Numbers

Number 10 / Volume 24 / July 6, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

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.

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National Research Council allocates cluster funding from last federal Budget

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.

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Opinion Leader:
Peter Hackett

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.

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Bioactive paper researchers seek to boost commercialization with CECR application

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.

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News Bites

News Briefs

MDS partners to develop new medical imaging tracer

Medicago USA receives DARPA endorsement

BC government helps fund new TRIUMF accelerator

Westport acquires Italy's OMVL for US$23.4 million

Bioniche signs agreement for veterinary technology

Nanotech agreements inked between Quebec & Japanese

Solar energy powers up GreenStar Network

People

Dr Kevin Smith 2010

Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Dr Tom Brzustowski

Dr Alison Symington

Number 9 / Volume 24 / June 18, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

An ambitious project focused on Canada’s energy future and the potential for developing environmentally sustainable sources is bringing together a novel combination of players to conduct research in an area of critical national importance (see page 5).

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Opinion Leader:
Jeffrey Crelinsten

Jeffrey Crelinsten

Tapping Canadian Talent Abroad
By Jeffrey Crelinsten

There’s nothing like a pitch session to separate the kids from the grown ups. I recently attended a series of entrepreneur “bootcamps” designed by the San Francisco/Silicon Valley office of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS).

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New business development organization aims to boost tech activity in Moncton region

Moncton NB is home to a new innovation enabling organization that its backers hope will help the region’s nascent tech and life sciences clusters develop and prosper. More than five years in the making, Tech Southeast Inc (TSE) aims to link the major innovation players and support organizations in the southeast section of the province to facilitate the creation and growth of companies in the information and communications technologies (ICT) and life sciences sectors.

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News Bites

News Briefs

NSERC announces latest CREATE awards

New pan-Canadian cancer research strategy released

Lignol Innovations joins NSERC research network

Amorfix teams with PREVENT for vaccine candidates

OCAD receives university status

Project launched to produce algae-based biofuel

People

Dr Axel Meisen

Dr Michael Charles

Dr Denis Briére

Number 8 / Volume 24 / June 4, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The decision to exclude two innovative programs for African development from the agenda of the forthcoming G8 meeting can only be read as a failure in vision and leadership on the part of the Canadian government.

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Ontario to appoint provincial chief scientist

Ontario is pushing ahead with plans to establish a chief scientist for the province following premier Dalton McGuinty’s announcement while on a life sciences trade mission to Israel. The new position — a first for Canadian provinces — would help to identify commercialization opportunities, especially those relating to its three R&D priorities — life sciences, green energy and clean water and provide advice on how to achieve better alignment of the various players in the innovation system.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Alain Beaudet

Alain Beaudet

CIHR at 10: challenges met, challenges to come
By Dr Alain Beaudet

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010. Ten years may seem long, but it is actually a very short time particularly for an organization with such an ambitious mandate, working in areas where outcomes tend to be long-term.

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Maternal and child health beats out African research chairs for consideration at G8

Science Academies release statements

By Debbie Lawes

The Canadian government’s reported $1-billion commitment to child and maternal health at this month’s G8 summit appears to have sidelined a separate $500-million proposal to support 1,000 new academic research chairs for African universities, as well as a more modest $95-million plan for math institutes throughout the continent (R$, April 9/10).

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News Bites

News Briefs

ICT mentoring program launched in BC

Genome Canada launches major open competition

Teva invests $56 million in Canadian production facility

CDRD and Prostate Centre to collaborate on R&D

CCIP announces $15 million for 12 collaborative projects

People

Dr Gilles Brassard

Number 7 / Volume 24 / May 21, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The federal S&T file appears to be accelerating in recent weeks as the government moves to fill key positions and launch programs and consultation processes designed to give some heft to the high-level S&T Strategy.

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To the Editor

2010-05-13

To the Editor,

After reading your story on the results of NSERC’s 2010 Discovery Grants competition in the April 23/10 edition of RE$EARCH MONEY, I have a few concerns that I wanted to bring to your attention.

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Opinion Leader:
Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour

The provinces, the feds & national S&T building
By Paul Dufour

With the announcement in March that the Quebec government was shutting down its long-time science advisory body, the Conseil de la science et de la technologie (CST), a productive and decidedly public chapter in Canadian science policy efforts has come to an end (R$, April 9/10).

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News Bites

News Briefs

Clean tech sole bright spot in dismal VC investment activity

Genome Canada launches two targeted competitions

Ford signs on as GreenCentre Canada industry partner

Alberta and Li Ka Shing fund new virology institute

CFI's Leaders Opportunity Fund awards $27.9 million

People

Dr Gary Albach

Dr Paul Lasko

Pardeep Ahluwalia

Number 6 / Volume 24 / April 23, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

John McDougall’s arrival in Ottawa to assume the presidency of the National Research Council coincides with a critical juncture in the organization’s history. Struggling to eliminate a large deficit and faced with a tight fiscal environment for the foreseeable future, Canada’s largest network of government laboratories is challenged to carve out a new, productive role for itself in the 21st Century.

