The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I should also like to draw your attention to the presence in the gallery of Ms. Dorothy Zinberg, Faculty Member in the program for Science, Technology and Public Policy at Harvard University; and Ms. Holly Sargent, Senior Associate Dean, University Advancement and Senior Director for University Women's Initiatives at Harvard University. They are the guests of Senator Dyck.
On behalf of all honourable senators, I welcome you both to the Senate of Canada.
Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, as you have just heard, we have in the Senate gallery this afternoon two internationally renowned women from Harvard University : Dorothy Zinberg and Holly Sargent. Dr. Zinberg is a faculty member in the program for Science, Technology and Public Policy. She was a biochemist for 10 years at Harvard University before undertaking her doctorate in sociology. In addition to publishing numerous papers and books, teaching and conducting research, Dr. Zinberg has served on many boards, panels and committees, such as the NATO Panel on Science and Technology Policy.
Holly Sargent is Senior Associate Dean for University Advancement and Senior Director for University Women's Initiatives. She has an outstanding record of securing major gift support to Harvard University that has helped create many initiatives in women's issues in human rights. She has developed an advisory board of distinguished women leaders to support women's programs at the Kennedy School of Government.
This morning, these two remarkable women led a discussion on Women and Science, The Harvard Experience: Bridges to Canadian Context. The panel was chaired by Arthur Carty, National Science Adviser to the Prime Minister; and was co-hosted by Carole Swan, Associate Deputy Minister, Industry Canada and myself.
Honourable senators, in January 2005, comments made by the President of Harvard, Lawrence Summers, resulted in the establishment of two task forces on women in minorities in science and a commitment of $50 million U.S. over 10 years to support the task force's recommendations. As you know, underrepresentation of women in science is not unique to Harvard. It occurs throughout Canadian universities.
In Canada , we have many organizations that work independently to increase the participation of girls and women in science and technology. We have organizations in the federal government, non-government organizations and programs such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC, chairs in women and science and engineering. We have the Canadian Coalition for Women and Science and Technology, CCWEST, which is working toward establishing a national body to coordinate the efforts of all these organizations.
This morning, Dr. Carty, following the round table discussion, committed to support from his office to bring together the key people, the small group of leaders, who will bring leadership to the issue. This group will create a blue ribbon national committee that other countries could look to for cohesive, comprehensive solutions to increasing the participation of men and particularly women in science and technology.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!