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It is my honour to serve as President of the Canadian Association of Physicists, Canada's national voice promoting physics research and education across the country. The CAP runs a wide array of programs fostering interaction among physics researchers, students and educators as well as awards and prizes recognizing excellence in research, service, and teaching at all levels. Less visible, perhaps, but equally important are the CAP's advocacy activities: we meet regularly with the funding agencies and with politicians and policy makers in Ottawa to promote the importance of physics both as a fundamental science and as a necessary component of Canada's technology-driven innovation economy.
The coming year will be a particularly busy and exciting one for the CAP as we make further progress on our 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and also begin implementation of our closely-aligned 2016-2018 Communications Plan. Information on both of these plans can be found on this web page.
I would like to conclude this message with an appeal to all Canadian physicists. Do you believe that physics is not only intrinsically interesting but also important to society? Do you believe that efforts to promote and advocate for physics in the eyes of the public, politicians, policy-makers and funding organizations in Canada are worthwhile? The CAP is the only national organization to do this work on behalf of all Canadian physicists, and all Canadian physicists benefit either directly or indirectly from the CAP's efforts. Are you willing to help with these initiatives, either personally or through supporting those who do this work?
If you are not already a member of the CAP, please click on the "Membership" link on this page and become a member of YOUR national association today!
If you are a member, why not get more involved in the CAP by joining its Advisory Council or one of its committees? By clicking on the "About the CAP" link and the menu items appearing on it, you can learn about the CAP's governance structure. If you are interested in one of the open positions on the Advisory Council, or if you simply want to inquire about how you can get involved, please contact either the CAP office (cap [at] uottawa [dot] ca) or myself (richard [dot] mackenzie [at] umontreal [dot] ca). If you have a particular interest in, or expertise relating to, one of the committees, please contact the committee chair to get involved. You will find yourself part of a dedicated team who will greatly appreciate your help.
Finally, whether you are a CAP member or not, the CAP Foundation (CAPF) has recently launched its Ignite the Spark fundraising campaign. I encourage you to click on the "CAP Foundation" link to learn about the CAPF and the activities it supports. Your tax-deductible donation would be much appreciated and, for this campaign, will be matched through the generous donation of the Carswell Family Foundation.
Richard MacKenzie, P.Phys.
richard [dot] mackenzie [at] umontreal [dot] ca
Previous President Reports
President's Report May 2015 (Robert Fedosejevs)
President's Report October 2014 (Robert Fedosejevs)
President’s Report March 2014 (Ken Ragan)
President’s Report June 2013(Gabor Kunstatter)
President’s Report February 2013 (Gabor Kunstatter)
President’s Report September 2012 (Gabor Kunstatter)
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