Ottawa’s high-tech cluster hopes to regain some of its former luster by leveraging the region’s deep technological expertise and surging interest from global players to carve out a niche in the rapidly evolving field of autonomous vehicles (AV). The emerging AV cluster in the Ottawa west suburb of Kanata received a major boost last month with an announcement by Blackberry Ltd – at an event attended by prime minister Justin Trudeau – that it was investing $100 million to refocus its Kanata-based QNX division towards AV and establish a Blackberry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre with an emphasis on industry and academic partnerships.
The Canada Foundation has awarded $328.5 million into 17 research facilities at 12 universities across the country, leveraging $492.75 million for a total of $821.25 million.
Energy fusion research is back on the political radar with the release of a roadmap that calls for a national program and $250 million over five years to build capacity and position Canada as a global competitor.
Compute Canada (CC) and the National Research Council’s astronomy and astrophysics facilities have teamed up to give astronomers greater computational power needed to process and analyze data from powerful telescopes around the globe.
Inclusive innovation policy struggles to connect the dots
Over the past 20 years, the Canadian public’s understanding of a successful innovation ecosystem has evolved enormously to include social, technology, science, engineering, mathematics, arts and business innovation. From peacekeeping and palliative care to lacrosse and basketball, settler and Indigenous Canadians innovate from our unique cultures and contexts to solve problems or seize opportunities across sectors.
CMC Microsystems cautiously optimistic as CFI awards $7 million for O&M of its National Design Network
CMC Microsystems has been awarded $7 million over three years from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for operations and maintenance (O&M) of its National Design Network. But the money comes with some big strings attached.
Several of the country’s largest institutional investors are finalizing an action plan that, if adopted, could halve the $4 billion capital gap that exists today for Canada’s rapidly expanding pipeline of early- and growth-stage companies.
R$ Innovation Conversations: Q&A with Gilles Patry, President & CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation
R$ publisher, Dr. Jeffrey Crelinsten recently spoke with Dr. Patry about CFI, the challenges of being an entrepreneur in Canada and the government’s pending innovation agenda.