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A podcast by Elect STEM - we seek to demystify running for political office for scientists and engineers.
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Our guest on this episode is the Honourable Jill Green, who is Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure in New Brunswick. She was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2020 to represent the riding of Fredericton North. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Mona Nemer, who is the Chief Science Advisor to Canada's Prime Minister, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Cabinet. Before becoming the Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Nemer was Professor and Vice-President of Research at the University of Ottawa and Director of the school’s Molecular Genetics and Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from McGill University and did post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal and Columbia University.
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Phil De Luna, who is currently the Green Party of Canada Candidate for Toronto-St. Paul's. Dr. De Luna is a scientist and carbontech innovator who is currently on leave from his role as a Director at the National Research Council of Canada to run for office. 
In this episode we have the founders of Elect STEM (and the hosts of Periodically Political) Darren Anderson, Monika Stolar and Chris Caputo discuss their favourite memories from the first season and provide some insights into what to expect in Season 2! 
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Reza Moridi, who served as Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, for a period, held both portfolios concurrently. Dr. Moridi is a graduate of Tehran University, Iran (BSc and MSc) and Brunel University London, UK (MTech and PhD).
Our guest on this episode is Preston Manning, who served as a member of Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He was also Leader of the Opposition from 1997-2000 and during this time he was his party's science and technology critic. He has an interest in science policy, being a strong supporter of the Canadian Science Policy Conference since it's inception.  
Our guest in this episode is Dr. Jennifer McKelvie, who is the City Councillor for Ward 25 Scarborough Rouge Park in the City of Toronto. he has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Geology. 
Our guest in this episode is Brian Chang, who is currently the Federal NDP Candidate for Toronto Centre. Brian has an Honours Bachelors degree in Arts in Environmental Policy and Practice from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. A broad range of topics are covered in this episode, with a lot of focus on what to expect on the campaign trail. 
Our guest on this episode is Dalton McGuinty, who served as Premier of Ontario from 2003 to 2013. Under Premier McGuinty Ontario created Canada's first Ministry of Research and Innovation where McGuinty himself served as minister. He has a B.Sc. degree in Biology from McMaster University and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. 
In this episode, our guest is Dr. Amita Kuttner, who first ran for Parliament in 2019 and has served as Critic for Science and Innovation for the Green Party of Canada from September 2018 to February 2020. Dr. Kuttner also ran for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada on a platform of justice, science, and resilience. They hold a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and currently is the co-founder of Moonlight Institute. 
Our guest on this episode is Dan Gibson. He represents Ward 1 in the Ontario municipality of Guelph as a city councillor. Dan has a BSc. from Trent University and a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Environmental Scientist and has over 15 years of public and private experience.
In this episode, our guest is Dr. Mathieu Vick, who is the President of the federal New Democratic Party. He has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Montreal and the University of Montpellier. 
In this episode, our guest is Deepak Anand, who is the Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga Malton.  He is the special advisor to the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade with Minister Fedeli with a focus on trade relations between India and Ontario. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA at the Schulich School of Business. 
In this episode, our guest is Ryan Singh, who is a Senior Consultant at Temple Scott Associates where he provides government relations advice. Prior to this he worked at Queen’s Park in the office of the Chief Government Whip. He has served as the Secretary and Regional VP for the Ontario Liberal Party and managed a number of political campaigns including 3 provincial campaigns in 2011, 2014 and 2018. We discuss a number of topics with respect to how to run for office in this episode, specific topics can be found at these timepoints:Nominations - 7:26Better engaging STEM with political parties - 17:28Legislation - 24:50Campaigning - 31:10
In this episode, our guest is Dr. Kimberly Girling, who was the Interim Director of Evidence for Democracy -  an organization that advocates for the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada (https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/). She has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and is currently a Senior Analyst at Public Health Agency of Canada.*Note - this episode was recorded when Kimberly was the Interim Director of Evidence for Democracy.*
In this episode, our guest is Dr. Kyle Demes, who was the Federal Liberal candidate for Vancouver East in the 2019 Federal Election. Kyle has a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of British Columbia. 
Welcome to Periodically Political, a podcast by Elect STEM. In this episode we have the founders of Elect STEM, Darren Anderson, Monika Stolar and Chris Caputo discuss their vision for the organization and what listeners can expect from this podcast series. 
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