Canada Innovation

Skilled Trades Will Enable The Future Of Canada's Economy

Nobina Robinson | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

If our economy is shifting, how much emphasis do we really need to place on filling predicted shortages and attracting more young people to the trades? While we focus so much on the digital space, we can't forget that Canada is about to make massive investments in physical infrastructure.

The Hottest Innovations And Technology For 2017

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

I love innovation and technology. I know that 2017 will be a year that will bring new innovations and continue to change our world in ways we could no...

What Does The Left Have To Offer In Platform Capitalism?

George Poulakidas | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Politics
George Poulakidas

In reality, the left of the 21st century has failed to offer alternatives to a number of critical issues and doesn't seem to be adapting to a rapidly changing society and economy. Climate change, new technologies, and the development of the knowledge-based economy are challenges that don't fit the traditional, Marxist-based narrative of the left.

How Ottawa Can Provide A Powerful Spark For Innovation

Nobina Robinson | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

The Liberals floated the idea of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) during the election campaign, but scant notice was taken by the media or the business community. But SBIR can be a very powerful catalyst for innovation and we must not allow this idea to be relegated to the policy back burner.

Why Design Is So Integral In Our Everyday Lives

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Style
Marcello Cabezas

Everything we interact with has been in the hands, the thoughts, the dreams of someone. Some person, some team, some group has thought sometimes for minutes, hours, days and maybe years. Their challenge. How to make this "thing" functional, durable, environmentally conscious, pleasing, interesting, and relevant? And hopefully thought inspiring?

The Millennial Leader: How the Next Generation Is Managing Up

Punit Dhillon | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Business
Punit Dhillon

Millennials are proving that they don't need intense supervision as previously assumed. In reality, you may find that millennials are teaching older generations a thing or two about enhancing a business.

Access To Education: The Key That Unlocks Opportunity

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

While many of us are fortunate enough to take education for granted, not everyone can get the education they need. I believe that technological and pedagogical innovation can help break down barriers and make learning more accessible, engaging and inspiring.

Breaking Down Silos: Tips For Collaboration And A Culture Of Innovation

Joseph Donia | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

To devise innovative solutions to emerging challenges, organizations of all shapes and sizes will need to break down the silos that stifle the collaboration and creativity needed for innovation to thrive. The digital economy has reshaped many jobs, and one of the clearest illustrations of this trend is how the CMO's role has evolved over the last decade.

Taking Health Care On The Road

Sarah Saso | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

With our health care system facing ever-increasing demands and mounting budget constraints, we need to think differently about how we deliver health care. As we've seen in our series on change agents, this is precisely what change agents do -- they make a difference by doing things differently.

Attracting Foreign-Born Talent Can Take Canada's Tech Sector Global

Jayson Hilchie | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Jayson Hilchie

What Canada needs is efficient access to the best and brightest from abroad to help technology industries transform and grow here in Canada and to add value to an economy that is languishing while transitioning from resources to innovation.

Celebrating Canada's Top Entrepreneurs Can Inspire New Innovators

Abdullah Snobar | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
Abdullah Snobar

Ask an American to name an entrepreneur and odds are names like Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Dell and Larry Page will roll off their tongue. When asked to name up to five high-profile entrepreneurs, a third of Canadians could not name a single one. Why is that?

Does Your Business Really 'Get' What Your Customers Expect Online?

Cody Green | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada
Cody Green

There is little question that e-commerce is becoming more ingrained in the shopping habits of Canadian consumers. Yet in spite of the fact that 76 pe...

A 21st-Century Economy Needs 21st-Century Labour Market Data

Nobina Robinson | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

Our labour market is not evolving to help companies compete globally. Modernizing our labour market requires two things: a talent pool equipped with the appropriate skill sets, and an up-to-date approach on collecting and sharing labour market data.

Silicon Valley North: How Vancouver's Tech Scene Is Evolving

Jason Field | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jason Field

Vancouver is quickly becoming one of the top tech hubs in North America. And while the City of Glass still plays second fiddle in terms of the size of its tech scene (we're looking at you, Ontario and Quebec), Vancouver boasts many unique advantages.

Boosting Women's Entrepreneurship In Mexico And Latin America

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

In México, extraordinary wealth and heart-breaking poverty exist side by side. It is a land of harsh contradictions -- skyscrapers and wood houses, modern-day Internet and illiteracy. Years ago, when I used to think about this, I always asked myself; with all our diverse natural resources and hard-working labor force, why are we in this situation?

Transparency Is The Key To Success In The Travel Industry

Dale Turken | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

Consumers shop for deals and like to have a variety of options to choose from, with the goal of saving money without sacrificing quality. As a parent, I would love the option of picking cheap flights at reasonable times at an affordable price; there's nothing worse than having to drag your family to the airport to catch a red-eye or a 5 a.m. flight.

How Montreal Can Become The Top Entrepreneurial City In The G20

Winston Chan | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Business
Winston Chan

I have had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs from various countries, through my active involvement in a global youth movement, called the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance. This international experience has made me realize that Montreal has everything it takes to be among the best cities for entrepreneurs in the world.

Partner Or Perish In The Innovation Economy

Abdullah Snobar | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Business
Abdullah Snobar

As we shift from a resource-based economy to a market rooted in innovation, companies are increasingly looking to the startup ecosystem to remain competitive. It's no longer simply about trading on their cool factor; corporations want to gain a deep understanding of the culture of collaboration and partnership that drives startups' success.

10 Recommendations On Entrepreneurship And Innovation To G20 Leaders

Winston Chan | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Business
Winston Chan

At the beginning of September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make his first official visit to China and will also participate in the G20 Summit with the Heads of State of Hangzhou. As a Sherpa Delegate for this mission, I will personally have the honour of leading a Canadian delegation of 35 young entrepreneurs at the Summit.

Olympic Gold Medallist Penny Oleksiak Is Every Canadian Teenager

Ilona Dougherty | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Ilona Dougherty

When Penny's mom said last week that Ms. Oleksiak is in fact "a very typical teenager," she reminded us of something important. Ms. Oleksiak is one of many young Canadians just waiting for their opportunity to shine. If we surround them with support, they will no doubt live up to the challenge just like Ms. Oleksiak did in Rio.

How To Stand Out From The Crowd

Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living

Ways to make a name for yourself at work. From the AOL Partner Studio

Before Buzzwords, We Had Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Saso

Transformational approach, holistic approach, social enterprise -- today it's become trendy to throw around buzzwords about social change. Fortunately, the buzzwords have a concrete meaning thanks to innovators in the not-for-profit world who implemented the approaches in the first place -- long before the jargon existed. These are the original change agents.

True Innovation Comes With Changing Human Behaviour

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

Technological innovation has been dramatic over the past decade. From the rise of social media to the emergence of Big Data, there is no doubt that th...

The 'Womenomics' Of Entrepreneurship

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

"Forget China, India and the Internet: Economic Growth Is Driven by Women." This headline from The Economist is sound advice and I encourage all governments to listen. Women are one of the most powerful drivers of global economic growth, yet their potential remains largely untapped. This is all the more striking when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Charging Grads Leaving Canada 'Exit Tax' Ignores Economic Realities

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

In many respects, the Council of Canadian Innovators is failing to understand the new dynamics of today's information economy. Indeed, individuals cannot be treated as replaceable widgets. Instead, they must be treated as individual contributors who have the capacity to individually contribute to innovation and growth within an organization.