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Assunta Krehl

Slashing of agency reveals Canadian reliance on outdated economic thinking - The Star -... - 0 views

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    National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE)'s funding was cut. "The NRTEE symbolized Canada's commitment to economic policy that took seriously the challenges and opportunities of our generation." Alysia Garmulewicz's a writer, states that we should have industrial strategues that will take advantage of innovations in cleantech such as MaRS..."
Cathy Bogaart

Time for Canada to own the entrepreneurial podium - The Globe and Mail, Mar 16, 2011 - 0 views

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    MaRS CEO, Ilse Treurnicht, and Board Member, John Manley, are both interviewed for the Action Canada report. This report recommends a national strategy for "owning the podium" in entrepreneurship.
Cathy Bogaart

Q&A with Tom Rand: Creating jobs through clean-energy investment | SmartBlog on Leadership - 0 views

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    Bryan McBournie interviews MaRS cleantech practice lead, Tom Rand, about why investing in clean energy is so important. It ties directly into the overall mission of MaRS: creating jobs through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Cathy Bogaart

Voting for Innovation « Blog by Earl Miller | Vote Toronto 2010 - 0 views

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    Earl Miller, Director, Strategic Partnerships at MaRS, writes on the Toronto Board of Trade about the upcoming mayoral debate at MaRS. In the aftermath of a global financial crisis, cities are looking for ways to generate growth. Find out how the mayoral candidates will support that growth at the September 8th debate at MaRS.
Cathy Bogaart

How Incubators Speed the Start-up Process - 1 views

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    Seasoned entrepreneurs and investors select a few founders with sound business ideas, provide space to work, hands-on coaching, strategizing and butt-kicking. The incubator companies go on be profitable. It's a recipe for success.
Cathy Bogaart

Why We Need More Funding for Big Science - 0 views

  • Why We Need More Funding for Big Science
  • fundamental research and technological development
  • Often wildly speculative, expensive, and with no explicit commercial purpose, this research nonetheless has a powerful spillover effect in the long term.
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  • We're riding on innovations that happened 20, 30, 40 years ago. One has to keep having ideas."
  • "You cannot have innovation without a fount of new knowledge -- and that is what research is about,"
  • has laid the foundation for much of America's economic growth over the past half a century.
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    R&D has laid the foundation for economic growth, giving us fuel cells, computer databases, the Internet, satellite navigation -- unexpected spillovers of R&D funding. To stay competitive in the innovative industries, government funding, it is argued, is required to continue.
Cathy Bogaart

Philips Livable Cities - because cities can be better - 0 views

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    Have you got a simple idea that could improve the health and well-being of people living in cities? Enter this Philips initiative and you could receive one of three Award grants totalling €125,000 to help translate your idea into reality.
Cathy Bogaart

"Social Innovation": What Is It? Who Does It? - 0 views

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    From the Policy Research Initiative, this is the federal government's policy paper on social innovation: defining it and the players within the sector.
June A

VCs Push StartUp Visa Act - BusinessWeek - 0 views

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    A group of investors is in Washington to push for passage of a bill that they say would make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay-and create jobs-in the U.S.
June A

VCs Push StartUp Visa Act - BusinessWeek - 0 views

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    A group of investors is in Washington to push for passage of a bill that they say would make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay-and create jobs-in the U.S.
Cathy Bogaart

Change in tax law sends a strong signal to international investors - Deloitte press rel... - 1 views

  • today’s federal budget, which contains tax law changes that give them the advantage they need to compete on the global stage.
  • the government has significantly reduced administrative and, in some cases, economic barriers to foreign investment in Canadian-based innovation and technology.
  • The change means a much more welcoming environment for foreign investors.
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    The latest federal budget removes tax barriers and stimulates flow of capital across Canadian border - great news for Canada's innovative companies!
Cathy Bogaart

After Hours : November 10, 2009 : Opening Canadian Borders to Foreign Venture Capital [... - 0 views

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    BNN After Hours : November 10, 2009 : Opening Canadian Borders to Foreign Venture Capital [11-10-09 4:30 PM]

    Stephen Hurwitz, partner, Choate, Hall and Stewart, tells BNN Canada's tax laws are creating a nightmare of red-tape for U.S. venture capitalists who want to invest here.

