Dr. Mona Nemer was selected last month to become the country’s Chief Science Adviser, a role that hasn’t existed in Canada since 2008, when the former Conservative government eliminated the position.As chief adviser, she will help promote science to Canadians, as well as offer objective scientific advice to federal ministers.
Ottawa heart researcher Dr. Mona Nemer says one of the tasks she’s looking forward to in her new role is the opportunity to explain to the Canadian public what exactly scientists like her do.
She says scientists and politicians have often clashed, both in Canada and around the world, and that isn’t likely to change. But she hopes to help the public and politicians understand the valuable role science plays in Canadians’ lives every day.
Dr. Nemer believes that good science incorporates all the societal and economic considerations as well, so she is hopeful that by providing objective advice, her department can help governments in good decision-making.