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Number 20 / Volume 26 / December 17, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

2012 has been a tumultuous year for Canadian S&T. From protesting scientists to continuing weakness in business R&D, the future of innovation in this country is far from clear. Reports released this year show that the excellence of Canadian research is world class but the sectors relying on that research are suffering from a lack of clear policy direction.

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Centre for Business Innovation digs into the details of firm-level innovation

Conference Board of Canada initiative

Too few Canadian firms actually track and measure their innovation performance and many appear to have little interest in markets outside of North America. Those are just two key findings of a forthcoming report by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Business Innovation (CBI) examining firm-level innovation.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Gilles G. Patry

Dr Gilles G Patry, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

Creating space for innovation in Canadian communities
By Dr Gilles G. Patry

The Canada Foundation for Innovation started 2012, our 15th year, with a refreshed brand and a new tagline — research builds communities.

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12th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference

Budget 2013: Checking the Pulse of Canada’s Innovation Policies

April 9-10, 2013
National Arts Centre,, Ottawa

Speakers include:

Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and CTO, Open Text Corp

Lanis Anthony, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, CCINC Group of Companies

Tim Bradshaw, Head of Research and Innovation Policy, The Russell Group, UK

Helen Braiter, Director, Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP)

Charley Lax, Managing General Partner, GrandBanks Capital, Boston

Jerome Le Corvec, President & CEO of Aonix Advanced Materials Corp

David Watters, President, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc.

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Research parks launch strategic & marketing plans

YM Bioscience purchased by CA-based Gilead Sciences

ZDG opens Ottawa high-tech incubator

Boeing and Mitacs create visual analytics consortium

Perimeter Institute receives $1.7 million for student outreach

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Number 19 / Volume 26 / December 6, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Earlier this week, Industry minister Christian Paradis made his first public comments on the federal Aerospace Review, which was unveiled November 29th. In addition to praising the work of companies in the aerospace and space sectors, Paradis acknowledged that industry is facing pressures and challenges ranging from the high Canadian dollar to competition from emerging nations.

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Opinion Leader:
Kay James

Kay James, former software/IT specialist with the SR&ED program, Canada Revenue Agency

A different perspective on the innovation gap
By Kay James

Critiques of Canada’s performance in the global marketplace start from the assumption that responsibility for the innovation gap lies solely with Canadian industry, citing its low level of R&D investment and poor record of bringing inventions to market.

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Universities partner with resource companies to launch new mining institute

By Debbie Lawes

Resource companies are expected to be major players in a new international mining institute slated to begin operations by May/13. The Univ of British Columbia and Simon Fraser Univ beat out four other applicants to lead the new Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID), which will receive $25 million over five years from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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Mitacs award winners announced

Mitacs has announced the winners of its second annual awards for students enrolled in one of its fellowships and internships programs. They are:

Dr Lisa-Marie Collimore, a postdoctoral fellow from the Univ of Toronto, who partnered with publishing giant Pearson to conduct research on the potential marketability of a peer- and self-assessment tool called Cogneeto for students in K-12, during her Mitacs-Elevate fellowship;

Sachin Goel, an Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur undergraduate student.

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Opinion Leader:
Heather Munroe-Blum

Dr Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University

Healthy economies need healthy research investment
By Heather Munroe-Blum

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said, “you simply can’t build a modern economy without investing in world-class research.

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News Briefs

AUCC calls for targeted funding increases

CRKN terminates ACS licensing agreement

Merck invests in $12.5 million in three research institutions

People

Dr Diane Gosselin

Bryan Watson

Dr Brian Unger

Number 18 / Volume 26 / November 21, 2012

Editorial:
Growing Forward 2

You don’t often hear industry championing the need for more basic research to safeguard its sector’s global competitiveness. Yet, that’s what farmers and commodity groups have been telling the Senate’s agriculture committee as part of its year-long review of Canada’s research and innovation efforts.

