An authoritative, evidence-based assessment of the state of science and technology in Canada has found that Canadian science and technology is healthy, growing and internationally respected. Over the past five years, real improvements have occurred in the magnitude and quality of Canadian science and technology.
A newly released report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 provides a thorough analysis of the scientific disciplines and technological applications where Canada excels in a global context. In 2010, Industry Canada via the Minister of Industry, asked the Council of Canadian Academies to assess the state of science and technology in Canada and to consider all fields in which research is conducted. As such, the Council assembled an 18-member expert panel from Canada and around the world to conduct this in-depth assessment. The Panel was chaired by Dr. Eliot A. Phillipson, Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Toronto and Former President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The report's findings are comprehensive and represent one of the most in-depth examinations of Canadian S&T ever undertaken
In this brief interview with the Council, Dr. Phillipson discusses the expert panel process and the report's findings and methodologies.