Person: Sheldon Levy

Government ‘can and should pick winners’ to grow scale-up companies, says federal advisor

In a recent report for the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Sheldon Levy, special advisor to the federal minister of small business and export promotion, argued that government should identify and support select firms with high potential to become global competitors. “There are many countries that have to pick their laneway and can’t be the best at everything all the time,” Levy told Research Money.

The Short Report, November 20, 2019: Sidewalk Labs, public-private partnerships, Alberta layoffs

Sidewalk Labs released a new 483-page document that does “a good job of satisfying the information we need” to evaluate the technological innovations planned for the Quayside development in Toronto, says Kristina Verner, Waterfront Toronto’s vice president of innovation. The evaluation is due to be completed by March 2020. – SaltWire Ontario is introducing a new policy to…

CAN Health Network to offer integrated market for high-growth SMEs

The Government of Canada has announced an initial investment of $7 million to create the CAN Health Network, a pilot project that seeks to help high-growth health companies scale faster in the domestic market by accessing consolidated procurement opportunities.

Ontario Budget 2018 puts more support for scale-ups, startups and promising sectors

With elections just around the corner, Ontario Liberals released earlier than usual its 2018 budget, which includes at least $1.5 billion for R&D and innovation. The $158.5-billion spending plan focuses largely on enhanced social, education and healthcare initiatives but also commits millions to businesses as well as R&D, innovation and competitiveness.