Canada 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

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

"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.

Designing The Stress Out Of Legal Sector Jobs

Joseph Donia | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

While law societies and bar associations across the country address the issue though awareness, education, and workshops, comparatively little has been done to examine and address how the current structure of legal services can contribute to burnout. Could we innovate less stressful careers?

Ageism: Tolerating Canada's Hidden Prejudice Is Getting Old

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

Ageism is by far the most tolerated form of social prejudice in Canada, way ahead of racism and sexism. One in four of us actually admits to treating someone differently because of their age. And those are just the ones who are aware of their actions.

How Canada Can Foster Innovation In The Global Economy

Erin O'Toole | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Despite building this tremendous education infrastructure to allow our young Canadian minds to be the best in the world, it is often a timid or risk averse culture within governments and corporate Canada that can hold Canada back from realizing its full potential.

It's Time To Embrace Green Innovation (Wherever It Emerges)

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

When people think about innovations that could help reduce greenhouse gases and avoid what they imagine will be catastrophic climate change in a few decades, they usually think about things like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. But the future of reducing emissions isn't just from renewable energy, but better use of oil energy as well.

This Is What It's Like To Have A 3D Selfie Taken

Madaline Zannes | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Business
Madaline Zannes

Traditionally known for paper printing, TPH introduced their 3D printing studio last November; intent on embracing modern change and 3D printing accessibility for clients. Taking on the service direction of both B2B and B2C requires the ability to be adaptable as heck, as well as hold an array of the right equipment and design knowledge.

Fuel Your Child's Entrepreneurial Spirit With STEM

Karin Campbell | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Karin Campbell

With kids exposed to technology earlier and earlier, and more children showing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, it's likely that your own child could someday become a tech entrepreneur.

Let's Innovate The Sh*t Out Of The Liberals' Innovation Budget

Michael Cayley | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Cayley

In the hit movie The Martian Matt Damon's character, astronaut Mark Watney, is left in the dust of Mars alone to survive. He realizes that to live, "I'm going to have to science the sh*t out of this." There are some lessons in there for the Trudeau government as they conduct their consultations on Canada's wait-and-see innovation budget.

What The HR Industry Can Learn From Disruptive Technology

Tom Turpin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

Like most industries in today's business world, HR is seeing a significant impact from disruptive technology -- a term coined by Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton Christensen to describe any technology that changes or disrupts an existing technology or creates a whole new industry.

Remembering That There Are Different Levels Of Brownfield Innovation

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As Silicon Valley increasingly turns its innovative ideas towards brownfield sectors such as financial services and transportation, many commentators have failed to recognize the different levels of innovation that are occurring in these sectors. Indeed, innovation, particularly in brownfield sectors, is much more nuanced than what was initially believed.

Practicing Inclusion In Our Daily Lives Will Help End The Hate

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

What makes us hate has been theorized since the beginning of time. Shakespeare wrote about hate and violence. But what is rarely discussed is what we need to do beyond the wailing and the gnashing of teeth. It all starts with how we run our business, our schools and our governments.