Dr. Nick Novakowski is the editor of a book dealing with the rising reputation that Ottawa is earning as a global technology centre.
Dr. Novakowski, an associate professor of geography at Grenfell College, and Rémy Tremblay, Canada Research Chair on Knowledge Cities, are the editors of Perspectives on Ottawa's High-tech Sector. Dr. Novakowski is an urban geographer and urban planner at Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests include knowledge cities, Chinese urbanization, and environmental planning. Since June 2005, Rémy Tremblay has been a professor at Téléuniversité (UQAM's distance learning university). He currently holds a Canada Research Chair on Knowledge Cities and is director of the Équipe de recherche sur les villes du savoir (ERVS-research team on knowledge cities), a laboratory funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). He is also co-editor (in French) of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science.
Canada's capital is earning a reputation as a global technology centre that offers a dynamic mix of economic, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. It is an advanced technology centre, particularly known for its research and development in the fields of telecommunications, technology services, software development, defense and security, microelectronics/wireless and photonics.
The book is organized into four themes: Ottawa: A Knowledge City; Planning the Cluster: By Decision, By Design or By Destiny?; Growing the Cluster: Idea Farming and Innovation Strategies for Economic Development; and The Unique Ottawa Cluster: Regional, Bilingual, and Cosmopolitan. The dominant message of the book is that planning for the knowledge city begins with a nexus of telecommunications, logistical and educational advantages, which is built upon by incremental knowledge-building decisions.
“Knowledge cities are able to provide and consolidate learning, education, invention and innovation, the factors that drive wealth-creation now and will continue to do so in the future,” says Dr. Novakowski. “These cities are the lucky beneficiaries of historical trends that have supported the emergence of learning centres and are simultaneously planned for in terms of business clustering along with telecommunications and transportation infrastructure. Since the current mantra of the global economy is innovation, the potential for invention and patent-generation is the unit of measurement driving many allocation decisions. So, the key challenge for all cities, large and small, is to unlock their comparative advantages and optimize them through innovation.”