Ontario invests to attract and retain research talent, UOttawa launches the first Canadian research centre dedicated to studying Black health in Canada, Montreal’s BrainBox AI goes home a winner from COP26, and more.
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The public and private sectors in Alberta are expanding initiatives to produce “blue” hydrogen from natural gas, despite a study by U.S. researchers at Cornell and Stanford universities that raises concerns about blue hydrogen’s “lifecycle” carbon emissions.
Genome Canada launches a SARS-CoV-2 data portal to consolidate variants of concern data in one place, Calgary’s Suncor Energy invests in carbon capture technology to offset GHG emissions, Government of Canada invests $185 million in an agricultural program to share best practices for storing carbon, and more.
Canada’s continued poor performance in innovation and business productivity is due to a failure to link publicly funded research and innovation programs to an industrial strategy based on the country’s strengths, say innovation experts. Meanwhile, studies by University of Toronto researchers show the federal innovation agenda has negatively impacted funding for basic, investigator-driven research but hasn’t addressed the underlying problem of industrial innovation in Canada.
Michael Sabia is the new deputy minister of Finance; a consortium of food-based businesses will test new applications for pulse flours; British-based Hg Capital will spend $1.1 billion to assume majority control of Calgary-based Benevity; Canada’s top 50 research universities posted a combined research income of $8 billion in fiscal 2019.
Canadian oil and gas companies are ramping up investment in artificial intelligence and related digital technologies.
Companies in Quebec and Alberta are teaming up on an industrial project to capture CO2 and convert it into fuels and bio-products.
Innovative technologies for Canada’s oilsands industry are well represented in the semi-finalists announced for Natural Resources Canada’s flagship Clean Growth Program. They are competing for a share of NRCan’s $155-million investment, aimed at advancing clean technology R&D and demonstration projects in energy, mining and forestry. Eleven oilsands-related technologies being developed by various companies and organizations…