Executive Council Office

Science Community of Practice (SCOPe)

Yukon's Science Community of Practice (SCOPe) facilitates activities including lunch talks, field tours, informal discussion groups, workshops and networking opportunities (such as Science After Hours).

SCOPe provides members an opportunity to learn from peers and develop personally and professionally.

  • Do you have an idea for a SCOPe activity? Please Email and let us know! 
  • Would you be interested in hosting a SCOPe activity?  Please Email and let us know! 
  • Join us on Facebook, check out our Tweets and/or sign up for our listserve to keep up (and share) what is going on in the Yukon Science Community. 

SCOPe e-news

SCOPe publishes a weekly e-newsletter with current events, funding opportunities  and upcoming SCOPe lunch and learn talks.

View current and past issues of SCOPe e-news here.

SCOPe Fall 2018 Lunch and Learn Series: Redefining the Northern Research Landscape

SCOPe is partnering with Northern Public Affairs and Yukon College to host this Fall's Lunch and Learn series which will profile northern and Indigenous led research projects and research partnerships. This follows the publishing of NPA's July 2018 Magazine Redefining the Northern Research Landscape.

The series will feature a variety of speakers who are engaged in and leading Northern research, sharing their experiences and answering questions of what contemporary Northern-led research looks like. What are examples of innovative Indigenous-led research projects in the Yukon? What has worked well and where are there lessons to be learned from other northern regions? We will highlight the leading work being done by Indigenous nations and northern-based organizations to ensure their research priorities are addressed. The series will also demonstrate the diversity of Northern research and development projects taking place in areas such as health, energy, food security, water governance, etc.

The Fall lecture series will offer an opportunity to learn about ongoing research in the region and spark a conversation about how to further support and build upon Northern research.

Please sign up for our listserve  to receive regular updates on upcoming talks.  We are webcasting some of our events using AdobeConnect.  Information on how to connect remotely to webcasted events will be available a week prior to the talk through the listserve. Contact us for information how to connect remotely.

Unless noted otherwise, lunch and learns will take place on Thursdays from noon-1pm within the Executive Council Office Boardroom, in the main Government of Yukon Administration Building on 2nd Avenue.

SCOPe on Facebook and Twitter

Check out our Tweets or join us on Facebook to learn about upcoming events, funding or partnership opportunities, research findings and more items of interest to Yukon's science community.

SCOPe Archives

A number of our past presenters have made their slides available for downloading. Presentations will be posted here if/ when they are made available. Lunch and learn presentations may also be recorded using Adobe Connect and a link to the recordings is posted below.   

Lead  Topic
Kate van Ballegooyen, Pauly Sias and Ellorie McKnight

Research in Kluane First Nation Traditional Territory: A brief history and description of current initiatives

View the presentation here

Jamie Snook    

Co-management led research from Nunatsiavut

View the presentation here

Gwen Healey    

A reflection on Quajigiartiit: Strengths and struggles on the journey to creating a Nunavut-led community research centre

View the presentation here

Jen Jones

The role of relationships in developing community-defined indicators of well-being related to the extractive industry

View the presentation here

Aimee Schmidt

Revitalizing Tlingit Law for Wildlife Stewardship

View the presentation here

Sam Darling and Alison Perrin

Trends in northern research capacity (pdf)

View the presentation here

Shailyn Drukis

Wildlife in cumulative effects assessment: assessing needs and processes in southwest Yukon

View the presentation here  

Andy Herb Wetland restoration (pdf)
Heather Milligan         Spreading the message, not the mussel (pdf)
Ashton Drew    

Communicating research results and facilitating dialogue with interactive data apps

View the presentation here

Ashton Drew     Reproducible research in a digital age (pdf)
Mark Burns    

Open Data

View the presentation here

Laurie Prange-Martin

Qualitative data visualization: presenting non-numerical data (pdf)

View the presentation here

James Doiron

Supporting research: Data management planning and the portage network

View the presentation here

Paul Kishchuk Applied Analytics - Some Yukon Examples (pdf)
Eric Ste Marie and Shaun Turney

The effect of the Dempster highway on the diversity, abundance and composition of arthropod communities in the Yukon, Canada (pdf)

