Among the new programs and policies implemented to incent more industrial R&D, few are more ambitious than the Centres of Excellence for Research and Commercialization (CECR). Introduced in 2007, there are now 23 CECRs spread across Canada’s research landscape focused on moving discoveries into the economy and society as well as training the kind of skilled talent industry requires to capitalize on new knowledge.
RE$EARCH MONEY Conference 2015
Early-Bird Registration is now open for the 14th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference.
Budget 2015: Canada’s Innovation Agenda — Building on our Natural Resources
Advantage will expand and deepen our analysis of implications of recent federal budgets for business innovation support and examine Canada’s innovation agenda through the lens of Canada’s traditional areas of strength, the natural resource sectors.
Among a flurry of late-year venture capital fund and funding announcements is a $10-million investment in Northern Biologics — one of the first made by the $305-million Versant Ventures V LP fund. Northern Biologics was incubated by and spun out of Toronto-based Blueline Biosciences (in which Versant is an investor) and has struck a collaborative relationship with Celgene Corp, Summit NJ, which holds the option to purchase Northern Biologics in the future.
Federal science will be part of the negotiating position of the union representing 15,000 government scientists as it sits down to hammer out a new agreement with the federal government. The unprecedented step was taken by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) to highlight the union’s concern over cuts to federal science programs and the so-called muzzling of scientists in their interaction with the public and the media.
The number of industry R&D personnel declined by 13,440 or 9.2% between 2011 and 2012 – the second largest drop since 2008-2009 when 17,560 jobs were shed. In the years between 2008 and 2012, 40,580 industrial R&D jobs have vanished for a 23.
David B Watters, president and CEO, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc.
The NCE programs – A remarkable innovation
By David Watters
The federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) suite of programs began in 1989 as a remarkable experiment in public sector innovation.
Two-stage announcement process
Health research dominated the latest competition for classic Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) winning four new networks out of a field of 10 full proposals. Details of two of the four new NCEs were announced December 15th, with details on the remaining two expected in January (see chart page 2).
Canadian police need to draw upon international research to adapt to unprecedented challenges they face today and in the future, according to a new report from the Council of Canadian Academies. Entitled Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges, the report contends that increased professionalism and evidenced-based policing would enable the police system as a whole to optimize its role through adaptation, interdependence and developing and applying the growing body of police and public safety knowledge.
Alberta oil sands producers may soon be adapting cutting-edge technologies from Israel and Canada to reduce their environmental footprint, opening up the potential for their dissemination into the broader economy.