Canada Innovation

How Canada Can Build An Innovation Nation From The Bottom Up

Jeff Cates | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Approximately 140,000 new businesses are started every year in Canada, yet half of them don't make it to their fifth year. Small businesses are key drivers of economic growth in our country and we must equip entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need for long-term success in order to help transform Canada into the innovation hotbed we know it can be.

Thinking Of Not-For-Profit Organizations As Today's Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

When you think of a not-for-profit organization, "change agent" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Today, more and more not-for-profit organizations are not only making a difference, they are making it by doing things differently.

Closing Expectation Gaps In Services

Joseph Donia | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

Unlike products, services require a user's participation throughout the journey. From on-boarding to invoicing, direct and consistent contact between the service provider and the service user means that there is enormous opportunity (and risk) to your brand at every touchpoint and even the spaces between them.

Playing For The Future: How Video Games Are Leading Innovation

Jayson Hilchie | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Jayson Hilchie

If Canada is to remain a leader in innovation, more must be done to focus our efforts on building up the resource that is responsible for innovation -- talent. There already exists a global race to acquire the best and brightest talent to drive innovation and create the products and services that change the way we live, work and play.

'NewCos' Are The Drivers Behind A Rapidly Transforming World

Brett S Marchand | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Business
Brett S Marchand

A "NewCo" is a new kind of organization -- one that measures its success by more than just profit. As the fully networked, information-first economy has taken hold, NewCos are creating game-changing, purpose-driven new models for business. NewCos are everywhere.

Inspiration + Curriculum = Canada's Answer To Innovation

Sam Sebastian | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Sam Sebastian

As Canada strives to build an economy defined by innovation, our greatest resource to meet this challenge is walking through the classroom doors of our nation every morning wearing oversized Pokémon and Hello Kitty backpacks. It's never been more critical that we give our children the tools they need to become Canada's innovators of tomorrow.

Driving Ridesharing Out Of Quebec

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

While the city of Toronto passes rules to make it easy for ride-sharing companies to operate legally, the province of Quebec is set to make it so difficult that it chases those companies away. If the government does drive Uber out, it would constitute a significant harm to the thousands of Uber drivers, and hundreds of thousands of Uber riders, in the province.

How The Liberal Party Plans To Innovate The Way We Innovate

Greg MacNeil | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

More cynical commentators in Ottawa dismissed the newly minted Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister of Science portfolios as a simple rebrand of pre-existing cabinet posts. In some ways, that was an understandable reaction. After all the new Liberal government was widely criticized by opposition parties for being heavy on style and light on substance.

How To Decide On A New Business Idea

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Let's start with your motivation or your "fire." Why do you want to start a business? Opportunities to make money are endless, especially online, but don't dive into a venture unless you know you have the grit, knowledge and will to do so.

Uber Brings Out The Best In My City

Paul S Hillier | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Just the other day I climbed into Uber dressed in my military uniform. The driver asks for my advice: he recently became a Canadian citizen and wants to serve in our Canadian Armed Forces. I am hard-pressed to think of a time I felt as proud to be a Canadian.

Why Investing Time In Innovation Pays Off

Steve Titus | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Time is a precious commodity. Everyone wants more of it but there are only 24 hours in a day. And every company wants to be seen as innovative but it is not something you can always book a meeting to accomplish. Innovation usually requires an investment of time and resources.

Diversity Drives Markham's Economic Success

Frank Scarpitti | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Frank Scarpitti

As mayor, I am often asked what the key ingredients are that make Markham one of the most vibrant and successful municipalities in Canada. The answer is simple. Diversity is Markham's strength. Professionals, business executives, retail operators and skilled trades persons come to our city from all over the world.

Canada's Silicon Valley North Is Thriving

Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Business

Three companies that put Canada's Silicon Valley North on the map, one innovation at a time.

