Person: Adam Holbrook

NRC president Stewart reappointed for another term

Iain Stewart, the current president of the National Research Council (NRC), has been reappointed for a term of five years. The reappointment – announced by Navdeep Bains, minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on June 20 — will allow Stewart to continue to work on the federal agency’s transformation, called the NRC Dialogue,…

A RE$EARCH MONEY Q&A with Adam Holbrook

Innovation has risen up the government’s priority ranking and will be a major thrust of the federal Budget when it is tabled March 22. Over the past year, several expert panels and councils have been preparing policy papers on fundamental science, innovation and economic competitiveness. On the other hand, the government is running annual deficits and plan to continue for several years to come. We asked Adam Holbrook, adjunct professor and associate director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University, for his perspective on what needs to be done to make Canada more innovative and its use of research more effective.

Adam Holbrook

A new approach to S&T policy
By Adam Holbrook

At the end of October, a very unusual but important event occurred in Toronto. Young scientists and engineers from Canada got together and held their own S&T Policy conference because they perceived a lack of guidance from the usual sources of S&T policy.

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Pondering Canadian competitive advantage
By Adam Holbrook

Summer has come, Parliament has recessed, and those who can afford it have retreated to some form of seasonal respite, whether it is a pup tent in the backyard or a second home in cottage country.

Adam Holbrook

Correlation does not imply causation…
By Adam Holbrook

It is said that the phrase “correlation does not imply causation” is carved over the doors of most professors of statistics. Indeed, while it may be possible to correlate such diverse phenomena as stock market trends with the number of sunspots, it is difficult to imagine the linkage between them.

Adam Holbrook

One size does not fit all… By Adam Holbrook Officials at Industry Canada are preparing a White Paper on industrial innovation and policies promoting innovation in Canada. It is expected the Paper will be based on the principle that, if Canadian industry can become more innovative, the economy will grow and all Canadians will benefit…