canadians, this year the Canadian Polar Commission launched three new communications channels: the The Polar Blog, the Canadian Polar Commission Facebook page, and the Polar Knowledge App.

The Polar Blog, developed through the Commission’s partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, appears bi-weekly on the Canadian Geographic website and bimonthly in each issue of Canadian Geographic magazine. Highlighting the work of Canadian polar researchers, it brings a wide variety of timely and pertinent polar knowledge stories to the approximately four million people that make up Canadian Geographic’s readership.

In October the Commission launched its Facebook pages in English and French. Response was both immediate and positive. Statistics provided by Facebook indicate that the bulk of the Commission’s Facebook visitors range from 18 to 34 years of age, well aligned with the students and early-career polar researchers who are a key target group in the Commission’s communications and awareness strategies.

Recognising that the majority of Canadians are using smartphones and tablets to obtain information, the Commission has developed an iPhone application and mobile-optimized website that delivers one-stop access to a wide variety of information from across the spectrum of polar knowledge, from Canada and around the world. The Polar Knowledge App makes it easy to find polar knowledge experts by name, keyword, specialty, and location; locate polar research facilities and monitoring sites; learn about upcoming polar events; discover polar projects and programming; get information on communities located in the North; identify new funding sources; and read the The Polar Blog. The application also gives users quick access to important new publications such as the report on the State of Northern Knowledge in Canada. The Commission is encouraging additional Canadian and international polar knowledge organizations such as the British Antarctic Survey, the US National Science Foundation, and the Climate and Cryosphere project to make more information available via the app. At year-end, work was continuing towards a formal launch of the app at ASSW in Helsinki in April 2014, during an Association of Polar Early Career Scientists workshop.

Working with CBC North radio, the northern office initiated and developed “Northern Eurekas”, a series of first-person stories that featured arctic scientists recounting the pivotal experiences that inspired their northern research careers. The series was heard across the North during the summer of 2013. The northern office initiated a collaboration with the Tłı̨chǫ Government and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre to plan and fundraise for Įłàà Katı̀: A Festival of Traditional Knowledge, which will take place in September 2014. The Commission initiated this project and chaired meetings of the partners. In another partnership, with the University of British Columbia’s Green College, the northern office initiated development and fundraising for a year-long, eight- part arctic research lecture series. This is a pilot project for an eventual three-year 24 national lecture series planned to launch in September 2014.

The Commission takes pride in its active involvement on the awards committee of the Canadian Northern Studies Trust, which annually reviews applications from hundreds of students across the country, for eleven scholarships, fellowships and awards. One of these is the annual Canadian Polar Commission Scholarship, which this year was awarded to Erica Oberndorfer, an outstanding doctoral candidate from the Geography and Environmental Studies department at Carleton University. Ms Oberndorfer is working with Inuit in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut (Labrador) to investigate cultural and ecological relationships between people and plants.

Delivering the Northern Scientific Training Program and the Northern Science Award

On April 1 2013, the Commission began administering the Northern Scientific Training Program, at the request of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. This program, which has been operating for over fifty years, provides financial support for student researchers to partially offset the high cost of conducting research in the North. In response to requests from university students and professors for an improved application process, the Commission developed a new cross-platform online system that has improved the application and reporting process for the hundreds of researchers who apply for NSTP funding annually. This new system also simplified the collection of data, and facilitated the reviewing process used by the faculty members who determine which of their institution’s applications are submitted for possible NSTP funding. In 2013-2014 the Northern Scientific Training Program distributed nearly one million dollars in funding to help support the northern field research of 378 students at 34 universities across the country.

The Northern Science Award, created by the Department of Indian and Affairs and Northern Development to commemorate the centenary of the first International Polar Year (1882-83), is awarded annually and recognizes a significant contribution by an individual or group to understanding of the Canadian North, and to transforming that knowledge into action. The Commission also began administering this initiative at the request of the Minister, effective April 1 2013. The award, which includes a prize of $10,000 and the Centenary Medal, was given in 2013 to Laval University sociologist Dr. Gérard Duhaime, whose drive to find ways to improve the lives of people in northern communities has made him one of the world’s leading social scientists. The Northern Science Award was presented to Dr. Duhaime by the Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s annual College of Fellows Dinner in November 2013.

