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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

To Succeed, We Need to Learn From Failure

September 17, 2014

Is It Possible to Change a Knowledge Management Culture Without Addressing Organizational Culture?

July 21, 2014

Is There a Generation Gap in Innovation?

June 27, 2014


Recent Activities

Cyber Security and Insider Threat: Effective Strategies for Defending Your Data and Organization (February 18–19, 2015)

At this conference, find out from the experts and your peers how they are defending their organizations from attacks from inside and outside. Learn about the latest technology you can use to identify and stop threats as well as the best practices that address the human side of this issue.

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.

Strategic Foresight Training Workshop November 18–19, 2014

Back by popular demand—the last one sold out—we are delighted to offer this workshop again. 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.

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.

MIT Executive Session—October 23–24, 2013

Report based on recent MIT Executive Session coming soon!

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.


Testimonials

“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

 

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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Learn More

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

Paul Preston
Associate Director, Innovation Policy
709-237-5123

Marianne FotiaMarianne Fotia
Manager,
Executive Networks
613-526-3090 ext. 446

Photo of Sarah DimickSarah Dimick
Research Associate, Technology and Innovation
613-526-3090 ext. 346


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