What drives innovation?

Minister MacKay and recipients: (Left to right) Dave Davies, Managing Director, Forest Protection Ltd.; Chris Riley, Agrifor Consulting; Graham Thurston, Canadian Forest Service; Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence; Dr. Kirk Hillier, Associate Professor, Acadia University; Ed Hurley, Canadian Forest Service; Ray Ivany, President and Vice-Chancellor, Acadia University; Dr. Tom Herman, Vice-President Academic, Acadia University

Minister Peter MacKay, and the Government of Canada, believe investments in science and technology are the way to go…. and they have put their money where their mouth is by committing $15M to new research projects in Atlantic Canada. These investments are part of more than $61 million being invested in Atlantic Canada in 26 innovative research and development projects. The six most recent recipients to receive funding include: Capital Health, Halifax (two projects); Immunovaccine Inc., Halifax; Dalhousie University, Halifax; Acadia University, Wolfville; Seaforth Energy Inc., Dartmouth; and B.W. BioEnergy Incorporated, Sydney. The projects will contribute to Nova Scotia’s long-term economic growth by further developing its life sciences, renewable energy, and agriculture and forestry sectors.

It’s worth noting that three of the six recipients – Acadia University, Dalhousie University, and Capital Health, are members of ACORN-NS, Nova Scotia’s advanced network. Coincidence? Or does innovation across a range of sectors rely on the capacity, speed and reach of Canada’s advanced digital infrastructure?

What do you think?

(To read more, read the release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.)

One Response to What drives innovation?

  1. Jana Makar says:

    Coincidence? I think not!
    In our last newsletter, Cybera profiled a host of interesting and innovative uses of our Cyberports — advanced videoconferencing facilities that connect across the province, country and world using advanced digital infrastructure, specifically, the CyberaNet and CANARIE networks. Our newsletter article, From Students To Scientists, Cyberports Bring People Together showcased how the Cyberports and advanced networks were used to deliver education to elementary school children, to host a tele-concert, to advance eugenics research and to support a multi-univerity mathematics collaboration.
    Without Canada’s digital infrastructure, none of that would take place. True testament to how important these networks are in supporting innovation — at all levels.

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