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Superclusters progress should be judged over long term, former innovation official says

The Digital Technology Supercluster announcing 14 new projects in January 2020.
The Digital Technology Supercluster announcing 14 new projects in January 2020. Digital Technology Supercluster
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One of the architects of the federal government’s supercluster program is pushing back on criticism of the initiative, saying it has helped boost business innovation investment, connected firms across and within industries and established Canada’s strength internationally in key growth sectors.

Policy experts and spending watchdogs have panned the $950-million supercluster initiative for a slow rollout and the difficulty of achieving promised economic-growth and job-creation impacts. But speaking about the program for the first time to The Logic, John Knubley, former deputy minister of the federal industry department, says focusing on those factors ignores its role in promoting industry collaboration and shifting government support for innovation.

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