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Technology and Innovation

The Conference Board actively addresses innovation and commercialization, and the functional management of knowledge, skills, and technology within organizations—as well as strategic policy issues that relate these factors to competitiveness. The practice integrates Conference Board expertise in the management of technology, knowledge management, connectedness, information technology, organizational effectiveness, leadership, partnerships, education, learning, economics, regulation and taxation. We nurture and deliver this expertise through an interactive mix of executive networks, public conferences, workshops, study tours, publications and customized research.

The Technology and Innovation practice is aligned with The Conference Board of Canada’s Public Policy Division, bringing valuable insights to leaders that have the ability to bring about change.”

How We Can Help You

  • Learn and explore best practices that you can apply directly within your organization to improve performance
  • Grow your professional network and enhance your personal development through joining our Executive Networks and Councils
  • Tap into and leverage our expertise in technology, innovation, commercialization, and SME issues
  • Engage us to compete research work, providing you with critical insights
  • Request us as a speaker for your event or with your team
  • Take part in our executive study tours to places like MIT and Palo Alto
  • Learn and engage with executive peers in your field from across the country

Technology and Innovation Blog

Canada’s Approach to Innovation Should Aim To Be the Best of Two Worlds

November 02, 2015

What’s In a Name? The Future of “Knowledge Management”

October 26, 2015

Towards Better IP Knowledge, Strategy and Practice

October 20, 2015

Latest Research and Reports

Driving Knowledge Management for Innovation   Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change—Brochure

Upcoming Activities

Cyber Threats Need Coordination: How Cyber Security Can Only Be Addressed Comprehensively
November 25, 2015

Cyber Security: The Human Factor
February 10–11, 2016 in Ottawa, ON

Find out from experts and peers how they are defending their organizations from attacks. Learn about the latest approaches you can use to identify and stop threats as well as the best people practices that address the human side of this issue.

Knowledge Management 2016: Technology, Collaboration, Innovation
March 3–4, 2016 in Toronto, ON

Apply the latest knowledge management and collaboration techniques to improve your organization’s performance.

Network Meetings

  • CIO Council, February 2016 in Vancouver
  • Council for IT Executives, February 2016 in Montréal
  • Council on Innovation and Commercialization, February 23–24, 2016 Montréal
  • Council on Information and Knowledge Management, March 3–4, 2016 in Toronto

Israeli Innovation Study Tour

This 3 day study tour to take place sometime in December 2016 or January 2017. In this unique study tour, participants will have the opportunity to obtain insights into the latest developments on innovation and commercialization. Expert speakers will tackle the topic from various angles, including case studies, and we will discuss specific aspects such as their venture capital program, digital business initiatives, biotechnology models, etc. According to Forbes, “Israel is quickly becoming an innovation giant. With just over 7.7 million people, Israel has an estimated 4,800 startups, many of them high tech. These companies are sources of groundbreaking innovation that is catapulting Israel to global tech prominence. The combination of Israel’s culture, environment and keen strategy has led to a tech boom that rivals Silicon Valley.”

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How to Effectively Navigate and Manage Technology-Driven Change

The Conference Board’s Annual How Canada Performs Report Card ranks the country on a number of factors, and compares those scores to others worldwide.

While Canada performs well in many areas, our track record on productivity growth in recent decades has been dismal, achieving grades of "C" or "D" relative to international peers. In fact, Canada has consistently ranked near the bottom of 16 countries assessed for nearly two decades.

How Can Knowledge Management Drive Innovation?

Knowledge management is often thought of as simply a function within an organization, a necessary but fairly straightforward task akin to accounting. What if effective knowledge management essentially brings ideas and creative communities together in a way that drives innovation forward?

A future briefing will highlight knowledge management best practices and examine a series of case studies/examples where they have been successfully employed to drive innovation.

Free Webinar: Innovation and Technology—Increasing Canadian Competitiveness

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) are commonly considered the economic and innovation engine of the Canadian economy. A staggering 99.9% of Canadian companies are classified as SMEs, making up 89.9% of all jobs within the Canadian private sector. When SMEs innovate and adopt new technologies, it can have a profound impact on the global competitiveness of Canadian industry. But how can we promote and encourage such a diverse group of organizations to adopt new digital technology and take Canada to the next level?

Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design

In October 2013, representatives of The Conference Board of Canada and a group of innovation-focused executives travelled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a study tour at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The tour provided an experience not only to "see" and "feel" the day-to-day workings of MIT's innovation ecosystem, but also to hear from experts in the field.

Innovation by Design: Lessons from MIT Webinar (November 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EST)

MIT has invested in creating the space and conditions needed to breed innovation, and scholars at the university have taken the time to study the results of their investment and turn it into something that can be taught, learnt, and done by design. This webinar will outline three specific initiatives at MIT (innovation ecosystems, sandboxes, and big data) that exemplify the power of cross-pollination and lessons learned through innovative design and implementation.

Adopting Digital Technology: the Path for SMEs—Complimentary Webinar

The Conference Board of Canada released the report: Adopting Digital Technology: the Path for SMEs which addresses how the adoption of technology amongst SMEs has greatly improved their productivity. During this 60 minute webinar, Sarah Dimick, report author, brought the report findings to life.

What Canadian CIOs Can Do to Help Drive Innovation

The Conference Board of Canada has released The New CIO Value Proposition: Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth, a report that addresses how the human element impacts innovation at a corporate level.

This webinar with Sarah Dimick, report author, brings the report findings to life. She hones in on the role of Chief Information Officers (CIOs)—once the knowledge base touch point and key strategist, and now changing and growing to include innovation.


“The Council for Innovation and Commercialization provides an outstanding forum for networking with experts in technology and innovation. The thought provoking seminars and discussions provide a wealth of ideas which can be applied within your own industry.”

—Dr. Paul Smith, Vice President of the Xerox Research Centre

“A wise investment for extremely valuable open and unbiased peer networking not found anywhere else in Canada!”

—John A. Hill, Chief Information Security Officer, Enbridge

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What is Innovation?

The Conference Board of Canada defines innovation as a process through which economic or social value is extracted from knowledge—through the creation, diffusion, and transformation of ideas—to produce new or improved products, services, or processes.

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Paul Preston
Associate Director, Innovation Policy

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate, Public Policy

Marianne Fotia
Manager, Executive Networks

Tieja Thomas
Research Associate II, Technology and Innovation

Amanda Pelkola
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Public Policy