Author: Mark Mann

The Short Report – July 8, 2020: A new innovation hub for Toronto, National Bank doubles down on Nest Wealth, and more

The Bank of Canada is partnering with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) to launch a BIS Innovation Hub in Toronto; National Bank of Canada’s venture-capital arm NAventures announced it will make an additional minority investment of up to $50-million in Toronto-based robo-advisor Nest Wealth; the federal government will invest $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program; and more.

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Emerging tech: A portrait of Canada’s graphene ecosystem

Graphene, the strongest and thinnest material in existence, is a “supermaterial” with many applications across industries. Here we look at the market forecast for this emerging technology and the key Canadian companies commercializing it.

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The Short Report, June 24, 2020: Canada’s pandemic recovery, investments in sustainability, and more

ECONOMIC RECOVERY The economic recovery from the pandemic presents a unique opportunity to break Canada’s weak track record on innovation through inclusive growth. Canada performs poorly on business investment in R&D, technology adoption, productivity and patent generation and protection, and our record on inclusion and equity is poor, write Dan Breznitz and Daniel Munro. But we…

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The Short Report – June 17, 2020: A big Silicon Valley innovation hub comes to Canada, Agri-Food steps up help for producers, and more

The Silicon Valley-headquartered innovation hub Plug and Play will open an office in Mississauga, its first base in the Canadian market. The expansion is being supported by chemical production company BASF. Plug and Play runs two programs per year across a variety of industries and its global locations, and has 300 corporate partners and 200 venture capitalists in its…

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