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The Sustainable Approach to Prosperity for B.C. Is Innovation

April 07, 2016

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate
Public Policy
Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

British Columbia’s economy is on a roll. Building on solid performance over the past two years, the B.C. economy is expected to outperform all other provinces in 2016 and ...

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

November 02, 2015

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

At first glance, Canada’s ranking in the newest How Canada Performs: Innovation report card is good news. Canada ranked 9th among 16 peer countries, compared to 13th in the previous Conference Board of Canada ranking. And Canada got a ...

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

October 26, 2015

Tieja Thomas Tieja Thomas
Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

During the week of September 28 in Toronto, The Conference Board of Canada’s Technology and Innovation team brought together the Council on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Council for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC), Council of Chief Information Officers (CCIO), ...

Towards Better IP Knowledge, Strategy and Practice

October 20, 2015

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate
Public Policy

On the Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs: Report Card on Innovation, Canada ranks 9th and earns a poor “C” grade relative to 16 international peers. But on an indicator measuring patents per million population, Canada fares even ...

Dealing With a Crisis on Social Media

September 04, 2015

Boyd Neil Boyd Neil (guest author)
Senior Vice-President and Senior Digital Strategist
H+K Strategies

Pick any week in any month and you’ll likely sight a company or organization facing an issue or crisis that has the social web as its battlefield.

Hacks (Ashley Madison), Twitter rants (Tinder vs. Vanity Fair...

How to Think About Enterprise Exits

August 25, 2015

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate
Public Policy
Sheila Rao
Manager, How Canada Performs Program
Forecasting and Analysis

On September 3, The Conference Board of Canada will release the results of its How Canada Performs: Report Card on Innovation, which examines how the provinces, Canada ...

Is Canada Turning a Corner on Innovation?

August 13, 2015

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate
Public Policy
Sheila Rao
Manager, How Canada Performs Program
Forecasting and Analysis

Canada’s innovation performance has been weak for decades, earning “D” grades year after year on The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs: Report Card on Innovation. Such ...

Secrets and Lies: An Ever-Present Knowledge Management Threat

July 14, 2015

Sarah Dimick Sarah Dimick
Senior Research Associate
Technology and Innovation

Managing knowledge effectively in today’s organizations continues to grow in importance. Our recent research briefing highlights how this can play a key role in fostering innovation. The Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) continues to investigate ...

At Communitech, “Failure” Embraced as a Step in the Innovation Process

June 02, 2015

Sarah Dimick
Sarah Dimick
Senior Research Associate
Technology and Innovation

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join the members of the Council for Information Technology Executives (CITE) at their winter meeting in Kitchener–Waterloo, which was held at the Communitech Hub. The Hub is a repurposed, former Tannery warehouse ...

Running on Empty: Canada’s Persistent Business R&D Weakness

May 29, 2015

Daniel Munro
Principal Research Associate
Public Policy

Canada’s business sector is a weak spender on research and development, and performance has been declining for nearly 15 years. On the Conference Board’s most recent Report Card on Innovation, Canada achieved a grade of “D” and ranked 15th of 16 ...

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The Council on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) brings together senior leaders from public and private sector organizations who are responsible for knowledge management, knowledge strategy, information and collaboration management, crowd sourcing of ideas, and related functions. Together these leaders share their experiences and expertise in a peer-to-peer environment as they strive to leverage and maximize the value of their organization's most important assets—knowledge, information, and people.

The Council of Chief Information Officers (CCIO) provides the opportunity to discover how leading-edge private and public sector CIOs are addressing emerging challenges and building strategic advantage through information technology. The Council addresses executive leadership challenges such as strategy, change management, and innovation, through a CIO lens. By design, the Council allows for deep exploration of emerging topics and the formation of meaningful peer-CIO relationships, all in a closed door, private setting.

The Council for Information Technology Executives (CITE) helps strengthen capacity to effectively address the challenges of today’s rapidly changing business environment and stay competitive. CITE brings together senior IT executives to investigate and discuss leading-edge issues related to the field of information technology. This Council acts as the common voice of both private and public sector organizations to develop best practices, nurture the growth of Canadian IT specialists, and partner with influential bodies to increase awareness of the IT profession. The Council is made up of CIOs from small and medium sized organizations, and senior IT executives from large organizations who are direct reports to a CIO.

The Council for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC) provides innovation executives in Canadian firms with the contacts, concepts, tools and learning experience to improve innovation performance. Through networking with peers and facilitated discussion, members share experiences, best practices, and methodologies thus strengthening their innovation capacity. The Council is a broad-based membership spanning innovation infrastructure in Canada, including SMEs, large businesses, non-profit organizations, academia, and governments. This ensures that members have the opportunity to explore different facets of innovation in Canada while at the same time achieving focus on the needs of their own organization.