Office of the Chief Science Advisor

Chief Science Advisor

The Office of the Chief Science Advisor provides advice on issues related to science and government policies that support it. This includes advising on ways to ensure that scientific knowledge is considered in public policy decisions and that government science is fully available to the public.

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Dr. Mona Nemer


The Chief Science Advisor's key functions are as follows:

  • Provide advice on the development and implementation of guidelines to ensure that government science is fully available to the public and that federal scientists are able to speak freely about their work
  • Provide advice on creating and implementing processes to ensure that scientific analyses are considered when the Government makes decisions
  • Assess and recommend ways to improve the existing science advisory function within the federal government
  • Assess and recommend ways for the Government to better support quality scientific research within the federal system

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Before becoming the Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Nemer was Professor and Vice-President of Research at the University of Ottawa and Director of the school’s Molecular Genetics and Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from McGill University and did post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal and Columbia University.

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