Government of Canada explores international science collaboration at G20 meeting

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Minister Duncan engages other G20 science ministers on innovation policy and STEM education

November 4, 2016 – Beijing, China – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of science and innovation to economic growth in the 21st century. It is why the Government launched the Inclusive Innovation Agenda, why it supports clean growth, and why it encourages all Canadians to bring their diverse perspectives to Canada's science and technology fields, which will help support the middle class.

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, highlighted these important Canadian values when she attended the G20 Science, Technology and Innovation Ministers Meeting in Beijing, China. Minister Duncan also discussed innovation policy with her international colleagues and sought greater international collaboration on science, technology and innovation issues.

Minister Duncan focused on the importance of supporting innovation-driven growth and developing a science and technology workforce built to excel in today's clean growth global economy. She emphasized the Government of Canada's efforts to promote early youth engagement in science and technology, particularly among young women and Indigenous peoples, and informed her international colleagues of the independent review of federal funding for fundamental science that was launched this past June.


"The Government of Canada welcomes the opportunity to discuss international science and innovation initiatives at the G20 Science, Technology and Innovation Ministers Meeting. Meetings like these are incredibly important as they allow us to share and compare best practices on science and innovation policy and to further our collective effort to promote science excellence and better support the middle class around the world."

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

Quick facts

  • The G20 Science, Technology and Innovation Ministers Meeting in Beijing, China, was chaired by Wan Gang, China's Minister of Science and Technology.
  • The Inclusive Innovation Agenda fosters a culture of innovation, inclusiveness and competitiveness in Canada as an important way to encourage new investments and clean growth.

Follow Minister Duncan on social media.
Twitter: @ScienceMin
Instagram: sciencemin


Véronique Perron
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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