Innovation has become an essential element of policy conversations about economic growth. But given trends like globalization, technological change and population aging, how exactly will it help boost the economy?

Peter Nicholson joins the podcast to talk about why innovation policy matters, evaluate Canada’s innovation record in an international context, and explain why he thinks the federal government’s current innovation plan doesn’t go far enough.

Peter Nicholson is the founding president of the Council of Canadian Academies. He is a former policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office and was a business executive.

Read his new paper for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Facing the Facts: Reconsidering Business Innovation Policy in Canada.

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