Person: Ron Freedman

Ron Freedman

Planning Through the Rear-View Mirror
By Ron Freedman

Here’s a thought experiment that you might find interesting. Imagine if Canada had to survive in the world of the future without a manufacturing industry or a natural resource industry.

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The universal role of government science
By Ron Freedman

Commitments in the 2007 federal budget and S&T strategy potentially signal the start of a new era in how federal government science and technology (S&T) is managed.

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Canadian Innovation: Stuck in Neutral
By Ron Freedman

There are four major reviews of Canada’s S&T system under way today. As it happens, all are being led or commissioned by Industry Canada. A new S&T strategy is being devised.

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Getting to the next level
By Ron Freedman

Is Canada’s innovation system “maxed-out”? Has it reached some sort of natural limit? That is one conclusion that could be drawn from a new report on scientific publishing in Canada, CUP 20061.

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Time to Focus on Industrial Research
By Ron Freedman

Since the sluicegates opened on university research funding in 1997, the policy community has been preoccupied with measuring funding inputs and tweaking commercial outputs in the higher education sector.

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Clouds Forming on Industrial Research Horizon
By Ron Freedman

Canada’s competitive future is at risk. New data indicate that by one important measure the R&D performance of the Canadian economy has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade and is possibly beginning to roll backwards.

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The Commercialization Conundrum

By Ron Freedman

It’s clear from the February throne speech and subsequent ministerial statements that technology commercialization is going to be a major theme of a new Liberal government.

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Horizontal Linkages – A Recipe for Success

By Ron Freedman

Interest is growing in Ottawa in the issue of “horizontal S&T linkages” – in other words “How can federal science departments best work with one another and the outside world?”.

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Who are the Innovators?
By Ron Freedman

There are three important questions that innovation analysts and policymakers still don’t have a good handle on with regard to industrial innovation: “Who? Is doing what? Where?” See if you know the answer to the following questions.

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Hats Off to the Bureaucrats
By Ron Freedman

Industry Canada and HRDC bureaucrats deserve praise for keeping the innovation policy ship of state afloat through stormy political seas. Surviving a fiscal downturn, last-minute ministerial changes, central agency meddling, and internecine party warfare, the Government of Canada’s new innovation strategy (Achieving Excellence: Investing in People, Knowledge and Opportunity) boldly outlines 10 federal priorities and 15 explicit short- and long-term targets.