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The Canadian Academy of Engineering

Submission — The Canadian Academy of Engineering

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Submitter(s): Charles, Michael E.

Summary: Canadian federal support for business research and development (R&D) would, we believe, be more effective if the engineering design component of innovation were supported more explicitly and strongly. Design is an essential part of R&D, coming into the process where researchers have largely handed off to engineers, and continuing as a key creative element of D (development) all the way downstream to the introduction of the final product into the market. Since design takes into account the needs and constraints of the customer, recognizing and supporting engineering design as an essential part of the process of innovation will bring Canadian innovation closer to meeting the needs of the market. This is essential since an innovation will succeed and create wealth only when the new product or service receives market acceptance.

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