Media Advisory - Council of Canadian Academies to Release Findings of Report on Business Innovation in Canada

    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - On April 29, 2009 the Council of Canadian
Academies will release the findings of the report of the Expert Panel on
Business Innovation, Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada falls Short.
    In 2007 the Council of Canadian Academies (the Council) was requested by
the Minister of Industry to assess the fundamental factors that influence
innovation behaviour and, as a consequence, drive the long-term growth of
productivity in Canada. As a result, the Council appointed the Expert Panel on
Business Innovation to specifically address the following questions:

    - How should the innovation performance of Canadian firms be assessed?
    - How innovative are Canadian firms, and what do we know about their
      innovation performance at a national, regional and sector level?
    - Why is business demand for innovation inputs (for example, research and
      development, machinery and equipment, and skilled workers) weaker in
      Canada than in many other OECD countries?
    - What are the contributing factors, and what is the relative importance
      of these contributing factors?

    The findings of the report will be released to the public on April 29,
2009 as a summary document, the Report in Focus on the Council's website The full report will be released shortly thereafter.

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact
Samantha Rae, Manager of Communications at the Council of Canadian Academies,
(613) 567-5000 (ext 256),

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