Again this year, INRS University ranks first in Canada in terms
of research intensity thanks to the excellence of its professors.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach to fundamental and applied research,
INRS research teams play a critical role in finding solutions to the
problems facing our society, as well as in the training of highly qualified
students and researchers.
Congratulations to all our researchers!
As a leader in Canada’s aerospace
industry – an industry that employs
some 85,000 people and had rev-
enues of $22.4 billion in 2011 –
Bombardier plans to use the research
results from McGill University as
part of its sales strategy for the new
aircraft. It is one of many compa-
nies turning to Canadian universities
and colleges in an effort to build a
research-driven business model that
improves products and processes.
More than ever before, executives
realize that they need to invest in
research and development to remain
globally competitive and maintain
a healthy bottom line. Increasingly,
this means turning to post-second-
ary institutions. Companies across
the economic spectrum are partner-
ing with academic institutions for
research and development that will
PUBLICLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND
EVELOPMENT IS HELPING BOOST CANADA’S ECONOMY
grow and adapt. But more needs
to be done. Sustained, long-term
investments are needed to further
grow Canada’s innovation system
and keep this country competitive
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help them innovate and adapt to
the demands of a globalized world.
This is even happening in the most
traditional of industries.
Dr. Gilles G. Patry
President and CEO
Canada Foundation for Innovation
It was not a likely partnership. But when Montréal-based Bom- bardier Inc. teamed up with
researchers at a McGill University
music lab, the end result was a
quieter cabin for the company’s new
line of luxury jets.
Using a system of highly sensitive microphones and sophisticated
computers, researchers in the lab
were able to simulate the true acoustic experience a passenger would
have in the jet, and then apply their
knowledge to minimize the noise.
The forestry sector, for example,
recognized the need to innovate
and adapt after the global recession, slumping U.S. housing market
and high Canadian dollar led to
significant revenue and job losses.
Since 2007, it has been boosting
its investments in value-added pulp
and paper products and wood manufacturing. New, innovative products
such as nanocellulose, which can be
used as additives in pharmaceuticals
and cosmetics, are ensuring that the
industry gets the most out of waste
wood and makes its processes more
top producers of some 60 minerals
and metals, mining companies are
looking for ways to become more
efficient and sustainable. Universities and colleges are helping them
head in this direction by developing
mineral analysis labs that can be
transported to remote exploration
sites; building low-emission vehicles
that operate deep inside mines; and
creating computer models that lead
to more accurate risk assessments.
Canadian researchers are also
building relationships with companies in the oil and gas, communications and agriculture sectors. These
relationships are made possible
because the research capacity – the
right people with the right equipment – exist at academic institutions
to support industry-driven research.
innovation is necessary to secure a
strong economic future, the Government of Canada has made strategic investments with public funds
that have created a vibrant research
ecosystem in this country. Funding
for federal granting councils, centres of excellence, scholarship programs and organizations such as the
Canada Foundation for Innovation
have provided Canadian universities
and colleges with the labs, equipment and facilities needed to attract
new talent, train the next generation
of innovators, and generate interest
from international research institutes
Public opinion is on the federal
government’s side. A Nanos poll
published last year indicated that
three out of four Canadians agree
that research and development are
important to Canada’s future prosperity. And eight out of ten Canadians support government-funded
research support programs such as
the Canada Research Chairs and
other investments in universities.
By continuing to invest in research
and innovation, the Government of
Canada is betting on bright minds
to make discoveries that help private
enterprise stay ahead of the curve and
lead to advances that benefit all Canadians. I’d say it’s a pretty good bet.
The mining industry is no different. Internationally recognized as
Recognizing that research and
Federal investments to bolster
research capacity at Canadian universities and colleges are having
an impact and helping the business
community and national economy
Dr. Gilles G. Patry is the President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the country’s
only funding organization dedicated
solely to supporting research infrastructure at Canadian universities,
colleges and research hospitals.
Ingenuity Matters! At the University of Guelph . . .
Best Return on
Investment in Canada
The University of Guelph is Canada’s
most inventive university.
Guelph ranks No. 1 both in the number
of inventions per faculty and in the
number of inventions in proportion to
research funding, according to a new
survey by The Impact Group.
In fact, Guelph’s invention disclosure rate
is twice the national average.
Our researchers produce one invention
disclosure for every $1 million of
research funding — 50 per cent more
than the next-closest university.
This is possible because of our world-class researchers, infrastructure and
visionary partners, including the
provincial and federal governments.
Investing in the University of Guelph
makes sense for your business future
and your bottom line.