LinkPad: Canada Changing

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Lot's going on this week, for our LinkPad with the theme of change:

  • Changing research models - the investment announcement from Lilly in Montreal as part of a new $150M Life Sciences Investment Fund, which established Lilly's Chorus division in Montreal. As I wrote about earlier this week, this investment reinforces the dynamic, innovative research ecosystem in Montreal as well as other important research clusters across the country.
  • Changing demographics in Canada with the release of the latest 2011 National Census data which indicates that Canadians are getting  both older and younger;  boomers are moving  into retirement and, particularly in Western Canada, there has been a spike in toddlers. To dig into the age and sex data, you can join a Statistics Canada chat session on Monday, June 4, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Look here for more information.
    • And speaking of Western Canada - changing ministries with the move of Dustin Duncan into the Saskatchewan Health portfolio and with long time previous Health minister Don McMorris moving on to new cabinet challenges.
    • Now to the East Coast - some changes in NS.  Maureen MacDonald, former Minister of Health will become Nova Scotia's first woman Finance Minister. (Way to go!), and David Wilson is the new Minister of Health and Wellness and Acadian Affairs. More information on the changes can be found on this link.
  • Changing international trade priorities with the launch of a new Advisory Panel that will focus on updating the federal government's Global Commerce Strategy by 2013.

So, my fellow Canadians, buckle up! As Bob Dylan sang, "I Feel a Change Comin' On."