DARPA, the U.S. defence-related R&D agency, is on everyone’s lips as a Canadian version of the agency became a promise in more than one party platform. Quantum Valley Ideas Lab, an independent research institute in Waterloo, Ont., is participating in new DARPA programs to move quantum technologies out of the laboratory and into the real world.
Person: Mike Lazaridis
The inaugural DRIVE conference, to be held February 20-22 in Waterloo, ON, will convene leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world to share best practices and debate strategies for building scaleup ecosystems. We spoke with organizer Raymond Luk about his goals for the conference and how Canada can grow more domestic scaleups.
It has taken a long time, and not all the needed pieces are yet in place, but the innovation debate is now paying much more attention to how we grow companies and scale them up to be global competitors, and not simply on how we start them.
The Importance of Basic Research
By Mike Lazaridis
What is the purpose of a university? Most people believe that a university exists to educate and to perform research. But it has a higher role, a sacred trust, to pass down all the knowledge that we’ve accumulated to the next generation, while developing new knowledge in the process.
Dr Christopher Loomis has been appointed VP research and international relations at Memorial Univ for a four-year period ending December/06. Loomis has been acting in the position since March/01 and replaces Dr Kevin Keough, who was appointed chief scientist at Health Canada last year (R$ January 15/01). A pharmacologist by profession, he is responsible for…
Mike Lazaridis has been appointed to a three-year term on the governing council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Lazar-idis is founder, president and co-CEO of Research in Motion Ltd, and founder and major benefactor of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. A graduate of the Univ of Waterloo, he was recently awarded…