Canadians needs to “embrace the entrepreneur” and invest in the innovation ecosystem to make Canada a leader in the digital economy, says Perry Kinkaide, a former public servant, corporate executive and manager of Kinkaide Enterprises Inc., in an opinion piece.
Topic: digital economy
The superclusters should be assessed by a broad innovation policy framework and with a longer time frame than their initial five-year mandate, says John Knubley, the former deputy minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada who was responsible for the creation of the superclusters initiative.
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.
In its strategic plan for the next two years, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) reviewed its progress over the last five years and outlined its program for keeping pace with rapid global change and the effects of COVID-19.
The St. John’s, Newfoundland-based tech startup Avalon Holographics launched its first-generation prototype display; the federal government will launch the first round of its $300-million Housing Supply Challenge, focused on the provision of reliable housing data; Alberta Premier Jason Kenney put Doug Schweitzer at the head of his new ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation; and more.
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.
Many stakeholders in Canada’s innovation ecosystem are calling for an independent, comprehensive review of Canada’s tax system.
New data value chains and foundational standards are needed if Canada wants to transform into a digital economy: policy brief.
Canada needs a new innovation agency to support tech scale-ups and drive adoption of digital technologies across all sectors, says a new report by innovation policy expert David A. Wolfe.