Vivek Goel will be UWaterloo’s seventh president and vice-chancellor; aerial drone technology gets a major boost in funding.
Organization: Government of Canada
A new pilot program matches researchers with priorities of the City of Toronto as part of the COVID-19 response effort and Polar Knowledge Canada has a new president.
Small and medium companies are hiring more employees, partnering with larger firms and expanding into new markets as a result of their participation in Canada’s superclusters.
Canada needs a new set of indicators to more precisely measure the performance of its five superclusters, which would also enable policy-makers and government regulators to improve innovation practices and policies, says a new study by the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy.
According to a “preliminary assessment” report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the five federally funded innovation superclusters are unlikely to attain goals for job creation and GDP growth. But the superclusters’ CEOs told Research Money the report is based on outdated data and that it’s too early to assess the superclusters’ long-term outcomes.
Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District has proposed expanding some of its innovation components to Calgary. However, key players involved in exploratory talks say the $60-million “MaRS West” initiative will need to complement, not compete with, Calgary’s existing innovation entities and ecosystem.
The federal government needs to invest more strategically in clean technologies and improve data gathering to support climate goals, clean economic growth and Canadians’ well-being, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Yet despite several challenges which include COVID-19, Canada’s clean tech industry continues to grow, speakers told Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s annual meeting.
The federal government has created several initiatives since 2018 to bolster new knowledge generation, facilitate commercialization and support technology transfer at post-secondary institutions. Ottawa also has introduced five separate initiatives under Canada’s first-ever National IP Strategy, launched in 2018.
Canada is a global research hub for artificial intelligence but needs a lot more professionals with AI skills to move move AI from research labs to mainstream businesses, two new reports say.
The Short Report: Feds invest in mining sector, CSIS warns universities about China, new Supercluster projects, more COVID 19-related support for Indigenous businesses, University of Alberta geologist on Mars mission, and more.