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Q&A: Hockeystick founder Raymond Luk on fostering scaleup ecosystems in Canada

The inaugural DRIVE conference, to be held February 20-22 in Waterloo, ON, will convene leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world to share best practices and debate strategies for building scaleup ecosystems. We spoke with organizer Raymond Luk about his goals for the conference and how Canada can grow more domestic scaleups.

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Volume 33 January 23 2019

Editorial:
Mark Mann

In the innovation community, we often talk about how government and industry can better facilitate the commercialization of research, but not every innovation finds its most natural and ideal expression as a product.

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Opinion Leader:
Tim Draimin

Wicked ecological and social challenges force us to rethink innovation policy

Canada should adopt a mission-oriented approach to innovation in order to tackle the major societal challenges.

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The Schulich School of Business opens $50-million research and commercialization facility

The Schulich School of Business at York University opened a new building for interdisciplinary research and commercialization. The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building will host four Centres of Excellence in management education: the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, the Schulich Centre for Global Enterprise, and the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure, as well as the newly created Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, which incorporates the Deloitte Cognitive Analytics and Visualization Lab. The $50-million, 67,000-square-foot building received $15 million from the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, created in Budget 2016 and offering $2 billion over three years to update and modernize aging post-secondary infrastructure. The McEwen building also employs environmentally responsible designs, including a glass solar chimney that provides passive natural ventilation to the whole building.

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