Canadian Failures

Canadian Failures

Stories of Building Toward Success

Alex Benay


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  • Published by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation (formerly called the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation) for Canada’s 150th
  • Will be presented at the National Science Gala and at a national Speakers Series and book tour
  • Examines Canadians’ reluctance to address failures, and how a nation is defined as much by its shortcomings as its successes
  • Notable “failures” that shaped Canada’s identity and development include the light bulb (originally invented in Toronto!), the Avro Arrow, and Nortel Networks
  • Chapters written by 10 highly successful Canadians such as Tobias Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify; Dr. Robert Thirsk, Chancellor at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Faculty member at the International Space University; and Erica Wiebe, Canadian gold medalist in wrestling at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  • Book will be sold at all Ingenium museums (projected 2017 attendance: 800,000), through their major social-media and app platforms, a national tour, the museums’ existing outreach and publicity channels, and the authors’ own channels of engagement


Alex Benay:

Alex Benay is the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada. Previously, he was the President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (now called Ingenium — Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation). He is also the author of Canadian Failures: Stories of Building Toward Success. He lives in Ottawa.