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Media Advisory: Three game-changing Ontario research discoveries


Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium Big Thinking panel

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:30  – 9:00 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Hall C
255 Front Street West, Toronto

The Story

Ontario-based research has changed Canada and the world. At this Big Thinking panel, organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Council of Ontario Universities and hosted by CTV personality Marci Ien, three researchers tell the story of three game-changing Ontario discoveries: how Canada’s copyright laws have evolved into the most progressive in the world, how the Citizen Lab exposes Internet censorship, and how the Group of Seven revolutionized Canadian art. The panel will also include interviews with three Ontarians who can speak first hand to the impact of the research.

The researchers participating in this panel are:

  • Michael Geist, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law
  • Ron Deibert, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Gerald McMaster, Professor of Indigenous Visual Culture/Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University

This Big Thinking panel is part of the Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium, an event organized by the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters campaign.

About Big Thinking

Presented by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Big Thinking lecture series is committed to bringing big ideas in the humanities and social sciences to new audiences - creating opportunities for researchers to challenge and inspire policy makers, citizens, academics, students and community members on the critical questions of our time.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, learning and an understanding of the contributions made by the humanities and the social sciences towards a free and democratic society. Established in 1940, with a membership now comprising 160+ universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 85,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit

About Research Matters

Research Matters is a collaborative project among Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities led by the Council of Ontario Universities, to build new bridges between university researchers and the broader public. It is a multi-platform endeavour that involves a website and blog, social media, and public events – all designed to give Ontarians unprecedented access to the wealth of ideas and innovations happening at Ontario universities. For more information about Research Matters, visit


  • Free admission .
  • Speakers are available for interviews before and after the event.
  • This event will take place in English.
  • Click here to register you attendance.

Media inquiries

Nicola Katz
Manager of Communications
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
T: 613-238-6112 ext 351
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Wendy McCann
Director Strategic Communications, Media Relations
Council of Ontario Universities
T: 416-979-2165 ext 233
C: 647-271-0825
Follow us @OntarioResearch  #researchmatters