Number 2 / Volume 31 / February 15, 2017


The federal government has been afforded a timely opportunity to move the markers on innovation with the latest recommendations from the Advisory Council on Economic Growth

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Barton panel pitches large growth funds, procurement to improve innovation ecosystem

The creation of two large funds aimed at scaling high-growth tech firms is among the recommendations contained in the second wave of reports from the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. The funds would target what the panel describes as bottlenecks in the innovation ecosystem – early- and expansion-stage companies as well as established small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high impact potential.

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Aerospace sector tempers expectations, despite big asks in federal Budget

Canada’s investment in aerospace innovation likely won’t stop with this week’s announcement by the federal government that it will provide a $372.5 million “repayable contribution” to Bombardier Inc. The interest-free loan, to be provided over four years, will fund R&D for the new Global 7000 business jet, and ongoing activities related to the development of the Montreal-based company’s C Series aircraft.

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Opinion Leader

Budget should reflect that humanities, social sciences are key to resilient economy

Canada needs all of the arts, social sciences and humanities to build an inclusive, innovative, democratic and prosperous society and economy … We urge the Government to ensure that any investments in talent — both international and Canadian — include the humanities and social sciences that are so vital to Canada’s future success.

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Government and business need to identify key growth sectors: Barton council

The Advisory Council on Economic Growth says Canada must choose a small number of promising sectors for growth as the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia have done with varying degrees of success. And while the council does not provide a specific list, it does single out agriculture and food, energy and renewables, mining and metals, healthcare and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, financial services, tourism and education as the best bets.

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NSERC announces 2017 winners for top research prizes

Dr Jeff Dahn has been awarded the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering for his pioneering research to improve lithium ion battery technology – one of a clutch of high-profile awards announced last night by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council…

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News Bites

News Briefs

CICan offers intensive leadership institute this summer

ACOA jumpstarts Atlantic Aerospace and Defence Association

ACOA renews Springboard Atlantic funding

Pond, SNC-Lavalin partner on CO2 conversion and recycling

Strategic timing key to commercialization success: study

CQDM, Brain Canada partner on novel research projects

Emera funds UNB smart grid research centre and chair

Microsoft acquires Waterloo-based AI start-up

Governments fund Toronto agency for attracting FDI

Energy storage firm receives $11M from pension fund

Versant boosts Canadian presence with key appointments

Math research institute receives $12.8M in new funding


Dr Max Fehlmann

Dr Andrew Parkin

Michael Tremblay

Dr Santa Ono

Tara Cosgrove

Laura Kilcrease

Number 1 / Volume 31 / January 18, 2017


How Canadian science, technology and innovation evolve in this economic and political environment as we grapple with the challenges before us will be a test of our skills and resolve as a nation.

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Ottawa lays groundwork to establish autonomous vehicles cluster in western suburb

Ottawa’s high-tech cluster hopes to regain some of its former luster by leveraging the region’s deep technological expertise and surging interest from global players to carve out a niche in the rapidly evolving field of autonomous vehicles (AV). The emerging AV cluster in the Ottawa west suburb of Kanata received a major boost last month with an announcement by Blackberry Ltd – at an event attended by prime minister Justin Trudeau – that it was investing $100 million to refocus its Kanata-based QNX division towards AV and establish a Blackberry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre with an emphasis on industry and academic partnerships.

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Opinion Leader

Inclusive innovation policy struggles to connect the dots

By Kelsey Spitz and Tim Draimin

Over the past 20 years, the Canadian public’s understanding of a successful innovation ecosystem has evolved enormously to include social, technology, science, engineering, mathematics, arts and business innovation. From peacekeeping and palliative care to lacrosse and basketball, settler and Indigenous Canadians innovate from our unique cultures and contexts to solve problems or seize opportunities across sectors.

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A message from RE$EARCH MONEY Publisher and CEO Jeffrey Crelinsten. Welcome to the brand new R$ online experience!

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News Bites

News Briefs

Feds and province fund UNB cybersecurity institute

Honda receives $83.6M for Alliston facility upgrade

Klipfolio raises $12M in series ‘B’ financing

IRIC opens new labs, begins Phase II clinical trials

APEC mental health hub pitched for Canada

Quebec and Massachusetts form research council

CCA to examine medical assistance in dying

Kwantlen Univ joins Polytechnics Canada

Tweed approved for marijuana research

Microbion Corp received US$25 million in venture funding

First Nations learning centre received $7.2 million in ISED funding

CCRM and the Univ of Queensland partner to commercialize neutropenia treatment


Dr Carrie Bourassa

BF Francis Ouellette

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