Achieving Global Science, Technology and Innovation Leadership

Atlantic Canadians from a diverse array of business, research and higher education groups were engaged today in discussion about how to shape Canada's science, technology and innovation (STI) system. An event, hosted by the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), and the Greater Halifax Partnership, garnered important feedback on how the private sector, governments and academia can better collaborate to position Canada and Atlantic Canada for global leadership in science, technology and innovation.

Among the topics discussed at the event were the findings of STIC’s State of the Nation 2012 report, Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation System: Aspiring to Global Leadership, which charts Canada’s STI performance over the last two years. Released last May, it studies Canada’s activities related to business innovation, knowledge generation and transfer, and talent development and deployment, in comparison to the accomplishments of other countries.

“What we found in our assessment is that Canada has much to celebrate with respect to the high quality of talent and strength in generating new knowledge,” said Howard Alper, Chair of the Council. “However, there are key areas where the country’s performance is lagging and where it must improve, in some cases significantly.”

STIC identified areas where Canada needs to focus its efforts to achieve global leadership.

  • Enhance our ability to produce top STI talent ─ as reflected in the number of science and engineering doctoral degrees per 100,000 population.
  • Better deploy our STI talent ─ as reflected in the share of human resources in S&T.
  • Maintain our competitive knowledge advantage ─ reflected in higher education expenditures on R&D intensity.
  • Enhance business innovation ─ reflected in business expenditure on R&D intensity as well as business ICT investment intensity.
STIC will be holding events across the country from now until October 11 to generate ideas on how to achieve Canadian leadership in science, technology and innovation.
For more information or for a copy of the report, visit the Science, Technology and Innovation Council website (

For more information:

Kateri Clark
Science, Technology and Innovation Council Secretariat
Tel: 613-867-8696

About the Science, Technology and Innovation Council
The Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) was created in 2007. It is an advisory body composed of 18 senior, highly accomplished individuals from the business, research, higher education and government communities that provides the Government of Canada with external advice on science, technology and innovation policy issues, and produces the biennial State of the Nation reports that measure Canada's STI performance against international standards of excellence.

About The Greater Halifax Partnership
The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax.