Guest: Paul Dufour, Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa and science policy Principal with PaulicyWorks in Gatineau, Québec
About: In 2016, the Liberal Government set aside $800M over four years for “innovation”, and subsequently developed an innovation agenda, which is intended to build “a better Canada so that everyone has the jobs, skills and learning to solve global challenges and strengthen communities.” The policy focus on innovation was reiterated in last month’s Federal Budget, which featured investments in skills and innovation as a means to building a strong middle class. What are the implications of this policy focus on innovation? How will Canada become more innovative? What does innovation really mean? Join Mitch and Mel as they unpack the innovation agenda with our guest, Paul Dufour.
Paul Dufour is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa and science policy Principal with PaulicyWorks in Gatineau, Québec. He is on the Board of Directors of the graduate student led Science Policy Exchange based in Montréal, and is a member of the Investment Committee for Grand Challenges Canada. He lectures regularly on science policy, and has authored numerous articles on international S&T relations and Canadian innovation policy.