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12th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference

Budget 2013: Checking the Pulse of Canada’s Innovation Policies

April 9-10, 2013
National Arts Centre,, Ottawa

Speakers include:
Tom Jenkins, chair of the Expert Panel Report on Federal Support to Research and Development and executive chairman and chief technology officer of Open Text Corp
David Watters, president of Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Ted Hewitt

Dr Ted Hewitt, Executive VP of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Examining the growing trend of engaged research in the social sciences & humanities
By Dr Ted Hewitt

Research conducted in the post-secondary sector has in the past been regarded as too inwardly focused.

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Biopharm, green technologies get boost in Quebec Budget

The first Budget of the recently elected minority Parti Quebecois government contains a number of significant measures related to R&D and S&T. They include a $200-million fund for green technology development and transportation electrification, a boost in the tax credit for biopharmaceutical R&D salaries, $125 million for public-private research partnerships in the pharmaceutical sector and the announcement of a forthcoming national research and innovation policy.

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Thales Canada consolidates R&D in Quebec City

EU research on aging receives Canadian funding

CCI program announces $17 million in new grants

Conestoga receives $800,000 for senior research

GreenCentre Canada launches Atlantic program

People

Dr Richard Florizone

Cassy Webster

Dr Howie Honeyman

Number 17 / Volume 26 / November 9, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. That appears to be the dilemma the federal government faces as it works to re-balance its support for business R&D between indirect (tax-based) incentives and direct program assistance.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Peter Morand

Peter Morand, former dean of science and Engineering, University of Ottawa

Replicable research results & public accountability
By Dr Peter Morand

Last year, in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the three granting councils consulted with their stakeholders to review mechanisms and policies to ensure “that the research they fund be carried out in accordance with high standards of ethics and integrity, and that the grant funds be spent in compliance with certain procedures and requirements.

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Calgary hosts 4th annual science policy conference highlighting oil sands innovation

Expanding the concept of innovation

The need for a uniquely Canadian innovation policy — and science-driven solutions for the oil sands — highlighted the fourth annual Canadian Science Policy Conference as more than 350 policy makers, industry practitioners and other experts gathered for the first time in western Canada to discuss new approaches for improving Canada’s sagging productivity and competitiveness.

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Opinion Leader:
Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour, fellow with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa.

The trouble with voiceless science advice
By Paul Dufour

“It is not enough for scientists to have responsibility as citizens. They have a much greater one than that and different in kind. For scientists have a moral imperative to say what they know.

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Manufacturing lobby group warns of dire consequences if SR&ED eligibility weakened

Changes will undercut advanced manufacturing

Canada’s biggest industry lobby group is urging the federal government to kill the proposed changes to the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax credit program to prevent even more R&D conducted in Canada leaving for more attractive jurisdictions — particularly R&D associated with advanced manufacturing.

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News Briefs

Institutions to receive CERC chairs announced

Thrasos raises $35 million for kidney drug development

CIHR spearheads national epigenetics consortium

Canada and Israel establish energy R&D fund

Gates Foundation funds UBC program for pregnant women

CDMN adds nodes in Sault Ste Marie and Moncton

People

Dr David Wolfe

Number 16 / Volume 26 / October 24, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

While most agree that the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program has been one of the most successful additions to Canada’s small arsenal of commercialization programs, there was widespread concern that its finite funding window (five years) constituted a major policy flaw.

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Opinion Leader:
Dennis R Senik

Dennis Senik , CTO of Doyletech Corp.

S&T policy needs to put the horse of technology before the cart of science
By Dennis R Senik

Canada’s $14-billion annual investment in federal and post-secondary research produces over 4% of the world’s scientific research, yet earns us less than 2% of global GDP.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Sara Diamond

Dr Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor, OCAD University

Universities drive high research output, impact
By Dr Sara Diamond

The recent report, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012, found that Canadian research is healthy and growing in output and impact.

