Person: Roger Voyer

Roger Voyer

Roger Voyer, a pioneer in Canadian science policy and co-founder of Nordicity Group, has died at age 79. Voyer was research director of the Science Council of Canada and also served as executive director of the Canadian Institute of Economic Policy and represented Canada on the OECD Committee for Science and Technology Policy. He was…

Roger Voyer

The National Science Adviser
Now you see him, now you don’t
By Roger Voyer

The recent termination of the National Science Adviser position, held by Dr Arthur Carty, is just the latest installment in the saga to place science and technology policy at centre stage in Canada.

Roger Voyer

The Role of Starbucks in Innovation
By Roger Voyer

I have been drinking a lot of coffee lately. When I call a high-tech start-up headquartered in a basement somewhere in Ottawa’s west end, I invariably get asked to meet at Starbucks at the Pinecrest Mall, which is conveniently located about half way between the west end high-tech community and the downtown venture capitalists, brokers, lawyers and other supporting players.

Roger Voyer

Looking through the wrong end of the telescope
By Roger Voyer

The federal government is at it again. It wants to improve Canada’s ranking in research and development by moving the Gross Expenditures on R&D (GERD) from about 1.