Canada Innovation

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."

Stock Options Help Canadian Start-Ups Stay Competitive

Michael Cayley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Cayley

Like Harper's GST cuts before it, Liberal campaigning to increase taxes on stock options was designed to ride a wave of discontent. In this case, it is the stagnation of wages and promising employment while top exec comp in Canada rises pro rata with American counterparts without supporting increases in productivity.

TPP: Innovation Myths And Trade Realities

Mark Warner | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

A review of the list of consultations on the government's website and tweets by minister Freeland show a number of meetings with these particular TPP critics. All of this raises the question of whether the minister is hearing the alternative positive case for the TPP.

What's Wrong With Exporting What People Want?

Carlo Dade | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business
Carlo Dade

If you have something the rest of the world wants, you figure out how to profit by providing it; you do not denigrate the opportunity before you. That's just common sense. It's also common sense that you exploit other opportunities to make money. One does not prevent pursuing the other.

Retaining Intrapreneurs: A Challenge Well Worth It

Sonia Desrosiers | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business
Sonia Desrosiers

More and more organizations hire entrepreneurs whose purpose it is to either create, build, innovate or restructure and ensure faster organizational development or growth. By using entrepreneurs to take control of and accelerate development, companies whose foundations are based on strong intrapreneurial values attract like magnets candidates with those same values.

5 Ways To Help Employees Develop Skills For The Future

Tom Turpin | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As technology, culture and social norms are all changing rapidly, employers need talent that can combine technical know-how with general capabilities, or soft skills. As such, hiring managers are now looking for more than IQ and EQ in prospective employees.

What Uber And BlackBerry Taught Me About Our Mental Health System

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

We can't be the taxi companies, Blackberry or other organizations that refused to adapt and change. We need to keep improving, listening and being better. It's not enough just to be the best of bad. We need to be actually good. Making hard choices that result in better and more effective services.

The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial Innovation

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

Dave Baker is a used car salesman on a mission to make Canada a more fair and equitable place. Go ahead and take a moment. Be skeptical. It took me six months to overcome my initial aversion to the predominant narrative of auto sales. I was sure that there was a catch. There had to be a bait-and-switch somewhere along the way.

Norway & Canada: An Important And Long-Standing Economic Relationship

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway and Canada have a strong trade and investment relationship built on complementary resource endowments, similar levels of development, and shared interests and values. Norway's investment in Canada supports Canadian GDP and jobs, and Norwegian investments supply Canada's economy with much-needed capital.

A National Angel Investor Tax Credit Program Will Spur Innovation

Michael Cayley | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Cayley

I am hopeful that the new Trudeau government will make good on their promise to listen to diverse voices and make evidence based policy decisions. If so, they will overcome the social structural flaw of innovation and reconsider their campaign promises to dump $200-million per year more into government led hubs and clusters.We can do better, with a combination of a true tax credit that enables angel investors to write off losses and make more small investments faster. This will keep investment decisions decentralized, in the hands of investors, instead of government gatekeepers.

Leaders Make Connections, Not Decisions

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

Contrary to common understanding, leadership is not principally about setting a clear direction and influencing a team to get moving. Rather, leadership is about creating the spaces where discovery and action can occur. We so often focus on the mechanics of leadership that we neglect the sense of vulnerability and empathy required to make sense of the world and to take appropriate action.

Is Your Organization Innovative Or Opportunistic?

Andrew Miller | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Miller

We often associate taking risk and embracing failure as components of being innovative. However, both are components of being innovative and opportunistic. You can be opportunistic and still take risk. You can be opportunistic and still fail. The main difference is your approach.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

How Leaders Can Improve Teamwork And Build Trust

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

The most influential element for good teamwork is trust. When trust goes up, fear goes down; and vice versa. When people work and play nice together, it means that there is high trust in the group.

You Must Remove Your Blinders To Innovate For The Future

Leor Rotchild | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Alberta
Leor Rotchild

Blinders are often used to keep horses racing in a straight line and free from distraction. However, some horse race experts argue that true competitors want to see what's coming. They say expanding the field of vision expands possibilities. Blinders are fine if you're doing the same thing over and over like going around a track but adapting to a new set of circumstances requires you to see the whole context.

How Watching a Hollywood Blockbuster Might Spark Interest in STEM

Paul Barter | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Paul Barter

Last weekend, The Martian opened in theatres to rave reviews, a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an industry-leading $55 million box office. It's THE fall blockbuster of 2015 so far. At first glance it seems like just another Ridley Scott action movie, but might it also be the future of Innovation?

10 Exciting New Food Products We Can't Wait To Try

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Living

There's something new coming to your grocery store.

Connecting Talent With Opportunity in Biotechnology

Russell Williams | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
Russell Williams

A strong bio-economy is essential for Canada to compete on the global stage. Each year, the bio-sector welcomes hundreds of new college and university graduates in all areas of the industry who are eager to enter the workforce and help fuel this exciting sector. That said, finding a match between the skill and the opportunity can be a challenge to both the graduate and the employer.

Vancouver's Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With each startup event that happens throughout the year, we are standing a little taller as a community, being a little more innovative and getting back to the business of hard work. That's the defining factor: When things don't come easy, we work harder. For me, that's the startup culture in Vancouver.

How G20 Leaders Can Foster Youth Entrepreneurship

Winston Chan | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Winston Chan

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit in Istanbul, Turkey brought together over 600 inspiring young entrepreneurs, thought leaders and leading entrepreneur-focused organizations from around the globe. Entrepreneurship is one of the key solutions to tackle high youth unemployment.

Busting the 'Genius' Myth

Elan Divon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.

From Seed to Symposium in Ireland

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Travel
Rebecca LeHeup

As a lover of food, and a tourism professional, the fall holds a special place in my heart. The summer air cools, the season's bounty is gathered and celebrations abound. This fall, I'm particularly excited because I'm also returning to Galway, Ireland for the inaugural Food On The Edge Symposium -- where I'll experience a second harvest, of an idea planted by Chef Jp McMahon.

Supporting Colleges' Applied Research Will Keep Ontario Competitive

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

Colleges in Ontario and throughout the country have been working with small and medium-sized businesses on applied research projects to help businesses grow and innovate, as well as create new jobs. Applied research that Ontario's colleges conduct in partnership with business and industry will be central to our success when competing with international markets.