Innovation: A desire to make things better

A collection of stories to illustrate the breadth of ways in which innovation changes our world
Western University
Université Laval
University of Calgary
University of Saskatchewan
McGill University
University of Waterloo
University of Alberta
Concordia University
Queen's University
University of New Brunswick
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
The University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Université de Montréal
Laurentian University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Simon Fraser University
The University of British Columbia Okanagan
McMaster University
Acadia University
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
University of Prince Edward Island
University of Toronto
University of Guelph
Dalhousie University
Mount Saint Vincent University
Mount St. Vincent University
New Brunswick
British Columbia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
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Innovation can perhaps be defined; but how it touches our lives can hardly be confined. In the broadest sense, innovation is the desire to make things better. This innately human drive changes our world and transforms us in ways we sometimes are not even aware — from our health, our economy and our planet, to how we understand our past and how we envision our future.

In this knowledge era, innovation is integral to nation building and there is almost no limit to what research can teach us. This audacious vision is what inspired the Canada Foundation for Innovation in 1997, and this collection of stories recalls the resolute spirit of our origins.

Two decades ago, the CFI was itself an experiment — a way to encourage researchers to reach higher, think bigger, and a moment in time when political and research leaders came together to create a turning point in Canadian research by building world-class facilities and stocking them with state-of-the-art equipment. The results have been transformative. In this collection, we present just a handful of the thousands of research projects supported by the CFI since its inception, and aim to illustrate the breadth of ways in which innovation changes our world.

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A commemorative book to mark 20 years of the Canada Foundation for Innovation