Featured Editorials

Celebrating Canada's 150 Anniversary

Feridun Hamdullahpur
As Canada celebrates its 150 years, it is a good time to reflect on the discoveries, innovations, and research that Canada has cause to be proud of...
David J. Scott
The Arctic covers an immense area of Canada, about 40 percent of our territory. Scientists have been undertaking leading-edge research in the North...

Science Funding Review Panel Report

Paul Davidson
Canada has a new roadmap for regaining a leadership position in global research. The long-awaited report from the Advisory Panel on Federal Support...
Reinhart Reithmeier, PhD FCAHS
Three cheers for the Naylor Report on “Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research”. The Royal Canadian...
Tina Saryeddine, Dr. David Hill, Ellen Chesney, Bill Tholl on behalf of HealthCareCAN
Tina Saryeddine Executive Director, Research...
Dr. J. Kevin Vessey
As chair of the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities (ACCRU), I want to congratulate the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for...
Neha Bhutani PhD, Volunteer and Vanessa Sung, PhD Candidate, VP External Relations
Neha Bhutani, PhD Volunteer, Science...
Cornelya F. C. Klütsch and Catarina C. Ferreira
Cornelya F. C. Klütsch, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor Department of Biology, Trent University, Canada
Bart De Baere, PhD and Elicia Maine, PhD
Bart De Baere, PhD Postdoctoral Research, Teaching Fellow Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences The University of British Columbia...

Science and Innovation in Federal Budget 2017

Christine Tausig Ford
With a focus on skills and innovation, the federal government’s Budget 2017 aims to position Canadians for a changing economy and society. And while...
Tina Saryeddine, David Hill, Bill Tholl
Tina Saryeddine Executive Director, Research...
Dr. Jim Woodgett
Last year’s Federal budget contained a number of significant dollar boosts for Canadian research but, more importantly, the language behind the...
Serge Buy
The Liberal government was elected in 2015 with a platform promising significant investments in agricultural research.  The mandate letter given...
Louise Binder
Pundits have shaken, stirred, turned upside down the federal budget for the last crumbs. I am left to comment on that pesky pea, hard to find but...

Reflections on the upcoming first year in power of the new administration

Imogen Coe
The hit movie Hidden Figures celebrates the three African-American women mathematicians who helped NASA win the race to space in 1961. Much has been...
Hon. Kirsty Duncan
  What a difference a year can make. This time last year, I had the honour of presenting my first major speech as Canada’s new Minister of...
Paul Dufour
Coming up to its first anniversary in power, the Trudeau administration is coping with many consultations and challenges. This high expectations path...
Jim Woodgett
  Justin Trudeau made clear in his letters of mandate to Ministers, as well as later in his government’s inaugural budget, that he intended a...
Catarina C. Ferreira and Martin Geiger
Catarina C. Ferreira, PhD Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biology Trent University, Peterborough http://www....

Science and Diplomacy

Daryl Copeland
  In February 2016, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences hosted a meeting that was convened by the Science and Technology Advisers to the...
Elliot Gunn
  On 21 September, 2016, policymakers, researchers, and non-governmental actors paid close attention to the High-level Meeting on...

A New Innovation Agenda for Canada: What are we building?

Elizabeth Cannon, PhD
Last year at the Paris climate change conference, Canada and 194 other countries committed to combat climate change through innovation and low carbon...
Denise Amyot
Across Canada, inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs are dreaming up the world of tomorrow. Through bold acts of ingenuity, they are continuously...
Professor Deborah Buszard
UBC’s Okanagan campus offers an outstanding case study in driving regional socio-economic development through innovation. In its first decade, UBC...
Paul Salvini, PhD
Most of the discussions I’ve had with Canada’s business leaders around the topic of innovation have a common theme: how to succeed in a world of...
David McInnes
What would you guess is the single most important ingredient in modern food production? Good seeds? Rainfall? Fertilizer? The surprising answer is...
M. Cynthia Goh, Scott McAuley, David McMillen
M. Cynthia Goh, PhD Director, Impact Centre, University of Toronto Professor, Departments of Chemistry, Material Science and Engineering,...
Zayna Khayat, PhD
 The federal government has a bold vision to rebrand Canada as an innovation nation. However, the reality is that you can not play to win in...
Richard McAloney, PhD and Emina Veletanlić, MSc
Richard McAloney, PhD Director, Technology Management...
Charles Plant
Canada’s lack of venture capital funding has been denounced consistently in studies and think tank reports, and by the media, entrepreneurs, and even...
Donna Heslin, MSc
The federal government is looking to create, “an inclusive plan to foster a confident nation of innovators—one that is globally competitive in...

Science Funding

Hon. Kirsty Duncan
  Op Ed – Review of Basic Science Canadians have come to expect their government to engage them in meaningful dialogue about the future of...
Lorne A. Babiuk
The launch of the Government of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review sends an important message to Albertans and Canadians: discovery-driven,...
Laura Coristine, Jeremy Pittman, Richard Schuster
Laura Coristine, PhD Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow Faculty of Environmental Design University of Calgary Jeremy Pittman, PhD Liber Ero...
Holly Witteman
  In the last round of a major Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding competition, female mid-career and senior applicants had...

Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM)

Public health research boasts few success stories of its policy influence in recent years. Consider the examples of the obesity pandemic, and health...
Shaun Young, DPhil
The issues faced by Canadian society are increasingly complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral in nature, and global in scope and impact. To...

Clean Energy and Climate Change as Global Priorities: Implications for Canada?

Gord Campbell, BASc, MASc, PhD, PEng, CCE
  Background Canadians are aware of global warming but most do not understand the seriousness of the implications. The factors affecting...
Stephen Yarrow
Climate change stands to affect almost every industry but there are few that will be impacted as much as agriculture. With temperatures expected to...
Marc McArthur
  Canada is big, cold and empty (relatively speaking) with a large resource base below ground. Thermodynamically the news about our per-...
Ernesto Icogo
  Over the past few years, there has been a continuous upward trend in clean energy technological breakthroughs, an unimpeded downward trend...
Marc McArthur
  With contributions from Mahmoud Masaeli, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa We are...