October 28, 2008

Ontario Attracting World-Class Research Talent

Ontario's commitment to innovation is turning the province into a magnet for world-class talent. The latest example is Dr. Shoo Lee, newly-appointed paediatrician-in-chief at Mount Sinai Hospital and head of the neonatology division at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Lee is a world-renowned neonatologist and health economist. He has a truly international education, receiving his medical degree from the University of Singapore, completing his paediatric training at the Janeway Children's Health Centre in Newfoundland and neonatal fellowship training at Children's Hospital Boston. He also earned a PhD in Health Policy (Economics) from Harvard University. He comes to Toronto most recently from the University of Alberta.

Ontario has committed $15 million to help Dr. Lee establish a permanent home in Toronto for the International Centre for Neonatal-Perinatal Research. This centre coordinates a number of research units across the globe dedicated to the health of newborn children. Together, these research units serve two-thirds of the world's population.

In a recent interview with the Globe and Mail, Dr. Lee said that "Ontario is one of the very few centres in the world, and really one of the few centres in Canada, that has got the breadth and the depth of capacity to really be a world-class research and health-care centre and compete on the world stage with the likes of Harvard and Stanford."

He also said that it is Ontario's commitment and strong support for innovation and the commercialization of research that attracted him to our province.

Ontario is building on this strength. The province is investing $3 billion over eight years, through Ontario's Innovation Agenda, to make Ontario the best place in the world to conduct leading-edge research and turn great ideas into products and services and technologies that are in demand around the world.