Nearly $3.4 billion in federal spending through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) during the last three years has failed to improve Canada’s “disastrous” innovation performance and productivity, say some innovation and policy experts. An analysis by Research Money of SIF data shows that Ontario, Quebec and foreign-based firms have received the lion’s share of SIF funding.
More than 550 members of Alberta’s innovation system call on the UCP government to act on an expert panel report to help the province’s struggling tech sector.
Emissions Reduction Alberta-Business Development Bank of Canada offers easier and timely access to funding for innovative greenhouse gas-reducing technologies.
There has been a tendency in recent policy papers to argue that a focus on entrepreneurship is the answer to Canada’s weak innovation performance. There is no academic study to back this assertion and if interested parties to pursue this myth, it will inevitably lead to confusion. Not only do entrepreneurship skills not equate to innovator skills, but rather entrepreneurs often rely on innovators to successfully carry out their projects.
US president Donald Trump has signed two bipartisan bills to encourage women to pursue careers in science. The bills — Promoting Women in Entrepreneurships Act and Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act — closely follow the creation of the Canada−United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders…