The RSC’s network of Fellows, Institutional Members, and partners are collectively characterized as a “relationship network”. This relationship network can be divided into three categories: (i) Primary relationships; (ii) Secondary relationships; and (iii) Tertiary relationships. The three categories do not differentiate relationships on the basis of their importance or on the basis of the extent to which they share the same objectives as the RSC. The distinction highlights the involvement of these organizations in the RSC and the impact of the RSC on their activities. Primary relationships are with parties with a vested interest in the success of the RSC. Secondary relationships are with parties that receive a direct benefit from the activities of the RSC. Tertiary relationships are with parties that receive an indirect benefit from the activities of the RSC.
Primary Relationships – Parties with a Vested Interest in the RSC
The fellowship, Institutional Members, donors and the RSC National Secretariat are the RSC’s core relationships. Each of these groups have a direct interest, and role, in the RSC’s success in delivering on its mission and mandate and achieving its vision. Because the RSC is one of the three sponsoring Academies of the Council of Canadian Academies, the CCA is placed on the boundary between primary and secondary relationships. The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) is a similarly-situated group for which the RSC is a co-sponsor with other organizations. Finally the cohort of emerging scholars and artists is another group appropriately placed on the boundary between primary and secondary relationships.
Secondary Relationships – Parties Receiving a Direct Benefit from RSC Activities
Provincial and federal governments, industry, international academies, other academic institutions, and Canada’s research communities have been identified as the RSC’s secondary relationships. As the illustration above shows, industry can be a secondary or a tertiary relationship depending on the situational context – namely, how the work of the RSC intersects with industry interests and needs.
Tertiary Relationships – Parties Receiving an Indirect Benefit from RSC Activities
Youth, other domestic academies, many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the general public and the media are Tertiary relationships for the RSC. These tertiary groups benefit indirectly from the programming offered by the RSC in support of its mandate.