It’s been a tumultuous but ultimately productive year for Canadian S&T. Amidst the confusion of an election campaign and the emergence of a minority government, many organizations were undertaking important planning and strategy exercises that display new levels of maturity and foresight.
Subject to committee scrutiny Proposed new NRC president has broad range of experience in Quebec S&T
Dr Pierre Coulombe has been selected as the new president of the National Research Council, pending a possible review by the Industry Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology.
Other sectors remain flat
Total R&D spending in Canada is estimated to increase 5.1% this year to $24.5 billion in 2004, due mostly to increased federal support for the higher education sector. Statistics Canada says the modest increases projected for 2003 and 2004 “indicate a recovery” after gross expenditures on R&D (GERD) decreased in 2002 for the first time since the department started tracking R&D.
The federal government has proposed changes to regulations for the pharmaceutical regulatory environment and has launched a 75-day consultation period. The proposed changes are designed to address key concerns of both the so-called innovative and generic drug manufacturing industries.
Raymont requests new A-base funding
The National Research Council (NRC) has made changes in its executive ranks to undertake a dual-track process of renewal and possible reallocation of funds under the government’s controversial expenditure review initiative (R$, November 9/04).
Canada’s high performance computing (HPC) collaboratory (C3.ca) has developed a comprehensive long range plan (LRP) to strengthen the country’s computing infrastructure and move Canada into the top 10 of HPC computing nations.