Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dryden Says Finding Innovators for CBC's 'We Are Canada' Was like Hockey Scouting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dryden Says Finding Innovators for CBC's 'We Are Canada' Was like Hockey Scouting

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CBC's 'We Are Canada' series looks at innovators

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Finding the next generation of innovators who are shaping Canada's future is not that different than discovering hockey talent, says former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden.

They are out there, you just have to look for them.

Some of them will be presented on "We Are Canada," a six-part television series narrated by actress Sarah Polley that debuts Sunday night on CBC. Dryden is co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. A version in French is set to air this summer on Radio-Canada.

The series features Canadians who are doing remarkable new things in areas as diverse as health care, space travel, agriculture and feeding the poor.

"One of the wonderful things about hockey in this country is that, if you're good at it, people are going to see it," Dryden said in a recent interview. "Those scouts, they're everywhere. You're not going to get missed.

"Now if you're doing some other activity, there aren't the same scouts around. You might absolutely get missed. That's not right. You're doing fabulous stuff. What some of these people are doing is unbelievable."

Each one-hour episode looks at three people, sometimes two together, doing groundbreaking things. Maayan Ziv in Toronto has created an app that rates businesses on how accessible they are to handicapped people. Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell are building rooftop farms -- not gardens -- in Montreal. Two friends in Calgary have a unique program raising money for food banks.

The show ties into Canada's 150th anniversary, but with a difference. This one looks at the country's future, not its past.

"The default position in a milestone year is always to look back because it seems like the right thing to do, and that it seems like you're ungrateful if you don't look back," Dryden said. "To see where you are and what you have become from all those people who came before you, what right have you not to look back and thank them?

"But then say, 'No, that's not how the best kind of commemoration works. …

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