Maurice Bitran

Sessional Lecturer, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy



Dr. Maurice Bitran is the Ontario Science Centre’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer. He joined the Ontario Science Centre in 2014 after wide-ranging careers in government and academia.

In the Ontario Public Service he was the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Integrated Environmental Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, ADM of Policy and Programs at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, ADM of the Secretariat to the Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council, and Ontario’s Chief Negotiator for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations with the European Union. He was also the Executive Director of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund.

In Academia, he was the 2012-13 Ontario Visiting Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and had academic appointments at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto, the Departments of Astronomy of the University of Florida and the University of Chile, and at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He currently teaches a graduate seminar on science and policy at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

A native of Chile, Dr. Bitran was recognized by the Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations as one of the 10 most influential Hispanic-Canadians in 2012, and received the “Public Service Award” from Life Sciences Ontario in 2013. He serves on the boards of Tourism Toronto, Ontario Genomics, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), and the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC).


Topics in Public Policy: Science and Public Policy

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