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McDougall says he will seek consensus when developing new strategic direction

Interview with new NRC president

Less than a week into his new job as president of the National Research Council (NRC), John McDougall doesn’t profess to have detailed knowledge of the venerable institution’s current status but he has a succinct plan for assessing the current environment and begin applying a career’s worth of expertise in the management of S&T assets.

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Opinion Leader:
Gerry Remers

Gerry Remers

Embracing the Digital Economy
By Gerry Remers

I’m going to the cottage this weekend — but I’m not taking my laptop. In fact, I could probably leave my cell behind as well. Bell advertises high-speed mobile access (using its “Turbo Stick”) of up to 21 Mbps.

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NRC makes adjustments to reduce deficit

The National Research Council (NRC) has instituted a wide range of cuts that will reduce the agency’s deficit from $65 million to slightly under $10 million. The across-the-board reductions which will take place over a two-year period have already been implemented and apply largely to support services.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Huawei Technologies opens Ottawa R&D Centre

Research In Motion snaps up Ottawa-based QNX Software

Ontario highlights 3D technology development

AG cites AAFC for delays in implementing S&T strategy

U of T uses CANARIE to archive holdings

People

Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Dr Janusz Kozinski

Kevin Lynch

Dr Gilles Patry 2010

Dr Calvin Stiller

Dr Peter Liu

Number 5 / Volume 24 / April 9, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The Quebec government’s decision to kill its key S&T advice council and collapse its three research granting councils into one undefined new organization is both ill-advised and uninformed. Such a slash-and-burn approach to valuable S&T assets in the name of fiscal discipline could come back to haunt the province as it struggles to control its deficit and strengthen its knowledge-based sectors.

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Opinion Leader:
Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

S&T policy and the Long Nose
By Bill Buxton

For a company to go from zero to $1 billion in revenue takes 20 years — what I call the Long Nose. Most people are not aware of how long this nose is. The first part where an invention happens is basic research, in the middle is refinement and augmentation which is applied research and the third is the productization.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Research In Motion breaks $1-billion R&D plateau

CANARIE facilitates OICR cancer research efforts

Japan to unveil new growth strategy

SSHRC awards four new MCRI grants

AAFC provides $6 million for beef R&D projects

OST tracks differing types of research collaboration

People

Dr Hany Moustapha

John McDougall

Guy Levesque, 2010

Iain Stewart

Number 4 / Volume 24 / March 19, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The federal Budget does little more than keep the hounds at bay as the government’s deficit position plays havoc with a more comprehensive approach to S&T funding. Renewals for key organizations and facilities dominated the Budget’s S&T provisions with several modest new initiatives that give an inkling of future directions (see lead story).

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CFI tapped for NEPTUNE operating funds

Lobbying has already begun to seek ongoing operating funds for the NEPTUNE and VENUS underwater laboratories despite a two-year, $24 million reprieve for the facilities announced last December. The funding was secured through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) — Canada’s agency for research infrastructure support — even though the money will be used exclusively to meet operating expenses.

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Opinion Leader:
Alex Navarre

Alex Navarre

Universities, a universe of challenges confronted by elusive visions
By Alex Navarre

University mission was self-defined over the years as first and foremost, to train students to acquire in-depth analytical rigor (which distinguishes universities from vocational schools); second, to conduct frontier research that will put that advanced knowledge to test and give the opportunity for graduate students to work on current issues; and third, a fuzzy concept of services to society interpreted by university presidents in many political ways to serve their interests vis-à-vis their stakeholders.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Adenyo raises $30 million in venture capital

US and Canada to work together on oceans research

Space agency heads discuss international space station

RADARSAT II data to assist Catlin Arctic Survey

Nova Scotia initiative seeks aerospace & defence skills

Number 3 / Volume 24 / March 3, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

When the health of university-based research is examined, it’s important to consider the whole picture and not just the sponsored research funding that institutions compete for. Sources of public funds and access to higher learning are also key components of the post-secondary funding scenario that have been the focus of recent reports and initiatives.

