What if? Imagine the huge impacts on Canada’s space program and space industry had MDA sold its space technology division in 2008 to a U.S. firm.
Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Three milestones — a scientific protest march, a science advisor’s reappointment, and a telescope’s “first light” — reveal the changing face of science in the policy realm.
A team of Montreal researchers are preparing to use the an instrument they designed for the James Webb Space Telescope, which will help them analyse the atmospheric composition of planets orbiting around distant stars. This Canadian contribution to the deep-space telescope means scientists from this country will have preferred access to this sophisticated instrument, which will be in high demand.
Ottawa invests more than $28 million to address PTSD and trauma in frontline and essential workers; the supercluster program gets a name change from Minister Champagne; patient-oriented research funding for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Dr. Jody Cooley is appointed new ED at SNOLAB, and more.
South Korea’s Medipost acquires OmniaBio for contract development and manufacturing; Ottawa introduces legislation to bolster trust in the digital economy; a new oil sands alliance combines Canada’s three major oil producers, KPMG Canada and MaRS Discovery District launch a climate impact accelerator program, and more.
Feds announce $102 million for new, renewed chairs at 35 Canadian research institutions; U of T receives a 20-million donation for research, innovations and clinical programs in sports and sports medicine, new protocols for Arctic research and policymaking from the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and more.
IBM invests to strengthen research and innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador; a framework to deepen links between the NRC and Canada’s AI research and industry ecosystem, an energy hub to connect modellers and policymakers, and more.
Quebec invests $7.5 billion in science and tech; advancing research in small nuclear reactors, making moves to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, and more.
Canada’s high-profile space industry firm MDA has positioned its flagship product, the Canadarm, for installation on a new commercial space station to be constructed by the US firm Axiom.
Alberta and New Brunswick launch AI centres; Dr. Monica Gattinger to chair expert panel evaluating international STI partnership opportunities, Governor General Innovation Award winners are announced, and more.