The Academies

The CCA’s founding Academies are independent organizations that represent the finest minds in Canada. Their Fellows and senior decision-makers sit on the CCA’s Board of Governors and Scientific Advisory Committee, and they are a key source of membership for expert panels. The Academies provide key guidance and input throughout the CCA’s assessment process, including the planning process, study designs, expert panel nominations, and dissemination processes. The Academies of the CCA are: the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.



The Royal Society of Canada (RSC)

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences as well as Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership, The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and in Canada alongside other national academies around the world.

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The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)

The CAE is the national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. The Academy is an independent, self-governing, and non-profit organization established in 1987. Fellows are nominated and elected by their peers in recognition of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. Fellows of the Academy, who number approximately 600, are committed to ensuring that Canada’s engineering expertise is applied to the benefit of all Canadians.

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The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)

The CAHS recognizes excellence in the health sciences by appointing Fellows based on their outstanding achievements in the academic health sciences in Canada and on their willingness to serve the Canadian public. The Academy provides timely, informed, and unbiased assessments of issues affecting the health of Canadians and recommends strategic, actionable solutions. Founded in 2004, CAHS now has 607 Fellows and appoints new Fellows on an annual basis. The organization is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and a Board Executive.

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