Governments are increasingly concerned with the economic impact and societal relevance of scientific investments. Canada’s new knowledge economy is strongly enabled by premier national research institutes that support a broad cross section of academic, government, and industrial users from many different disciplines. Large science facilities are important drivers for growing Canada’s future economy and fostering innovation in industry. They include the Canadian Light Source, TRIUMF, SNOLAB, and Ocean Networks Canada, to name a few.
From the training of highly qualified personnel to the engagement of the private sector through unique research capabilities to the transfer of laboratory-developed technology to Canadian businesses, these facilities stimulate growth at both the local and national levels.
The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the unique and complementary manner in which large science facilities drive societal and economic impacts for Canada. The discussion will highlight basic principles, challenge assumptions, and analyze specific examples.