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Science Funding Review Panel Report

19/04/2017
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...
19/04/2017
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...
19/04/2017
Tina Saryeddine, Dr. David Hill, Ellen Chesney, Bill Tholl on behalf of HealthCareCAN
Tina Saryeddine Executive Director, Research...
19/04/2017
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...
19/04/2017
Neha Bhutani PhD, Volunteer and Vanessa Sung, PhD Candidate, VP External Relations
Neha Bhutani, PhD Volunteer, Science...
19/04/2017
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

29/03/2017
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...
29/03/2017
Tina Saryeddine, David Hill, Bill Tholl
Tina Saryeddine Executive Director, Research...
29/03/2017
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...
29/03/2017
Serge Buy
The Liberal government was elected in 2015 with a platform promising significant investments in agricultural research.  The mandate letter given...
29/03/2017
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

08/03/2017
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...
10/11/2016
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...
17/10/2016
Paul Dufour
Coming up to its first anniversary in power, the Trudeau administration is coping with many consultations and challenges. This high expectations path...
06/11/2016
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...
08/02/2017
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

17/10/2016
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...
25/10/2016
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?

21/09/2016
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...
25/10/2016
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...
21/09/2016
Denise Amyot
Across Canada, inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs are dreaming up the world of tomorrow. Through bold acts of ingenuity, they are continuously...
21/09/2016
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...
21/09/2016
David McInnes
What would you guess is the single most important ingredient in modern food production? Good seeds? Rainfall? Fertilizer? The surprising answer is...
21/09/2016
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,...
21/09/2016
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...
21/09/2016
Richard McAloney, PhD and Emina Veletanlić, MSc
Richard McAloney, PhD Director, Technology Management...
21/09/2016
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...
26/09/2016
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

26/09/2016
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...
11/10/2016
Lorne A. Babiuk
The launch of the Government of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review sends an important message to Albertans and Canadians: discovery-driven,...
03/11/2016
Holly Witteman
  In the last round of a major Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding competition, female mid-career and senior applicants had...
11/10/2016
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...

Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM)

14/09/2016
John Frank MD, CCFP, MSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, FFPH, FRSE
Public health research boasts few success stories of its policy influence in recent years. Consider the examples of the obesity pandemic, and health...
12/10/2016
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?

26/09/2016
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...
25/10/2016
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...
26/09/2016
Ernesto Icogo
  Over the past few years, there has been a continuous upward trend in clean energy technological breakthroughs, an unimpeded downward trend...
26/09/2016
Marc McArthur
  Canada is big, cold and empty (relatively speaking) with a large resource base below ground. Thermodynamically the news about our per-...
26/09/2016
Marc McArthur
  With contributions from Mahmoud Masaeli, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa We are...