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With Spring comes new beginnings and this edition of Canadian Innovation News is no exception. I’m delighted to announce the launch of our new CIN website. You can search past issues, enjoy the new edition and comment on the stories. In addition to the website, you can still download an interactive PDF, which you can share with others via email, or print for easy reading on the plane, train, bus or wherever you happen to be.

We’ve changed the format as well. In addition to the feature article, we’ve organized the editorial content into two themed booklets: Canadian Tech at the Leading Edge and Trailblazers. We will add two other themed booklets in the Fall issue: Regional Focus and Investment Opportunities.

This Spring we’re celebrating Canadian women in science and innovation. Our cover features Canada’s science minister, Canada’s new Governor General, Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor and Ontario’s new Chief Scientist – all highly accomplished women who are stellar role models for younger generations. We explore how the Canadian government and others are working to address the shortage of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

In Canadian Tech at the Leading Edge we learn about a new AI platform that reads human emotions, Canada’s new superclusters, cannabis R&D, a new therapeutics spin-off, cybersecurity and big data.

In Trailblazers we meet the leader of Decimal Lab, a digital humanities research centre studying technology-human interactions. You can also read about Quebec’s new anti-radicalization research chair, a new Canada-India Accelerator program for women entrepreneurs, a fellowship program to support women scientists in low- and middle-income countries and De Beers Canada’s new scholarship for women.

Canada is sending a powerful message to the world that STEM and innovation are open to everyone. We encourage our colleagues around the world and across Canada to emulate the innovators featured here and to collaborate with them to make the world a better place.

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