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Opinion Leader:
Dennis R. Senik

Dennis Senik , CTO of Doyletech Corp. [extended]

Jobs, Growth and S&T Policy
By Dennis R. Senik

In Canada, we spend $14 billion annually on government and post-secondary research: it provides over 4 percent of the world’s scientific research, but earns us less than 2 percent of global GDP.

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News Bites

News Briefs

New $35-million Ottawa VC fund launched

Federal government invests in cyber security strategy

Research network for youth mental illness launched

Terry Fox funding supports two research projects

CRC announces $121.6M for new and renewed chairs

RDC invests $5.3 million in Memorial R&D projects

Number 15 / Volume 26 / October 10, 2012

New expert panel report concludes that Canadian science world class

Technology seen as weaker

First, the good news. A major report released by the Council of Canadian Academies concludes Canadian S&T is “healthy and growing”. The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 ranks the country sixth globally in terms of the frequency of citations for its scientific publications and among the top five countries in seven of 22 fields of research.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Eliot A. Phillipson

Dr Eliot A Phillipson, chair, Expert Panel on The State of Science and Technology in Canada

Canada punches above its weight in S&T
By Dr Eliot A. Phillipson

Contrary to what may be conventional wisdom, Canada’s science and technology (S&T) enterprise is healthy, growing, and highly competitive and respected internationally.

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Modest gains in industrial R&D spending

fail to close gap with previous high

The darker flip side to the state of Canadian S&T is contained in new data showing continued tepid performance by industrial R&D performers. Coming on the heels of a new expert panel assessment of Canadian S&T that shows world class strength in several key research fields (see page 1), Statistics Canada reports that company spending on R&D remains well below the high-water mark of 2007, registering only modest projected gains in 2012.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Atlantic Canada VC fund swells to $37.5 million

Brazil's Fibria takes stake in Ensyn, launches joint venture

Canadian crowdfunding association launched

CHRP announces latest round of projects

BDC and NBIMC honoured for investment in Q1 Labs

People

David Malone

Dr Hadi Mahabadi

Number 14 / Volume 26 / September 20, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The latest data for federal spending on scientific activities doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the current trajectory for government support of innovation (see page 3). Over the past two years, the Harper government has shaved nearly $1.

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Budget 2013: Checking the Pulse of Canada’s Innovation Policies

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National Arts Centre,, Ottawa

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Daniel Woolf

Dr Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University

Why Canada needs to compete and collaborate around the world
By Dr Daniel Woolf

New and returning students have unpacked their things and settled back into campus life here at Queen’s University, but many graduate students have been here all summer, working alongside faculty researchers on a variety of projects.

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Canada's ranking in WEF global competitiveness index continues to fall

Innovation expert questions report’s value

Canada has slipped another two positions on the ranking of global economic competitiveness published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The massive report that compiles information from 144 countries says Canada is “being dragged down” by the quality of its research institutions and the government’s role in “promoting innovation through procurement policies”, compounded by lower university enrollment rates and less than sufficient training of academic staff.

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NCE releases impact of federal Budget cuts

Patient-oriented health info program launched

Canada and Taiwan renew science MOU

U15 members acquire new research evaluation tools

Gairdner Awards receive $2 million from feds

People

Pierre Duchesne

Brian Levitt

Jamison Steeve

Number 13 / Volume 26 / August 31, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Is NSERC fulfilling its mandate and if not, who’s to blame? The issue is the dominant focus of discussion in academic circles these days as tight budgets and an activist government are resulting in some difficult choices at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Rita Colwell and Dr Max Blouw

Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland and Dr. Max Blouw, President and Vice-Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Indicators should inform, rather than replace, expert judgment in science assessment
By Dr Rita Colwell and Dr Max Blouw

Canadians expect their governments will invest public funds wisely, by acting with accountability and transparency.