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The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

“Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging”
March 25, 2010 at the National Arts Centre

The large industrial research lab is no longer the norm. Multinational firms now globally distribute their R&D and collaborate with partners in public and private sector institutions.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr David Wolfe

David A. Wolfe

21st Century cities: The geography of innovation
By Dr David Wolfe

The key to Canada’s future prosperity lies in solving two critical but interrelated challenges — the ability to create high growth, knowledge-based firms and the ability to sustain our cities as dynamic centres for innovation and creativity.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Report makes case for university public funding

Call for lifting tuition caps at Quebec universities

Feds commit to $170-million overhaul of DRDC Valcartier

GreenCentre Canada provides POP funding

NRC agreement amended to focus on cellulosic ethanol

Sick Kids robotic arm project receives another $10 million

Quebec research program on cancer risk receives $30M

People

Douglas Robertson

Allison Barr

Number 2 / Volume 24 / February 19, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

There are a lot of things the rest of Canada could learn from the Waterloo region. With a combination of entrepreneurial savvy and collaboration, the area’s high-tech sector is booming and holds considerable upside potential as it builds a powerful niche within digital media.

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Waterloo region defies odds with growth of high-tech sector, focus on digital media

Focus on Waterloo, Part I

“The patient is healthy.” That’s the consensus of Iain Klugman, president of Communitech, the unapologetic booster of all things high tech in the Waterloo region. With a handful of large, homegrown tech companies, the presence of several multinationals and a growing cadre of smaller firms, Waterloo’s tech sector is on a steep growth curve, with an accent on digital media and benefitting from a remarkable collaboration between key players.

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The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

“Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging”
March 25, 2010 at the National Arts Centre

The large industrial research lab is no longer the norm. Multinational firms now globally distribute their R&D and collaborate with partners in public and private sector institutions.

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Use vouchers to stimulate ICT adoption: ITAC study

Canada should follow the lead of many European countries and introduce a voucher program and other direct grant-based measures to entice small and medium businesses to adopt information and communications technologies (ICT), states a new report from the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

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Opinion Leader:
David Crane

David Crane

Canada needs to take innovation seriously
By David Crane

If you want an example of a country that takes innovation seriously, consider South Korea. Samsung, in a partnership with Korea Electric Power, recently landed a $7 billion initiative in Ontario to build 2500 megawatts of wind and solar power and establish four factories with 1,440 manufacturing jobs.

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Univ of Winnipeg teams with Cisco in major push to boost research capacity and funding

By Debbie Lawes

The Univ of Winnipeg hopes to significantly increase its sponsored research over the coming years by leveraging the largest industry collaboration in the institution’s history. The university — better known as an undergraduate school — has finalized $14 million in funding deals with Cisco Canada, the province and the federal government to transform the campus into a provincial hub for immersive, high-end videoconferencing with a larger focus on applied R&D and commercialization.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Quebec gains ground as VC investment plunges

Climate change adaptation research initiative launched

NSERC makes strategic projects grants worth $53.5M

Chrysalix launches new early-stage clean energy fund

Obituary

People

Dr Elizabeth Cannon

Dr John MacDonald

Tim Jackson

William Anderson

Number 1 / Volume 24 / January 25, 2010

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The buzz surrounding the prospects for S&T in the March 4th federal Budget is not good. Despite clearly defined gaps in our innovation system and the expiry of funding for a number of key programs and facilities, the ability of the Conservative government to respond in an effective and forceful manner is severely circumscribed.

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The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

“Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging”
March 25, 2010 at the National Arts Centre

The large industrial research lab is no longer the norm. Multinational firms now globally distribute their R&D and collaborate with partners in public and private sector institutions.

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A Decade of S&T From the RE$EARCH MONEY Archives

2000

Upsurge in federal S&T spending (Nov 29/00)
Initial investment by Mike Lazaridis in Perimeter Institute (Nov 3/00)
Call for greater international S&T funding by ACST (Oct 23/00)
Paul Martin calls for big increase in R&D and education (Oct 2/00)
Joint task force calls for reinvestment in northern research (Oct 2/00)
Genome Canada created with $160M in federal funding (Mar 17/00)
Alberta launches Alberta Ingenuity
Feds fund Sustainable Development Technology Canada (April 7/00)
CSTA calls for urgent investment in federal S&T (April 21/00)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research officially launched (April 21/00)
PAGSE sub-group calls for foresight capacity (May 12/00)
CANARIE develops concept for CA*net4 high-speed research network (July 28/00)
Atlantic Innovation Fund launched (July 28/00)
Business schools seek research and innovation funding (Sept 1/00)

2001

Quebec releases long-awaited S&T policy (Feb 12/01)
NRC nanotechnology institute receives federal funding (Mar 19/01)
Canadian industry posts record R&D increases (June 25/01)
Government unveils skills and learning strategy (Sept 24/01)
9/11 attacks put pending Innovation Agenda in doubt (Sept 24/01)
Fed and provincial S&T ministers meet for first time in since 1992 (Oct 10/01)
University R&D entering new renaissance (Oct 24/01)
Canada’s GERD takes dramatic jump (Nov 13/01)
ITAC and SMC to merge (Nov 13/01)
RE$EARCH MONEY holds first annual conference (Nov 28/01)
NCE-styled program for federal labs proposed (Nov 28/01)

