Canada's New Chief Science Adviser

Dr. Mona Nemer the vice president of research at the University Of Ottawa was appointed as Canada's chief science advisor by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Dr. Nemer was aprofessor, vice president research in The University Of Ottawa and also the Director of The Molecular and Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory. Her research was focused on the mechanisms of the heart and congenital heart diseases with over 200 cited publications which have appeared in prestigious scientific publications.

She has served on many National and International advisory committee and executive boards, a recipient of many national and international honours. She is also member of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Academy of Sciences of The Royal Academy of Canada, a fellow of the American Academy of Hearts and Sciences, a knight of the Ordre national du Quebec and a Knight of the French Republic order national du Merite, she has also received honorary doctorates from France and Finland.

The appointment of Dr.Nemer is outstanding and quite inspiring as not many females have held this post before, her commitment to learning and gaining further knowledge also educating the next generation shows how far education can and will take you. She is a role model to a lot of young girls out there.

However, the possibility of her shifting focus to academic funding instead of climate change that could affect the public is high. The liberal government could have appointed someone with more experience with climate change activism or someone with more expertise with industry. They would have been more equipped to advise to the government on preparing strong climate change policies. Regardless. she has trained over 100 students from various countries in her research laboratory and also contributed to numerous community services and she is more than qualified to fill the role. 

Matthew Griffin