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Scott Findlay

Associate Director, Environment Institute at the University of Ottawa

Scott Findlay is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa and associate director of graduate studies at uOttawa’s Institute of Environment. His main research interests involve the impact of humans on ecosystems, the relationship between science and law, evidence-informed decision-making, the integration of Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge and the role of Darwinian evolution in cancer progression and cancer therapy. From 2003 to 2009, he was the director of the Institute of the Environment. He was appointed to the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission in April 2005 and, in 2008, to the federal Challenge Advisory Panel to advise on the federal government’s Chemical Management Plan. In September 2009, he was appointed to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s expert advisory panel. He was commissioned by Canada’s National Judicial Institute in 2011 to contribute to a manual for Canada’s judiciary on the interpretation of scientific evidence in the courtroom. In May 2012, he was awarded a University Chair in Teaching from the University of Ottawa, and in 2013, he co-founded Evidence for Democracy, a national non-partisan organization that advocates for evidence-informed decision-making by governments. He has been researcher in residence at the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada since July 2017.