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Options for a Canada-China FTA Negotiation Strategy

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

China’s growing middle class and expanding international interests offer major opportunities to Canadian goods and services exporters and to investors in both countries. But the devil is in the details. By Wendy Dobson, Rotman School of Management When Canadian and Chinese leaders committed to regular high-level contact following their September 2016 meeting, they laid a foundation...


Toward ‘eyes-open’ engagement with China

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Project Background Members of the Public Policy Forum’s China forum seek a balanced approach to engagement with China that is economically beneficial and politically acceptable to Canadians Background As the Canadian government embarks on its pledge to “open a new era in the Canada-China strategic partnership,” the conversation needs to become more nuanced than the...


Toward ‘eyes-open’ engagement with China

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Members of the Public Policy Forum’s Canada-China forum seek a balanced approach to engagement with China that is economically beneficial and politically acceptable to Canadians


The Shattered Mirror: FAQ

Date: Tuesday June 6, 2017

The Public Policy Forum report looks at the state of a much weaker news media in a very different environment, severely disrupted by the digital age. For an overview of its key points and recommendations, read on. Visit ShatteredMirror.ca to download the full report. THE SHATTERED MIRROR is the first major study of the state of the...


Applying science to delivering mental health programs

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

CANADA’S INNOVATION STARS Patrick McGrathClinical Psychologist.Vice-President of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation, IWK Health Centre, Halifax. Patricia Lingley-PottiePresident and CEO, Strongest Families Institute, Halifax.Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University. Young people in need of psychological care often encounter long wait times for appointments and then have difficulty keeping them, given Canada’s overloaded mental health system and...


A formula for turning ideas into products

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

CANADA’S INNOVATION STARS Paul SanterreBiomedical Engineer. Professor of Biomaterials at the University of Toronto.Chief Scientific Officer, Interface Biologics Inc. Dr. Paul Santerre has a long list of titles and achievements as a biomedical engineer, but he sums it all up in just two words: “serial inventor.” His research into the properties of plastics has created a...


Putting an invisible disability on the map

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

CANADA’S INNOVATION STARS Audra RenyiCo-founder and Executive Director, World Wide Hearing Foundation International. Founder and CEO, earAccess Inc. Hearing loss affects 1.3 billion people around the world, and 80 percent of them live in developing countries. Yet the condition remains little known and understood. Montreal social entrepreneur Audra Renyi is shining a light on this “invisible disability”...


Recording lessons for humanity

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

CANADA’S INNOVATION STARS Marie-Odile JunkerProfessor of LinguisticsCarleton University, Ottawa For academics in Canada, endangered Aboriginal languages are a critical topic of study, with dozens or even hundreds considered to be dead or dying. The issue of their long-term viability also raises serious questions. Fortunately, Dr. Marie-Odile Junker is one researcher who is tackling many of...


From the barn to the bench

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

CANADA’S INNOVATION STARS Bonnie MallardProfessor of Immunogenetics, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph From a young age, Dr. Bonnie Mallard desperately wanted to become a veterinarian, imagining herself making animals better. Today, she’s a veterinary researcher who makes better animals. Mallard, an immunogeneticist at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, has developed High Immune Response (HIR)...


From the classroom to the boardroom

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

CANADA’S INNOVATION STARS David BrownCo-founder of Mycodev Group. Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Chinova Bioworks. University students can hope for one inspiring class that leads to a path of discovery or even a life-long career. For David Brown, that turning point came during a course called Industrial Microbiology at the end of four years of...


About Canada’s Innovation Stars

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017

The Public Policy Forum is pleased to join its partners to celebrate the 2017 winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards. Established in 2016, the awards celebrate excellence in innovation, inspire Canadians to be entrepreneurial, and foster an active culture of innovation. Each year, up to six winners are selected through a process managed by...


David Brown: From the classroom to the boardroom

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees.  University students can hope for one inspiring class that leads to a path of discovery or even a life-long career. For David Brown, that turning point came during a course called Industrial Microbiology at the...


Bonnie Mallard: From the barn to the bench

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees.  From a young age, Dr. Bonnie Mallard desperately wanted to become a veterinarian, imagining herself making animals better. Today, she’s a veterinary researcher who makes better animals. Mallard, an immunogeneticist at the Ontario Veterinary College,...


Marie Odile-Junker: Recording lessons for humanity

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees.  For academics in Canada, endangered Aboriginal languages are a critical topic of study, with dozens or even hundreds considered to be dead or dying. The issue of their long-term viability also raises serious questions. Fortunately,...


Audra Reyni: Putting an invisible disability on the map

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees.  Hearing loss affects 1.3 billion people around the world, and 80 percent of them live in developing countries. Yet the condition remains little known and understood. Montreal social entrepreneur Audra Renyi is shining a light...


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