Canada’s challenge: to develop a ‘knowledge culture’ in its enterprises

Canadian Coast Guard vessel, © Natural Resources Canada

With the USA next door, Canada cannot afford to be complacent. Today, a steady investment in R&D appears to be paying off: between 2002 and 2008, the number of Canadian scientific publications in Thomson Reuters’ Science Citation Index grew by nearly 14 000.

However, if Canada can boast of a dynamic academic sector and generous public spending on STI and R&D, many businesses have not yet assimilated a ‘knowledge creation’ culture. Canada’s productivity problem is first and foremost a business innovation problem. The result of the poor R&D performance in business is that academic research often appears to be a surrogate for industrial R&D.

The federal government has set out to foster public–private partnerships recently via two successful initiatives: an agreement between the federal government and the Association of Canadian Universities and Colleges to double the volume of research and triple the number of research results which are commercialized; and the Network of Centres of Excellence, which now total 17 across the country.

Read the chapter on Canada in the UNESCO Science Report 2010

Read the Summary on the status of science around the world in 2010 (AR, CH, EN, ES, FR, GE, PO, RU)

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