Joanne Weber has been named the first Canada Research Chair in Deaf Education, François-Philippe Champagne replaces Navdeep Bains as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Canadian Space Agency opens a competition to foster innovative food technology production, and Vancouver is the latest city to benefit from the federal government’s LC3 initiative.
Person: Navdeep Bains
Canada has launched its first patent collective to help data-driven clean tech companies understand, generate and strategically use intellectual property in scaling up. The Innovation Asset Collective, backed by $30 million in federal funding, includes a defensive “war chest” to help Canadian SMEs defend their patents in an often predatory global IP marketplace.
Small and medium companies are hiring more employees, partnering with larger firms and expanding into new markets as a result of their participation in Canada’s superclusters.
Speeding Canada’s response to future pandemics requires the highest level biosafety lab, facilities for exotic animals and more scientists. VIDO-InterVac is looking to the federal and Saskatchewan governments for funding.
The federal government needs to invest more strategically in clean technologies and improve data gathering to support climate goals, clean economic growth and Canadians’ well-being, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Yet despite several challenges which include COVID-19, Canada’s clean tech industry continues to grow, speakers told Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s annual meeting.
Last week, the governments of Canada and Ontario together pledged up to $500 million to enable Ford to build electric vehicles at the carmaker’s plant in Oakville. The investment comes just in time for Canada’s auto industry, which has lagged to 12th place internationally in EV production.
Carleton University and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (NND) have signed a 7-year MOU; Dr. Bartha Knoppers (PhD) won the 2020 Till & McCulloch Award; CANARIE selected four successful projects from its recent Research Data Management funding call; Ottawa is investing $9.4 million in tidal power in Atlantic Canada.
Global Affairs Canada is accepting submissions from Canadian software companies for its Fall 2020 Venture Capital Dealbook; The Canada Revenue Agency has extended reporting deadlines for SR&ED; the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor partners with Silicon Valley; and more.
Statistics Canada reported record gains in Canadian manufacturing sales; the underlying technology for a COVID-19 vaccine currently being blocked from entering Canada was licensed by the NRC; the Competition Bureau of Canada is investigating Amazon.ca to determine if the site is engaging in anti-competitive practices; and more.
On Tuesday, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the second instalment of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund from 2017. The new parcel of operational funding amounts to nearly $230 million for 14 national research facilities at 10 universities.