Dr. Scott Findlay
Scott Findlay is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Center for Cancer Therapeutics at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His main research interests include human impacts on ecosystems, the relationship between science and policy, integration of traditional and western scientific knowledge in aboriginal community health, and the role of Darwinian evolution in cancer progression and cancer therapy. From 2003-2009, he was the Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa. In April 2005, he was appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission, and in 2008 to the federal Challenge Advisory Panel to advise on the federal government’s Chemical Management Plan. In September 2009, he was appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel to the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development. In 2011, he was commissioned by the National Judicial Institute of Canada to produce a manual for Canada’s judiciary on the interpretation of scientific evidence in the courtroom. In May 2012, he was awarded a University Chair in Teaching from the University of Ottawa, and in 2013 co-founded Evidence for Democracy, a national non-partisan organization that advocates for evidence-informed decision-making by governments.
Dr. Ted Hsu
One of only two new Liberals elected to federal office in 2011, Ted Hsu is the Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Ontario. He is the Liberal critic for Science and Technology and Post-Secondary Education. In June 2012, Ted became chair of the Ontario Liberal caucus, a committee composed of all Liberal MPs and Senators. In November 2013, Ted was the proud winner of a Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award. He was voted by parliamentarians from all parties as the MP who “Best Represents Constituents”. Hsu, 49, graduated from Queen’s University in 1984 (B.Sc. Hons. Physics). He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a researcher with 25 published papers in physics; as an equities trader and financial manager in Paris and Philadelphia for Banque Nationale de Paris; and as an executive director in the Tokyo office of Morgan Stanley. He then spent three years as a stay-at-home father, and went on to serve as the executive director of SWITCH, a Kingston not-for-profit association that promotes job creation and investment in the area of sustainable energy. Hsu grew up in Kingston and his extended family has been living there since 1964. He and his wife, Tara Sharkey, are the proud parents of two daughters.
Dr. Diane Orihel
Diane Orihel is a freshwater ecologist who investigates human impacts on aquatic ecosystems through large-scale, multidisciplinary field experiments. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of British Columbia, Masters of Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba, Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Winnipeg. Diane has conducted research on nutrient cycling and algal blooms in eutrophic lakes, mercury contamination of aquatic food webs, as well as the environmental fate of flame retardants. Orihel is also the tenacious young scientist who became known as the ‘Lady of the Lakes’ after she set aside her Ph.D. to lead the fight to save the Experimental Lakes Area, a world-renown freshwater research facility slated for closure by the Canadian government. Her advocacy has helped inspire scientists across the country to voice concerns over the federal government’s attacks on science and the environment. Diane has appeared on The National and Power & Politics television programs, as well as in Science and Nature magazines, and was recently awarded a national prize for science promotion.