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View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for appearing today. It's a fascinating discussion. Primary school...?
Dr. Jean-Marie De Koninck: Yes.
Mr. John Carmichael: It's amazing.
I'd like to start with Pratt & Whitney and Mr. Di Bartolomeo. I wonder if you could just give us a quick look at CARIC, the consortium for aerospace research. It's a year since the funding began. We are in the first year. Are we seeing anything on the horizon that's going to assist us on some of today's discussion?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
That's excellent. That's good news.
You spoke briefly about the new turboprop engine. Clearly, when you start talking about a 35% improved fuel consumption or a reduction, I have to think that's disruptive to an industry.
Can you speak to some of what is happening at Pratt & Whitney and in the industry that would take us to that level? Also, are there parts of the development of an engine of that nature that would be subject to new technology—you mentioned some of the components—such as 3-D printing and some different elements that might help you achieve your goals to create such an impact?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
If you've been reading some of the minutes of these meetings, some of our witnesses and guests have taken exception to the constant reference to “disruptive technology”. They've used the term “transformative technology” or “transformative changes” to industry. Clearly that is one; it's very impressive.
Mr. Gupta and Ms. Hutchinson, maybe I could swing over to you for a minute. I'd like to ask you about online commerce presenting complexities for securing customers, enterprise, and government communication, all of which call for security techniques. Obviously that's your background, so that's an area I'd be curious to hear your opinion on.
What can government do to foster and capitalize on the opportunities related to the adoption of e-commerce, and how can industry associations like ITAC—I know we've talked about this at previous committee appearances—support these investments so that they're done in a safe way for both business and consumer?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
Briefly, on your IoT white paper, I may have missed it in your presentation, but what's the timing on that? When can we expect it?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
I'm running out of time now, and I had another question for Mitacs.
Mr. Annan, talk to me briefly about the silos again, the funding silos that you talked about. We have a few seconds left.
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
I join my colleagues in welcoming all of our witnesses today. It has been a fascinating discussion. I, too, have been looking forward to today's session.
Eight minutes goes by in a hurry, so I'll be brief in the hope that each of you might support me and be brief as well so we can get through a few questions. I may be a little overly aggressive here, trying to do too much.
Madam Gagné and Ms. Vollmerhausen, I wonder if you could speak briefly to the cost structure. You mentioned the cost of the particular prosthetic that you demonstrated. What was the timeline, the cost structure and the engineering that was ingrained in the development of that product? Can you give us an idea? How did that change from the status quo?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
On the timeline though, how long did it take from beginning to end for what we saw demonstrated on the screen?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
No, it doesn't sound like a lot of wasted time. Thank you very much. That was very impressive.
Dr. Sullivan, when we began these discussions with universities on technology, R and D, and moving through the development stage to commercialization, I remember talking with a number of your colleagues over the years—and this goes back several years now—trying to find the right formula of how to share IP. How do we get to a place of who owns it, and how do we create great incentive and motivation in terms of coming to a commercialization of products?
You talked about the open campus, the labs, access, and whatnot. I wonder if you could speak briefly and expand on anything you might have missed in talking to the issue of how your formula is truly stimulating success.
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Dr. Sullivan.
Mr. Horgan, I'd like to finish my time, if I can, with you. I appreciated your comments when you talked about some of the comparatives between Silicon Valley and Canadian talent, some of the advances, etc. You sound very passionate in your delivery of Canadian success.
On the adoption of advanced technology, it contributes to higher productivity; however, there is a feeling that Canadian firms lag behind U.S. firms in adopting these technologies. I wonder if you could speak to that. Given that IBM obviously has plants on both sides of the border, how do you manage that and how do you draw business to the Canadian side? What's the incentive?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you to our witnesses for taking time to join us today.
Mr. Stuart, you quoted Mr. Balsillie saying that Canadians can innovate, but we’re not equipped to win. Clearly, the three of you being here today is demonstration that we are looking for answers on how to equip to win, so I thank you for being here. I hope you've had a chance to read through some of the previous testimony of witnesses who have appeared. We've received some very thoughtful, creative, and I think very helpful information from previous witnesses in terms of trying to achieve that very goal. Equipping to win is without question what we need to accomplish as we go forward.
Mr. Stuart, I'll start with you. I appreciated your testimony on Isowater and some of the issues. You talked about moving from the nuclear to the non-nuclear market, the fast pace of change obviously in technology today, and the highly competitive nature of industry, which demonstrate that there's a need for continual product enhancement. That's obviously what you are working on.
I wonder if you could give us a bit of an overview of your firm's plan in terms of maintaining your leading edge in the nuclear sector. How are you meeting your challenges as you face the non-nuclear sector, and what advice could you give industry and us, as government, in this regard?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
If you wouldn't mind, let's talk about disruptive technology within that thought process. What are you doing that is disruptive to an industry that exists?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
Great, thank you.
Mr. Simard, I appreciate your testimony on the bridge. I don't know if your company is taking Mr. Stuart's mother's advice as far as counting our profitability is concerned. It doesn't sound like it. Even though you're in the top 500 profitable companies, I don't think you're taking that advice.
I wonder if you could talk about, when it comes to disruptive technologies, what areas you see Canada as having strength today, and where the private sector, government, and academic institutions should focus their efforts.
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
When you talk about the financing needs, from the perspective of innovation and creativity through to commercialization, is it the gap that's the problem for you as well?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
As a country, where do you see our strengths in the industry today? Are we doing anything right?
View John Carmichael Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
Welcome to our witnesses today and to Auditor General Ferguson.
Mr. Perron, I'd like to begin with you with a question following up on the line of questioning by my colleague opposite. I want to talk about qualifications that nurses must have through their provincial certifications before they are employed in nursing stations. We can start there. Could you expand on that and talk to what it takes in terms of the qualifications that are going to produce somebody who is clearly capable of doing the job?
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