Seed-stage companies are bolstering Canada’s position as a global leader in quantum science and technology. The question of how to maintain and grow that advantage—built through sustained investment in quantum research and development—has never been more urgent and is preoccupying academics, policymakers and innovators across the country.
Oil sands companies expected to play significant role in assessing and deploying new low-carbon technologies.
Canada’s abundance of clinical data – combined with its expertise in AI – are poised to drive profound changes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The federal government’s $52.4M investment allows hubs to offer joint programs and services to support scaleups
Research institutes combine funding, expertise, talent and facilities to create adMare BioInnovations
A first-ever collaboration between CDRD and Triumf could put Canada on the fast track for tackling late stage cancer.
R&D funding is just one of several factors that have contributed to the success of innovation superclusters across Europe.
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, after driving improved environmental performance in the industry, expands its innovation opportunities to global collaboration.
The promise of personalized medicine, fueled by next-gen technologies like artificial intelligence, are driving major new investments in cancer research in Quebec.
The start date for Plan S, a Europe-led vision to make full and immediate open-access to publicly funded research a reality, has been postponed by a year to January 1, 2021, in response to public feedback.
Ontario budget cuts more than $300 million in research and innovation funding
Canada is stuck in “a supply-side policy silo” that stifles innovation: IRPP study
The Short Report, June 19, 2019 – Research chairs, cybersecurity, Strategic Innovation Fund
The Short Report, June 12, 2019 – artificial intelligence, tech demos, cybersecurity
Gaming company Unity Technologies is expanding its operations in Montreal with a new artificial intelligence lab. More than new 450 hires are expected over the next few years, including artificial intelligence experts, developers and engineers. – Newswire
The federal government is awarding $50-million to three private equity funds under the clean tech stream of its Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative. The winners are: Renewal Funds, Cycle Capital Management and ArcTern Ventures. – GoC
The federal government is investing $10 million over five years, matched by the BC Women’s Health Foundation, to support cervical cancer research led by Dr. Gina Ogilvie and her team at the Women’s Health Research Institute, and her colleagues at the Gynecological Cancer Initiative. Researchers will study human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and screening methods and work to implement their findings nationally. – GoC
The fifth stream of the Strategic Innovation Fund has been launched to support industrial research and technology demonstration, with the goal of accelerating commercializing and scaling up businesses in Canada’s most innovative sectors. Funding will support collaborations between large and smaller companies, academia, non-profits, accelerators and incubators. – GoC
Sixteen consumer-interest R&D projects will receive more than $3 million over two years under a federal program managed by the Office of Consumer Affairs. – GoC
Dawson College will spend over $1 million in a new artificial intelligence initiative, which includes: peer-to-peer mentoring for faculty; the development of AI teaching materials; research funding for AI and machine learning, ethics of AI, and digital humanities; development of programs of study; professional development, knowledge sharing and networking; hiring of external consultants; and licensing cloud based computing engines for AI programing. A new Dawson AI Advisory Board will help guide the project. – Dawson College
The National Research Council of Canada and the University of New Brunswick have opened the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity-NRC Cybersecurity Collaboration Consortium in Fredericton, NB. Some 50 researchers and students from both institutions will conduct cybersecurity research for critical infrastructure with a focus on internet of things security, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and natural language processing. – GoC
More than 200 women entrepreneurship projects will receive up to $100,000 each under the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, which recently saw its federal funding increase from $20 million to $30 million. To date, 107 projects have been funded and more will be listed as announcements are made. – ISED
The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest in Toronto, and Tokyo-based SOMPO Digital Lab, are partnering with companies globally to test, validate, disseminate, adopt, and scale promising innovations to assist older adults living with dementia and their caregivers. SOMPO operates innovation hubs in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, and Tel Aviv. – Newswire
Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal today have signed an agreement to launch a double bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.) and bachelor of engineering (B.Eng.) degree starting in 2021. The program—a first for Canada—will ensure engineering graduates also have strong management, entrepreneurial and communications skills. – Polytechnique
