I am very pleased that we are moving past the ‘getting our act together stage’ and into the engagement phase of BALTA’s new project – Scaling Innovation for Sustainability. The next year is going to be full of learning, discussion and taking decisions that will shape our long term integrated research program. As the three research clusters initiate their work in December and January, it is your work we will be concentrating on for the next several months. Your deliberations will play a key role in shaping a draft plan which we will then subject to critical review in our Symposium in October 2013. So welcome, from across Canada and our colleagues and partners from the U.S.A. and the U.K. May we be both collaborative and critical with the objective of shaping a compelling program of research directly relevant to the taking proven innovations and scaling them for impacts on some of the most pressing issues of our time.