Canada Innovation

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.

Kids Need Real Problems to Solve to Spur Creativity

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Kourosh Houshmand

Give students real problems with real stakes that their communities face. If they are not creative, there have to be stakes to lose. Give them something to engage with that's worth their time and creative capacities.

How to Build Better Suburbs

Lisa Jackson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

Agrihoods can also be potentially profitable, partly by attracting buyers and appreciating property values. Agritopia is not only self-sustaining, but actually generates revenue by selling produce to upscale restaurants and chefs.

We Should Be Innovating With Privacy in Mind

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Consumers want streamlined and intuitive products, but sometimes that comes at the cost of giving up some privacy. Businesses and developers want to create apps that will be used by many, which leads to monetization via fees, advertising and leveraging of data collected.

What Small Businesses Can Learn From Elite Athletes

Dave Borrelli | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

The business world has always been a lot like the world of sports. You work as a team. You face off against competitors. You can win and you can lose. While there is no finish line or final buzzer in business, entrepreneurs require the same single-minded focus and determination to reach their goals. On the eve of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, here are five tips small businesses can learn from the world's best athletes:

How to Live After You Die -- Remembering Steve Jobs.

Billie Carn | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Business
Billie Carn

"What inspires us most are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. We appreciate when someone has the ability and willingness to be selfle...

Air Canada Should Innovate Instead of Charging Baggage Fees

Mary Charleson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Business
Mary Charleson

Anyone who has flown recently in Canada knows that there is currently a premium being placed on the overhead luggage space. At the root of all of these examples is the need to solve a problem creatively and cost effectively. Air Canada, are you read to challenge convention, disrupt and innovate?

Are We Pushing Innovation in Communication Too Far?

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Rapid innovation in communication has led to a communications crisis, fueled by the obstacles that create a challenge for professionals when trying to build both business and personal relationships. These obstacles include short attention spans and a need to interrupt to move a conversation along.

The Real Cost of Chronic Disease and What You Can Do About It

Dr. Michael Guerriere | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Michael Guerriere

Medications are a mainstay for managing chronic diseases, yet Canada is the only country in the world with a universal healthcare plan that does not include pharmacare for all its citizens. If you are not fortunate enough to have a benefits plan through your employer, drug costs are a significant barrier to best practice care for chronic disease. Demographics are such that drug plans are becoming increasingly expensive and, as costs go up, businesses are forced to make trade-offs that impact covered employees.

Innovation Is the Key to Attracting Young Workers

Tom Turpin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

The key to closing Canada's skills gap in the future lies in young people and according to a recent Randstad study, it seems that young Canadians are getting the message. There is a wealth of opportunity for career building within the various skilled trade sectors across the country, and people are taking notice.

Joshua Ostroff

This Canadian's Low-Tech Fix Solves Solar Power's Biggest Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada

Eden Full holds as much promise and potential as her name implies, and her mission is to save our metaphorical garden. At just 23, she's already an accomplished inventor who has dramatically increased the effectiveness of solar panels.

Toronto Should Embrace Innovation, Not Police It

Paul Barter | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

If Toronto and Canada really want to compete in the new global economy we need to innovate; sticking our head in the sand or relying on outdated statutes doesn't cut it. If there are legitimate concerns about specific facets of these new business models, then legislators need to meet with the firms and address them. It's time to get on with it.

Be Forward Thinking To Discover Tomorrow's Great Jobs Today

Paul Barter | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

Developing skills in engineering, software development, analytics, security, behavioural economics, psychology, sales or digital marketing was a great first step towards that fulfilling in-demand career. Understanding how to apply those skills to help transform industries increases your employability and makes you an attractive candidate for the best employers of today and tomorrow.

Do Startups Still Need Traditional Corporations?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The Uber / Lyft / Sidecar battle seems to be an increasingly prevalent theme where startups are focused more on fighting each other than responding to countermoves from traditional players. With statistics showing that the San Francisco taxi industry is steadily collapsing, it is no wonder that Uber is more focused on retaining market share against other startup competitors.

Why Canadians Need a Regulated Mountain Food Label

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

Agroecology blends ancient practices with scientific insights. A tasty example of agroecology is the cultivation of truffles, a wild mountain food, w...

Entrepreneurs Need to Find the Wheelmaker, Not Reinvent the Wheel

Mike Rowlands | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business
Mike Rowlands

Simply put, rather than reinventing the wheel, entrepreneurs need to find the wheel-maker, and leverage the wheel-maker's expertise and experience. There are four key practices to embed this into the enterprise. First, build a network before it's needed. I'm convinced that the single most important asset any entrepreneur can build is their Rolodex.

How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.

Canada and Israel: Natural Partners in Research and Innovation

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The Canada-Israel relationship is often only viewed through the lens of politics, which unfortunately obscures the remarkable bonds being formed between Canadians and Israelis at the institutional and grassroots levels. As the admirable work of the AUCC has shown, there is much we can learn from one another.

The Ultimate OS Upgrade: Tech-Savvy Cities

John Lorinc | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Business
John Lorinc

There are many ways that forward-looking regions can pursue to boost local innovation and quality of life as a means of making themselves more attractive to entrepreneurs and knowledge workers. Here are four that deserve closer attention from supercluster advocates.

How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With more and more attention focused on global environment and climate change, stakeholders (citizenry at large) are hungry for actionable solutions and real commitments. As companies start to more and more define their supply chains with sustainability as a core value, transparency and accountability in these efforts will be increasingly critical.

Key Ideas From the New World Forum For a Better Global Future

Adam Moscoe | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

How are technological innovations shaping global futures? What could the next industrial revolution look like and who and what might bring it about? H...

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

Billie Carn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Carn

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In...

What Silicon Valley Can Do To Address Growing Income Inequality

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As much as engaging with traditional players is antithetical to Silicon Valley culture, it is increasingly a necessity to solve global solutions. Silicon Valley's recent successes have come under criticism due to the fact that they seem to be creating an "alternative" system that skirts existing established norms.