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View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-16 12:25
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for joining us today. It's really nice to hear from you.
I have several questions to ask, so I will try to be brief, while touching on all the topics I want to discuss.
There is a lot of talk about the perennial issue of balance between basic research and applied research. As we know, we need applied research because it is a key component of science.
I would like to take the time to quote David Robinson, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He said the following:
When it comes to supporting university-based research, the federal government has an unbalanced approach. [...] The government continues to miss the fact that real innovation and scientific advancements are driven by long-term basic research, not short-term market demands.
Do you think more investments are needed in basic research? If so, how should those investments be made? I would also like you to talk about the role of education and basic research in stimulating innovation.
I saw our guests smiling.
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-16 12:30
Could you tell us about some worthwhile models?
I have here the Mitacs record for 2013. According to what you told us earlier, you are now working in collaboration with 60 universities. But those 60 universities probably all have their own way of doing things. I see that, in 2013, the Université Laval was not one of your partners. However, the INRS was. That is a good model, especially when it comes to basic and applied research.
I was wondering whether the Université Laval is one of your partners now and, if not, why.
At the INRS, professors and researchers are often veritable jacks of all trades, as are the institute's students I know. You used the expression “back and forth” earlier. That aspect could be inspirational and useful.
View Hélène LeBlanc Profile
NDP (QC)
That is a very good idea. The federal government has an enormous number of buildings, enormous infrastructure. It could as you said be one of the first users. It could lead by example by adopting this type of technology, which is really focused on adapting to climate change. I think that is interesting.
In addition, there is the Quebec Fonds vert, the Green Fund. That plan provides funds to companies and industries. It applies to industries at this time. Could you tell me how the Green Fund allows companies to innovate while lowering their energy costs and costs of production? How could a bill, or a program like the Quebec Green Fund, be an incentive for companies to innovate, in partnership with government?
View Laurin Liu Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My first question is for you, Ms. Dubé. Your presentation was very interesting. I would simply like to know whether you think open data plays an important role in disruptive technology and whether the federal government should play a role by developing a national strategy or taking a concerted approach in terms of the availability of open data.
View Laurin Liu Profile
NDP (QC)
Yes. In the discussions I have had about open data, I found that it had tremendous potential, but also a number of challenges, especially since there is no real communication between the databases of the provinces.
In your view, should the federal government play a coordinating role?
View Laurin Liu Profile
NDP (QC)
The next question is for Ms. Sullivan from the University of Waterloo.
You say in your presentation that curiosity-driven research is essential. Would you have any recommendations for the federal government regarding finding a balance in terms of funding curiosity-driven research and industry-oriented research? Do you think there should be federal funding specifically towards discovery research?
View Laurin Liu Profile
NDP (QC)
I think it's important, because we've heard from other stakeholders how important the discovery grants program has been and we've seen over the past few years a lack of investment in this program. I think on the NDP side, we'd certainly be in favour of reinvesting in discovery research.
Moving on to another subject, the status of women committee is actually doing a study on women in STEM, which is really an interesting topic. Although your presentation didn't touch on this, many witnesses in the status of women committee noted that in order to encourage women to enter engineering, it's really important to portray it as a helping career, so really to further educate those who would go into those careers.
How do you think we could encourage women to be part of innovation ecosystems? How could we further encourage them to create future disrupters? Do you have any recommendations, either for industry or for government, in terms of increasing the participation of women?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-04 12:19
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to our witnesses for being here this morning.
I would like to start with Ms. Sullivan.
A number of experts said that it is difficult to connect university research with the needs of research and development companies. However, CEFRIO seems to have developed a level of expertise in the field. In your view, what solutions could Canada develop on a larger scale?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-04 12:21
Ms. Sullivan, must our universities provide better incentives to researchers for commercialization?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-04 12:24
I find that interesting. Since you are from my riding, I would like to take this opportunity to find out more about how CEFRIO is funded.
Do you receive money from federal programs? How can the federal government help you more?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-04 12:25
Yes, that could be a partner. I find it very interesting that you are raising this point today.
Ms. Dubé, in your PowerPoint presentation, you indicated that the cost of access to the Internet and to cellular networks was too high and was affecting Canada's economic vitality.
How does Canada compare to the rest of the world in that respect?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-02 11:40
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It is a pleasure to welcome a Quebec company to Ottawa. Thank you for coming to meet with us, Mr. Simard. I have a few questions for you.
In describing your company's vision, your website says:
Technologies become useless, capital dwindles and competitive advantages slowly disappear, but the right people will always allow an organization to excel, reinvent itself and survive change. Instead of putting a spoke in their wheels, we think businesses should offer people the freedom and the environment to enable them to reach their full potential.
Are Canadian companies a little too conservative when it comes to reinventing themselves? If so, what is the mindshift we need to happen here?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-02 11:42
What are the main obstacles that a company like yours might face when it's trying to implement new technologies?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-02 11:44
If you could ask the federal government to adopt a single measure to help your business excel in new technologies and innovation, what would it be?
View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-02 11:44
I would also like to address the issue of the growing number of business incubators in the area of new technologies. What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of that kind of development?
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