Transcript: Canadian Innovation Agenda—Submit Your Ideas!
(Video features the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, The Honourable Navdeep Bains, presenting Canada's Innovation Agenda, with supporting imagery.)
The Honourable Navdeep Bains:
So, why an Innovation Agenda?
Because if we want to prosper, we need to turn ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes.
That is what innovation is all about.
Our government has a vision: to build Canada as a global centre for innovation.
That means creating good-paying jobs for the middle class, driving growth across all industries, and improving the lives of all Canadians.
Countries around the world recognize the importance of innovation.
And they are moving quickly to be globally competitive.
That's why we need to act boldly if we want to be a leader in this race.
Now to make Canada to a global centre for innovation, we're focusing on six areas for action.
First, we want to foster an entrepreneurial and creative society.
We want to prepare Canadians to embrace change, take smart risks and be resourceful in creating opportunities.
Second, we want to support global science excellence.
We want to invest in world-class science and research.
And we want Canada to be the destination of choice for the best and brightest from around the world.
Third, we want to build world-leading clusters of innovation.
We recognize that science, insight and innovation are interconnected and tend to work in tandem.
We believe that businesses, post-secondary institutions, government and other sectors of society can work together to bring products and services to market a lot faster.
This is the model we must build on.
Fourth, we want to grow companies and accelerate clean growth.
That means supporting the start-up and scale-up of small and medium-sized companies.
It also means doing more to keep these companies in Canada rather than losing them to other countries.
Fifth, we want to compete in a digital world.
That means capitalizing on digital technologies, such as cloud computing and driverless cars.
These technologies promise to radically change the nature of work and the way we do business.
Canada needs to capitalize on these technologies to give our country a competitive edge.
Finally, we need to make it easier for companies to do business in Canada.
That means working with all levels of government to lower barriers, allowing Canadian businesses to prosper at home and abroad.
But, you know as well as I do, Government can't do this alone.
That's why we've invited a group of respected leaders, innovators in their own right, to host a series of round-table discussions with Canadians.
And that's why I'm inviting you to share your ideas on how we can make these six action areas a reality.
So please, join me in this challenge, submit your ideas, and together we'll make Canada prosper and the world a better place.