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Attention News Editors:

Peter Nicholson Appointed as 1st President of the Canadian Academies of Science

    OTTAWA, Feb. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Howard Alper, Chair of the Board of
Governors of the Canadian Academies of Science (CAS), announced today the
appointment of Dr. Peter Nicholson as the first President of the CAS.
    "Peter Nicholson is ideal for this position," said Dr. Alper. "He brings
a keen intellect and profound understanding of how science and government
function in Canada thanks to his vast experience in both sectors".
    Dr. Nicholson, who until recently held the position Deputy Chief of Staff
for Policy in the Prime Minister's Office, said that he is "anxious to get on
with the job of building the Canadian Academies of Science and positioning the
organization as an essential voice for Canadian science, both nationally and
internationally". He was one of the charter members of the Prime Minister's
National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, established in 1987 by
Brian Mulroney, and the founding Chair of the Fields Institute for Research in
Mathematics.
    The CAS Board of Directors established hiring procedures to appoint the
organization's first President, which was done through an open, competitive
process conducted by an independent search agency. The position was advertised
nationally in October 2005.
    The purpose of the CAS is to provide expert and independent assessments
of science in the public interest. Its mandate is two-fold:

    1. to provide a source of credible, independent, expert assessment of the
       science underlying pressing issues and matters of public interest; and

    2. to provide a recognized, unified voice for Canadians on behalf of the
       sciences, particularly in international inter-academy fora.

    About the Canadian Academies of Science

    The CAS is an arm's length, not-for-profit organization registered under
the Canada Corporations Act. Its founding members are RSC: The Academies of
Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering,
and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, which have agreed to work
together under the overall umbrella of the Canadian Academies of Science. The
CAS complements and builds on the mandates of existing science organizations
and encompasses the full, broad spectrum of the sciences.


For further information: Mark Buzan, Thornley Fallis Communications
(613) 231-3355 ext. 225, buzan@thornleyfallis.com

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Dr. Peter Nicholson is the President of the newly formed Canadian Academies of Science (CAS). Prior to joining CAS, Dr. Nicholson was held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Prime Minister Paul Martin. (CNW Group/ Canadian Academies of Science (CAS))


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