Author: Elona Malterre

More interdisciplinary training in science, engineering and business could boost innovation

Providing more interdisciplinary academic programs and training in science, engineering and business to students in post-secondary institutions could break disciplinary silos and boost Canada’s lagging innovation, says Dr. Alexandre Navarre, PhD, associate researcher at École de technologie supérieure in Montreal and past director of technology transfer units at McGill University and Western University.

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More integrated relationship between post-secondary institutions and industry can boost Canada’s lagging productivity

A more integrated relationship with stronger partnerships between post-secondary institutions and industry can provide students with more work-relevant training, while rapidly upskilling and reskilling the current workforce to boost Canada’s lagging productivity, Laura Jo Gunter, president and CEO at the Northern Institute of Technology, says in an op-ed.

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What will it take for Canada to modernize its financial ecosystem?

Canada is taking several steps to modernize the country’s financial ecosystem, including payment systems. But such initiatives will need continued industry pressure to get them implemented quickly, Nick Catino, Global Head of Policy and Campaigns at Wise, a U.K.-headquartered financial technology services company, says in an op-ed.

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Opinion Leader: Much stronger public sector support needed for industry’s commercialization of intellectual property

More public sector support is needed to help Canadian companies generate and protect valuable intellectual property, because businesses are failing to exploit their IP and reap the economic benefits for Canadians, Daniel Katz, lead research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group, and Natalie Raffoul, managing partner of Brion Raffoul LLP, say in an op-ed.

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Opinion Leader: Continued government support is critical to maintain Ontario’s global competitiveness in regenerative medicine

Ongoing provincial government support for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) is critical to maintain Ontario’s global competitiveness in the fast-growing field of regenerative medicine which is developing cutting-edge products and therapies resulting from stem cell research, Dr. Duncan Stewart, president and scientific director of OIRM, and Dr. Tim Smith, chair of the board of directors at OIRM, say in an op-ed.

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Opinion Leader: Effective communication is a key tool for wise ICT procurement and increased productivity

Investment by governments and businesses in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) requires effective verbal communication about project needs, goals and accountability, which will minimize waste, save money and enhance the reputation of both Canada’s ICT industry and the nation’s productivity, says Henry Huang, a systems engineer and author, in an op-ed.

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Opinion Leader: Canada’s early focus on artificial intelligence is starting to reap commercial benefits

Canada’s early contributions and long-standing academic expertise in artificial intelligence are now generating growing funding for and revenue in AI in drug development, but the country’s AI-enabled drug development industry faces significant challenges in coming years, Dr. Ulrik Kristensen, PhD, founder and principal analyst at UK-based Emersion Insights, says in an op-ed.

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Opinion Leader: Successful climate policy requires coherent multi-government alignment of policy, budgets and effective execution

Successful climate policy requires a systematic, multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral, transparent and coherent approach by all levels of government — municipal, provincial and federal — that aligns policy, budgets and effective execution, Dr. Noel Keough, PhD, co-founder of and senior researcher at Sustainable Calgary, says in an op-ed.

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