Person: 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.

Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc.

Good R&D, bad R&D: what’s the difference?
By Ron Freedman

If there is a recurring theme in science policy legend and lore it is that Canadian companies don’t spend enough money on R&D. International comparisons consistently put our business sector in the middle of the pack or lower in terms of its spending on R&D as a percentage of GDP (BERD).

Ron Freedman, partner, The Impact Group

Assessing the last eight years of S&T
By Ron Freedman

As we wait for the federal government to release its refreshed S&T Strategy, I thought it would be fun to reprise a piece I wrote in 2006, just prior to the release of the federal government’s 2007 version of the strategy, and see what progress we’ve made on the issues I then highlighted.

Ron Freedman

Unfinished business — A R$ conference primer

By Ron Freedman

While the country is still trying to dissect recent federal and provincial government budgets to see where innovation policy is headed (the May 16-17 RE$EARCH MONEY conference will tackle this matter head-on) it is useful to reflect on some of the big issues that we are failing, on the whole, to address.

Ron Freedman

Could Canada’s innovation cup be half full?
By Ron Freedman

Can things really be this bad? The Science, Technology and Innovation Council’s 2011 state of the nation report contains the typical compendium of statistics purportedly showing how badly Canada is doing at research and innovation.

Ron Freedman

Re-Thinking Canada’s BERD Gap
By Ron Freedman

All the Experts Agree. If there is one fact of innovation policy that every analyst can agree on, it is that Canada suffers a “BERD Intensity Gap” with the rest of the OECD; specifically, a gap between the amounts that Canadian business spends on R&D as a proportion of GDP, compared with its counterparts in other OECD countries.

Ron Freedman

Zero Sum Gain
By Ron Freedman

It is not often that governments get something for nothing and in the process do the right thing. This year and next are exceptions. This year the federal government doubled the budget of the National Research Council’s IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program) by adding an extra $100 million to the pot.