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Royal Society of Canada Strategic Planning Visit

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is holding strategic planning sessions at universities across Canada, and on Tuesday October 3rd the RSC will spend the afternoon at McMaster University. They will be gathering input about areas of opportunity for the RSC to help them develop their strategic plan, and will also provide a session on how to develop a successful nomination. Full details, the agenda and RSVP information can be found below:



The RSC's current strategic plan finishes at the end of 2017 so a major focus this year has been to hold conversations with Fellows, Members of the College and Institutional Members throughout Canada to help determine their strategy for the next 3 to 5 years.  

The McMaster University consultation will take place on Tuesday October 3rd 
in the Community Room, L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1003

Attendees from the Royal Society of Canada:
Dr. Chad Gaffield, President - Elect
Mr. Darren Gilmour, Executive Director
Mr. Chris Loreto, Council member 
Dr. Jamal Deen, President, Academy of Science

Nomination Planning Session: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

If you're interesting in nominating a colleague or  faculty member for a medal, award or Fellowship to the Royal Society of Canada, this one hour session will provide suggestions and tips for preparing the nomination package.

Strategic Planning Session: 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Do the currents of post-fact and fake news encourage the Royal Society of Canada to be more focused on outreach? Does an appetite for evidence from governments suggest that the RSC ought to turn its attention more squarely toward influencing policy? What opportunities are presented by the newly intergenerational quality of the membership?

Discussions on campus throughout 2017 will use the following three statements and questions to frame conversation:
1. Excellence has always been and will always be the most important value that the RSC embodies and pursues.

  • What is "excellence" today and how are measures of scholarly, scientific and artistic excellence changing? In this context, how might the RSC need to adjust the interpretation of "excellence"?

2. The College now provides the RSC with the opportunity to establish a unique and powerful multigenerational capacity to contribute to the academic community and the larger society both domestically and internationally.

  • What next steps should be taken to seize this opportunity?

3. The changing landscape of Canada's scholarly, scientific and artistic communities now includes multiple institutions, organizations, and participants as well as widespread debates about science and innovation policies and structures.

  • What is, or should be, the role of the RSC in the context of this landscape?

After the afternoon sessions, we will be holding a Reception from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m for our Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and Medal awardees in the Dining Room of the Faculty Club, Alumni Memorial Hall.  

Please RSVP your intention to attend any or all of the afternoon events by email to  or by phone to 905-525-9140 extension 27419.