The future of Canada’s nuclear industry is now in full play but so far the government is revealing only a few of the cards in its hand. The announcement of a formal bidding process for the CANDU business of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) does little to clarify the future of the crown agency’s research and technology division and reliance on a 53-year old reactor well past its prime (see page 3).
Ontario & Quebec above average
The slow, inexorable decline in R&D spending in Canada shows no signs of abating, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The key indicator of gross domestic expenditures on R&D (GERD) as a percentage of GDP fell in 2008 to 1.
The National Research Council (NRC) has struck a collaborative agreement with the Exteriors and Interiors Division of auto parts giant Magna International, Aurora ON, to develop a range of products made from thermoplastic composites.
The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference
“Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging”
March 25, 2010 at the National Arts Centre
The large industrial research lab is no longer the norm. Multinational firms now globally distribute their R&D and collaborate with partners in public and private sector institutions.
By Stefan Dubowski
As CANARIE Inc begins the process of hammering out a new national cyberinfrastructure strategy for Canada’s research community, those associated with the project say it could result in better tech services — as long as the funding takes a new direction as well.
Approval of engineering and business case study for new nuclear research reactor could signal political appetite for NRU replacement
The fate of Canada’s nuclear industry could be determined in the next Budget when the government decides whether to fund a detailed business case and feasibility study for a new multi-purpose research reactor.
Canada will be ill-prepared to emerge from the recession as a globally competitive knowledge economy unless it substantially increases funding of key elements in the university system. In its pre-Budget submission to the Finance department, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is calling for more than $2.