Recent Accomplishments

A list of CAPS's important documents.

2011 Recap/ Réalisations 2011

November 28, 2011


CAPS-ACSP has presented the following talks in the last couple months
    1. On October 20, 2011, at the Re- Imagine Conference held at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled "Postdocs and University Education.
    2. During the November 16-18, 2011 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled: "Education and Training of Scientists".
    3. During the November 24-25, 2011 Canadian Postdoctoral Policy and Administration Meeting at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Jeremy Mitchell, CAPS-ACSP Chair, and Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled: "Postdoc Perspectives on Postdoc Policy".
 
June 27, 2011
Introducing the CAPS Executive Council (2011-2012) following CAPS' first Executive Committee Election:
Chair: Dr. Jeremy Mitchell
Vice-chair operations: Dr. Angela M. Crawley
Vice-chair External: Dr. Daniel Preece
Vice-chair Communications: Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques
Vice-chair Finance: Dr. Lucie Low
Vice-chair International: Dr. David Kent
As part of the "changing of reins", the following is the 2011 outgoing report by the Interim Chair, Dr. Angela M. Crawley.
As a reminder of past CAPS's accomplisments, please also read the 2010 outgoing report by CAPS' former chair and CAPS founder, Dr. Marianne Stanford.
 
 June 25, 2011
In February 2011, CIHR advised CAPS that it had initiated a review of its policies surrounding support of postdoctoral fellows, and requested a statement of our position regarding their programs and to state any relevant recommendations. In response, CAPS provided an analysis and recommendations in the position paper attached here.
From the interim chair:
As some of you may have heard, the Canadian Tri-Council funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) have recently announced (version français) that agency-prescribed limitations on postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) amounts will no longer exist (i.e. deregulation of PDF stipends). This means that there will be no minimum or maximum amounts on operating grant-funded fellowships, placing the decision-making power in requesting funds to the principal investigators and any minimums/maximums of postdoctoral salaries will in turn be regulated by individual institutions.
 
We have recently been told by CIHR that the PDF fellowship award stipends will remain fixed at $40,000/yr (this amount has not changed since 2003), regardless for even the need to make adjustments for inflation. The Canadian Association of Postdocs (CAPS) is also seeking to determine whether the Tri-Councils plan to increase the base individual PDF fellowship awards.
 
As you may know, CAPS recently provided a statement on our perspectives of current CIHR PDF stipend programs and to provide recommendations for program improvements. Following consultation with both our Executive Committee, and our greater membership, we provided an official statement (see above). Despite these efforts, we are somewhat disappointed by this recent announcement.
 
CAPS is also in the process of making similar recommendations to both NSERC and SSHRC.
 
CAPS remains committed to advocate for equitable and fair remuneration of postdocs, and will continue to have present perspectives that represent the best interests of postdocs.
 
Regards,
Angela M. Crawley
(Interim chair, CAPS)
 
June 23, 2011

From the interim chair:

The following positions on the CAPS Executive Council (2011-2012) have been acclaimed, and will begin their term in July 2011. Please let your local CAPS representative know if you support the appointment of these candidates to these positions and they will then include thissupport in the voting process for the CAPS Executive Council.
CAPS Executive Council (2011-2012):
  • Chair: Dr. Jeremy Mitchell
  • Vice-chair Operations: Dr. Angela M. Crawley
  • Vice-chair Communications: Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques
  • Vice-chair External: VOTING PROCEDURE IN PROGRESS (candidates: Dr. Daniel Preece and Dr. Jiazhen Minnie Dai)
  • Vice-chair Finance: Dr. Lucie Low
  • Vice-chair International: Dr. David Kent
If you have any questions, please contact us: canadianpostdoc@gmail.com
Thank you.
Angela M. Crawley
Interim chair, CAPS
 
May 19, 2011
 
From the Interim Chair:

CAPS passes 1st Governance document!

I am pleased to announce that CAPS has received overwhelmingly positive support (91%) for its final draft of the first CAPS Governance document. An online voting procedure was conducted, involving many postdocs who act as representatives for their local institutions on CAPS’s Executive Committee.

I would like to thank all those who worked very hard on this document over that past several months. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! In addition, I also thank members of the CAPS community for having provided valuable feedback during this drafting process. The document is publicly available on the CAPS website.

CAPS is now well positioned to move forward with its agenda to support postdocs, and we will be even further regarded by important stakeholders with this document in hand.

We will now move onto the next task, which is to begin the selection of the new CAPS Executive Council. An official call for nominations is forthcoming, with a potential election deadline of mid-June 2011.
 
April 6, 2011
 
CAPS Fighting Retroactive Taxation
A press conference was held in Montreal on April 4th, hosted by FEUQ (Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec) and CAPS, based on the same press release (version française) we issued in the fall. This is with regards to our mutual stance on the unfairness of retroactive taxation of postdocs for the 2006-2009 period, particularly for individuals with the appropriate paper work.
CAPS was represented by the CAPS representative from the McGill University Postdoc Association, Dr. Lucie Low.
Here is some of the press coverage on the event
 
Important CAPS documents can be found here:
 

CAPS Documents

  • Canadian Postdoctoral Policy and Administration Meeting Nov 2011.pptx   5723k - Nov 28, 2011, 7:29 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v2)
    ‎Presentation at Canadian Postdoctoral Policy and Administration Meeting Sponsored by MITACS and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the meeting will take place at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario on November 24-25, 2011.‎
  • Canadian Science Policy Confernece Nov 2011.pptx   1552k - Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v2)
    ‎Presentation by Vice-Chair Operations, Dr. Angela Crawley, at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in November 2011. ‎
  • Imagine Conference, WLU, Oct 2011.pptx   539k - Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v3)
    ‎Presentation by Vice-Chair Operations, Dr. Angela Crawley, at the Imagine Conference October 2011, WLU: RE-thinking Education and Research.‎
  • CAPS Interim Chair Report, Oct 2010 - May 2011.pdf   20k - Jun 27, 2011, 7:50 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v4)
    ‎Dr. Angela M. Crawley's outgoing 2011 chair report‎
  • CAPS CHAIR REPORT 1OCT10.pdf   23k - Jun 27, 2011, 7:50 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v4)
    ‎Dr. Marianne Stanford-Bleeks's outgoing 2010 chair report.‎
  • CAPS Governance Documments   0k - Jun 25, 2011, 4:40 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v2)
    ‎Approved May 2011‎
  • CAPS position paper re CIHR review of PDF stipends, Feb 2011.pdf   40k - Jun 25, 2011, 2:01 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v5)
    ‎CAPS' position paper written to CIHR with our perspectives and recommendations regarding their review of their PDF programs.‎
  • May 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences   0k - Jun 25, 2011, 1:59 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v4)
    ‎Marianne Stanford, now past chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS), speaks about the challenges that today's postdoctoral scholars face and their prospects outside of the academic "parking lot." at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Concordia University at the end of May.‎
  • CAPS_Report_on_CAGS_mtg2010.pdf   0k - Jun 25, 2011, 1:55 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v4)
    ‎Recounting CAPS perspectives on the CAGS 2010 meeting.‎
  • CAGS_2010_mtg.pdf   0k - Jun 25, 2011, 1:55 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications (v5)
    ‎CAPS presentation at 2010 CAGS. Entitled: A postdoctoral crisis in Canada: from the "Ivory Tower" to the Academic "Parking Lot"‎
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