Advocacy and Communication Committee

Mandate:  The focus of the Advocacy and Communication Committee (ACC) is to advance and promote molecular biosciences, with a focus on advocating for robust and sustainable funding for fundamental research in Canada.  While CSMB continues working with both our partners Research Canada and the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering, the ACC is mandated to develop its own advocacy efforts to ensure that the concerns and solutions of CSMB members are heard on parliament hill.

Composition:  CSMB President (chair), Vice-President, Past-Presidents, 2 Councillors and 3 CSMB members at large.


  • Identify key concerns of members in regards to Federal Research Funding Issues and develop advocacy strategies to effectively convey issues and solutions to parliamentarians including, email campaigns, petitions, opinion pieces and meeting with members of parliament.
  • Submit Pre-budget Consultations to House of Commons.
  • Formally respond to the Budget and how it pertains to our members.
  • Submit recommendations to federal panels as they arise.
  • Build relationships with federal politicians
  • Communicate with media.
  • Establish social media presence to advance positions of CSMB.

Members of the Committee 2018-2019


Tarik Moroy CSMB President

Tarik Moroy

IRCM – Université de Montréal

Phil Hieter CSMB Past President

Phil Hieter

University of British Columbia

Imogen Coe CSMB Vice-President

Imogen Coe

Ryerson University

Kristin Baetz

Kristin Baetz

University of Ottawa

Christian Baron

Christian Baron

Université de Montréal

Paola Marignani

Paola Marignani

Dalhousie University

Jim Woodgett At-large member

Jim Woodgett

Research Institute

Julia Claycomb At-large member

Julia Claycomb

University of Toronto

William Stanford At-large member

William Stanford

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute