Author: Sebastian Leck

Q&A: Evidence for Democracy’s Rachael Maxwell on Budget 2021 and listening to the science

Rachael Maxwell, the new executive director of Evidence for Democracy (E4D), recently released an analysis of the federal budget, which noted promising investments in sectors like quantum tech and genomics but argued that the country needs a national science strategy. Maxwell spoke to Research Money this week about the federal budget, why relationships are most important in developing evidence-based policies, and how she views her organization’s role in the science ecosystem.

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Life sciences organizations ask Ottawa for national strategy following Sanofi investment

A group of 19 health sciences organizations and associations asked for a “coherent” life sciences strategy and increased collaboration this Monday in an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The letter follows a $415-million federal investment into a partnership with French pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi to build an influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in Toronto.

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BHER Roundtable concludes national innovation challenge to boost COVID-19 recovery

The Business and Higher Education Roundtable wrapped up its first Canada Comeback Challenge this month, a national challenge meant to shore up opportunities for students and support economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Student projects included a mining data platform, a wayfinder algorithm for visually-impaired users and a policy program to encourage flexible work policies.

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Dark Vessel partnership between MDA and Department of Fisheries and Oceans shows potential of commercial satellite data

Space technology company MDA is partnering with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of National Defense on a $7-million project to detect and track illegal fishing boats. The project demonstrates the potential of commercial satellite data, as more companies have begun to offer data services to governments around the world.

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