Professor and Graduate Program Director, University of Manitoba
S. Michelle Driedger is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a proud member of the Manitoba Métis nation. A health geographer by training, her broad areas of research interests include public and health risk communication, risk perception, and knowledge translation under conditions of uncertainty. Drawing primarily on qualitative methods, her research focus involves the study of how new and emerging risk and public health controversies develop in science, policy and public forums. She is particularly interested in how public health risk communicators can meaningfully engage public audiences to enable informed decisions about risk recommendations including protective behaviours that can be adopted for themselves and their family. Her research examines these issues in areas of vaccine and other health communication with an emphasis of the important role between health providers and the people they serve in clinical encounters. Her research and teaching interests intersect throughout: decolonizing methodologies in community based research with Manitoba Métis, engaging different affected audiences through participatory methods, and partnership development with relevant knowledge users to ensure research results are meaningful. Her research uses a variety of data sources: interviews, focus groups, documents (e.g. policy, reports), traditional news media and more recently, social media.
Director, Policy and Interagency Affairs, NSERC
In early 2019, Karine Morin joined NSERC as Director, Policy and Interagency Affairs where she is responsible for the implementation of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative.
She recently returned to Ottawa after being an Executive Director at Alberta Innovates, overseeing a number of initiatives related to clinical research and ethics. Previously, she has served as Genome Canada’s Director of the “GE3LS” program, overseeing activities related to the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects of genomics research. Earlier, she was a Senior Ethics Policy Advisor at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She also conducted research on ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Science, Society and Policy.
Science Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Ivan Semeniuk covers science for The Globe and Mail, a beat that ranges from the furthest reaches of the cosmos to the most pressing issues and discoveries related to the environment, technology and human health. A career science journalist, editor and broadcaster, he has previously worked for the journal Nature, New Scientist magazine and Discovery Channel. His work in various media has garnered several awards and nominations.
Director, Indigenous Research, SSHRC
Manon Tremblay is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. She is the Director, Indigenous Research at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council where she leads the initiative to build Indigenous research capacity.
Prior to that, she was the Senior Project Leader for the Public Service Commission of Canada’s Aboriginal Centre of Expertise where she worked in strategic Indigenous recruitment programs and services. Manon has spent 18 years of her career as a university student services administrator, part-time faculty and senior advisor on Indigenous affairs, first at Concordia University and then at the University of Ottawa. She has also worked as a senior advisor for the Cree Nation Government. Manon has dedicated her entire career to the advancement of Indigenous Peoples. She is a recipient of the 2016 Public Service Award of Excellence.