    A 7-minute live interview with BNN on Section 116 and the serious harm it continues to do to the Canadian venture capital and technology industries.
Sarah Hickman

MaRS Discovery District - Recommended Resources - Global Market Reports - Conference Bo... - 0 views

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    "CBOC provides information on Canadian economic trends, public policy, and organizational performance. Three important subject matters covered are:

    Economic Performance Trends: Forecast indicators, Historical indicators, Custom services, Conference information, Dictionaries, and a link to the Canadian Tourism Research Institute. More specifically, the Economic forecast indicators focus on Canadian, Provincial, Metropolitan, and Industrial outlooks, as well as at U.S. forecasts."
Sarah Hickman

Ministry of Research and Innovation - 0 views

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    MRI maintains the government's commitment to innovation. Its mandate is to:

    * develop an integrated innovation strategy and guide its delivery
    * invest in both policies and programs to deliver innovation strategy
    * foster a culture of innovation & showcase it to world

    MRI acts as:

    * listener to advice of experts
    * matchmaker between innovators and investors
    * supporter for researchers and innovators (school, culture, business)
    * promoter of research (lab to marketplace)
    * pursuer of big ideas (funds)

    The 4 main branches are:

    * outreach, promotion, and business development
    * innovation
    * research
    * commercialization
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    MRI maintains the government's commitment to innovation. Its mandate is to:

    * develop an integrated innovation strategy and guide its delivery
    * invest in both policies and programs to deliver innovation strategy
    * foster a culture of innovation & showcase it to world

    MRI acts as:

    * listener to advice of experts
    * matchmaker between innovators and investors
    * supporter for researchers and innovators (school, culture, business)
    * promoter of research (lab to marketplace)
    * pursuer of big ideas (funds)

    The 4 main branches are:

    * outreach, promotion, and business development
    * innovation
    * research
    * commercialization
Cathy Bogaart

Building New York City's Innovation Economy - Center for an Urban Future - 1 views

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    Looks like Toronto/Ontario/Canada is not the only place having problems... A report released by the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank, finds that while New York City is home to several of the world's leading scientific research institutions, these universities and research centers have not yet become powerful catalysts for entrepreneurship and local economic development the way similar institutions have in a number of other regions. The study concludes that New York has long failed to harness the full potential of its pre-eminent academic research institutions to build a meaningful innovation economy; an enormous missed opportunity given that the city desperately needs to diversify its economy and cultivate new engines of job growth.
Cathy Bogaart

Canada needs new paradigm for research and innovation - TheStar.com | Opinion - 0 views

  • commercialize our vast services potential
  • in university social sciences, humanities, art and design
  • Strengthen our areas of traditional comparative advantage: agriculture, forestry, mining, mineral processing, energy production
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  • Canada excels at producing a wide range of instrumentation – everything from satellite components to medical devices
  • "business engagement strategies" and not simply narrow "commercialization strategies."
  • Canada is an international software powerhouse, producing everything from gaming to financial modelling software.
  • applying the flow-through share model common in the energy sector to research-based companies
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    Ron Freeman, CEO of Research at InfoSource Inc, says that our current funding model isn't working to commercialize our science. That new policy measures are needed to improve Canada's long-term competitive position.
Sarah Hickman

2020 Science - 0 views

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    Towards 2020 Science, sets out the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasing synthesis of computing and the sciences. It seeks to identify the requirements necessary to accelerate scientific advances -particularly those driven by computational sciences and the 'new kinds' of science the synthesis of computing and the sciences is creating. Already this synthesis has led to new fields and advances spanning genomics and proteomics, earth sciences and climatology, nanomaterials, chemistry and physics.
    Towards 2020 Science acts as a 'pathfinder' to new research directions in science and computing. It contributes to, and informs, national and international scientific debate and science policy. It is also meant as just a start, a catalyst for more discussion; something that readers will find useful, inspiring and provocative.
Sarah Hickman

World Is Flat: Amazon.ca: Thomas L Friedman: Books - 0 views

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    In this brilliant new book, the award-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt.
Sarah Hickman

The New Atlantis - A Journal of Technology & Society - 0 views

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    The New Atlantis attempts to clarify the nation's moral and political understanding of all areas of technology-from stem cells to hydrogen cells to weapons of mass destruction. They hope to make sense of the larger questions surrounding technology and human nature, and the practical questions of governing and regulating science.
    Challenging policymakers who know too little about science, and pushing scientists who often fail to think seriously or deeply about the ethical and social implications of their work.
Assunta Krehl

The Long Game | Xconomy - 0 views

  • Closer to home, Toronto recognized a few years ago that it was losing ground in the sciences, so it deleted two-square kilometers of its downtown and replaced it with the Mars Discovery District, a vast collection of intertwined university research facilities, commercial research space, and the best biotech incubator space I’ve ever seen—and I’m an incubator guy.

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    MaRS is held up as an example of what an "old" city can do if they're ambitious and just decide to do something. Like when Toronto decided that it wanted to gain ground in the science knowledge economy.

    Nevermind that AGAIN MaRS is misrepresented as a biotech incubator -- I suppose there are worse things to be called. But still part of an ambitious, big-thinking plan to improve the science, tech and social outcomes of the economy. Amen.
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    Tim Rowe's blog takes a look at exploring what its future might look like by building "a showcase for future living. Mention of MaRS having the best biotech space.
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    Tim Rowe's blog takes a look at exploring what its future might look like by building "a showcase for future living. Mention of MaRS having the best biotech space.
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