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April 26, 2018

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie Dawson, PhD, to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

Dr. Dawson is the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy (Tier II), and an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Ottawa. She holds an MA from the School of Business (Tourism) from the University of Otago, and PhD in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Dawson’s research on the human and policy dimensions of environmental change focuses strongly on the implications of climate change and economic development for the Arctic shipping sector.

She was a member of the CCA’s Expert Panel on the Social and Economic Value of Marine Shipping to Canada, which produced the 2017 report The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada. She was also a workshop participant on the CCA’s 2016 report, Commercial Marine Shipping Accidents: Understanding the Risks in Canada.


“Dr. Dawson’s involvement in two CCA assessments demonstrated her depth of knowledge and scientific expertise. It was a privilege to work with her on both occasions, and we are delighted that she’ll be lending this experience to our Scientific Advisory Committee.”

-        Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FCAHS, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies.

Additional Information

  • The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are eminent representatives of the broad science community, drawing from the academic, business, and non-governmental sectors. Membership reflects balance in terms of discipline, geography, gender, and official language community.
  • A full list of the CCA’s Scientific Advisory Committee members and their biographies can be found on the website
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