Media Advisory - Landmark Report on Canada's Innovative Economy

    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - In today's global environment, science,
technology and innovation drive economic success and ensures our quality of
life.  How does Canada stack up against the world's most innovative countries?
 What are Canada's strengths, vulnerabilities and opportunities?
    The Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) has spent the past
year asking these questions and examining how Canada rates on over 50
international standards of excellence including research intensity,
commercialization rates, quality of research and workforce skills.
    On May 5, STIC will release its first public report at a news conference
in Ottawa. The Report will serve as a baseline to assess Canada's current
position and help set the nation's direction on science, technology and
innovation matters.

    Date and Time:      May 5, 2009  9:30 a.m.

    Location:           National Press Theatre
                        150 Wellington Street

    Toll-free dial-in:  Media unable to attend the news conference in person
                        can call the information number listed below before
                        3:00 pm on May 4 to obtain conference call details.

    Participants:       Science, Technology and Innovation Council Members:

                        - Howard Alper, Chair
                        - Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor,
                          McGill University
                        - Peter MacKinnon, President and Vice-Chancellor,
                          University of Saskatchewan
                        - Guy Rouleau, MD, PhD, Canada Research Chair in
                          Genetics of the Nervous System and Professor,
                          Université de Montréal

    About the Science, Technology and Innovation Council

    Appointed in October 2007, the Council is comprised of 18 senior, highly
accomplished individuals from the research, education, business and government

For further information:

For further information: David Rodier, NATIONAL Public Relations, (613)
233-1699 X 243,

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