Strengthening Management and Governance

In 2013-14 the Canadian Polar Commission continued its efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness of its operations in the spirit of the Clerk of the Privy Council’s Blueprint 2020 vision, which foresees a capable and high performing Public Service that embraces innovation, transformation and continuous renewal. The Commission has adopted the Common Human Resources Business Process (CHRBP), the standard and comprehensive blueprint for human resources operations of the Government of Canada, and has already implemented many of the associated best practices.

The Board of Directors of the Commission conducted quarterly meetings during 2013-14. At its meetings in the North, it meets with key regional and local representatives to better understand their priorities, challenges and views on key northern issues. At meetings in Inuvik, Board members were briefed by representatives of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Inuvialuit Game Council and Joint Secretariat, Aurora Research Institute, Gwich’in Tribal Council, Town of Inuvik, and the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. In Yellowknife the Board met with the Northwest Territories (NWT) Minister of Finance, Environment, and Natural Resources, the Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, to discuss numerous current issues, including the NWT Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement, as well as with representatives from the Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning, and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.

Financial Statements

Extracts from the Financial Statements for 2013-14 reported to the Receiver General and Parliament

Total
Program Internal Services Contributions 2014 2013
Restated (note 1)
Operating expenses
Salaries and employee benefits $871,427 $231,645 - $1,103,072 $906,625
Professional and special services $27,595 $72,228 $60,320 $160,143 $266,685
Travel and hospitality $120,697 $1,175 $24,660 $146,532 $189,108
Accommodation $83,445 $22,182 $6,640 $112,267 $135,418
Board of Directors’ Fees $26,790 - - $26,790 $71,955
Printing and publishing $50,951 $13,544 - $64,495 $34,463
Office supplies $22,974 $6,108 $63,380 $92,462 $27,834
Memberships $26,668 - - $26,668 $27,660
Amortization of tangible capital assets $17,950 $4,771 - $22,721 $23,360
Contributions $1,096,000 - $20,000 $1,116,000 $20,000
Telephone and telecommunications $9,018 $2,397 - $11,414 $11,783
Net cost of operations before government funding $2,353,515 $354,050 $175,000 $2,882,565 $1,714,891
1. Restatement of prior years’ accounts receivable

In 2013-14, it became apparent that the creation of an accounts receivable related to employee benefits for the fiscal year 2011-2012 and fiscal year 2012-2013 was not justified. The balance created did not then and does not meet the definition of an asset nor a receivable as there never was a future benefit nor a realizable value. The effects of the correction of this error on the 2012-2013 financial statements are presented in the table below.

2013 2013
As previously stated Effect of the adjustment Restated
Accounts receivable $72,499 $(49,927) $22,572
Program expenses/net cost of operations $1,664,964 $49,927 $1,714,891
Departmental net debt $54,609 $49,927 $104,536
Departmental net financial position $(4,537) $(49,927) $(54,464)
Increase in salaries and employee benefits $856,698 $49,927 $906,625

Personnel

  • Dr. David J. Scott (Executive Director)
  • Jean-Marie Beaulieu (Senior Science Advisor)
  • John Bennett (Manager, Communications and Information)
  • Sandy Bianchini (Administrative Assistant)
  • Susan File (Research Analyst)
  • Julie Fortin (Finance Officer)
  • David Miller (Northern Coordinator)
  • Marc Meloche (Senior Policy Analyst)
  • Nathalie Robillard-Bergeron (Advisor, Northern Scientific Training Program)
  • Rhonda Turner (Manager, Northern Scientific Training Program)
  • Dr. Tara Zamin (Research Analyst)
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