Most new pharmaceutical drugs
EMC Data Storage Machines
Proctor & Gamble household products
Caterpillar construction equipment
It's like asking why does Tokyo or Paris produce so much of what comes out of Japan or France.
Talented people born in Canada move to cities like NYC and LA all the time. It's not because America is "better," it's because Canadians speak the same language and the country is too small to have any Alpha level cities of their own.
More and more talented people are ending up in Beijing and Shanghai these days though. When China overtakes the US in terms of economic power in the next couple decades, it's going to be interesting to see what happens when the "brain drain" starts moving out of the US instead of in, as it has for most of the country's history.
I knew a high ranking Nortel PM. He poured his life savings into Nortel stock over the years and had a million and a half in stock before it imploded. He refused to cash out.
He was forced into retirement, which was lucky since many old fucks were just chopped. He tried to find a job for a year, found a shitty engineering job, worked it a bit then diagnosed with cancer and dead shortly thereafter.
He was an angry man from day 1, long before Nortel. Highlights the importance of not going through life being an angry nutcase.
I just find it amazing that you can travel around the world, and you'll never see anything Canadian.
You can be in any city in the world, and you'll see British pubs, Swiss Rolex watches, German beer gardens, German BMWs & Mercedes, American Nikes, Coca-Cola, iPhones, Microsoft Windows, Starbucks, Walmart, Brazilian restaurants, Korean LG & Samsung phones, Japanese Honda & Toyota cars, Japanese Nintendo Wii, Japanese sushi restaurants, Ethiopian restaurants, French Louis Vuitton bags, products, services, stores, restaurants, bars associated with countries all over the world.
But you'll never see anything that people would identify as Canadian.