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National strategy, focus on youth will spark innovation: experts

By Christopher Guly      

A little more than 30,000 students were involved in applied research projects in 2014-15, but as one expert at a Hill Times Events' panel discussion this morning pointed out, that's only three per cent of the college student population in Canada.

Denise Amyot, President of Colleges and Institutes Canada gives an address to a crowd at the Hill Times Events' panel discussion on Innovation. Sitting, from left, is Marc Fares, vice president digital technologies and innovation at Algonquin College; Guy Levesque vice president of programs and performance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation; moderator Catherine Clark; Kenneth Knox , chair of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council; and Bettina Hamelin, vice-president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Hill Times Events Photograph

With a federal government committed to positioning Canada as a global hub for innovation, the “stars are aligned” to establish a national strategy with strong partnerships to meet that goal, Kenneth Knox, chair of federal Science, Technology and Innovation Council, told an audience today at a Hill Times’ panel discussion on “sparking innovation” moderated by veteran broadcaster Catherine Clark.

Trudeau’s handling of Wet’suwet’en blockades critical to his political credibility, say pollsters and former Liberal cabinet minister Nault

News|By Abbas Rana
'It clearly is becoming a moment in Canada where everyone's paying attention,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

Immigration Minister Mendicino’s team includes three new directors

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers dives into the team working in Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office.

Senators put spotlight back on harassment, ‘loophole’ blocked bullying complaint, says one

‘It’s gotten worse as the Senate has diversified,’ says Lillian Dyck.

Public service hiring up, but report finds manager, employee concerns around feds’ new staffing process

News|By Mike Lapointe
A recent government survey found that although just under 92 per cent of public service managers believe that appointees can do the job they were hired for, just under 54 per cent of employees agreed.

UNDRIP provides ‘guide’ to resolving tensions among Indigenous communities over questions of authority, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We have to move beyond public platitudes and eloquent statements; we need a reality whereby Indigenous law and institutions are placed on the same level as common law,' says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

UN nuclear disarmament rep ‘counting on Canada’ to help bridge tricky international divides

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Disarmament is not something idealistic or a utopian ideology,' says UN high rep for disarmament affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, and that it's 'part of security.'

Black Canadian groups call on feds to address economic inequities facing community

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The work they’re doing is going to need to speak for itself,' says Liberal strategist Tiffany Gooch, about the party's recovery from the prime minister's blackface scandal.

‘Just live your life,’ women’s rights advocate tells survivors of violence

News|By Palak Mangat
'Focusing on resilience ignores the systemic problem that forces people to fight so hard in the first place,' says Julie Lalonde.

‘A real lack of leadership’: critics call for better response from feds as Wet’suwet’en blockades continue

‘Negotiations should take as long as they need to,’ says Ellen Gabriel, a former Mohawk spokesperson during the Oka Crisis.
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