Numbers

Number 20 / Volume 29 / December 21, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

What does 2016 hold for Canadian science, technology and innovation (STI)? The new Liberal government has issued upbeat messaging about the importance of science but has so far been light on the specifics.

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Opinion Leader:
Jean-Marc Mangin

Jean-Marc Mangin, executive director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Government’s research agenda incomplete without attention to the human sciences
By Jean-Marc Mangin

We’ve now had nearly two months to watch a new national government find its feet and flesh out its major science policies.

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NRC's Marine Vehicles Program aims to enhance shipbuilding competitiveness

The National Research Council’s is betting that its Marine Vehicles Program (MVP) will strengthen the competitiveness of Canada’s beleaguered shipbuilding industry and its related sub-sectors. By applying technologies, design expertise and testing facilities to reduce construction costs, enhance operability and meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations, the five-year, $9.

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Compute Canada canvassing ARC users to gauge future needs to 2022

Compute Canada is returning to its user community to help map out the future research needs for advanced research computing (HPC) between 2017 and 2020. It is asking for bold world-class proposals to shape its request for new funding in the next round of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Facilities Infrastructure competition.

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Opinion Leader:
Daryl Copeland

Daryl Copeland, educator, analyst and consultant; the author of Guerrilla Diplomacy

Diaspora scientific communities at home and abroad: an untapped resource for diplomacy?
By Daryl Copeland

The idea of tapping into the skills and expertise resident in diaspora science communities (DSCs) in order to advance international policy goals and more effectively address global challenges is certainly an attractive proposition.

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STI collaboration between Canada and European Union focus of new report

A new report on Canadian-European collaboration in science, technology and innovation (STI) reveals that researchers from Ontario and Quebec are most active in the European Framework Programme for Science and Technology (FP7) and also have the highest number of scientific agreements with European Union (EU) member states.

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The 15th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference

15th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference

“Reversing the Trend: Taking Canada’s Innovation Game to the Next Level”
April 5-6, 2016
Ottawa

The 15th annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference will focus on Canada’s innovation challenge.

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News Bites

News Briefs

UBC and partners sign major licensing deal with Roche

CIHR and IDRC fund chronic lung disease research

Canadian group supporting IS University to dissolve

York to develop tech education program

Creative Destruction Lab selects award winners

UDMN issues call for new proposals

Canada and Sweden sign Arctic cooperation deal

CATA argues against changes to stock option taxation

Number 19 / Volume 29 / December 10, 2015

Editorial:
ScienceCan

If you’ve been wondering about the current state of federal S&T and options for the future, this issue’s lead story on the an expert advisory group’s report provides an illuminating window on ways to enhance government science, engineering and technology.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Margaret Dalziel

Dr Margaret Dalziel, associate professor, University of Waterloo and VP Research, The Evidence Network.

Canada needs separate tax credits for R & D
By Dr Margaret Dalziel

Readers of RE$EARCH MONEY know that Canada is plagued by a low level of business expenditures on research and development. This is troubling because investment in the generation of new, knowledge-based products, processes, and services is the means by which firms create offerings that are globally competitive.

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Road map for NRC's Security Materials Technology program nears completion

Slate of projects expected soon

The National Research Council (NRC) is ramping up its Security Materials Technology (SMT) program with a nearly completed roadmap and extensive industry engagement. The objective is to infuse advanced manufacturing and advanced materials technologies into companies targeting the armoured vehicle (AV) and personal protective equipment (PPE) markets.

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Australia unveils innovation and science agenda

Australia is moving to implement a dramatic overhaul of its approach to science and innovation with a new agenda backed by AUD $1.1 billion in new spending. The National Innovation and Science Agenda was announced December 7 by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as his first major policy initiative less than three months after taking office.

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News Bites

News Briefs

BC government launches $100-million VC tech fund

Canada & Japan sign new partnership agreement

Wormixity raises $2M for monitoring technology

Alberta-Ontario innovation program enhanced

York Univ creates global health institute

People

Dr Monica Gattinger

Dr William Charnetski

Number 18 / Volume 29 / December 1, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Some dubbed this year’s Canadian Science Policy Conference the most successful event in its seven-year history. With nearly 500 delegates and strong representation from the federal government, the Ottawa conference was a heady affair with renewed optimism and hope for the future pervasive in virtually every panel session and keynote address.

