Canadian science and technology and industrial R&D are faced with a growing risk of becoming branch plants of research, innovation and competitiveness for other countries. While not new, this conclusion reached by an expert panel tasked to examine the issue that says the severity and urgency of the situation are increasing due to rapidly evolving global trends, the “start and sell” mentality of many tech entrepreneurs and the ecosystem damage inflicted between 2006 and 2015.Read More
Author: Mark Henderson
In what may be well be remembered as Canada’s first truly 21st century research and innovation Budget, the Liberal government has committed to investing more than $6.4 billion in scientific research, technology and business innovation assistance.Read More
British Columbia has jumped into the science advice and advocacy arena by appointing a tech industry veteran – Dr. Alan Winter – in hopes of increasing the province’s share of federal innovation funding.Read More
Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has completed a comprehensive inventory of federal programs aimed at supporting business innovation and clean technology. The inventory captured 20 organizations and 92 program streams (business-facing programs), with the top five accounting for more than two-thirds of the $2.379 billion total.Read More
In Statistics Canada’s annual report on industrial R&D characteristics, the collapse of oil and gas prices and resulting downturn in the sector is cited a major contributor to the decline in in-house industrial R&D spending, which dropped 5.8% between 2014 and 2015 from $18.2 billion to $17.2 billion.Read More
Canada must re-balance public investments that currently overemphasize fundamental research and provide high-level direction to increase the uptake and application of innovation, including offering experiential learning and professional development for key players in the innovation ecosystem, says a former president of the National Research Council (NRC).Read More
Another year of less-than-impressive R&D spending by the pharmaceutical industry has re-ignited the annual sparing match between industry and the organization that compiles the data. The Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB) reports that companies belonging to Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC – formerly Rx&D) spent $770 million on R&D in 2016 or 4.9% of its $15.6 billion in sales – a ratio unchanged from 2015.Read More
Six groups in the mining sector from across Canada have submitted a full proposal to participate in the final leg of the Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI), accumulating commitments of $700 million – $450 million in cash and $244 million in-kind. The consortium represents 162 partners in industry, government and academia including the Centre for Excellence…Read More
FPInnovations, a not-for-profit doing R&D in the forestry sector, has appointed Stéphane Renou as its new president and CEO effective this month. Renou holds a PhD in chemical engineering and has eight patents to his name. He will replace Pierre Lapointe, who held the position from December 2008. Prior to joining the Pointe-Claire QC-based organization,…Read More
Up to 100 start-ups in Southern Ontario will be able to access seed funding under NEXT Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneurs can get up to $30,000 each in matching funding through a $3.6 million investment by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) in NEXT Canada, a not-for-profit mentoring, training and…Read More
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