Canada Innovation

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.

What Does Marketing Smell Like?

Tarek Riman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Business
Tarek Riman

If you, like most people, think we only experience marketing through our eyes and ears, think again! Have you ever walked into the fragrance section of a department store or duty free shop? Do you remember the last time you walked through the produce section of a grocery store? What about each time you open the door to your favourite coffee shop?

How Canada Can Build An Innovation Nation From The Bottom Up

Jeff Cates | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Approximately 140,000 new businesses are started every year in Canada, yet half of them don't make it to their fifth year. Small businesses are key drivers of economic growth in our country and we must equip entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need for long-term success in order to help transform Canada into the innovation hotbed we know it can be.

Thinking Of Not-For-Profit Organizations As Today's Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

When you think of a not-for-profit organization, "change agent" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Today, more and more not-for-profit organizations are not only making a difference, they are making it by doing things differently.

Closing Expectation Gaps In Services

Joseph Donia | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

Unlike products, services require a user's participation throughout the journey. From on-boarding to invoicing, direct and consistent contact between the service provider and the service user means that there is enormous opportunity (and risk) to your brand at every touchpoint and even the spaces between them.

Playing For The Future: How Video Games Are Leading Innovation

Jayson Hilchie | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Jayson Hilchie

If Canada is to remain a leader in innovation, more must be done to focus our efforts on building up the resource that is responsible for innovation -- talent. There already exists a global race to acquire the best and brightest talent to drive innovation and create the products and services that change the way we live, work and play.

'NewCos' Are The Drivers Behind A Rapidly Transforming World

Brett S Marchand | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Business
Brett S Marchand

A "NewCo" is a new kind of organization -- one that measures its success by more than just profit. As the fully networked, information-first economy has taken hold, NewCos are creating game-changing, purpose-driven new models for business. NewCos are everywhere.

Inspiration + Curriculum = Canada's Answer To Innovation

Sam Sebastian | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Sam Sebastian

As Canada strives to build an economy defined by innovation, our greatest resource to meet this challenge is walking through the classroom doors of our nation every morning wearing oversized Pokémon and Hello Kitty backpacks. It's never been more critical that we give our children the tools they need to become Canada's innovators of tomorrow.

Driving Ridesharing Out Of Quebec

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

While the city of Toronto passes rules to make it easy for ride-sharing companies to operate legally, the province of Quebec is set to make it so difficult that it chases those companies away. If the government does drive Uber out, it would constitute a significant harm to the thousands of Uber drivers, and hundreds of thousands of Uber riders, in the province.

How The Liberal Party Plans To Innovate The Way We Innovate

Greg MacNeil | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

More cynical commentators in Ottawa dismissed the newly minted Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister of Science portfolios as a simple rebrand of pre-existing cabinet posts. In some ways, that was an understandable reaction. After all the new Liberal government was widely criticized by opposition parties for being heavy on style and light on substance.

How To Decide On A New Business Idea

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Let's start with your motivation or your "fire." Why do you want to start a business? Opportunities to make money are endless, especially online, but don't dive into a venture unless you know you have the grit, knowledge and will to do so.

Uber Brings Out The Best In My City

Paul S Hillier | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Just the other day I climbed into Uber dressed in my military uniform. The driver asks for my advice: he recently became a Canadian citizen and wants to serve in our Canadian Armed Forces. I am hard-pressed to think of a time I felt as proud to be a Canadian.

Why Investing Time In Innovation Pays Off

Steve Titus | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Time is a precious commodity. Everyone wants more of it but there are only 24 hours in a day. And every company wants to be seen as innovative but it is not something you can always book a meeting to accomplish. Innovation usually requires an investment of time and resources.

Diversity Drives Markham's Economic Success

Frank Scarpitti | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Frank Scarpitti

As mayor, I am often asked what the key ingredients are that make Markham one of the most vibrant and successful municipalities in Canada. The answer is simple. Diversity is Markham's strength. Professionals, business executives, retail operators and skilled trades persons come to our city from all over the world.

Canada's Silicon Valley North Is Thriving

Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Business

Three companies that put Canada's Silicon Valley North on the map, one innovation at a time.

A Creative Approach To Problem-Solving Sparks Innovation

Dale Turken | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

The trouble with innovation, though, is that it isn't easy. Creating the next big thing requires the stars to align. Hard work and luck are both parts of the equation, but there's another trait that makes innovation possible -- creativity. Creativity is the key to innovation, and it's what makes entrepreneur culture so enticing.

Paper Weight Keeps Canadian Companies From Being Competitive

Al Varney | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Al Varney

Even though it's become vastly more efficient and effective to digitize work processes over the past few years, they're still stuck in the past, printing off reams of documents. It's unnecessary paper use that wastes resources, undermines productivity, bogs down workflow and prevents companies from realizing competitive advantages derived from becoming digital enterprises.

Amazon Echo Hackathon Showcases Canada's Silicon Valley Mindset

Marco Pasqua | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Canada has been responsible for some of the greatest technological innovations in the world. Over the past 150 years inventions like the Canadarm, the telephone and pacemakers have dramatically impacted our culture and how we function in society, with 2016 being no exception.

Canada Has An Innovation Problem

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mehrdad Loghmani

Canada is a vast country with ample resources, however political and economic machinery in this country are not open enough to create true and genuine marketplace for disruptive ideas. Cultural, artistic and intellectual innovation form the foundation of innovative economies. No nation can stay competitive and economically advanced while stagnating culturally and intellectually. Innovation requires taking risk and being open to new ideas. The biggest obstacles in the way of innovation in Canada are regressive and closed institutions.

Real Innovation Takes Walking A Mile In Your End User's Shoes

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

When most organizations set out to innovate, they often look at the problem from their own point of view. But by exploring the challenge through the eyes of the end user -- the people who actually use your product or service -- you can understand what really matters, where real value lies and what will make solutions stick.

I Have Mourned 14 Deaths By Suicide, Isn't That Enough?

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

I have been to 14 funerals since turning 17 years old. Fourteen people who were friends, co-workers, crushes, debate partners, school mates and amazing members of the world's community. Fourteen people whose families and friends I sat next to at funeral services, whom I heard whisper "If I would have known," "How could I miss the signs?" and the awful "How could they do this to us?"

Adapting To Climate Change Means Investing In The Right Infrastructure

Mike Harcourt | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Harcourt

We know that climate change will continue to have major impacts on Canadian infrastructure, which is already aging and in need of re-investment. Moreover, we will soon see a wave of new, renewable energy infrastructure being put into place across the country, and it is essential that these innovative developments be implemented with resilience to climate change impacts in mind.