McGill makes history with the launch of its innovation fund, an insect research facility at USask will be one of a handful to conduct research on arthropod plant pests and beneficial insects in Canada, the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities calls for investment in university security systems, and more.
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In a recent report for the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Sheldon Levy, special advisor to the federal minister of small business and export promotion, argued that government should identify and support select firms with high potential to become global competitors. “There are many countries that have to pick their laneway and can’t be the best at everything all the time,” Levy told Research Money.
The 2021 federal budget gives a big boost to the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, BC budget provides $500 million to new fund for tech startups, US President Joe Biden proposes funding surge for federal research agencies, Canada’s Stem Cell Network to receive $45 million dollars for regenerative medicine therapies, and more.
The Government of Canada seeks to bolster Canada’s biomanufacturing capacity, D-Wave receives $40 million to accelerate Canada’s quantum technology development, the federal government invests in Canada’s longest-ever study on aging, Quebec’s Lion Electric gets ready to break ground on a new battery manufacturing plant, and more.
Building a circular economy for plastics in Canada will take smart solutions, says Christina Seidel, executive director of the Recycling Council of Alberta and co-chair of the Plastics Alliance of Alberta, in an op-ed. These include locally driven initiatives, collaboration across sectors and organizations, research investment and innovation to eliminate unnecessary plastics and reduce plastic waste.
UVic is the latest university in Canada to cut fossil fuels from its investment portfolio, Nova Scotia’s fish and seafood sector gets a boost, a promising snapshot of Ontario’s developing AI ecosystem, and more.
A consortium of some of Canada’s biggest corporations launch a pilot project offering workers rapid COVID-19 testing; Conestoga College prepares to launch a national institute dedicated to senior care; Lakeland College offers Canada’s first two-year Agricultural Technology program this fall, and more.
The Short Report: Supporting Black tech professionals; high-speed Internet for rural Quebec, new university Indigenous research policy; DND funding for COVID-19 technologies; record angel investment; writing off oil sands assets.
The Mining Association of B.C.’s new BC Mining Innovation Roadmap focuses on strengthening the province’s mining innovation ecosystem. The Roadmap’s recommendations include creating a new “BC Mining Innovation Hub” and a mining innovation leadership position in government, and establishing a “Demonstration Mine” to test innovative technologies.
Ottawa and Alberta are working together and with other governments, industry, researchers and innovators to build a transformative clean “hydrogen economy” in Canada.