Past S&T advisory have cratered on what is oft-labelled “the arrogance of the new.” Instead of re-inventing the wheel, a new, re-imagined advisory body should be integrated to the other elements of the advisory eco-system.
The B.C.-based Digital Technology Supercluster announced its official launch after receiving a funding allocation for $153 million from the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) and $200 million in funding commitments from member organizations.
Canadian science and technology and industrial R&D are faced with a growing risk of becoming branch plants of research, innovation and competitiveness for other countries. While not new, this conclusion reached by an expert panel tasked to examine the issue that says the severity and urgency of the situation are increasing due to rapidly evolving global trends, the “start and sell” mentality of many tech entrepreneurs and the ecosystem damage inflicted between 2006 and 2015.
Canada must re-balance public investments that currently overemphasize fundamental research and provide high-level direction to increase the uptake and application of innovation, including offering experiential learning and professional development for key players in the innovation ecosystem, says a former president of the National Research Council (NRC).