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.
Organization: Government of Canada
Canada’s regionally diverse mining innovation groups are stepping up efforts to collaborate on and better coordinate industry-led innovation. But the push to “de-fragment” the country’s mining innovation ecosystem needs dedicated federal funding, the groups say.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s short- and long-term impacts on Canadian innovation will be “mixed,” with new opportunities but also negative consequences, academic experts told a webinar presented by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Ottawa and Alberta are working together and with other governments, industry, researchers and innovators to build a transformative clean “hydrogen economy” in Canada.
The federal and Quebec governments are teaming up on a $15-million investment to advance responsible development of artificial intelligence, including a new international centre of AI expertise in Montréal.
A new $108.5-million technology and agri-food research and innovation network, supported by the federal government and industry, is expected to begin operations by the end of this month. Alberta Innovates’ Inventures conference also highlighted a new $40 funding challenge from Emissions Reduction Alberta to accelerate technology innovation in agriculture, agri-food and forestry.
Canada’s six regional development agencies will direct federal COVID-19 relief funding to small and mid-sized companies and sectors that fall between the cracks of other relief programs.
Canada’s chief science advisor Dr. (PhD) Mona Nemer says she’d be “pleased” to provide input into a new long-term research and pandemic preparedness strategy being developed by the federal government. Nemer also co-chairs a group providing advice on health data needed to manage disease spread, an area public health experts say needs significant improvement.
The Chief Information Officers (CIO) Strategy Council has published a new national standard for data governance, enabling organizations to create a “trust environment” for third-party interactions and help secure their data assets.
The federal government is developing Canada’s first long-term research and pandemic preparedness strategy that will include a new Centre for Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies Research. Ottawa has provided nearly $1 million to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to lead its development.