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Message from the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

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Canada is a place where business people and researchers can achieve excellence on a global scale. Canadians understand the extraordinary potential of their country.

I am pleased to announce the formation of an Expert Panel to examine the federal government's research and development support for private sector innovation in order to increase our impact in this important area. As outlined in Budget 2010, Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth, the Panel's work is central to the government's economic agenda.

The Panel, Chaired by Tom Jenkins, is comprised of six eminent Canadians. The Panel reflects a diversity of private and public sector backgrounds and has the experience, expertise, and knowledge required to undertake this review.

Innovation, particularly as we emerge from the global economic downturn, is vital to improving Canada's competitiveness and productivity. This, in turn, will create jobs, build a strong economy, support globally competitive businesses and ensure that Canadians benefit in all aspects of their lives.

This review is about being more effective with the resources that we have and finding ways to deliver better results for Canadians.

I encourage you to give this Panel your full support and I eagerly anticipate its advice.