The National Research Council (NRC) appoints Dr. Danial Wayner as the first Science Advisor and Chief Science Officer by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
“Today’s announcement of Dr. Wayner as the first Science Advisor to the National Research Council supports the broader efforts of our government to ensure that our programs and policies are informed by research and evidence,” says The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “I fully anticipate that Dr. Wayner’s insight and advice will help the NRC continue to play a key role in making Canada a world leader in research and innovation.”
Dr. Wayner will report directly to the NRC’s President, Iain Stewart. He will ensure that the NRC’s strategic plans – their new program proposals, peer review processes and the development of NRC researchers – achieve a standard of research excellence. During his three-year mandate, he will also work in close collaboration with Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, and a network of Science Advisors from other science-based departments and agencies.
“I commend the National Research Council on the appointment of its first science advisor and welcome Dr. Wayner to the growing network of departmental science advisors,” says Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada. “I look forward to working together to promote Canadian science and scientists, encourage collaborations across sectors and help ensure that evidence informs government decision-making.”
Dr. Wayner’s contributions to science have been noted with several awards that include election as Fellows of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
He was the founding Director General of the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton and later the Director General of the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. As VP, Emerging Technologies, Dr. Wayner oversaw NRC programs that carried out leading scientific research and technology development in a wide range of areas that included quantum information, nanotechnology, optical telecom, machine learning, metrology, and astronomy.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to play a role in continuing to advance the NRC’s stellar reputation for delivering world-class science, technology and innovation to Canadians,” says Danial Wayner, the NRC’s Science Advisor to the President. “I also look forward to supporting Canada’s Chief Science Advisor in her role to ensure that science advice continues to be an important consideration in evidence-based decision-making and public policy.”
The National Research Council of Canada is the Government of Canada’s largest research organization. It is a key part of the Innovation and Skills Plan and of Budget 2018’s commitment to supporting Canada’s researchers to build a more innovative economy.