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Inclusive and responsible innovation coming full circle

By Paul Dufour      

As Canada prepares for the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que., it should build on this ongoing attention to inclusive innovation and knowledge creation.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Business Council of Canada CEO John Manley, pictured Oct. 18, 2016 at the Public Policy Forum's Growth Summit. There is much to build on, ranging from the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, to the recommendations issued by the Naylor review of fundamental science along with the strategies of provincial governments, and the work of science organizations and academic research now underway, writes Paul Dufour.
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OTTAWA—To say that trendy titles for creative ideas are making a comeback in policy circles would be an understatement. The semiotics surrounding this embrace for knowledge, innovation, and technology are quite rich. Inclusive, sound, responsible, open, transparent, citizen-led, human-centric are just some of the monikers now appearing on the global stage. Take, for example, the recent statement of G7 Industry and ICT ministers (all men incidentally) issued out of Torino, Italy, last week. The 15-page declaration, "Making The

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