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S&T Integration Board working to enhance impact, effectiveness of government R&D

First in a series on federal S&T

It’s command central for federal S&T, meeting up to 20 times a year to help align federal scientific activities and capacity with evolving government priorities. To further its mission, the ADM S&T Integration Board (IB) has recently issued a brief “think piece” that provides concise, big-picture thinking on the key role science-based departments and agencies (SBDAs) play.

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News Bites

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Green hybrid-power research vessel runs aground

Nuvo receives $5.6 million investment from SAB

New prostate biomarker network receives $4 million

Arctic research station gets $142M for construction, fit-up

UVic receives WD funding to develop unmanned air vehicles

People

Dr Ted Hewitt

Dr Graham Carr

Dr Kate Moran

Dr James Orbinski

Number 12 / Volume 26 / July 31, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

British Columbia has released a new Technology Strategy that recognizes the key role technology and innovation play in all major sectors of the provincial economy. The strategy’s holistic approach combined with the launch of a review of past S&T expenditures is decidedly utilitarian when compared to the strategy now under development in Quebec, which encompasses the social sciences and humanities (R$, July 5/12).

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Expert panel says NSERC needs indicators and expert advice for decision-making

Science indicators are useful in making decisions for research funding in the natural sciences and engineering but must be used in combination with deliberative methods such as expert or peer review. That’s the conclusion of an expert panel struck by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to assist the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in allocating resources through its flagship Discovery Grants Program (DGP).

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Opinion Leader:
Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson

Embracing our humanities in today’s knowledge-driven economy

By Paul Davidson

For generations of Canadians a postsecondary education in the social sciences or the humanities has been a viable — and valuable — path to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

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News Bites

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GM Canada commits $850 million to R&D

Construction industry forms research & innovation institute

Two Quebec-based tech firms sold to US buyers

iNovia invests $8.6 million in Mitre Media

People

David Miller

Robert MacDougall

Number 11 / Volume 26 / July 5, 2012

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The Quebec government should be congratulated for learning from past missteps and opening up the development of its new research and innovation strategy to the broader industrial and economic community.

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Opinion Leader:
Don Wilford

Don Wilford

What can Canada learn from Start-up Nation?

By Don Wilford

I recently visited Israel to attend Biomed 2012 and to explore its Technological Incubators Program. It’s been 20 years since I was last there and I found a country transformed.

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Newfoundland's RDC boosts industry R&D engagement with launch of ArcticTECH

Newfoundland’s Research and Development Corp (RDC) has launched its third industry-focused funding program to stimulate R&D in targeted areas of the province’s harsh environment. ArcticTECH will provide $5 million over three years for academic- and industry-led R&D projects in natural resources, the province’s unique geographical position and ice-related conditions.

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Feds shutter technology transfer network

Government cuts to science-based departments and agencies (SBDAs) — combined with the National Research Council’s restructuring — have claimed another casualty. The Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) closed its doors July 3, ending a 16-year history of working with government labs to develop common and consistent approaches to intellectual property (IP) management, technology transfer and collaborative partnerships.

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Canada joins EUREKA as associate member

Canada has joined the EUREKA program as an associate member and will establish a national office at the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) in Ottawa. The agreement — signed June 22 — comes more than a year after RE$EARCH MONEY reported that advanced discussions were underway for Canada to join the organization, which has 41 members and two associate members (South Korea and Canada) (R$, May 24/11).

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Fed Dev launches $20M late-stage commercialization fund

CIHR teams with foundation to fund children's IBD research

SSHRC funds 95 public outreach projects

CIHR funds aboriginal health research projects

Chevron and RDC fund new Memorial research chair

MacDonald acquires US-based Loral for $975 million

Government consulting on $400 million committed to VC

Pfizer contributes $4.5M to Alzheimer's research

OICR fund provides $1.5 million to Flourinov

BIOQuébec and Rx&D enter partnership agreement

People

Dr John Capone

Susan Baldwin

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