Organization: Science Council of Canada

Roger Voyer

Roger Voyer, a pioneer in Canadian science policy and co-founder of Nordicity Group, has died at age 79. Voyer was research director of the Science Council of Canada and also served as executive director of the Canadian Institute of Economic Policy and represented Canada on the OECD Committee for Science and Technology Policy. He was…

Canada lacks the institutional structure to invest in the future

Budget 2017 promises $125 million to launch what it calls a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy by promoting collaboration between centres of excellence in Montreal, Toronto-Waterloo and Edmonton. This, it says, will “position Canada as a world-leading destination for companies seeking to invest in artificial intelligence and innovation.” What’s missing as Canada seeks to position itself for the future, and this is critically important, is any institutional capacity to prepare Canadians more broadly for the future.