It’s time for Canada to energize its S&T enterprise and gain critical ground against its competitors. With many competing nations reeling under unmanageable debt loads, stepping up Canada’s S&T game and leveraging the untapped potential of our relatively robust economy could yield significant long-term dividends.
Seeking longer-term commitment
The National Research Council (NRC) has announced the allocation of $135 million from the latest federal Budget for its Technology Cluster Initiatives (TCIs). At the same time, it is working to implement recommendations of an internal evaluation prepared last fall that documents the impact of the 11 clusters in fostering company growth and sectoral collaboration.
Target sector of 130 companies
A new product commercialization centre (PCC) for emerging health care technologies is the latest addition to the new suite of innovation programs being rolled out in Alberta.
Phillipson steps down after six years
For his last media interview, Dr Eliot Phillipson was clearly anxious to discuss the recently concluded contribution agreement hammered out between the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Industry Canada.
Dr Peter Hackett
A Creative Economy in Canada?
By Peter Hackett
Canada is rich because of an abundance of natural resources. For decades, governments have made much of the need to diversify the economy. However, these many innovation agendas have never been crucial.
R&D spending in Canada by patent-holding pharmaceutical firms declined 2.9% in 2009 — the largest single annual drop in the past 22 years — amidst escalating calls by industry for a more globally competitive regulatory and operating environment.
With the official launch of Clinexus, Alberta now has a suite of four product commercialization centres (PCC) targeted at sharply defined industry sectors and all under the authority of the recently established Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (TF).
The Sentinal Bioactive Paper Network is seeking to expand its clout as a world-leading source of applications for detecting water, air and food-borne pathogens using bioactive paper. The Network, which currently receives funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), has been short-listed for the next competition of the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program, which will provide $57 million for four new Centres among the remaining 10 applicants.