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Canada's 2018 Innovation Policy Report Card
February 28, 2018 - Daniel Schwanen and Rosalie Wyonch

This E-Brief introduces a new innovation policy report card, comparing key policy indicators affecting innovation performance across 14 countries, focusing on the implications for Canada.


Innovation Policy in Canada: A Holistic Approach
December 14, 2017 - Daniel Schwanen

Canada’s mediocre innovation performance calls for a broader policy approach, according to a new report from the C. D. Howe Institute. In “Innovation Policy in Canada: A Holistic Approach,” author...

A Blueprint for Going Green: The Best Policy Mix for Promoting Low-Emissions Technology
July 19, 2016 - David Popp

Canadian governments need an affordable blueprint to drive their green tech goals, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “A Blueprint for Going Green: The Best Policy Mix for...

Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth
September 2, 2015 - Peter Howitt

Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast:...

January 29, 2014 - Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson

The 2014 edition of the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget reinforces Ottawa’s near-term focus on budgetary surplus, and presents a number of measures to foster growth over the...

From Curiosity to Wealth Creation: How University Research Can Boost Economic Growth
June 5, 2013 - Peter Howitt

Canadian universities lag behind their US counterparts in generating technology transfer between academic research and companies, and improved policies are needed to address the problem, according...

Move over, Waterloo and Ottawa: Calgary is now out-innovating you - CBC's The Road Ahead
Which is the most innovative city in Canada? You might be surprised to know that Calgary has now taken the lead on that front, as measured by one of the most common ways of gauging innovation — ...
Plant and James - Business Innovation Spending May Be Bigger Than You Think
Intelligence Memos
From: Charles Plant and Kay James To: The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development CC: Anil Anora, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada Date: April 5, 2017 Re:...
Wisest plan for Alberta's carbon levy is investment in cutting-edge tech research: Edmonton Journal Op-Ed
It’s been on the right track so far with a price on emissions, but needs to make sure that most of its support for technology is for research and development and not wasted on subsidies to businesses...

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