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Evidence-based decision-making key to improving use of science by government

CSPC 2015

Evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) has emerged as one of the hottest topics in S&T circles, energizing discussion and debate at last week’s Canadian Science Policy Conference. With the enthusiasm over the Liberal government’s embrace of EBDM as a backdrop, a series of speakers and panelists convened for a full day to exploring how EBDM can effectively inform government policies and programs.

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Opinion Leader:
Ron Freedman

Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc.

Reform SR&ED by adopting TRL model
By Ron Freedman

Most analysts are dismayed by Canada’s fair-to-middling performance in the international R&D sweepstakes. According to the OECD, our GERD/GDP ratio (total national spending on research as a percent of GDP) is 1.

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Systems approach to advanced manufacturing key to Canada's future prosperity

Advocates of Canadian advanced manufacturing (AM) are pushing for a systems approach to marshal the country’s considerable assets in the face of increasing global competition. The call for collaboration stretches beyond Canada’s considerable manufacturing base to include the burgeoning services industries, which now conduct more R&D than any other sector.

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News Bites

News Briefs

COSIA launches ARCTIC Innovation Challenge

GHGSat to launch emissions monitoring satellite

AllerGen successfully completes mid-term review

Autodesk moving to MaRS west tower

OCAD launches $60-million private-public campaign

People

Dr Eric Meslin

Dr Richard Hegele

Heather Magotiaux

Ann MacKenzie

John Maris

Dr Darren Lawless

Dr Louis Fortier

Number 17 / Volume 29 / November 16, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Expect to hear more from federal policy makers as the Liberal government moves forward with crafting its science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. Mandate letters delivered to the new Cabinet ministers make it clear that openness and inclusiveness are to be hallmarks of the new administration.

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ORION report highlights socio-economic impact

The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) has released the summary of a confidential report highlighting its socio-economic impact on the province’s research, education and innovation (RE&I) communities.

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The 7th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2015

The 7th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2015

“New Government for Canada, New Horizons for Science and Innovation Policy”
After four years, CSPC is returning to the nation’s capital to bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, journalists, students and many others from across the country to discuss the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Peter Morand

Dr Peter Morand, founding president & CEO, Canadian S&T Growth Fund

The entrepreneur’s dilemma: catch-22 funding
Dr Peter Morand

The fragility of early stage advanced technology companies is well documented. That luck plays a part in the ones that survive is undoubtedly true, but the chances of survival can be improved by having a management team that personifies innovation and makes the timely strategic decisions needed to accelerate the commercialization process in an increasingly competitive environment.

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Data show Ontario's campus-based entrepreneurship programs having an impact

Ontario has fully implemented its province-wide network of post-secondary based incubators and accelerators and initial data suggest they are beginning to have their intended impact. Managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, there are 10 Campus Linked Accelerators (CLAs) and 20 On-Campus Entrepreneurs Activities (OCEA) centres situated at 42 institutions with the express purpose of incenting and supporting entrepreneurial activity.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Honeywell to acquire COM DEV International

Accelerator graduate raises $2.1 million in seed funding

Carleton U's Lead To Win among top 10 incubators

SFU and China launch accelerator program

AIAC and CARIC to develop aerospace tech roadmap

Finalta & CME launch $10-million tax credit fund

People

Dr Mohamed Ibnkahla

Dr Wendy Palen

Donna Garbutt

Steve West

Dr Uwe Schoenbeck

Number 16 / Volume 29 / November 2, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Will Canada’s science, technology and innovation (STI) strategy be getting a much needed overhaul? The incoming Liberal government’s election platform didn’t have much to say about STI but that hasn’t stopped a torrent of advice from business and academia, urging the new government to get serious about the knowledge-based economy (see page1).

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Opinion Leader:
Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour, fellow and adjunct professor, ISSP, University of Ottawa

Finding common ground — A revitalized agenda for scientists and politicians
By Paul Dufour

There’s a sunnier disposition among Canada’s science community these days. Maybe it’s because they have read the Liberal Party platform which states: “We will value science and treat scientists with respect”.

