Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaigned on a new $2-billion Canadian advanced research agency modelled after the U.S. Defense Advance Research Program Agency (DARPA). But innovation advocates told Research Money the Liberals should hold off on creating the new agency in favour of focusing on IP ownership.
The Short Report - Sept. 22, 2021: Mintz report calls for tax reform, CSA starts procurement for LUNAR program, a new member of BIOTECanada, and more
Economist Jack Mintz calls for a broad approach to corporate tax reform to stimulate investment in Canada, the Canadian Space Agency moves onto procurement in the lunar exploration program, and GlycoNet becomes a member of the BIOTECanada ecosystem.
Canada has the fifth largest aerospace industry in the world and 93 percent of Canadian aerospace firms export products to other countries. But aerospace employment and share of GDP have been decreasing since 2012, according to research on the sector.
Opinion Leader: Greater investment, policy reforms needed to support youth-led solutions to climate crisis
Canada needs increased public and private sector investment and policy reforms to support youth-led solutions to the climate crisis, which will save Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars in climate-related costs, Kat Cadungog, executive director of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, says in an op-ed.
A Canadian advanced research agency is closer to becoming a reality now that both the Liberals and Conservatives are promising to create one, says the executive-director of the Canadian Council of Innovators (CCI).
Research Money is tracking the parties’ pledges on research and innovation for the upcoming federal election. The Green Party was the latest party to release its platform, which includes promises to increase funding for the granting councils, create a $1-billion Green Venture Capital Fund and establish a new innovation agency.
The Short Report – Sept. 9, 2021: Greens release their campaign platform, $2 million for early-career brain researchers, supporting women-led businesses in Agri-Tech, and more
The Green Part of Canada releases its campaign platform, early-career neuroscience researchers get a boost, The51 Ventures launches a Food & AgTech Fund to support women-led & diverse businesses, and more.
The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters have released an “electoral platform” outlining an industrial strategy that they hope the next Canadian government will adopt.
Canadians need safe and legally controlled access to psychedelic drug therapy including psilocybin-assisted therapy which, along with providing treatment for palliative patients, would provide opportunities for research and investment, says Michael Kydd, founder and principal of Kydder Group Inc., in an op-ed.
Global leaders in science advice and science diplomacy will come together next week in Montreal to discuss how to “Build Back Wiser” after the COVID-19 pandemic. Research Money spoke with Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, about how the pandemic has shaped science advisory systems globally, and how INGSA2021 could contribute to creating stronger and more dynamic ties between scientists and policymakers.
Policy change and more innovation needed to reap the benefits of industrial cannabis
Policy change and more innovation are needed for Canada to realize the many benefits of industrial cannabis, including its nutritious food value, its ability to reduce carbon emissions and its potential for energy storage, says Carl Martel, an independent scientist and founder of the Ottawa-based Advanced Botanical and Biomass Research Institute, in an op-ed.
DARPA, the U.S. defence-related R&D agency, is on everyone’s lips as a Canadian version of the agency became a promise in more than one party platform. Quantum Valley Ideas Lab, an independent research institute in Waterloo, Ont., is participating in new DARPA programs to move quantum technologies out of the laboratory and into the real world.
Canada’s aerospace industry is calling for a national strategy for the sector and more government support for innovation. But critics argue that aerospace is already one of the most subsidized industrial sectors in Canada and, if can’t survive in the global marketplace without continuous public funding, should be allowed to die.
The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched a forum for sharing science advice across the francophone world. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, and Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, will represent Canada on the steering committee.
The Short Report - Sept. 15, 2021: COVID-19’s financial impact on universities, boosting biotherapeutics manufacturing, and more
A new biomanufacturing partnership will boost Canada’s manufacturing capacity, projecting pandemic-induced revenue loss for Canada’s universities, IPIC makes pre-budget recommendations, and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “stress test” for open science — one that, by most accounts, it passed. The sharing of new scientific knowledge and data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impacts has been fast and furious. But not all experts are convinced that open will become the new norm for science in Canada. At least, not yet.
Opinion Leader: Canada must prioritize the 'three Ds' to become a leader in the global energy transition
Canada must prioritize the “three Ds” — digitization, decarbonization and decentralization — to become a world leader in the global energy transformation in response to the climate crisis, Frederick Morency, vice-president, energy and services at Schneider Electric Canada, says in an op-ed.
The public and private sectors in Alberta are expanding initiatives to produce “blue” hydrogen from natural gas, despite a study by U.S. researchers at Cornell and Stanford universities that raises concerns about blue hydrogen’s “lifecycle” carbon emissions.
Budget 2017 funded language revitalization technologies for over 25 Indigenous languages. Researchers have used the funding to develop unique tools for teaching Indigenous languages that diverge greatly from the structure of English and French — but they are now preparing to release the software as open-source if funding for the project ends in 2022.
Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has launched a new program dedicated to commercializing brain technologies. Starting in October, an inaugural cohort of 20 seed-stage ventures from around the world will join CDL Neuro.