An extract from Professor Santa Ono’s latest blog post
In a time of global uncertainty, innovation is more important than ever
On Friday, June 2, I will have the honour of hosting His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Open Text founder and chair Tom Jenkins, co-authors of a book on Canadian innovation called Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier. (The book, published by Penguin Random House, is available at the UBC Bookstore, and other stores).
Ingenious (which includes a profile of UBC’s Dr. Janet Werker, director of the Infant Studies Centre) was written to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday, notes that innovation has been part of Canada’s DNA for millennia. Indigenous Canadians invented the canoe, snowshoe, igloo, dogsled, lifejacket, and the bunk bed, among other innovations.
That spirit of innovation is still very much alive in Canada today. As the book tells us, from Bovril to BlackBerrys, lightbulbs to liquid helium, peanut butter to Pablum to insulin, Canadian ingenuity has had tremendous impact.
I am proud to say that UBC has played an important role in Canadian innovation. Currently we enjoy the designation by Reuters as Canada’s most innovative university and rank among the top 50 most innovative universities globally.