The Short Report, July 24, 2019: 5G, Indigenous health, John Knubley

Mark Mann
July 24, 2019

Rogers Communications has partnered with Waterloo accelerator Communitech to open a 5G innovation lab, opening in September and focusing on smart city, IoT and enterprise applications. - Yahoo Finance

Saskatoon-based software company Vendasta Technologies Inc. has raised $40-million in venture capital, the largest ever for a Saskatchewan tech company. - The Globe and Mail

Ottawa calls it the largest single investment in Indigenous health research: $100 million through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) over 16 years to establish a national network of centres focused on research, development and knowledge translation for Indigenous health. - CTV News

Algonquin College and George Brown College have formed a research alliance to develop, implement and test new models for innovation and collaboration for applied research. The partnership includes the possibility of pursuing joint application and grant proposals, and connecting students and faculty with shared interests. - Algonquin College

Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced $285 million through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for over 6,900 researchers and graduate students across Canada, to fund research in areas including education, immigration, Indigenous health and the environment. Minister Duncan made the announcement at the University of New Brunswick, where she also signed the Dimensions charter for embedding the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in the policies, practices, action plans and culture of participating institutions. -


The Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute (CAPI) has announced governance changes: Chantelle Donahue, current Vice-President and Commercial Seed Manager for the Global Edible Oil Solutions division at Cargill, was elected to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors, succeeding John F.T. Scott; and Stéphanie Hamelin was elected to the position of Vice-Chair, taking over from Claude Lafleur. - CAPI

As of June 28, John Knubley has stepped down from the federal public service after seven years as Deputy Minister at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Previously, Knubley served as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office, and held other senior positions in various departments and bodies, including Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Natural Resources; and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). - R$ exclusive

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) welcomed Dr. Shawn J. Marshall to the position of Departmental Science Advisor (DSA) at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Marshall is a professor at the University of Calgary Department of Geography. His research projects include field and modelling studies in the Canadian Rockies, the Canadian Arctic, and Greenland. - PIPSC

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