Canadian scientists are no longer able to do cutting-edge deep-sea research off Canada’s coasts because of outdated and unreliable research vessels, say co-chairs of the National Research Vessel Task Team. As a stop-gap measure, the group is proposing the development of modular ocean research infrastructure (MORI) that could be deployed on industry ships and other non-specialized vessels.
Organization: University of Toronto
Ingrid Waldron and HealthCareCAN receive top Research Canada advocacy awards, AbCellera’s IPO nearly triples in value on first day of trading, Diversity Institute’s report on the Canadian labour market during the pandemic is out, and an international AI hub specializing in pharmaceutical R&D opens in Montreal.
Innovation experts and business groups are stepping up calls for the federal government to fix a “weak and out of balance” innovation ecosystem. Canada continues to lag other countries in innovation performance and productivity, according to international indexes.
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.
Vivek Goel will be UWaterloo’s seventh president and vice-chancellor; aerial drone technology gets a major boost in funding.
Two University of Toronto scientists – both women – have won the country’s top awards in science and engineering. They want to see more women participating in STEM fields, especially at the post-graduate level.
The Canada Foundation of Innovation has announced the first awards from program that pivoted earlier this year to support scientific infrastructure related to studying COVID-19.
Surveillance border study at Toronto’s airport continues to track international travellers for COVID-19; the Canadian Space Agency supports the launch of two lunar technology payloads to the moon.
Facedrive’s TraceSCAN technology garners interest among companies globally; Canada’s National Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy has its first researcher council, and a new consortium takes shape to accelerate the commercialization of quantum computing.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine will benefit from a $250 million donation to support advances in human health and health care; Roger Scott-Douglas is the acting new president of the National Research Council of Canada.