Spectrum Therapeutics, Smiths Falls ON, has appointed Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller as global clinical scientific director. The former director of cannabinoid research at Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Bonn-Miller brings 18 years of experience researching cannabinoids and their various effects, including leading or contributing to 19 clinical trials. – Newswire
Vancouver-based Pasha Brands Ltd., Canada’s largest organization of craft cannabis brands, has brought aboard a chief scientific officer to ensure cannabis it purchases is of high quality and traceable. Dr. Brigitte Simons is an expert in technical quantitative reporting using mass spectrometry to deliver accurate potency and testing of cannabis products. For over 16 years, she operated mass spectrometers for the U.S. National Institutes of Health and contracted partners of Canadian federal and provincial government agencies. – Newswire
Dr. Neil Owens, director of scientific affairs at Medicure Inc., will take over as the Winnipeg pharmaceutical company’s president and chief operating officer effective July 1. Current president Dr. Albert Friesen will continue as CEO and board chair. – Newsiwre
Science minister Kirsty Duncan has appointed six new members to the National Research Council Canada Council: Dr. Susan Blum, associate VP Research and Innovation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic; Norma Beauchamp, former president/CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Canada; Dr. Steven Murphy, president, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Dr. Karen Bakker, Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, University of British Columbia; Ray Hoemsen, president and Managing Director, NEXUS Manitoba and executive director, Research Partnerships and Innovation, Red River College; and Dr. Pierre Rivard, founder and executive chair, TUGLIQ Energy. – GoC
Five new members have been appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Dr. Jeannie Shoveller, research director, BC Centre on Substance Use; Don Ferguson, former deputy minister of Health for New Brunswick; Debbie Fischer, executive associate, KPMG; Dominic Giroux, president/CEO, Health Sciences North and the Health Sciences North Research Institute; and, Dr. Brianne Kent, postdoctoral research fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. – GoC
Dr. Anthony Clarke starts a five-year term as dean of science at Wilfrid Laurier University beginning August 1. Clarke is currently a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph. – WLU
CANARIE has launched an open call for applications for its board of directors. Two candidates are being sought: a researcher at a Canadian higher education institution and a VP Research at a Canadian university. To apply, visit CANARIE’s Board of Directors page.
CanWIT (Women in Tech), a division of CATAAlliance, has named Suzanne Grant, CEO of Stealth Company in Ottawa, to its board as Executive in Residence to help advance advocacy for women in tech. – CATA
The Short Report, June 5, 2019 – McMaster endowment, AI, timber research, green jet fuel
The Short Report – May 29, 2019: CRCC progress report, poultry research, bio-refinery
The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has released its first progress report, highlighting accomplishments to date on five priority areas: interdisciplinary, international, high-risk/high-rewards, rapid response research; key emerging research areas; equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); Indigenous research; and, the needs of early career researchers (ECR). Activities over the coming year include: calls for applications under the New Frontiers in Research Fund; implementation of tri-agency EDI and ECR action plans; co-development of new models to support Indigenous research and training. – SSHRC
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency want to see SSH research play a bigger role in informing best practices related to environmental and impact assessments for major natural resource-sector and infrastructure projects such as mines and pipelines. Up to 13 Knowledge Synthesis Grants worth up to $30,000 will be awarded to identify the current state of knowledge and gaps. – SSHRC
The Saskatchewan government is renewing its support to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation with $11.6 million over five years, bringing the province’s total funding for the centre to $45.4 million since 2012. The centre funds research in nuclear medicine, materials science, nuclear energy systems, and environmental and social topics related to nuclear technology. USask
The federal government is investing up to $8.24 million to the Canadian Poultry Research Council under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Program Clusters program. The funding, in addition to $3.78 million from industry, is expected to result in the development of alternatives to antibiotics through research on antimicrobial use and resistance, as well as healthier and safer products by the poultry food chain. – GoC
The Natural Resources Canada‘s Clean Growth Program is providing $2 million to FPInnovations for a thermomechanical pulp bio-refinery that opened this month in Thunder Bay, ON in partnership with Resolute Forest Products Inc. With the capacity to treat 100 metric tons of biomass annually, the $23-million pilot plant will use FPInnovation’s patented TMP-Bio technology to convert wood sugars to biomaterials, such as wood adhesives, animal feed and composites. – FPInnovations, Newswire
