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March 6, 2017

Preparing Canadians for the green economy

This op-ed was initially published in the Globe and Mail on February 23, 2017.   Since his government’s election, Prime Minister Trudeau has frequently reminded Canadians that economic development and fighting climate change are not mutually exclusive, and in fact, create new opportunities for growth. This transition to a greener, more ecologically-minded economy is indeed taking shape, with new technologies and processes reshaping activities in almost all sectors. Our cars are more fuel efficient than ever, factories are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, buildings are more energy efficient, renewables are booming, recycling is a given and reducing waste has become a daily concern,... Read more
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October 20, 2016

CICan Shares its Vision for Canada’s Innovation Agenda

Ottawa, October 20, 2016 – As world leaders in partnered innovation, Canadian colleges and institutes have an essential role to play in renewing Canada’s innovation agenda. Answering the call issued by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has launched a series of recommendations encouraging the government to capitalize on the capacity and capabilities of its members to achieve inclusive growth. With deep ties to local businesses, communities, and industry, colleges and institutes serve as inclusive community hubs that integrate the critical elements of the innovation ecosystem. From education and training to applied research,... Read more
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September 30, 2016

Fast-Tracking Inclusive Innovation for a Successful Canada | Capitalizing on the Assets of Colleges and Institutes

CICan applauds the launch of the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda and the opportunity to provide input on behalf of its members across the country. We welcome the invitation to contribute to the design of a broad, national action plan that will foster a confident nation of innovators, put Canada on the path to long-term economic growth and maintain its status as one of the best places in the world to live. CICan members look forward to playing a central role in both the development and the implementation of this action plan.
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September 21, 2016

Partnered Innovation: colleges and institutes’ contribution to Canada’s innovation ecosystem

This op-ed was originally published on the Canadian Science Policy Centre website on September 21, 2016.   Across Canada, inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs are dreaming up the world of tomorrow. Through bold acts of ingenuity, they are continuously pushing the boundaries of both what we know and what we can achieve, as individuals and as a country. These innovators, wherever they are found, are critical to Canada’s success but it is important to realize that they cannot do it alone – innovation is driven by partnerships. Colleges and institutes have long understood that innovation is based in collaboration. This way of thinking... Read more
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