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Carleton University Carleton Research Unit on Innovation, Science and Environment

Submission — Carleton University Carleton Research Unit on Innovation, Science and Environment

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Submitter(s): Mallett, Alexandra

Summary: Structural changes in Canada's economy are required to re-orient our economy towards low-carbon energy systems and to recharge private sector interest in new areas of research and development (R&D) and innovation. Canada's heavy favouring of broad tax incentives over direct support measures threatens to entrench Canada's innovation system within its low-performance lines of development. Smart, targeted policy intervention, alongside broad framework policies, is required to reorient the Canadian economy towards new forms of innovation for ecological sustainability and enhanced prosperity. Furthermore, traditional linear approaches of R&D favouring the lab to commercialization warrant a re-think – alternative models include a hybrid approach which focuses on technology push concurrently with market pull as well as systemic and feedback models.

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