Government of Canada celebrates science as part of Canada 150

News Release

Innovation150 is a year-long celebration of our nation's scientific past, present and future

January 19, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

From the discovery of insulin and stem cells to the development of revolutionary smartphone technology, Canadian innovations are constantly changing the world in profound ways. Often, these innovations begin with discoveries made by Canada's brightest and most inquisitive minds: its scientists. That is why the Government of Canada continues to support and celebrate researchers whose contributions help create healthy communities, a strong economy and a growing middle class.

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, joined Canadian scientists and thinkers, as well as the great innovators of tomorrow, to help launch Innovation150 at Science World in Vancouver. Minister Duncan spoke about the major innovations of Canada's past and the importance of science to Canada's future.

The launch follows last July's announcement by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, of $5.8 million in funding for Innovation150 through the Canada 150 Fund. Developed by five leading science organizations, Innovation150 is a nationwide program that will inspire Canadian families to celebrate Canada's innovative past and spark the ideas and ingenuity that will propel our future. The interactive, year-long program will offer awe-inspiring experiences in science, technology and innovation across the country to mark Canada's 150th anniversary.

Innovation150 includes:

  • a scalable science exhibit and mobile makerspace that will tour schools in 60 communities from coast to coast to coast;
  • a keynote multimedia talk by Perimeter Institute director Neil Turok, called "We Are Innovators," in major centres;
  • a major public exhibition on quantum technologies that will travel to science centres and museums across Canada;
  • science-focused festivals that amplify the excitement of Canada 150, to be held in seven cities across the country;
  • a crowdsourced digital storybook ( that celebrates creative and ingenious Canadian people, spaces and innovations; and
  • contests that engage Canadians in every corner of our innovative nation.


"Innovation150 is an excellent way to celebrate achievements in Canadian science and encourage our young people to engage with science and technology. The discoveries made by Canadian researchers have had a tremendous impact on the world today, and the future discoveries of our scientists are bound to change our lives in exciting ways and help support a strong, vibrant middle class."

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"The 150th anniversary of Confederation is the ideal opportunity to engage and inspire Canadians. Innovation150 celebrates Canada's scientific and technological innovation. Young people and families all across the country will have the chance to discover the wealth of our scientific heritage in their own communities. Let's take a moment to reflect on the incredible discoveries that have shaped our identity."

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Innovation150 will engage Canadians of all ages, honouring the big thinkers that have made Canada the progressive country it is today and motivating Canadian youth to pursue big, ambitious ideas that will make them the innovators of tomorrow. Ingenuity has always been one of our country's greatest resources, which Innovation150 will proudly celebrate through hands-on exhibitions, talks and festivals from coast to coast to coast throughout 2017."

– Michael Duschenes, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Perimeter Institute

Quick facts

  • The Innovation150 website encourages Canadians across the country to share their stories of Canadian innovation. The website also features a rundown of the national tour and a list of events. Interested Canadians can sign up to receive emails about local tour updates.
  • Innovation150 is led by Perimeter Institute in collaboration with Actua, the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation and the Canadian Association of Science Centres and its member organizations.

Associated links

News release – Nationwide partnership ignites the innovator in all of us for Canada's 150th year

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

Follow Innovation150 on Twitter: @innovation150


Stefanie Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada

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