The Manitoba government is building on its knowledge-based economy with the creation of The Manitoba Innovation Council. The Council is tasked with developing and implementing an action plan to commercialize innovation and technology projects in the province. It will also create a capital markets strategy that supports innovative companies at all stages of development. Appointed members to the council include Dr. Albert Friesen (Co-chair), Dr. Joanne Keselman (Co-chair), Jan Lederman (Executive Chair), Doneta Brotchie, Stephanie Forsyth, Sandy Riley, Wadood Ibrahim, Dr. Sandra Kirby, Steve Kroft, Dr. John Langstaff, Lisa Meeches, Dr. Ian C.P. Smith, Paul Soubry Jr., and Curt Vossen (bios below).