View the presentation here

Leslie Shannon

Women in science and engineering: attracting and retaining a diverse workforce

View the presentation here

Matt Carlson and Thom Stubbs

Scenario Forecasting, Landscape and Community Futures in Canada's North

View the presentation here

Dazawray Landrie-Parker    

Northern and Indigenous peoples and the prospects for nuclear energy

View the presentation here

Michel Baraer     Climate change impacts on hydrological regimes of glacierized rivers in the southwest Yukon (pdf)
Brian Horton    

Responses of river flow and glacier cover to climate change in the upper Yukon River basin

View the presentation here

Louis-Philippe Roy     Development of a climate-resilient functional plan for the Dempster Highway (pdf)
Alison Perrin, Maciej Stetkiewicz and Sujata Manandhar

Evidence-based Decision-Making - Incorporating Climate Change into Government Policy; Developing a tool for assessing flood risk in Yukon communities; Collaboratively developing a water strategy for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

View the presentation here

Kirstie Simpson

Modelling legacy disturbance recovery in North Yukon

View the presentation here

Dave Neufeld

Learning to Drive the Yukon River: Western Cartography and Athabaskan Story Maps

Listen to the presentation here

Paul Kischuk What Environmental Assessment can Learn from Evaluation (pdf)
Scott Findlay Facts and values in evidence-based decision-making (pdf)
Katrine Frese

Play a role in climate change response:  the new Yukon College Post-Degree Certificate in Climate Change Policy (pdf)

Program outline (pdf)

View the presentation here

John Streicker

Yukon climate change indicators and key findings, 2015

View the presentation here

Anne Dance

Ordered Reclamation - Redefining Mine Cleanup in Northern Canada

View the presentation here

Andrew Smith

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Ultra-high Resolution 2D and 3D Mapping

View the presentation here

Bob Busby

Earthscope Transportable Array (USArray) in Yukon - Year 2

Listen to the presentation here

Bojan Furst    

Knowledge mobilization and knowledge brokering: a plain English version

View a recording of the presentation here

Devon Yacura    

Occurrence and fate of pharmaceutical and personal care products at the Whitehorse sewage lagoon  (ppt)

View a recording of the PPCP presentation here 

Dr. Gertrude Saxinger

Lunch and Learn: Mining is mobile – and so the workers: Labour mobility and community participation in the extractive industries in the Yukon (LACE) (ppt)

View a recording of the LACE presentation here

Dr. Jessica Tomkins and Kathleen Lysyshyn

Research logistics support through the Polar Continental Shelf Program  (ppt)

View a recording of the PCSP presentation here

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Shannon Ryan, and Katelyn Friendship

Highlights of Yukon Presentations at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health:

Congenital anomolies in the Canadian North 2001-2012: Emerging east west differences (pdf)

Working together to achieve healthier lifestyles in Yukon and NWT communities   (pdf)

Indigenous community food security in Yukon Territory, Canada  (pdf)

Adam Sills 2015 Field Communications Options (pdf)
Stefan Gronsdahl Soil sampling and borehole logging using a custom app on field tablet (pdf)
Ashley Tomlins UK Guidelines on the use of scientific and engineering advice in policy making (pdf)
Shealagh Pope     Solutions Driven Science and Technology (pdf)
Dave Polster Natural Processes for the Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites (2015 Mine Closure Paper) (pdf)

Robert Busby

Arrival of the US Array program in Yukon  (pdf)

Aynslie Ogden

Yukon's Science Community: Results of the 2014 Scope Membership Survey (pdf)

Lisa Kanary

Create a Framework for your Scientific Project and Worksheet

Robin McKillop

Erosion and sedimentation risk assessment (pdf)

Kiri Staples

Gender, decision-making, and natural resource management in the Yukon (pdf)

Andrea Alterr and Matt Ball

Cooperation on the science/policy interface, a case study of the Yukon Spotter’s Network (pdf)

Aynslie Ogden

APECS Canada  Science Policy Webinar: Keys to Successful Science-Policy Integration (pdf)

Amelie Janin and David Petkovich

Industry Focused Research (pdf)

Kelly Moote

Master's Program Offering at Yukon College  (pdf)

Ashton Drew

Eliciting expert knowledge in support of planning and adaptive management (pdf)

Terry Chapin

Ecosystem stewardship: planning for change (pdf)Listen to Terry's Talk on YouTube 

Barrett Horne

Mentoring: the gift of mentors (pdf) and Mentoring: two voices (pdf)

