CSMB President, Phil Hieter, traveled to Ottawa in support of the Fundamental Science Review as part of a delegation led by the UBC Office of Government Relations and UBC President Professor Santa Ono. Dr. Liisa Galea, a Professor in the Department of Psychology and researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, also joined the delegation.
Over two days, the group met with two Cabinet Ministers, including Canadian Minister of Science, Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Deputy Minister of Health Canada Simon Kennedy, two Deputy Directors, 3 Parliamentary secretaries, 2 Chairs of Standing Committees, the Chair of the Liberal caucus, and the President of Universities Canada Paul Davidson.
The meetings were used to emphasize the importance of basic science and to lobby for support from MPs for the implementation of the Fundamental Science Review, also known as the Naylor report.