As 2021 draws to a close, we offer a compendium of key developments in Canada’s innovation ecosystem from the past twelve months.
Jim Hinton is a patent lawyer based in Kitchener-Waterloo and the co-founder of the Innovation Asset Collective (IAC), which launched this year with $30 million in federal funding. Research Money spoke to Hinton about the challenges facing tech developers, researchers and policymakers surrounding IP.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaigned on a new $2-billion Canadian advanced research agency modelled after the U.S. Defense Advance Research Program Agency (DARPA). But innovation advocates told Research Money the Liberals should hold off on creating the new agency in favour of focusing on IP ownership.
A Canadian advanced research agency is closer to becoming a reality now that both the Liberals and Conservatives are promising to create one, says the executive-director of the Canadian Council of Innovators (CCI).
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.
Building a circular economy for plastics in Canada will take smart solutions, says Christina Seidel, executive director of the Recycling Council of Alberta and co-chair of the Plastics Alliance of Alberta, in an op-ed. These include locally driven initiatives, collaboration across sectors and organizations, research investment and innovation to eliminate unnecessary plastics and reduce plastic waste.
Canada needs to be prepared for the “tectonic shift” of intangibles powering new ways of delivering services that contribute more than three-quarters of Canada’s GDP, Bert van den Berg writes in an op-ed.
A new cybersecurity program to support research and education in Canada; Montreal’s Element AI acquired by Silicon Valley, and the Centre for Regulatory Innovation brings a whole-of-government approach to innovation and competition.
Surveillance border study at Toronto’s airport continues to track international travellers for COVID-19; the Canadian Space Agency supports the launch of two lunar technology payloads to the moon.
Saskatchewan approved a first-of-its-kind hydrogen production project; the Black Innovation Fellowship (BIF) at Ryerson’s DMZ announced a $1 million program expansion; Kitchener wearable tech company North will be sold to Google’s parent company Alphabet; and more.