Dawn MacDonald

Quality over Quantity: Techniques for Analyzing Qualitative Data (pdf)

Alison Perrin

Communicating climate change  (pdf)

Aynslie Ogden and Amanda Graham 

Scoping a professional development program (pdf)

Climate Change Secretariat

Webinar: Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop (pdf)

Rachel Westfall 

Asking questions: survey design methods and tools (pdf)

Laurie Prange

Publishing your work (pdf)

Michael Svoboda  

Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Cooperative: can local knowledge inform caribou management? (pdf)

Ramona Maraj

A fine day for the field – tips and tricks for a successful field season (pdf)

Mike Smith

Forecasting weather in Yukon: fire, floods (and a 50% chance of locusts) (pdf)

About SCOPe: Did you know?

  • SCOPe currently has 341 members, 181 work for Yukon government and remaining work for organizations including consulting companies, Yukon First Nation governments, the federal government, not-for-profit organizations and academia.
  • In our latest membership survey, the most common reasons cited for joining SCOPe include:  access to informal learning opportunities; keep informed of science actvities underway in Yukon;  be notified of upcoming events, funding or partnership opportunities; keep abreast of research findings; and networking opportunities.
  • Activities our members are involved in include communicating scientific information to the public, collecting data, contributing scientific information to a policy development or planning process, and developing a research study.
  • Our members have expressed interest in professional development activities int he areas of integrating scientific and traditional knowledge, developing research partnerships, communicating science and science policy integration.
  • Our members practice in a diversity of scientific fields including physical, biological, engineering, health and social sciences.   

2014 SCOPe Member Survey

Yukon’s Science Community of Practice (SCOPe) was established in 2013 for the purpose of networking and supporting professional development amongst Yukon’s science practitioners. Though it was established by the Yukon government’s Interdepartmental Science Committee and it is co-ordinated by the Yukon government’s Science Advisor, its membership is broader than just Yukon government employees. It includes employees of other levels of government and Yukon College, consultants and other interested parties in the private sector. Over a 3-week period in April and May 2014, SCOPe email list members were invited to complete an online survey. The purpose of the survey was to gather information about the demographics, skills and interests of the SCOPe membership, gather feedback on SCOPe’s first year, and solicit suggestions for SCOPe’s future activities. The survey was hosted on the Yukon Bureau of Statistics’ online survey platform. Invitations to complete the survey were sent to SCOPe’s 194 members, of which eighty-four people responded. A report that summarizes survey results, prepared by Dr. Rachel Westfall of the Yukon Bureau of Statistics, on behalf of the Executive Council Office is available here.

Results: survey of preferred date, time and location for SCOPe events

The results are in on the quick survey of preferred date, time and location for SCOPe events. 68 members participated in the survey. Detailed results are attached, and are summarized below:

  • The time of day preferred by 76% of respondents to attend SCOPe events is noon-1pm. 
  • The day of the week preferred by respondents to attend SCOPe events is Wednesday (43%), followed by Tuesday (37%), and Thursday (37%). Just over a third of respondents (36%) do not prefer a set day. 
  • The location preferred by 45% of respondents for SCOPE events is the Executive Council Office Boardroom. 33% of respondents do not have a preference. 
  • 83% of respondents would or might attend an informal Science After Hours networking event at 4pm on a Friday at a local pub.

Detailed results may be found here.   

Feedback from SCOPe participants

 "[SCOPe] raised my enthusiasm for government science, and I met many practitioners that I should have known before!"

 "A lunch-hour well spent!"

"As a non-scientist, I felt a little odd, but as a member of your “non-expert” audience, I found the presentation and the ensuing discussion very helpful and thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the honest exchange of ideas." 

What is a science community of practice?

According to Wikipedia, a community of practice is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally. CoPs can exist online, such as within discussion boards and newsgroups, or in real life, such as in a lunch room at work, in a field setting, on a factory floor, or elsewhere in the environment. Communities of practice are not new phenomen. The purpose of SCOPe is to facilitate dialogue, collaboration and information sharing within YG and with the external science community to enhance scientific capacity, literacy and coordination in Yukon.


To find out more contact:

Dr. Aynslie Ogden, Senior Science Advisor
Executive Council Office
Government of Yukon
Phone: 867.667.5431

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2703 (A-16)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6