State of the Nation 2008

Role of the Report

The Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) was created in October 2007 to provide integrated advice to the Government of Canada through the Minister of Industry. The intention to create a single integrated Council was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the May 2007 Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, a new framework to guide Canada's science and technology policy. The STIC's value comes from drawing on members' different areas of expertise and perspectives to provide an integrated consensus view on the challenges and opportunities Canada faces. The STIC intends to report fully and candidly. This State of the Nation report will take stock of Canada's performance in areas that affect our ability to innovate. It will also present the stories of a sample of Canadian innovation leaders and models. Canadians have achieved and will continue to achieve excellence on an international level if that is our benchmark. This year we set out a baseline from which we can monitor dynamic progress. We point to areas where we hold our own, and where we excel, as well as where we are underperforming and where attention is needed.

Dr. Howard Alper
Chair, Science, Technology and Innovation Council
Dr. Francesco Bellini
Chairman, Picchio International Inc.
Mr. Eric Bergeron
President and CEO, Optosecurity Inc.
Mr. Richard Dicerni
Deputy Minister, Industry Canada
Mr. David B. Fissel
President and CEO, ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.
Mr. Peter MacKinnon
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Terence Matthews
Chair, Mitel Corporation
Ms. Marie-Lucie Morin
National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate
Secretary to the Cabinet
Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Mr. David O'Brien
Chair, EnCana Corporation and Chair, Royal Bank of Canada
Mr. J. Robert S. Prichard
Vice Chair, Science, Technologie and Innovation Council; President and CEO, Torstar Corporation
Mr. Morris Rosenberg
Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Dr. Guy Rouleau
MD, PhD; Canada Research Chair in Genetics of the Nervous System and Professor, Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal;
Director, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
Dr. W.A. (Sam) Shaw
President and CEO, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Dr. Molly Shoichet
Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and Professor,
University of Toronto
Dr. Mihaela Ulieru
Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Information Infrastructures
for the eSociety and Professor, Faculty of Computer Science,
University of New Brunswick
Dr. Harvey Weingarten
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary
Mr. Rob Wildeboer
Executive Chairman, Martinrea International Inc.