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Happy 150th Canada!!!

This issue of Canadian Innovation News celebrates a long tradition of innovation in our vast country, dating millennia before the formal creation of Canada 150 years ago. From the early snowshoes and amautis created by the Indigenous innovators, and still used today, to the modern inventions of radiation therapy and the Ebola vaccine, the people in the land now known as Canada have improved our lives through ingenuity, resourcefulness and inclusiveness.

After all, innovation is about making lives better – where we are, with what we’ve got. Canada includes towering mountains, verdant valleys, expansive plains, frozen tundra, flowing rivers, pristine lakes and lush forests – a diverse natural environment that places different demands on people’s ability to travel, feed themselves, build shelter and prosper. This geographical diversity is reflected in the diversity and ingenuity of our people, cultures and innovation. Many of these innovations are showcased at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, our nations capital. As Canada celebrates 150 years as a modern nation, the museum is putting the finishing touches on a major upgrade or “reboot”, with a grand reopening planned for November 2017. Our feature article highlights how the new museum will focus on past, present and future S&T and innovation, with an emphasis on youth, Indigenous innovation, the environment, as well as diversity and inclusiveness.

The museum is also at the forefront of the digital revolution that is transforming our world. For the first time, visitors from anywhere in the world will be able to view the museums entire collection of artifacts online.

As part of Canada’s anniversary fete, Canadians from all walks of life are showcasing Canadian innovation with projects across the country, some of which we will feature in this issue. You’ll also enjoy our regular profiles of leading Canadian researchers, companies and new technologies, from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to engineered protein targets and high tech sensors that integrate traditional Inuit knowledge to navigate sea ice.

Join our anniversary party, enjoy the stories and connect with Canada’s innovators to help make the world a better place.

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