The Council of Canadian Academies is dedicated to providing science advice in the public interest. From time to time, the Council undertakes a variety of shorter, specialized reports to further its mission. These reports follow the same guidelines of independent, evidence-based analysis and peer review that the Council's full assessments follow.
Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada’s Research Strength and Innovation Weakness, a new report initiated by the Council, draws upon the insights of seven assessments that examine aspects of Canada’s performance in science and technology and innovation. The report examines the complex ways in which research leads to innovation, and the factors that motivate Canadian business strategy. It also identifies four megatrends that will pose challenges for Canadian businesses in the years to come.
This report was conducted by a three-member advisory group consisting of Marcel Côté, Founding Partner of SECOR Inc.; Bob Fessenden, Fellow of the Institute for Public Economics; and Peter Nicholson, former President of the Council of Canadian Academies.
Paradox Lost was launched on October 1st in collaboration with the Economic Club of Canada.
40 Priority Research Questions for Ocean Science in Canada
In March 2011 the Council was asked by the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU) to undertake a two-part initiative on ocean science in Canada. The first phase was to identify priority research themes with the support of a Core Group of 22 ocean experts from Canada and abroad. This activity culminated in the development of the workshop report, 40 Priority Research Questions for Ocean Science in Canada. The report was publicly released on July 17th, 2012. The full report can be viewed here:
Canadians Making a Difference
In the fall of 2010 the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) asked the Council to manage the process for an evidence-based assessment on Canada’s current role in global health, to assess its comparative advantage in the context of global health needs and to articulate a rationale for Canada to play a more significant role in global health leadership. The report, Canadians Making a Difference, was publicly released on November 13th, 2011. The full report can be viewed here:
Catalyzing Canada's Digital Economy
The Council assembled a seven-member expert panel to provide input into the government’s Digital Economy Strategy. The expert panel was chaired by Dr. Peter J. Nicholson, Inaugural President of the Council of Canadian Academies.
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