Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-2015

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Canadian Polar Commission

Strategic Outcome: Increased Canadian Polar Knowledge

Program: Research Facilitation and Communication
Description

This strategic outcome creates the conditions for Canada to acquire the wide range of information needed for effective policy and research program development in the polar regions and to maintain Canada's position as a leading polar nation. The Canadian Polar Commission is Canada's national institution for furthering polar knowledge and awareness. It maintains and builds knowledge networks; synthesizes polar knowledge to identify opportunities, issues and trends; and communicates polar knowledge.

Budgetary Financial Resources (Planned Spending — dollars)

2014–2015
Main Estimates

2014–2015
Planned Spending

2015–2016
Planned Spending

2016–2017
Planned Spending

2,095,000

2,095,000

2,095,000

2,095,000

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014–2015

2015–2016

2016–2017

7.5

7.5

7.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

The Commission facilitates Canada fully embracing its place as a polar nation

Polar knowledge networks are maintained and enhanced

Relevant Canadian institutions are participating in polar research networks, and knowledge is being shared among participants and Canadians

March 31, 2015

Canadian experts are participating in international polar research coordinating mechanisms and associated subcommittees and working groups, thus contributing to global polar knowledge creation and dissemination efforts

March 31, 2014

Synthesis and analysis of priority polar issues are developed and utilized

Development and implementation of strategies addressing gaps and opportunities identified as a result of CPC analytical work and products such as the State of Northern Knowledge in Canada Report (released in 2013–2014)

March 31, 2014

Promotion of such work and products and their wide distribution

March 31, 2015

Communications channels to disseminate polar knowledge to Canadians are strengthened

Canadian Polar Commission website and online knowledge base provide current and accessible content

March 31, 2014

Development and utilization of modern communications strategies and tools to reach larger number of Canadians and maximize their awareness of polar issues

March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights

In 2014–2015, the Commission will fulfill its mandate by continuing to implement its three-year Strategic Plan (2012–2015), focusing on the following activities that address this Plan's key priorities — 1) activating and building networks to discover and aggregate polar knowledge; 2) synthesizing polar knowledge to identify opportunities, issues and trends; and 3) communicating polar knowledge effectively. This will be done in the following ways:

  • Through the Canadian Polar Commission Northern Office, further strengthen the northern knowledge network and continue to promote the engagement of Northerners in creating, synthesizing (adapting for a wide audience) and disseminating knowledge.
  • Continue to enable the efforts of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators to enhance the effectiveness of Canada's northern research infrastructure and its connection with international polar research infrastructure networks.
  • Continue providing guidance, secretariat functions and coordination for the Canadian Ad Hoc Working Group supporting Canada's involvement with the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks initiative to enhance Arctic-wide observing activities through partnerships, synergies and information sharing.
  • Strengthen the Commission's relationship with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) by helping promote opportunities for its members to develop the skills required to link polar knowledge with informed policy making.
  • Facilitate coordination and co-operation in Arctic and Antarctic research by further encouraging participation of Canadian experts in international polar research bodies such as the International Arctic Science Committee and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
  • Continue to strengthen the Commission's bilateral relationships with related organizations in the US and other countries through collaborations in common polar knowledge priority areas.
  • Promote the Commission's State of Northern Knowledge in Canada Report (2013–2014) and work with relevant parties on strategies for addressing knowledge gaps and opportunities in Arctic research.
  • Develop a strategy and next steps for establishing a Canadian Antarctic research program.
  • Continue to implement an online tool that maps polar knowledge and begin identifying key connections among people and funding programs to help identify opportunities for collaboration and co-operation.
  • Organize and facilitate discussions among Northerners, government, private sector and other stakeholders to encourage further creation and use of polar knowledge to advance decision making to benefit of Northerners and Canadians (“Knowledge to Action”).
  • Continue to communicate polar knowledge to Canadians via the Canadian Polar Commission website, speaking events, polar blogs and other modern communications tools.
  • Administer the Northern Scientific Training Program that supports and encourages young northern resarchers and work to increase the program's effectiveness.
  • Present the Northern Science Award to recognize knowledge creation that benefits Northerners.

Program: Internal Services

Description

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (Planned Spending — dollars)

2014–2015
Main Estimates

2014–2015
Planned Spending

2015–2016
Planned Spending

2016–2017
Planned Spending

481,360

481,360

481,360

481,360

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014–2015

2015–2016

2016–2017

1.5

1.5

1.5