For Canadian S&T and R&D, 2008 has been a year of dramatic swings with far more gut-wrenching lows than euphoric highs to rattle even the most battle-hardened veteran. The year began with the high-profile departure of the head of the Canadian Space Agency and the closure of the Office of the National Science Advisor.
Sherbrooke ranks #1
Canadian universities have done a poor job of obtaining adequate financial benefit from discoveries made within their jurisdictions, suggests a new study by PARTEQ Innovations to identify the Top 10 technologies generated by Canadian universities.
Sweeping changes made unilaterally to the biggest federal R&D incentive program by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are being viewed by tax analysts as a significant shift away from an incentive for innovation towards a mechanism for compliance.
Forestry and high-tech sectors take the lead
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has followed up its call for a tech-heavy $60-billion stimulus package with a specific set of actions developed by serial high tech entrepreneur Terence Matthews.
First of five regional offices open
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is executing an ambitious new strategic plan to expand its range of influence and revive operations that were in danger of becoming detached from the innovation mainstream.
The US appears set to elevate the status of S&T within government and the nation as a whole with the announcement of the team that will advise president-elect Barak Obama. Citing the need for leadership and emphasizing respect for “the integrity of the scientific process”, Obama is making clear that he intends to break with the current administration’s inherent distrust of science and failure to heed the advice of the nation’s top scientists and business leaders.
Ontario’s growing concentration of workers that comprise the so-called creative class may help the province weather the recession better than the previous economic downturn of 1991. Yet members of the creative class in Ontario are paid significantly less than their counterparts in US peer states and are used less intensively by their employers, casting doubt on the ability of Ontario cities to retain them.