Spotlight on Indigenous Innovation
Move over Bill Nye the Science Guy, and make way for Wilfred Buck, Manitoba’s very own Star Guy.
The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has been awarded nearly $150,000 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to teach Indigenous youth about engineering principles.
Canada 150 Projects
Canada prides itself at home and abroad for its diversity and its fundamental belief in multiculturalism. And with 10 provinces, three territories, two official languages, over 1.4 Indigenous peoples, and more than six million citizens born in a different country, Canada has more than earned its claim to be a “cultural mosaic”.
On Canada’s 150th birthday, you might expect that experts have discovered pretty much all the species that roam the vast country. But according to James Pagé, the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) species at risk and biodiversity program officer, scientists are aware of only about 50% of the animals, plants, and fungi that inhabit Canada’s diverse ecosystems
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has invested in two commercial-scale demonstration bio-refineries for the conversion of multiple feedstocks into a range of chemical intermediates for use in the food, packaging and industrial sectors.
After oil sands are processed into bitumen, the by-product (a mix of water, sand and residual oil) is deposited into tailings ponds. Yet there’s still some value to be found in this waste. Scott Nelson, president and CEO of Titanium Corporation, explains how his clean tech company is recovering valuable minerals that would otherwise be lost—and reducing the carbon footprint of the oil sands industry.
Uber Technologies Inc. is establishing an artificial intelligence (AI) research group in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, attracted by the region’s wealth of AI talent.
In 2014, the Province of Nova Scotia, as part of the One Nova Scotia Report, launched the Provincial Sandbox Initiative designed to create a culture of entrepreneurism for students and communities across the Province. It came about as a result of the question - how and when do we get people moving through the start-up funnel?
Geoff Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Richard Sutton may not be household names, but in the world of artificial intelligence these Canadian researchers are global superstars. Ensuring these and other coveted AI researchers call Canada home has become a top priority for governments, academia and industry.
Many developing nations still suffer from a lack of clean drinking water but an invention in 1978 lessened this problem to some degree.
When Environment and Climate Change Canada scientist emeritus Dr. Ian Stirling started polar bear research in western Hudson Bay in the 1980s, he never imagined that it would become the first research program in the world to demonstrate the effects of climate change on polar bears.
“There’s never been a better time to be a start-up in Atlantic Canada,” says Doug Robertson, CEO of Venn Innovation in Moncton, New Brunswick. Venn – a globally recognized innovation hub – is a part of a growing group of Atlantic-based organizations committed to creating successful entrepreneurs and companies in the region.