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Our origin story - PART 6: The way forward

In the 2017 Federal Budget, the word “innovation” appeared 262 times. Innovation's future as a buzzword is secure but in this episode, CFI President & CEO Gilles Patry and Board Chair Kevin Smith look at what innovation in Canada looks like today. They also comment on what needs to be done to ensure Canadian research continues to thrive.

Duration: 00:33:51

Episode five: A new research strategy for Canada

To help reverse the brain drain that plagued Canada's research community in the 1990s, the newly established Canada Foundation for Innovation started outfitting Canadian universities with the state-of-the-art research infrastructure they sorely needed. But it would take more than funding a couple of new microscopes here and there — the CFI would need to turn the current system on its head to get the job done.

Duration: 00:17:50

Our origin story - PART 4: An idea becomes reality

The new Canada Foundation for Innovation begins to assemble a talented team that charts an exciting course for the organization, but must also address opposition from Quebec. Researchers try to adjust to a new “mind blowing” way of doing research. And…the Queen is not amused by the CFI’s early success.

Duration: 00:19:38

Our origin story - PART 3: The idea of CFI is born

The Liberal government suddenly finds itself facing a budget surplus for the first time in decades. Researchers, university presidents, government officials in the department of Finance and the PMO work on a plan to support research through an independent foundation that will invest in the cutting-edge labs and equipment researchers need.

Duration: 00:12:52

Our origin story - PART 2: An unexpected opportunity

The Liberal government cuts spending across government so deeply, even Finance Minister Paul Martin faces a crisis of confidence. At the same time, university presidents try to convince Minister Martin that research in Canada is in serious trouble…and they offer an intriguing solution.

Duration: 00:13:56

Our origin story - PART 1: Fiscal Armageddon

When the Wall Street Journal calls Canada the “Banana Republic of the North”, Jean Chrétien and his new Liberal government prepare to take dramatic action to control the deficit. This threatens to make a difficult situation even worse for Canadian researchers.

Duration: 00:14:52

Our origin story - PROMO - Canada is the "Banana Republic of the North"

In this excerpt, former Deputy Minister of Finance Scott Clarke describes former Prime Minister Jean Chretien's reaction to a Wall Street Journal article in the late 1990s that called Canada the "Banana Republic of the North." This is a promo clip for the upcoming release of "Our origin story", a new four-part podcast series that traces the Canada Foundation for Innovation's unlikely origin story.

Duration: 00:01:05

Our origin story - TRAILER

Two decades ago Canada’s federal government was struggling to contain a deficit that, in the words of one top finance official, was pulling the country towards "fiscal Armageddon." And yet, this was the moment when the government decided to make historic investments in research infrastructure. The creation of the Canada Foundation for Innovation was a game-changer for research in Canada. But how did it come to be? This podcast series tells this story through extensive interviews with key...

Duration: 00:01:19