Exploring Innovation in Northern Canada with Insights from the Mining Innovation System in Greater Sudbury, Ontario
The Northern Review 45 (2017): 33–56
This article provides an exploratory examination of the innovation dynamics in northern Canada, situated within the broader literature on staples theory, regional development, and regional innovation systems. It uses a case study on the mining innovation system in Greater Sudbury, Ontario—one of the most advanced regional innovation systems in northern Canada—to highlight the importance of innovation support institutions, government intervention, and building on competitive advantages. The article also explores a number of geographic, social, and economic challenges that can hinder entrepreneurship, innovation, and, ultimately, economic development in regions across the North. These include geographic remoteness and isolation, small and often sparsely populated regions, and development approaches that do little to facilitate the reinvestment of resource wealth back into regional development.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
c. The journal has the right to authorize third-party publishers & aggregators to include the Article in databases or other services (EBSCO, Proquest).
d. The journal has the right to share the Article on the Internet, through social media and other means.