November 19, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), celebrated outstanding research and innovation achievements at the fourth annual Mitacs Awards Reception last night. The ceremony honoured top graduate and postgraduate students as well as industry partners participating in Mitacs programs.
In his address, the Minister of State highlighted Canada's approach to research and innovation, which focuses on developing talent, knowledge and industrial-academic partnerships. Growing a national research base is a pillar of Canada's science and technology strategy. The government considers it essential for attracting and retaining the next generation of researchers and innovators and providing the country with a competitive advantage in the global knowledge economy.
Minister of State Holder praised Mitacs for its Acclerate and Elevate programs, which engage graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in real-world research projects that can generate economic benefits, as well as its Globalink program, which supports international student exchanges. He also highlighted Canada's post-secondary strengths, notably its G7 leadership in university research spending intensity.
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)