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This young readers edition of Ingenious focuses on 50 kid-friendly Canadian innovations that changed the world, from canoes to whoopie cushions, chocolate bars to Pablum. Co-written by Canada's Governor General and accompanied by contemporary illustrations, this adaptation offers young Canadians a way to celebrate our history and world contributions on Canada's 150th birthday.Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces -- insight, necessity and simple luck. Innovation Nation moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. From the marvels of aboriginal inventions such as the canoe, igloo and lifejacket to the latest pioneering advances in medicine, education, science, engineering and the arts, Canadians have improvised and worked together to make the world a better place.

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David Johnston

David Johnston has been at the center of the green building movement for more than three decades. In the 1970s and 80s Johnston established himself as a leader in passive solar design and construction. In 1980 Johnston founded the Passive Solar Industries Council and consulted with the US Department of Energy.His award-winning Lightworks Construction, for ten years led the DC market solar design and construction.In the early 90s, Johnston founded his international green building consulting and training firm, What's Working. Johnston's innovative theories about how to catalyze the transformation of the building industry became the blueprints for the Denver Built Green and California Build It Green programs. Particularly adept at generating green building guidelines, Johnston's work has guided master planned communities in Denver, Boulder, Sacramento, San Diego, Phoenix, and Durango, CO.An authoritative source for green building education, Johnston has trained thousands of builders and industry professionals. Johnston has written three books: Building Green in a Black and White World (2000), Green Remodeling, Changing the World One Room at a Time (2004), and Green From the Ground Up (2008). His most recent work is Taunton Press' best seller since its release. His new book, Toward a Zero Energy Home is in its second printing after only two months on the market.

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