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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...


Governance in the digital age

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017

By Kent Aitken In October 2016 I joined the Public Policy Forum for a year to study and advise on the idea of governance in the digital age. After six months of research, interviews and roundtables on open and digital government, I’d like to provide an update on the project. A working definition Let’s start with a...


Paul Santerre: A formula for turning ideas into products

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.  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...


McGrath & Lingley-Pottie: Applying science to delivering mental health programs

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.    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 the inevitable time and financial pressures that...


Why Canada needs a digital office

Date: Friday May 12, 2017

Bringing tech into the heart of government By Kent Aitken, Prime Ministers Fellow, Public Policy Forum. @kentdaitken Governments are struggling with technology — but there’s hope yet. The thing about trojan horses is that you’re not supposed to talk about what’s inside, but I think we should in this case. When I say “a digital office,” I mean...


Video: Watch all the panels and speakers at Growth Summit II

Date: Friday April 28, 2017

Growth Summnit II attracted several of Canada’s economic thought leaders and helped to inform and influence the public conversation on inclusive growth. Watch all the event footage here. Jonathan Goodman and “Canada at the Crossroads” at Growth Summit II Interview with Hon. Bill Morneau at Growth Summit II Interview with Hon. Chrystia Freeland at Growth Summit II Interview with...


Despite Trump rhetoric, Canada-U.S. relationship is strong, Freeland says

Date: Wednesday April 26, 2017

Canada can both defend its national economic interests and its values, foreign minister says Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland talks to the Wall Street Journal’s Elena Cherney at the PPF Growth Summit, April 20, 2017. (Martin Lipman/PPF) Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Canada-U.S. relationship is strong despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s escalating threats...


Canada strives to position itself as an agri-food powerhouse

Date: Tuesday April 25, 2017

Strengthening Canada’s competitiveness in global food production could drive economic growth for decades to come and deliver broad societal benefits. Now is the time to make it happen. By Lee-Anne Goodman On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Canadian agri-foods leaders convened at a breakfast symposium hosted by the PPF to discuss how to strengthen competitiveness and leverage...


Immigrants aren’t job killers, they’re job creators — and they want to come to Canada

Date: Tuesday April 25, 2017

The Canada brand has never been hotter, but the immigration question brings with it complexities ranging from language obstacles and the provision of sufficient housing, to ensuring we’re equipping our cities with the right policies and programs that will enable newcomers to thrive. By Lee-Anne Goodman Panelists Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto; Kate Subak,...


Morneau says it’s critical that all Canadians see benefits of economic growth

Date: Tuesday April 25, 2017

In the face of massive tech-fuelled disruption, the finance minister tells PPF’s Edward Greenspon he’d prefer to offer Canadians new opportunities and education than a basic income. By Lee-Anne Goodman Canada’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, talks inclusive economic growth with Edward Greenspon, president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, at the PPF’s Growth Summit on...


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