The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has delivered a classic pre-election Budget, with targeted spending that extends to the research, development and innovation (RDI) file.
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Canada will contribute a smart robotic system – Canadarm3 – for repair and maintenance on the NASA-led Lunar Gateway project. The project kicks off an ambitious new space strategy.
Montreal’s AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) is expected to create 16,000 jobs and add more than $16 billion to the economy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week federal investments for TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, to create a new life sciences facility called the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI). Of the total $31.8 million required for construction, Ottawa will provide $10.2 million, British Columbia $12.2, TRIUMF $5.4 million, and the BC Cancer Foundation and…
Its mission accomplished – with caveats – for Dr Mario Pinto as the president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) takes his leave from the granting council one year short of his five-year term to return to academia.
The number of direct government funding programs in Canada aimed at increasing private sector R&D and innovation has tripled during the last three years, despite a lack of scientific evidence showing such support is effective.
In the last few weeks, Canada has been in the global spotlight with its focus on science, technology and innovation (STI). Canada hosted the G7 leaders summit this year where two of the five themes were related to STI.
Scientists and scholars have submitted recommendations to G7 leaders for consideration when they meet June 8-9 for their annual summit in Charlevoix QC. The recommendations are contained in two statements on the “most pressing issues of our times” – the digital future and the global Arctic.
‘Reimagination’ is very much in the news today (not to be confused with the imagineers at Walt Disney Imagineering R&D subsidiary). We saw the word trotted out in the 2018 federal Budget on how the 101-year-old National Research Council (NRC) was going to form a new conception of itself — not that it hasn’t been reimagined several times before.
The honeymoon is over and the Chief Science Advisor is getting right down to business. But it was a jam-packed 100 days for Dr Mona Nemer, who was appointed last fall as Canada’s first chief science advisor (CSA) 10 years after the previous Conservative government eliminated the position and dismissed her predecessor, Dr Arthur Carty.