Innovate BC, British Columbia’s primary technology agency, has a new Board of Directors, whose members were announced last week at the #BCTECH Summit. The board will become the province’s new innovation commission, chaired by Thompson Rivers Univ president and vice-chancellor, Alan Shaver. He will be assisted by 11 members and one ex-officio member, Alan Winter, BC’s…
Canada must re-balance public investments that currently overemphasize fundamental research and provide high-level direction to increase the uptake and application of innovation, including offering experiential learning and professional development for key players in the innovation ecosystem, says a former president of the National Research Council (NRC).
Following some 30 years of investigating “innovation” as a social and economic phenomenon, it is time for me to admit that I am getting fed up with this term. In the conversation about public policy for science, technology, industry, higher education or what have you, I fear that it is now far adrift in a sea of mythology that has lost all touch with reality.