Organization: Compute Canada

Robbin Tourangeau

Compute Canada has announced the appointment of Robbin Tourangeau as its interim president and CEO effective this month. Tourangeau replaces acting president and CEO Terry Lockhart, who assumed the post last fall following the departure of Mark Dietrich after three years of service. Lockhart resumes his post as director of finance. Tourangeau was most recently…

Editorial – 30-11

What steps must be taken for Canada to get its act together on digital research infrastructure (DRI)? It’s a perennial question that’s been bandied about in research and policy circles for years with little progress, while the demand for digitization and its transmission, storage and analysis continues to soar.

Government to consider expansion and greater coordination of digital research infrastructure

Canada’s digital research infrastructure (DRI) is fragmented, oversubscribed and underfunded, according to officials close to the file. Its precarious state compared to competitor nations comes at a time when more and more areas of R&D are becoming digitized and data driven while the size and complexity of data sets are increasing exponentially.

Innovation sectors continue to fail spectacularly at gender equity and diversity

The UK, US and Canada still haven’t managed to break the average 20% threshold for gender equity across STEM academic disciplines. In some cases, the numbers of women are actually declining and certain disciplines that like to boast higher numbers are still well below parity. To address the lack of progress being made by universities, Canada’s Science minister has made accessing research funding dependent on achieving gender equity and diversity and has called on university presidents to address the lack of women in the Canada Research Chairs program.

Basic science needs better oversight and coordination, and more money: Expert panel

R$ talks to David Naylor

A federally commissioned blue-chip panel calling for greater coherence and financial support for fundamental research has made a series of 35 recommendations, including a $1.3-billion increase in the budgets of the three granting councils, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and related entities over the next four years.

Industry Canada launches DRI strategy

The federal government is moving on commitments made in its recent Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and 2015 Budget by launching consultations for a Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy. Led by Industry Canada, the on-line consultation is seeking submissions from a broad range of stakeholders to guide development of a strategy that the department says…