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Technology and Innovation

The Technology and Innovation practice is part of The Conference Board of Canada’s Public Policy Division. The mission of the practice is to help Canadian organizations to prosper through innovation, knowledge and technology.

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.

Technology and Innovation Blog

From Knowledge Management to Innovation

January 06, 2014

Three Lessons for SMEs Adopting Technology

December 09, 2013

Driving Innovation by Embracing Risk—and Changing Our Customers

November 28, 2013

Digital Technology Adoption: An SME Imperative for Future Canadian Prosperity

June 27, 2013

Is Open Data Usable by All?

June 27, 2013

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Recent Activities

Adaptive Intelligence Workshop: April 25, 2014 in Ottawa

Studies show that many leaders struggle with steering and creating change even more so than managing it. They want to create an organizational framework where everyone understands and embraces change, but don't always have the tools and understanding as to how to successfully achieve that.

Learning how to consciously spend more time drawing on our Adaptive Intelligence equips us to steer our own re-invention and success and ultimately will help us create an adaptive environment around us.

Dr. Gary Coulton will be leading the workshop and uses 30 years experience as an academic, teacher, innovator, coach, and inventor to help people and organizations become purposeful, persistent and successful re-inventors by imagining the future, experiencing the present and learning from the past. (Please see attached for more detail.)

We hope you will join us April 25th in Ottawa and learn how to harness your ability to create change.

To register, please contact Marianne Fotia at or by phone at 613-526-3090 ext 446.

Shared Services and Beyond – Emerging Strategies for Effectiveness and Agility Conference

Paul Preston, Conference Developer, invites you to attend the Shared Services and Beyond – Emerging Strategies for Effectiveness and Agility on May 15, 2014 in Toronto. The Conference will provide you with the tools you need to use this model to accelerate innovation, score top talent and enhance organizational agility. Additionally, you'll also hear about the transformation processes underway in some of Canada's largest organizations and the opportunities that effective transformation leadership provides, as well as the implications for management roles and their changing workforce.

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. 

Strategic Foresight Training Workshop March 18–19, 2014 - SOLD OUT

Imagine being able to derive plausible scenarios for the future and using that knowledge to help you make decisions today that can influence the future you want for your organization, your industry and even your country. Models exist that can help you do just that and at this workshop you will learn about tools and methods you can use to help you identify future scenarios, analyze the impacts of those futures, and better enable you to prepare and make appropriate decisions today.

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.

MIT Executive Session—October 23–24, 2013

Participants of the Council for IT Executives and the Council for Innovation and Commercialization joined together in a 2-day executive summit at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA. These two days were spent networking and learning in sessions focused on IT value, productivity and innovation, with an emphasis on the use of new information and communication technologies within the organization. The world's most innovative thought leaders on innovation: Michael Schrage, Eric von Hippel, Alex "Sandy" Pentland and George Westerman of the MIT Sloan School of Management presented and held Q&A sessions. Contact us for more information about this event.

Cybersecurity: Do you know if you've been hacked?

Cybercrime, cyber-attacks, hacking, and data breaches are among the fastest growing risks for corporate America. This includes attacks against computer data and systems, the penetration of online financial services, as well as the deployment of viruses and email scams.

Executive Network Announcement

On February 27–28, 2013 in Toronto, for the first time, four Technology and Innovation Executive Networks—the CIO Council, Council for Information Technology Executives, Knowledge Strategy Exchange Network, and Council for Innovation and Commercialization—came together for a one day Innovation Foresight and Leadership Summit to learn from thought leaders and share leadership insights with each other. The Summit featured a combination of presentations, executive dialogue sessions, and case studies.


"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, CIO and Executive Vice-President, SaskTel

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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


Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs
(The Conference Board of Canada, 13 pages, February 2014)


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


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Paul Preston
Associate Director, Innovation Policy

Marianne Fotia
Executive Networks

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