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The apparent tension between self-criticism and smugness from an outside perspective, a look at the issues we face, probing their root causes, and suggest ideas to "turbocharge" our innovation, productivity and prosperity. First, a confession to be one of the brains in the drain - some personal history by the speaker. A look at some of the issues Canada is facing - some as drivers, some as effects. A national prosperity chain that starts with innovation. A close look at the decline in innovation. Some worrisome metrics. Things to learn from the best innovators. Some innovation wins and sins. What Canadian business needs. Three suggested initiativdes around innovation, taxation and diversification. Replacing self-criticism with action, and complacency with renewed national ambition.