News from the Academies

Updates from the Royal Society of Canada: Pursuing the Mission

On September 1, the Royal Society of Canada acquired Walter House at 282 Somerset West in Ottawa. The grand opening of Walter House by President Yolande Grisé will take place in April 2012.

Recognize: “The Class of 2011” was announced during the week of September 5th.  Nominations are now being sought for the awards that will be presented in 2012, and for the “Class of 2012.” The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2011. All information and forms related to these two nomination processes are available at: www.rsc-src.ca

Promote: In partnership with the Society’s Institutional Members, over 15 receptions for Fellows have been scheduled this fall, from coast to coast. Receptions for Fellows will occur at Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University, the University of Toronto, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, l’Université Laval, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, The University of British Columbia, McGill University, and many others.  For details, please visit the events page at: www.rsc-src.ca

Advise: The Society’s five Task Forces, which have been established to strengthen the Society’s advisory capacity, are: (1) on Intervention in Matters of Public Importance, which is chaired by Irving Abella; (2) on Awards and Recognition, chaired by Roseann Runte; (3) on an Academy of New Scholars in the Arts and Sciences; (4) on Diversity in the Fellowship, chaired by Constance Backhouse; and (5) on Institutional Members, chaired by Daniel Woolf. In the short-term, the RSC anticipates creating another Task Force on Bilingualism within the Society. Additionally, three Expert Panel reports are being prepared for publication in 2011-2012, and the Committee on Expert Panels is planning for a new slate of panels to be launched in the New Year.

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)

The 2011 CAHS Annual General Meeting and Forum entitled Smarter Caring for a Healthier Canada: Embracing System Innovation was held in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier Hotel from September 14-16, 2011. This event explored the impact of innovations on healthcare systems and considered what is needed to transform the Canadian healthcare system. An opening address by Brenda Zimmerman was followed by panel discussions on the topics of equity, efficiency, community and sustainability.

Visit the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences website to learn more.

The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)

The CAE held their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver from June 2-3. The event included the induction and welcome of new Fellows (25 of the 45 newly-elected members were able to attend the ceremony). Members of the Academy are nominated and elected by their peers to honorary Fellowships, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

Also at the AGM, Kim Sturgess, FCAE, P.Eng was elected to serve as President of CAE. A professional engineer, Kim Sturgess is the founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, a not-for-profit water management services organization. Ms. Sturgess became a Fellow of the Academy in 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2006.

Plans are now underway for the 2012 Annual General Meeting and induction of new fellows, which will take place June 21-22, 2012 in Ottawa. The working theme is Canada in Aviation and Space: Past, Present and Future.

For more information on the CAE visit their website

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