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Technology and Innovation

The Conference Board actively addresses innovation, 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

It’s About People: Developing and Leveraging Firm-Level Innovation Talent

May 11, 2015

Necessary, but Insufficient: STEM Skills for Innovation

May 05, 2015

Canada’s Venture Capital Opportunity

April 23, 2015

Upcoming Activities

Free Webinar: Why SMEs need to Embrace and Leverage Emerging Innovations—Leadership Success Factors for Technology Entrepreneurship (April 7, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EST)

How do Canadian companies think about innovation, and what do they need to do differently? Explore case studies that illustrate what works and doesn't work when attempting to become a technology entrepreneur and when attempting to leverage disruptive innovations.

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.

Available Now

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.

Coming to You Out of California

CIO Council Report In November 2012, the CIO Council met in Palo Alto California to explore the theme of Innovation and Execution. Throughout a full 3 days, Members heard from IT/Innovation thought leaders Robert Burgelman, Haim Mendelson, Baba Shiv, and William Miller from Stanford University, participated in a tour of the Google Megaplex campus and Google Labs, took part in an Innovation Workshop with IDEO and benefited from fantastic networking opportunities. A report has been published highlighting the main points of the Summit while including various perspectives of several individual CIOs present.


“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.

Latest Research and Reports


Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change—Brochure
(The Conference Board of Canada, 8 pages)


Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change—Briefing
(The Conference Board of Canada, 27 pages, March 31, 2015)


Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design
(The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, November 2014)


Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs
(The Conference Board of Canada, 138 pages, February 2014)


Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth
(The Conference Board of Canada, 14 pages, November 2013)


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Learn More

For more information or to join our mailing list, please contact:

Paul Preston
Associate Director, Innovation Policy

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate, Public Policy

Marianne Fotia
Manager, Executive Networks

Sarah Dimick
Senior Research Associate, Technology and Innovation, Public Policy

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