Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced Dr. Mona Nemer, who served as a Director of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery until her term ended this month, as Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor.
“Mona’s strategic thinking, strength of character, and deep knowledge and appreciation of the research community will be a tremendous asset to this government as it shapes its future research agenda,” says CPSR Executive Director Katie Lafferty.
As the new Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Nemer will help promote science and its real benefits for Canadians—new knowledge, novel technologies, and advanced skills for future jobs. These breakthroughs and new opportunities form an essential part of the Government’s strategy to secure a better future for Canadian families and to grow Canada’s middle class.
Dr. Nemer is a distinguished medical researcher whose focus has been on the heart, particularly on the mechanisms of heart failure and congenital heart diseases. In addition to publishing over 200 scholarly articles, her research has led to new diagnostic tests for heart failure and the genetics of cardiac birth defects. Dr. Nemer has spent more than ten years as the Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa, has served on many national and international scientific advisory boards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Canada, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec.
As Canada’s new top scientist, Dr. Nemer will provide impartial scientific advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Science. She will also make recommendations to help ensure that government science is fully available and accessible to the public, and that federal scientists remain free to speak about their work. Once a year, she will submit a report about the state of federal government science in Canada to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Science, which will also be made public.
- Dr. Nemer is also a Knight of the Order of Merit of the French Republic, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from universities in France and Finland.
- The Office of the Chief Science Advisor will be housed at Innovation, Science and Economic Development and supported by a secretariat.