Five years ago, the special expert panel on innovation in Canada, chaired by Tom Jenkins, tabled its report, which outlined several policy recommendations for improving Canada’s lackluster research and development portfolio. Last week, the IRPP released a report by Andrei Sulzenko that looks at whether governments have followed up on the Jenkins Report’s recommendations, and what must be done to achieve the current government’s goal of turning Canada into an « innovation powerhouse. » We caught up with Andrei Sulzenko to learn more about orienting Canada’s innovation policy for the future.

Andrei Sulzenko’s IRPP report Canada’s Innovation Conundrum: Five Years After the Jenkins Report

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Andrei Sulzenko
Andrei Sulzenko is a public policy consultant, specializing in microeconomic, innovation, and trade and investment issues. He is an executive fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, where he is leading a research program on transportation infrastructure. He worked for the federal government from 1972 to 2004, and as senior assistant deputy minister of policy at Industry Canada from 1996 to 2004 he led the federal government’s science and technology and innovation policy development. He was also a fellow and adjunct professor at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University.