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More interdisciplinary training in science, engineering and business could boost innovation

Providing more interdisciplinary academic programs and training in science, engineering and business to students in post-secondary institutions could break disciplinary silos and boost Canada’s lagging innovation, says Dr. Alexandre Navarre, PhD, associate researcher at École de technologie supérieure in Montreal and past director of technology transfer units at McGill University and Western University.

New advanced research agency high on federal innovation minister’s lengthy to do list

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is facing a very busy year, with a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that includes more than 30 assigned tasks. They include establishing a new advanced research projects agency, launching a Canadian critical minerals strategy and a national quantum strategy and creating a global centre of excellence for eliminating methane gas emissions.

More integrated relationship between post-secondary institutions and industry can boost Canada’s lagging productivity

A more integrated relationship with stronger partnerships between post-secondary institutions and industry can provide students with more work-relevant training, while rapidly upskilling and reskilling the current workforce to boost Canada’s lagging productivity, Laura Jo Gunter, president and CEO at the Northern Institute of Technology, says in an op-ed.

Alberta's major universities hit pause on new research initiatives with China

Alberta’s four major universities have put a hold on developing new research initiatives and renewing existing research agreements with entities in China, as directed by the provincial government. All four universities also have submitted reports to Alberta Advanced Education detailing all agreements, research relationships, institutional relations and joint ventures under way with entities connected to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party.

The Short Report – Dec. 22, 2021: Trudeau releases mandate letters, a promising brain diseases partnership, a national survey of young people’s attitudes towards science, and more

A new Quebec neuroscience partnership may advance drug discovery for brain diseases through AI and Open Science; a CFI national survey shows most young adults have confidence in science; Dr. Leah Cowen has been named the University of Toronto’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives, and more.

Latest Issue:

Number 12

Volume 35 December 15 2021

Editorial:
Sebastian Leck

The debate around an RCMP innovation challenge shows why researchers need to understand the political implications of their work, writes Sebastian Leck, managing editor at Research Money.

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Q&A: Former environment and climate change minister Catherine McKenna on COP26 and Canada’s climate plans

Catherine McKenna, former minister of environment and climate change and former minister of infrastructure and communities, spoke to Research Money about the outcomes of the COP26 climate summit, the federal emissions cap on the oil and gas industry, federal investment needed to ensure the country meets its emissions-reduction targets and her two “passions”: climate action and supporting women and girls.

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Opinion Leader: Continued government support is critical to maintain Ontario’s global competitiveness in regenerative medicine

Ongoing provincial government support for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) is critical to maintain Ontario’s global competitiveness in the fast-growing field of regenerative medicine which is developing cutting-edge products and therapies resulting from stem cell research, Dr. Duncan Stewart, president and scientific director of OIRM, and Dr. Tim Smith, chair of the board of directors at OIRM, say in an op-ed.

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Opinion Leader:
Nick Catino

What will it take for Canada to modernize its financial ecosystem?

Canada is taking several steps to modernize the country’s financial ecosystem, including payment systems. But such initiatives will need continued industry pressure to get them implemented quickly, Nick Catino, Global Head of Policy and Campaigns at Wise, a U.K.-headquartered financial technology services company, says in an op-ed.

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Supercluster investments in ocean robotics are starting to reap benefits

A significant investment by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster in companies commercializing robotics and sensor technologies is starting to reap benefits, including creating jobs, building stronger domestic companies and attracting international firms to establish in Canada, says Susan Hunt, the supercluster’s chief technology officer.

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