Council of Canadian Academies Releases Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada's Research Strength and Innovation Weakness

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Susan McDaniel serves as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Canadian Council of Academies, and has been involved in this assessment report.

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  Council of Canadian Academies Releases
Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada's Research Strength and Innovation Weakness   


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Council of Canadian Academies, I am pleased to inform you about the release of a new Council report, Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada's Research Strength and Innovation Weakness.

To date, the Council has produced seven assessments that examine different aspects of Canada's performance in science and technology, and innovation. Drawing upon the insights reported in these assessments, Paradox Lost examines two questions that have been of perennial concern to Canadian policy-makers, industry leaders, and economists alike: (i) Why has Canada's research excellence not translated into more business innovation?, and (ii) How has Canada's economy sustained relative prosperity despite weak innovation and correspondingly feeble productivity growth?

In their examination of these questions, the report's authors consider the complex ways in which research leads to innovation, and the factors that motivate Canadian business strategy. The report explores Canada's current paradox and identifies four megatrends that will pose challenges for Canadian businesses in the years to come.

This report was initiated by the Council and conducted by a three-member advisory group: Marcel Côté, Founding Partner of SECOR Inc; Bob Fessenden, Fellow of the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Alberta; and Peter Nicholson, former President of the Council of Canadian Academies.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, in both official languages on the Council's website (



Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C.  

President and CEO




About the Council of Canadian Academies 

The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports evidence-based, expert assessments to inform public policy development in Canada. Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary panels of experts from across Canada and abroad. The Council's blue-ribbon panels serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The Council's vision is to be a trusted voice for science in the public interest. For more information visit


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