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Opinion Leader:
David Watters

David Watters, CEO of Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc and a former DM, Finance Canada

Where have all the researchers gone?
By David Watters

Keep your eye on the ball! How often did we hear this advice from parents and coaches as we grew up and learned to play sports. Sound advice with wide applications.

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News Bites

News Briefs

University research funding drops first time in 14 years

Vida and CDRD collaborate on drug development

Ontario Genomics drops "Institute" from its name

Drone maker secures $60-million investment

NACO selects angel of the year

People

Dr Robin Harkness

Dr Mohamas Nasser-Eddine

Dr Elizabeth Cannon

Dr Louise Poissant

Number 15 / Volume 29 / October 10, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The federal party platforms have now been released and the S&T community can be forgiven for expressing disappointment that science, technology and innovation (STI) are being afforded little prominence in the most important election in a generation.

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CMC launches FACT network to leverage expertise in Canada's nano laboratories

CMC Microsystems has established a new network to help public and private sector researchers leverage equipment and expertise in academic micro- and nano-fabrication laboratories across the country. The FACT Services for R&D network aims to facilitate access to more than 35 open access labs to external users by emphasizing solid management structure, skilled technical staff and clarity around intellectual property.

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Opinion Leader:
Scott Findlay

Scott Findlay, associate professor and member, the Univ of Ottawa's Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

“It’s the knowledge economy, stupid”
By Scott Findlay

A dominant theme during the federal election campaign has been the state of the Canadian economy. Why? Because this is, apparently, the issue that is foremost in the minds of Canadians.

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NanoCanada seeks to unify extensive nanotech assets to assist industry

Six hubs may expand to eight

Canada is racing to pull the country’s disparate nanotech hubs together in a unified whole to catch up with the world’s leading nanotechnology nations. NanoCanada — officially launched earlier this year and currently applying for not-for-profit status — is positioning itself to be that unifying vehicle by emphasizing industry commercialization and connections between nanotechnology hubs across Canada and the globe.

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Calendar

Calendar

The Canadian Science Policy Conference returns to Ottawa

November 25-27 for its seventh annual gathering of professionals

from industry, academia, the non-profit sector, federal and

provincial governments.

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Science Integrity Project hopes to stimulate public debate with statement of principles

The Science Integrity Project (SIP) has released a statement of principles for the use of sound science-backed decision-making in the midst of the federal election. While its backers say the timing is coincidental, the non-partisan group hopes they will prove beneficial in stimulating public debate on the importance of using science when developing sound policy and ultimately legislation.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Titanium strikes heavy minerals deal with Syncrude

Queen's business school receives $50-million gift

Not-for-profits acquire three scholarly journals

Generex acquiring stake in Hema Diagnostic

Encycle raises $2.85 million in start-up funding

Shopify expands footprint in Waterloo region

TD Bank expands presence in Waterloo region

People

Dr Robert Crawhall

Number 14 / Volume 29 / September 24, 2015

Editorial:
Science in Policy Making

Party leaders have participated in two debates so far and not once has science been mentioned. Should we take that to mean that science is not a key election issue?

Well, yes and no. While the politicians may not deem science to be an issue that resonates with the public, the past three years have witnessed an unprecedented outpouring of protest against current science policies and how they are implemented at the federal level.

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ISTPCanada relaunched as Canadian International Innovation Program

The federal program for bilateral industry-led R&D is being taken in-house. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) quietly announced in late August that the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) will be launched later this fall, less than six months after the closure of International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP Canada) (R$, February 10/15 & April 16/15).

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Opinion Leader:
Maya J Goldenberg

Maya J Goldenberg, associate professor of philosophy, University of Guelph

Making a difference in bioethics: Scientific illiteracy is not the tragedy of our times
By Maya J Goldenberg

In a recent television appearance on Australia’s Monday Night Q&A, the eminent scientist and science communicator Neil Degrasse Tyson claimed that scientific illiteracy is “a tragedy of our times”.

