It is with great enthusiasm that I begin my mandate as Chief Scientist of Québec. Over the years, sustained investment on the part of the Québec government through its Nature and Technology, Health, and Society and Culture research funds has enabled the creation of a solid base of researchers of international renown.
Québec has many challenges to face if it wishes to continue to stand out on the world stage: it needs to revitalize research and innovation by fostering major cross-sectoral projects and knowledge transfer to businesses, practice settings and public bodies; improve the competitiveness of Québec researchers both within Canada and abroad; and provide increased support to our young scientists.
As Chief Scientist, my mandate is to advise the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Science on matters pertaining to the development of research and science, in order to ensure Québec’s position and influence on Canadian and international levels. I am also Chairman of the Board of Directors of each of the three funds, and coordinate common issues and cross-sectoral research activities. Finally, I am working on integrating the three funds’ administrative services and I collaborate with the Scientific Directors of the three funds in order to ensure that they are operating effectively.
My position as interface between the three research funds enables me to build connections and make adjustments that will take Québec’s research system further in terms of knowledge production and innovation, thus increasing its influence. The fruits of public research should contribute to the living conditions, personal fulfillment and well-being of all Quebecers. I will rise to this stimulating challenge with the collaboration of the entire research community.
Rémi Quirion, OC, CQ, PhD, FRSC