The heart of innovation in Canada

October 19, 2016
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Text on screen: [Peter Stoicheff, President, University of Saskatchewan]

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Peter Stoicheff, president, University of Saskatchewan: When you talk about innovation in this country, and the research that leads to innovation, it’s going to be happening primarily at – at universities.

Text on screen: [Universities host 60 incubators, accelerators and start-up programs]

Peter Stoicheff: I think of universities as talent engines. They – they attract talent and they produce talent. They circulate talent. And there really is no other sector of society that does that, particularly with people at such a young age who are learning so many things.

From my experience, universities have reasonably close relationships, or at least dialogues, with government. Where the gap is mostly is with industry and with the private sector.

While Peter Stoicheff is speaking:

[Two men speaking in a laboratory]

[A researcher holding a prop of a brain in a laboratory]

[A researcher of Asian descent observing the synchrotron in a laboratory]

Text on screen: [Canada dropped from 18th to 25th place 2014-2016 in the global ranking of business spending on R&D]

Peter Stoicheff: Some way of closing that gap through industry liaison offices at every institution, with innovation and research parks that are associated with institutions, with incubators that are associated with universities, you know, those are the things that we really need to be much more purposeful about.

While Peter Stoicheff is speaking:

[Indigenous student wearing a hard hat and working in a chemical plant]

[A male researcher observing plants outdoors]

[Two young women conducting science experiment in lab]

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University of Saskatchewan president Peter Stoicheff sees universities as the primary drivers of research and innovation in Canada. Universities are talent engines that help close the gap between private and public sectors in R&D through their industry liaisons, research parks, incubators and start-ups.

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