A Creative Approach To Problem-Solving Sparks Innovation

Dale Turken | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

The trouble with innovation, though, is that it isn't easy. Creating the next big thing requires the stars to align. Hard work and luck are both parts of the equation, but there's another trait that makes innovation possible -- creativity. Creativity is the key to innovation, and it's what makes entrepreneur culture so enticing.

Paper Weight Keeps Canadian Companies From Being Competitive

Al Varney | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Al Varney

Even though it's become vastly more efficient and effective to digitize work processes over the past few years, they're still stuck in the past, printing off reams of documents. It's unnecessary paper use that wastes resources, undermines productivity, bogs down workflow and prevents companies from realizing competitive advantages derived from becoming digital enterprises.

Amazon Echo Hackathon Showcases Canada's Silicon Valley Mindset

Marco Pasqua | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Canada has been responsible for some of the greatest technological innovations in the world. Over the past 150 years inventions like the Canadarm, the telephone and pacemakers have dramatically impacted our culture and how we function in society, with 2016 being no exception.

Canada Has An Innovation Problem

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mehrdad Loghmani

Canada is a vast country with ample resources, however political and economic machinery in this country are not open enough to create true and genuine marketplace for disruptive ideas. Cultural, artistic and intellectual innovation form the foundation of innovative economies. No nation can stay competitive and economically advanced while stagnating culturally and intellectually. Innovation requires taking risk and being open to new ideas. The biggest obstacles in the way of innovation in Canada are regressive and closed institutions.

Real Innovation Takes Walking A Mile In Your End User's Shoes

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

When most organizations set out to innovate, they often look at the problem from their own point of view. But by exploring the challenge through the eyes of the end user -- the people who actually use your product or service -- you can understand what really matters, where real value lies and what will make solutions stick.

I Have Mourned 14 Deaths By Suicide, Isn't That Enough?

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

I have been to 14 funerals since turning 17 years old. Fourteen people who were friends, co-workers, crushes, debate partners, school mates and amazing members of the world's community. Fourteen people whose families and friends I sat next to at funeral services, whom I heard whisper "If I would have known," "How could I miss the signs?" and the awful "How could they do this to us?"

Adapting To Climate Change Means Investing In The Right Infrastructure

Mike Harcourt | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Harcourt

We know that climate change will continue to have major impacts on Canadian infrastructure, which is already aging and in need of re-investment. Moreover, we will soon see a wave of new, renewable energy infrastructure being put into place across the country, and it is essential that these innovative developments be implemented with resilience to climate change impacts in mind.

Feds Study How To Turn Startups Into Billion-Dollar Companies

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Business

Startups have the potential to be "significant employers of tomorrow."

Canada Needs A Bottom-Up, Market-Driven Climate Change Plan

Sean Speer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

A pro-innovation agenda with respect to climate change is composed of the same basic policies for other sectors, including competitive taxation, strong intellectual property protection and a sensible regulatory regime, investments in human capital, and high-quality infrastructure.

Recruiting Differently To Innovate

Sonia Desrosiers | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Sonia Desrosiers

Large companies often have the best talent: those who have ideas, expertise and skills to innovate. However, these people may be managers who are often overburdened, which gives them very little time for new projects. This is why some companies decide instead to recruit teams whose sole purpose is to innovate.

How To Find And Utilize Your Organization's Hidden Leaders

Darren Gibbons | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Darren Gibbons

When we think of leaders, we often think of strong Type-A personalities that can motivate change and lead with a commanding presence. What is overlooked however, is the behind the scene players that are often taking on valuable leadership responsibilities without the spotlight or recognition. While

What If We Renamed Feminism To Make It Gender Neutral?

Sara Starkman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

Not only am I a liberal-minded, strongly opinionated woman, but I'm a fully conscious being with a beating heart, eyes and a f***ing conscience. Somehow, though, we've managed to turn the continually debated subject matter into something people shy away from breaching and exploring. Something easily misinterpreted as "Latin for armpit hair."