In México, extraordinary wealth and heart-breaking poverty exist side by side. It is a land of harsh contradictions -- skyscrapers and wood houses, modern-day Internet and illiteracy. Years ago, when I used to think about this, I always asked myself; with all our diverse natural resources and hard-working labor force, why are we in this situation?
Sometimes having a mentor can make all the difference in choosing a career path or field of study. Mentoring youth has positive impact on their development and academic achievement. Mentoring is also critical in helping youth explore and develop their interest in the fields of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.
Coming from the GMO biotech industry, the term "sound science" rings extremely hollow. The industry carries out inadequate, short-term studies and conceals the data produced by its research under the guise of commercial confidentiality while independent research highlights the dangers of its products.
The lack of women in STEM reflects on a country's economy: there is a rising demand for STEM-related workers, and ignoring women would be cutting off half of the possible workforce. In addition, women in STEM make more money, which enhances their purchasing power, which is both good for them and the national economy.
Food and shelter: that's what the canine gets in return for the love and companionship they bestow upon their humans, right? Food in their dish, a cozy place to sleep, and for that they'll spend their relatively short life spans waiting at our feet to give us the cuddles and unconditional affection we so need. Or so we thought.
As Canada strives to build an economy defined by innovation, our greatest resource to meet this challenge is walking through the classroom doors of our nation every morning wearing oversized Pokémon and Hello Kitty backpacks. It's never been more critical that we give our children the tools they need to become Canada's innovators of tomorrow.
There's a disconnect between Canada's capacity to innovate and our capacity to commercialize those innovations -- or so the story goes. It's been repeated so often it's become a mantra in certain circlles. The solution is always the same: reject investments in purely academic research in favour of market-driven research. The thing is, that mantra is built on a myth.
Our basic knowledge of diseases and cancer will continue to grow through research advances with CRISPR-Cas9, paving the way for the discovery of more effective treatments. And CRISPR will enable developments in industrial, agricultural and ecological engineering that may parallel advances in human health and medicine.
Most entrepreneurs I meet present themselves as confident, resilient and savvy people who are quick on their feet and always ready to pitch their company to potential clients or investors. Science students could truly benefit from this kind of training to communicate the value and excitement of their science. Storytelling is especially important in science because, as someone once said to me, science is not complete until it is communicated.
Although many conversations have begun about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Canada, development and implementation to work towards evening out gender imbalances in these fields is still a work in progress. There has been a lot of data gathered to support this issue and many factors that prevent women from STEM opportunities.
Under privacy by design, technology companies must account for human values when creating their systems and ensure they have engineered for maximum individual privacy in every step of their process. It's a costly and time-consuming measure, but it's one of the only measures standing in the way of a digital Wild West.