Waving the Flag on 150 Years of Canadian Innovation

An image of a goalie, with an Echidna jersey on, looking at a Canadian flag.

On this day, where we celebrate an important part of our national history, we also want to take a moment to acknowledge an exciting partnership that may provide the spark for the next generation of innovation and Canadian successes.

Today is the National Flag Day of Canada, which commemorates the 1965 inauguration of our iconic red-and-white maple leaf. This year also marks a celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, and there are numerous events and activities scheduled throughout the year and across the country.

Digital Echidna is proud to have played a role in the Canada 150 celebrations! We recently worked with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, as well as some other partners, to launch the bilingual Innovation 150 website.

The purpose of the website is to celebrate Canada’s long and illustrious history in innovation, and to serve as the hub for all information, event listings, and details about activities related to the Innovation 150 program -- a year-long celebration that coincides with Canada’s sesquicentennial.

We invite you to check out the site and experience Canadian ingenuity first-hand. We invite you to share this with your families as well, because it’s the next generation that will propel Canadian into further greatness.

We’ve come a long way since Mar. 29, 1867, when Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the British North America Act. With the words "We do ordain, declare, and command that on and after the First day of July, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-Seven, the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, shall form and be One Dominion, under the name of Canada,” our country came into existence.

Since then, we’ve carved out a history, reputation, and collection of cultures that is uniquely Canadian. We’ve contributed inventions that have changed the world: from the telephone to Imax, from Insulin to the pacemaker… heck, from Trivial Pursuit to the goalie mask in hockey, Canada’s made its mark all over the world (and beyond -- don’t forget the CanadArm!)

We are a nation of innovators, which is why we were so honoured to be a part of the Innovation 150 website.

Happy National Flag Day of Canada! Wave it loud and proud today and everyday!

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