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Nobina Robinson

Policy thought leader on Canadian innovation, higher education and skills

Nobina Robinson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada in May 2009. She has held progressive appointments in the federal government and non-profit sectors since 1990.
As a Foreign Service Officer she was posted to the Canadian Embassy in Havana from 1994 to 1997.
Mrs. Robinson was appointed to the Expert Panel on the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development, and published the report “Innovation Canada: A Call to Action” in October 2011.
In her capacity as CEO of Polytechnics Canada, Mrs. Robinson supports a number of other like-minded groups, including the Business Higher Education Roundtable, the Human Resources Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is a patron member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.
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Demand Data Before Demanding Innovation

Weak growth necessitates that we use all of Canada's assets to reignite our economy. Yet, data are assets that have yet to be effectively leveraged. While we fixate on the numbers of startups or high growth firms, do we really have adequate data with which to build a resilient labour force or an innovative economy?
04/13/2017 02:57 EDT