Monday, August 03, 2020

Navdeep Bains & Others Flinging About Buckets of Money: The August 3rd, 2020 Age of Ingenuity

Everyone loves Navdeep Bains, Canada’s innovation minister, especially the innovation community which hungers for those countless semi-trailers full of cash he’s been giving out recently. 

We're going to look at that and we're also going to remember the time when we could ask government ministers hard questions and have a reasonable expectation of receiving an honest answer even for the difficult issues.

Sources cited during this episode include the following:
  • The May 7th, 2017 Macleans post, "Q&A: Navdeep Bains on Selling 'Superclusters'." Photo c/o Adrian Wyld/CP. 
  • The April 22nd, 2020 update to the National Research Council (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Innovation Assistance Program (IAP). Uploaded on August 3rd.
  • The 2019 Canadian Venture Capital Report from the website. Retrieved July 31st, 2020.

"Age of Ingenuity" tracks Canada's "innovation ecosystem," the organizations, agencies and individuals attempting to turn innovative Canadian start-ups into world class, billion dollar "unicorns," able to anchor industries and create jobs.

Age of Ingenuity Credits

Producer and Host - Chuck Black
Host and Contributor - Brian Orlotti
Host and Contributor - Al Calder
Associate Producer and Contributor - John Penturn

Music: Freesound House Flow by Jaturo and Scream by DigitalDominic. Both licenced under a Creative Commons 0 Licence.

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1 comment:

  1. John Penturn, Associate producer AOI with the thoughts behind the expressed thought:

    Minister Bains is a peculiar nexus who wears his ostensible lack of peculiarity on his sleeve so graciously, that all feel welcome in the general aura he emanates. Politically a very valuable tick that allows him to get quite a bit more consensus then many of his colleagues. It's a component of leadership to be sure - just not the only one as we vividly point out.

    The relationship industry has with government is eternally fascinating but equally perplexing. "An enigma wrapped in a riddle" as Churchill once said. W/O governance we are of course lost but its never perfect. Industry necessarily has a cozy relations with it because of the gravity it has & those effects on all industry. What it funds in some of the most key ways is the stability it funds (especially in times of crisis) is what the economy & society require to build on. Looking back we'll all see that even more clearly.

    Times of great turmoil are also the times of great, necessary change. As such they're adventures & opportunity aplenty arises to create a particularly shiny & bright future. We always forget when we're having them that adventures were not primarily designed to be easy fun. Absolutely exhilarating though. We will correct some pretty mighty flaws in society & that will be EXTREMELY evident over the next couple years. The stories you'll be able to tell then about now will be wondrous enough, but it all started by venting & then acting on the kind of legitimate passion we express today. Of such insightful passions the higher good is actualized & a better world made.

    Agree, disagree? Let us know. It is after all your show!


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