The Office of the Chief Science Advisor is seeking candidates for a potential Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council (CSA-YC), open to youth between the ages of 18 and 30 interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and their societal dimensions. The council’s mandate is to provide a youth perspective, identify and inform key issues and challenges facing the Canadian science community, and advise on and take part in outreach activities of the Office of the Chief Science Advisor. – Application
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is creating an external Advisory Committee on Aquaculture Science, in response to the 2018 Report of the Independent Expert Panel on Aquaculture Science led by Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer. The five-member committee will be comprised of one Canadian scientist, two international scientists, one Indigenous Canadian representative, and one member at large. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is now accepting nominations and expressions of interest for these positions. – GoC
Natural Products Canada, a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, has signed a memorandum of understanding with New Frontiers in Food, a cluster of food-focused companies and organizations in Europe that is fast-tracking the development of innovative food technologies. Canada is one of several countries in the cluster, including France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain – NPC
The Canadian Defence and Security Network officially launched on May 24 to create stronger linkages between academic scholars and defence scientists. Led by Dr. Stephen Saideman at Carleton University, the centre will focus on five research themes – defence procurement, military personnel, operations, security, and civil-military relations – and each theme will have a joint academic/government/civil society/defence team associated with it. – CDSN; Backgrounder
Dr. Dean Regier, a scientist at BC Cancer has received $500,000 from Genome BC’s Genesolve program and Illumina Inc., San Diego CA, to generate evidence for using whole exome and whole genome sequencing to diagnose and guide treatment for the two million Canadian children with rare diseases. The two-year project, which includes collaborators from the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, will draw upon health care data from BC as well as the 100,000 Genomes Project in the UK. – Newswire
Toronto-based Electrovaya Inc., which received $3.8 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada last November, has received its first purchase order for an electric bus battery system shown to power a bus for more than 200 kilometres. The name of the customer was not revealed. – Electrovaya
Cape Breton University plans to open the island’s first innovation space by September to provide training and support to new and existing entrepreneurs. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre will be one of several innovation spaces to open across the island as part of the Creative Island Network, led by the Cape Breton Partnership. – CBU
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has announced the recipients of the 2018 CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes: CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Discovery – Dr. Tak Wah Mak, University Health Network; CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Impact – Dr. Deborah Cook, McMaster University; CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator – Dr. Tracie Afifi, University of Manitoba; and the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation: Patient Engagement – Dr. Erin Michalak, University of British Columbia. – GoC
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has appointed an expert panel to review the Labour Market Transition of PhD Graduates. The review, initiated at the request of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, will examine the main challenges PhD students in Canada face in transitioning to the labour market, and how these differ by field of study. The panel members are: Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary (chair); Dr. Marcelline Bangali, associate professor, Department of Foundations and Practices in Education, Université Laval; Dr. Dwayne Benjamin, vice dean, Graduate Education, University of Toronto; Dr. John (Jay) Doering, associate VP (Partnerships), University of Manitoba; Dr. Bryan Gopaul, assistant professor, Warner School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester; Diane Gray, president/CEO, CentrePort Canada and chair, Mitacs; Dr. Tina Gruosso, scientist, Translational Research, Forbius; Dr. Jennifer Polk, co-founder, Beyond the Professoriate; Dr. Susan Porter, president, Canadian Association of Graduate Studies; Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, director for Professional Development and Alumni Engagement, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; Dr. David Walters, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph; and Dr. Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Department of English, McGill University. More information about this project can be found here.
University of Alberta chemist and associate dean of science Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour died May 25 at the age of 79. Armour was a tireless advocate for female scientists, having co-founded the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology program and the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology. – UAlberta