On behalf of the Council of Canadian Academies, I am pleased to inform you about the release of a new science-based assessment, The State of Industrial R&D in Canada.

This report represents the work of a 14-member multidisciplinary panel of experts, chaired by Kathleen E. Sendall, C.M., FCAE, Director of CGG in Paris, France and Director of Enmax Corporation in Calgary, Alberta.

The State of Industrial R&D in Canada provides an in-depth analysis of research and development activities in Canadian industries. While many reports have documented Canada’s historical weakness in industrial R&D, this report sheds new light on the subject by examining areas of strength and how these strengths are distributed regionally. The report also overviews how R&D strengths align with Canada’s areas of excellence in science and technology research and economic performance. This evidence-based report is one of the most detailed and systematic studies of the state of industrial research and development ever undertaken in Canada.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, in both official languages on the Council’s website.


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies

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