Archived - Part 3 – Various Measures: Division 10
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National Research Council Act
The National Research Council (NRC) is currently undergoing a fundamental transformation in how it operates.
Work is well underway to position NRC to provide businesses with technical services, support for applied research and development projects, access to sector-specialized laboratories and testing facilities, and connections to leading applied research organizations around the world. This new approach will allow innovative firms to benefit from the NRC’s world-class capabilities, consistent with the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Federal Support to R&D.
This measure amends the National Research Council Act to clarify aspects of its governance structure and establish a smaller and more efficient Council.
This will be achieved by separating the role of the Chairperson of the Council, who will preside at Council meetings, from that of the President and reducing the size of the Council to 12 from 19. Other changes modernize the language with respect to the maximum period of time a person may act as the Chairperson or President before Governor in Council approval is required.