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Bulletin N°82 - septembre 2011

Editorial version anglaise

LET’S START INNOVATING!

Why is this issue of PLAN magazine dedicated to intellectual property? Quite simply because innovation is a major strategic asset, because it is necessary to protect this source of wealth for our society, and because as engineers, we are masters of the process of innovation.

Capital, workforce and innovation are the three main factors that create wealth in all societies. As globalization wages on, we have to acknowledge that a strong economy’s ability to compete depends more than ever before on its ability to innovate. In this case, we are talking about innovation in the broader sense. After all, innovation does not only mean new products. Using new methods and innovative management models can help create wealth within a competitive economy as well.



Certain activity sectors, such aerospace, stand out in particular because of their ability to innovate. But as you will see in this issue, Canada does not hold up well in comparisons with its peers when it comes to rating its ability to innovate. Aren’t we all a little responsible for that sad fact? Promoting innovation is a societal choice that is made at many levels by our governments, which have to set the tone by creating policies that are conducive to innovation, by our businesses, which unfortunately lag behind in research and development spending, and by each and every one of us, who are responsible for keeping our minds open to new ideas.

As creators and innovators, engineers are daily contributors to the advancement of our society, its evolution, and its improvement because they have the ideas and the know-how to apply the tangible solutions that will bring their ideas to life. At the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, we want to encourage innovation in engineering, which is why we created the Prix Génie Innovation. This annual distinction is awarded to an innovative achievement that contributes to a better quality of life for human beings and complies with the fundamental values of engineers. On that note, I would like to congratulate the dynamic team at NewTrax, which won the 2011 Prix Génie Innovation for its MineTrax underground networking system. This system will revolutionize the advancement of underground mining technology similar to what the GPS did on the Earth’s surface.

With an aging workforce and constantly rising capital and workforce costs, we have to focus on innovation to ensure our future in an increasingly knowledge and creativity-based economy. To quote Georges Bernanos, “You don’t wait for the future like a train. You make it!” So let’s start innovating!
 

 

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