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Topic: Canada's Innovation Superclusters
Canada needs to stop putting “lipstick” on Canada’s innovation mess and solve the funding gap for early-stage entrepreneurs and SMEs, Michael Nitefor, president and founder of Air Lab, Inc., says in an editorial.
The National Research Council (NRC) has launched more than 200 collaborative R&D projects valued at $93 million, enabling groups of its researchers to develop disruptive technologies alongside researchers from industry, academia and not-for-profits.
Canada needs a new set of indicators to more precisely measure the performance of its five superclusters, which would also enable policy-makers and government regulators to improve innovation practices and policies, says a new study by the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy.
A new $108.5-million technology and agri-food research and innovation network, supported by the federal government and industry, is expected to begin operations by the end of this month. Alberta Innovates’ Inventures conference also highlighted a new $40 funding challenge from Emissions Reduction Alberta to accelerate technology innovation in agriculture, agri-food and forestry.
Canada’s innovation superclusters are proving their value during the COVID-19 crisis and are well positioned to help lead the post-COVID economic recovery, the five superclusters’ CEOs told a Research Money webinar.