Media Release, Ottawa, May 12, 2015 -
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, along with the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the appointment of Ken Knox as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council
Ken Knox is a former Ontario Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Energy, Science and Technology. He has extensive experience leading Canadian science, technology and innovation organizations including the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, Ontario Genomics Institute and the Innovation Institute of Ontario.
Mr. Knox has extensive board experience, providing strategic advice to a large number of federal and provincial scientific agencies and organizations including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Ontario Science and Innovation Council, the Ontario Bio Council, the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
STIC is composed of 18 members, representing research, education and business sectors. Its mandate is to provide the Minister of Industry with policy advice on science and technology issues and to produce regular national reports that measure Canada's science and technology performance against international standards of excellence. Mr. Knox succeeds Dr. Howard Alper, the inaugural STIC Chair appointed in 2007.
Quick facts about Mr. Knox:
•Former Ontario Deputy Minister in the Agriculture and the Energy, Science and Technology portfolios.
•Recipient of a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), University of Guelph, and is a member of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.
•Past member of the Ontario Science and Innovation Council (Ontario's version of STIC).
•Currently a member of Genome Alberta's Board of Directors.
"I would like to welcome Mr. Knox in his new role as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council. His lifelong service to Canadians and his in-depth knowledge of science and technology in Canada will help ensure that Canada continues to be at the forefront of research innovation and that research in Canada continues to meet the highest standards of research excellence."
– James Moore, Minister of Industry
"I would like to thank the past chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), Dr. Howard Alper, for his leadership and sound advice as a global scientific leader in guiding Canada. I would also like to welcome Ken Knox as the new Chair of STIC. I look forward to his advice and extensive experience as our government implements Canada's science, technology and innovation strategy, a vision and a road map to ensure science and technology continues to push the boundaries of knowledge, create high-quality jobs, greater prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians."
– Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)
"I am honoured to have been selected to serve as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council and to work with such an incredible group of Canadians to move Canada forward. I look forward to working with ministers, Council members, the federal public service and Canada's universities, colleges and companies to strengthen Canada's global standing as a vibrant place for research and technology."
– Ken Knox, Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council