Southern Ontario should be an innovation cluster, not a farm team

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Patrick Deane, Meric Gertler and Feridun Hamdullahpur Contributed to the Globe and Mail, le 28 déc, 2015

Patrick Deane is president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University. Meric Gertler is president of the University of Toronto. Feridun Hamdullahpur is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo.

A Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur recently asked a stark question whose answer holds major implications for our future prosperity.

At the Waterloo Innovation Summit in September, Steve Blank pointedly wondered whether we should be content to let Southern Ontario be a farm team, continuing to leak talent, ideas and companies south to the United States. Instead, shouldn’t we try to build an unique ecosystem that generates, attracts and retains talent, and stands tall on the world stage?