Canada Innovation

Earlier Access To New Drugs Could Solve Canada's Affordability Crisis

Fred Roeder | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Fred Roeder

At the heart of Canada's prescription drug affordability crisis are the long approval processes and prospective reimbursement lists. Improving customer choice by allowing earlier access to new pharmaceuticals would be a silver bullet to reducing drug costs per treatment.

No Quick Fix

Jeff Melanson | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada
Jeff Melanson

We spend much of our lives confronting problems and challenges. It seems with every passing day or news cycle there are new pressing issues that deman...

Creative Inspiration: Tallinn, Estonia

Jeff Melanson | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada
Jeff Melanson

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the relationship between organizational strategy and city building (more on that in my next post). I do fin...

Fostering A Culture Of Curiosity With Science

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

As Science Minister, I cannot stress how important it is to encourage this thirst for knowledge in Canada's young population. All young Canadians should be able to see themselves taking part in the wonderful world of science. We need to create and maintain this culture of curiosity so that our population can be inspired to ask bold questions, and seek new knowledge.

Skilled Trades Belong In Canada's Innovation Conversation

Nobina Robinson | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

To cope with technology's impact, those in the skilled trades are adopting models of life-long learning that merge the technical, the technological and the mechanical; the toolbox of today is brimming with technology and so too are the classrooms in which apprentices train.

Creative Hubs Can Be Drivers Of Innovation For All Society

Jeff Melanson | Posted 04.18.2017 | Canada Business
Jeff Melanson

I was invited to Estonia to speak in its capital at the Tallinn Music Week Creative Impact Conference. That's right - a major Estonian music festival also hosted a concurrent summit on society, creative economies and city building.

Demand Data Before Demanding Innovation

Nobina Robinson | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

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?

Our Limits Are What We Make Them

Jeff Melanson | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Melanson

Our sense of what is realistic or not might actually limit our own possibility. Consider running a four-minute mile. It was thought to be impossible until Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 1954. The record now stands at 3:43 and the mile has been run in under four minutes at least 4,500 times.

This University Alternative Helps Youth Land A Job They Can Be Proud Of

Nobina Robinson | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

What can be done to tackle the employment obstacles facing Canada's youth? Plenty. Too often, government reports and media accounts wax poetic over our fine universities as a source for solutions to our youth employment challenges. Our equally impressive polytechnics get lost in the discussion.

Canada Needs To Take A New Approach To Innovation

Mark Hollingworth | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Business
Mark Hollingworth

Innovation is therefore a very broad term. It does not necessarily have to take place in a scientific laboratory. Indeed, this type of science-based R&D is not what has driven many of the great business innovations that we have seen emerge over the past few "digital" decades.

How A Listening Tour Can Change Your Workplace

Jeff Melanson | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Business
Jeff Melanson

How well do you listen? In a world increasingly dominated by text and email we are losing our ability to hear the subtlety in spoken word. Have you ever sent a message that was misinterpreted because it lacked proper inflection of voice?

Federal Funding For STEM Empowers A New Generation Of Canadians

Owen Charters | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Living
Owen Charters

The 2017 federal budget pledges an incredible $50 million over two years to teach young Canadians to code. This is a huge boost to support Canadians in developing the skills and creativity needed to compete and lead in the global innovation race.

Good Luck?

Jeff Melanson | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada
Jeff Melanson

In my last Huffington Post piece on Happenstance, I discussed the importance of remaining open to and honouring the role of chance in our lives. While...

Pursuing Inclusive Growth Through Skills And Innovation

Denise Amyot | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Business
Denise Amyot

Skills and innovation -- core elements of the college/institute mandate -- have emerged as absolutely fundamental to the government's agenda. They have been the focus of several consultations and more than a few reports, including a recent series of recommendations by the finance minister's Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

How Food Banks Are Transforming Their Communities

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Food banks see clients facing these challenges every day, and have responded with innovative programming that not only increases access to healthy food, but turns it into an opportunity to build community. Within the OAFB network, there are food banks in all corners of the province that offer innovative, healthy food options to clients. Here are just a few.

Versatile Fashion From The Mountains

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

An endangered endemic creature is now the mascot for a fashion line. In the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, Central Italy, lies Pontius Pilate's la...

The Role Of Happenstance In Innovation

Jeff Melanson | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada
Jeff Melanson

Are you totally in control of your life? How much of your life resulted from serendipitous events, and how much is the result of deliberate action? H...

Reducing Drug Prices: A Look at Both Sides Of The Issue

Punit Dhillon | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada
Punit Dhillon

In December, the health-care industry rejoiced as the 21st Century Cures Act achieved overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into ...

2017 Federal Budget: Growth Happens When Government Steps Aside

Jasmin Guénette | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Business
Jasmin Guénette

When governments try to actively create growth by supporting certain projects rather than others, or by investing public funds instead of letting companies invest and innovate, they can have the opposite effect. This is the wrong way to do things.

Trump's Anti-Immigrant Stance Could Give Canada's Economy An Edge

Jeff Wheeldon | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Business
Jeff Wheeldon

President Trump's vilification of immigrants, including a restriction on their movements in the form of a travel ban for people from seven Muslim-majority nations, leaves many genius researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs feeling unwelcome in the U.S. even if they are allowed in.

The Frightening Ramifications Of High-Frequency Advertising

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

If you think that creativity will be safe from the automation of everything, you are wrong. It's not a question of "if" creativity and advertising wil...

The Easiest Way To Navigate This Media Minefield

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

It turns out that nobody knows what's what when it comes to the media anymore. Who do you trust for your news and media? Now, picture that media outle...

The Difference Between Uncertainty And Chaos

Mel Wilson | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada
Mel Wilson

Not long ago I was talking with my friend Paul about the changes occurring globally within the the energy industries. We talked about what was causing...

Technology Is Reinventing The Role Of Real Estate Agents

Abdullah Snobar | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Business
Abdullah Snobar

Real estate tech is an emerging industry that has seen a rise in investment, innovation and demand in recent years.

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.