Canada Innovation

Stanley Kubrick Put the Science in Science Fiction

Gerry Flahive | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
Gerry Flahive

All science-fiction films are obliged to create props, cityscapes and an array of objects that depict something of their imagined future. But they usually don't feel the same obligation to present them with any scientific credibility. However, Kubrick did.

Some News We Can All Drink (Water) To

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Although water treatment and purification technology offer hope, most current desalination technologies are based on energy-intensive processes that are limited and carry a big price tag.

At 74, This Woman Is Re-Inventing Her Business

Shannon Skinner | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

As Tripi continues to impact the lives of many women and men in Toronto, and solidify her legacy, at the heart of her passion is a desire to inspire our city's youth to not only look and feel their best, but also to be empowered and follow their dreams.

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

Should Individual Corporate Incubators Give Way To Industry Incubators?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

With startups and innovation the hot trends in the corporate world at the moment, it is no wonder that numerous corporations are opening incubators to...

What I Learned This Week: Here Are The Crayons

Andy Nulman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Since January, I've been teaching a somewhat different type of course at McGill University. While saddled with the unfortunate standard curriculum name "Marketing and Society," the class is anything but. I think it's the different nature of the work that may be throwing them.

The Walter Scott Centre

Cole Hogan | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Today I am announcing the launch of the Walter Scott Centre, a Saskatchewan focused think tank named after our first premier.

Youth Unemployment: The Chicken and the Egg Problem

Rumeet Billan | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Business
Rumeet Billan

It's no secret that the job market for youth graduating from post-secondary education is competitive and challenging, with youth unemployment rates being twice the national average in Canada. A combination of both education and experience can be the ticket to an initial interview, however, youth are often faced with the 'no experience, no work; no work, no experience' dilemma.

What Can Be Done To Fix Poorly Designed Corporate Incubators?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

While the concept of creating corporate incubators is sound, the numerous attempts at implementation have been beset by a number of issues, including lacklustre results. With so many of today's corporate incubators having significant problems creating positive results, what can be done to address these issues?

LOOK: The 10 Most Innovative Companies In The World

24/7 Wall Street | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

In 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted more than 270,000 patents, often to the same organizations. The USPTO awarded 76,850 pa...

What Is a Corporate Incubator, and Why Is it a Bad Idea?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As innovation moves to the forefront of corporate agendas, corporations are attempting to capture the competitive advantages that result from innovation. While many believe that innovation can be captured with existing organizational processes, these are actually a severe impediment to innovation.

Just A Motion Away: 14 Priority Items for Calgary City Council in 2014

Paul Hughes | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Council is a slow grind even on a fast day. If they could slide it into second gear, we'd begrudgingly forgive the Culture of One Gear (bureaucracy) that has entrenched itself at city hall. It's a lot like peer pressure at school.

Does Canada's Tech Future Ride on Rails?

Pat Lynch | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

If the Toronto-K-W region is ever to fully reach its potential as a technology supercluster, functioning fluidly as a single, contiguous innovation sector, the ability to move human capital between the two nodes is essential, be it employees, investors or entrepreneurs.

Canadian Health Care Needs to Make Like the iPhone and Evolve

Russell Williams | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Russell Williams

Incremental innovation has a real positive impact for patients -- it brings to bear the latest scientific thinking to improve safety, tolerability, efficacy and quality of medicines. Would we have ever realized the iPhone 5 if not for the hundreds of versions before it, as far back as the first cell phones in the 1980s? Like medicines and vaccines, each new version demonstrates incremental innovation -- tangible improvements that matter to people.

What People (and Provinces) Can Do With Excess Energy

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

I've got a lot of energy. Be it at work or at home, I don't like to miss a beat. It's this energy that fuels my passion for research and helps keep the pedals spinning on my bike during the commute to work.

Be a Changemaker Not a Rockstar

Ilan Saks | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Ilan Saks

Not enough young people believe they can change the world on a global scale. The problem is a mindset problem, and one I believe is more dire than some might think. Too many young entrepreneurs think they're rock stars by launching another social network, or naming themselves the CEO of the world's 498th messaging app. Honestly, they're probably wasting their time.

An HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Reach

Hedy Fry | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Hedy Fry

Development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine is still a dream for the future. We have a Canadian strategy that's proven that it can act now to decrease transmission and lower the number of new cases -- a strategy that provides a real opportunity to end the HIV pandemic in our lifetime.

Why Toronto and Waterloo are Hooking Up

Pat Lynch | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

Kitchener-Waterloo is already well established as a bastion of innovation. It's already actively adding places where people will want to live, work and play -- the three elements that define a cluster in a place of innovation. Toronto, on the other hand, has yet to truly establish a centralized, cohesive community where technological innovation can flourish.

What is the 'Power of N'?

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada
Carlo Montemagno

Over the past number of months, many have asked me what the "power of N" means. The phrase is very simple, yet it has many different layers of meaning...

Why Canada Needs More 'Free Range' Kids

Paul Barter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Paul Barter

Much is being made these days of the need for children to put down the tablets, remotes and other tech devices and get outside and play. Medical experts and media pundits are keying on health issues, such as childhood obesity and diabetes, as the key driver for increased play. And they are correct; but there are other important reasons: future jobs and economic growth.

How to Think Like an 'Innovator'

Chris Eben | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Chris Eben

Within our team we spend a lot of time talking about the concept of the 'willing innovator'. At a time where practically every industry needs software, it helps us think about the people we want to partner with -- those who align with our culture and view of the world. To us, this isn't necessarily about having been innovative in the past.

If Other People Think Your Creative Ideas Are Crazy, Ignore Them

Anne Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

One story that Shapiro shared was of the challenges facing Houston Airport, where luggage would be available within eight minutes but passengers were at the luggage carousel within one minute and disgruntled about having to wait. The answer: airport staff created a longer path to collect luggage which took eight minutes, so luggage and passengers arrived at the same time.

Collaboration Key to Addressing Canada's Complex Social Issues

Angela Simo Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Angela Simo Brown

I look forward to a day when there won't be a difference between business and social business, it will just be what we all do. And it is time for organizations to step up and take the necessary risks associated with adopting shared value. Not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because of the economic and competitive advantage we all stand to win.

What You Didn't Know About Canadian Farms

Richard Doyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Rarely, if ever, do we think of farms when we think of small business. But small businesses dot the vast country side as well. While more and more Canadians are living in cities, the farm and agri-food sectors remain economically important. Farms employ 2.1 million people, representing one in every eight Canadian job.

If You Think You're an Iconoclast You're Probably a Fool

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

To be labeled an iconoclast, and then, to believe it, is delusional. Labels such as "genius" are just that. It is statistically certain that the vast majority of people who have been labeled geniuses, savants, prodigies or iconoclasts -- if they believe it -- are fools.