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Party commitments focus on manufacturing, automotive, clean tech and aerospace

Parties rolling out S&T election pledges

Canada’s main political parties are rolling out a series of science and technology pledges even though their policy platforms have yet to be released. From clean tech and space (Liberals) to space and automotive (New Democrats) and manufacturing and cancer research (Conservatives), the announcements are an indication that S&T is finding space on party election platforms as part of larger efforts to grow and diversify the economy.

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Boston's Canadian Technology Accelerator ramps up with new business offerings

Canadian firms seeking expertise and investment in Boston now have an enhanced menu of services and mentors with the expansion of that city’s Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA). The Canadian Mentoring Service (CMS) and active affiliation with the non-profit Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE) organization are the newest tools in CTA Boston’s arsenal.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Thomson Reuters to open lab at Communitech

IBC Advanced Alloys wins Lockheed Martin contract

TELUS introduces Internet of Things platform

Cisco donates Pan Am Games technology

Nuclear materials testing laboratory set to open

Council re-launches internship program

ScribbleLive raises $35 million in Series ‘D' financing

GE Healthcare and BIOTIC strike collaboration

Ontario Colleges call for more applied research funding

Number 13 / Volume 29 / September 8, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

David Crane got it right in his Hill Times column this week when he called for a public investment strategy to build Canada’s innovative economy. The veteran economic journalist isn’t the first, nor will he be the last, to call attention to Canada’s weak competitiveness and slumping market share in key industry sectors.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Cami Ryan

Dr Cami Ryan, Social Sciences Lead, Monsanto Canada

The public-private relationship in research: conflict or opportunity?
By Dr Cami Ryan

Academic research is an honourable career endeavor. There is nothing more gratifying than feeling like you are directing your work for the greater public good.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Ian McWalter

Dr Ian McWalter, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems.

Hardware innovation is alive and well in Canada
By Dr Ian McWalter

Is there a future for Canada in developing hardware-based products using advanced technology? For innovators in Canada’s National Design Network (NDN), that future is already taking shape.

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News Bites

News Briefs

NRC announces $25-million advanced materials centre

CAMP seeks to incubate firms set on Chinese market

Lazaridis Institute and CATA join forces

Online Grouplend raises $10.2 million

People

Michael Walkinshaw

Jennifer Daubeny

Iris Almeida-Côté

Number 12 / Volume 29 / July 29, 2015

Editorial:
Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada

As the Canadian economy continues to slump, the federal government appears to have turned its back on a report that urges the kind of action required to boost this country’s knowledge-based economy. Delivered to Health Canada by the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation was quietly posted on the department’s website on a Friday afternoon; a corresponding press conference by the minister was cancelled.

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Opinion Leader:
Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour, fellow and adjunct professor, Univ of Ottawa

Legacy of Lamontagne and lessons for today
By Paul Dufour

The recent announcement of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards by David Johnston (Canada’s de facto science ambassador and de jure science cheerleader) has brought to mind an earlier proposal put forward by another statesman of science and public policy — Maurice Lamontagne.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Iogen technology powers new Brazilian biofuels mill

FedDev invests in George Brown College and Forlani

Industry Canada launches DRI strategy

CIHR funds national hepatitis research network

People

Dr Bettina Hamelin

Michael Denham

Number 11 / Volume 29 / July 13, 2015

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Another report, another call for Canada to create a chief scientific officer. This time the recommendation is being made by the Royal Society of Canada (RSP), an august scientific society that has recently taken on a more proactive role in its advocacy of policy (see page 6).

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Opinion Leader:
Jane Barratt

Jane Barratt, chair, the NCE Monitoring Committee and Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing

What data are the right data to show that public research works?
By Jane Barratt

Canada is known worldwide as an innovative and thoughtful nation when it comes to studying public health interventions and their impact on current and future generations.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Perimeter Institute receives $4 million in donations

New economic development agency set for Waterloo

Australian students gain access to Globalink program

UOIT receives $26.9 million in infrastructure funds

Israeli smart grid technology being applied in Ontario

Israel and Canada partner on biomedical research

People

Dr Kelly McNagny

Lawrence Jardine