2002

DND fund to combat terrorist attacks launched (Jan 23/02)
Perimeter Institute seeking federal and provincial funding (Jan 23/02)
Canada Foundation for Innovation doles out $780 million (Feb 11/02)
CRIAQ aerospace consortium formed in Quebec (Feb 11/02)
Government releases Innovation Strategy documents (Feb 27/02)
Venture capital turns to earlier-stage deals (Feb 27/02)
CIHR sets guidelines for stem cell research (Mar 18/02)
Chretien-Martin clash threatens to derail innovation agenda (June 7/02)
Report calls for closing of science-policy divide (July 8/02)
Venture capital investment plunges (August 30/02)
ITAC report disputes objective of moving from 15th to 5th (Oct 21/02)
FINE proposal for new federal research networks withdrawn (Nov 4/02)
Group calls for $500-million investment in nanotechnology research (Nov 18/02)
National Innovation Summit produces five-point action plan (Dec 2/02)
ACST revived to assist Innovation Strategy development (Dec 202)

2003

CFI receives $500 to support research hospitals (Feb 18/03)
Research and innovation score big in federal budget (March 7/03)
Ontario targets auto sector with $625-million R&D funding package (March 7/03)
Single funding source for big science operations proposed (May 6/03)
ITER Canada bid backed by Ontario Cabinet (May 22/03)
CMC, Precarn and CANARIE lay claim to 4th pillar status (June 9/03)
Charest government cuts back on business subsidies, granting council funding (June 23/03)
Commercialization and clusters dominate Martin’s S&T agenda (August 8/03)
Taxes, talent and attitude key to higher GERD (Sept 16/03)
Shire pulls plug on former BioChem Pharma research team (Sept 16/03)
Feds pump $215 million into hydrogen economy (Oct 27/03)
Canadian innovation network proposed by Alberta Research Council (Dec 11/03)
Office of the National Sciences Advisor created (Dec 22/03)

2004

McMaster Univ receives $105 million gift for healthcare research and education (Jan 28/04)
Martin government highlights commercialization in throne speech (Feb 12/04)
Business R&D spending slow to recover from tech and dot com meltdowns (Feb 12/04)
Higher education R&D jumps 23% in FY01-02 (Feb 12/04)
OCE program consolidates, seeks greater financial clout (March 3/04)
Brunet Report recommends more private participation in Quebec VC industry (March 18/04)
David Strangway offers parting view on Canadian research and commercialization (March 18/04)
Auditor General hammers NRC’s governance structure (April 6/04)
Alberta unveils value-added strategy for economic growth (May 10/04)
Technology Partnerships Canada braces for challenges under NAFTA (May 10/04)
Denny Doyle warns of hollowing out of tech sector (May 10/04)
Stem Cell Network attempts new IP bundling strategy (July 16/04)
Ontario makes commercialization of S&T a top priority (July 16/04)
Federal spending on health R&D exceeds $5 billion (July 30/04)
ACST calls for massive increase in VC funding for seed and pre-seed (Sept 3/04)
Canadian Light Source opens for business in Saskatoon (Sept 28/04)
Canadian Academies of Science gets PM’s OK to proceed (Oct 12/04)
Spending by Top-100 R&D industry performers declines by 5% in 2003 (Oct 27/04)
Ontario commits $1.

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Opinion Leader:
John Stone

John Stone

Why we should all take “ClimateGate seriously
By John Stone

Recently, in an incident referred to in the media as “ClimateGate”, the computer systems at the University of East Anglia in the UK were illegally broken into and e-mail exchanges involving scientists at the Climate Research Unit were posted on the Internet.

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Lack of decision on future funding of CFCAS could spark debilitating brain drain

No new competitions since 2007

Canada’s small but influential number of climate and atmospheric science researchers could get a lot smaller if a key support organization is not quickly refunded. Repeated requests to the federal government to renew funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) have so far been ignored, prompting fears that the trickle of scientists who have already left could expand into a mass exodus.

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Ontario Centres of Excellence to flex financial muscle under new leadership

Leadership of Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc (OCE), one of Ontario’s key innovation engines, is being taken up by technology commercialization veteran Dr Tom Corr. Effective March 1st, Corr will move from his current position at the Univ of Waterloo and its affiliated Accelerator Centre and guide the organization which has recently expanded and taken on a wide range of new responsibilities aimed at stimulating the uptake of S&T in the province’s diverse business community.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Terry Matthews planning new venture fund

CKRN signs new three-year deals for scholarly content

Dow Agro acquires privately owned Hyland Seeds

VanEdge to announce fund investors

Feds and Manitoba help fund UWin CREATE

Correction

People

Phil Baker

Dr Robert Grundel