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Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

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.

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 science, 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 Israel, MIT and Stanford/Palo Alto
  • Learn and engage with executive peers in your field from across the country

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Blog

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

April 07, 2016

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

Latest Research and Reports

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

Upcoming Activities

Network Meetings

  • Council on Information and Knowledge Management, February 6-7, 2017 in Calgary.
  • Council for Information Technology Executives, February 8-9, 2017 in Calgary.
  • Council for Chief Information Officers, March 2-3, 2017 in Calgary.
  • Council for Innovation and Commercialization, February 28-March 1, 2017 in Vancouver/Surrey, BC.
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Conference 2017, May 10, 2017 in Toronto.
    Experiences in other countries suggest that Canada has a compelling opportunity to develop a world class innovation ecosystem that derives value from our strong investments in science, technology, and innovation. Drawing on both corporate and academic expertise, this conference will bring together senior executives, thought leaders, and key stakeholders from innovation policy, information technology, commercialization, knowledge transfer and translation, from across the private sector, governments and academia, all with a strategic interest in innovation and science in Canada. Participants will explore disruption and change as the new norm, not an exception, and will seek to identify ways to build dynamic and adaptive organizations, positioning themselves for long-term success. Participants will explore the need to embrace change and think differently about their business models, and how to effectively lead over the next 10-20 years. To register, please contact Marianne at

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Executive Study Tour: Innovation and Cyber Tech Cluster, November 27-December 2, 2016, Israel.

The Israel Innovation Study Tour offered participants firsthand insights into how Israel and its firms have been able to innovate, grow, and compete in global markets. Participants engaged in a unique and dynamic forum for examining cross-cutting strategic issues related to Israel’s innovation ecosystem. They had the opportunity to hear from and network with experts working within the areas of telecommunications, cyber-security, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, and renewable energy and benefited from learning about groundbreaking developments in innovation and commercialization that are helping to secure Israel’s position as a global high-tech pioneer. Briefing Report coming soon.

The Privacy Dilemma: Is Good Technology Bad for Privacy?

In this 60 minute webinar, Ms. Lefkovitz will explore:

  • The relationship and the important distinctions between security and privacy
  • How to build a better bridge between organizations’ privacy policy and compliance teams and IT teams
  • The tool the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing to assess and prioritize privacy risk in information systems

From Knowledge to Innovation: Building Canada's Competitiveness Through Knowledge Management

Don’t miss this chance to learn about the critical nature of knowledge management as a management discipline, and its potential to unlock the value of technology investments, collaboration, and the critical role it plays in driving innovation. Paul will outline leading practices from several Canadian organizations that are attempting to access the full potential of human capital, offering participants a menu of possible strategies to implement. 

Intellectual Property Strategy: Managing Risk and Optimizing Benefits for SMEs

Join Intellectual Property experts Myra Tawfik and Karima Bawa for this 60-minute webinar on the importance of having an IP strategy for small and medium-sized business in Canada. This session will explore:

  • What an IP strategy is and how it differs from traditional approaches to IP
  • The different forms of IP protection and how various forms of IP can be used in combination to achieve optimal results
  • How IP can be: ◦a valuable business asset: used offensively (to deter competitors),used defensively (to deter third party suits or to offset payment of royalties to third parties); used to generate revenue
  • The risks associated with IP and how to seek to manage them especially in a global environment

Ensuring Successful Transformation: Harnessing Knowledge

When it comes to knowledge management, change is the only constant. Technology innovations can improve how we work and communicate, but each new platform or capability requires a corresponding shift in employee processes and behaviors. Furthermore, a good knowledge strategy needs to align with the challenges and opportunities that are top of mind for executives, so KM goals and priorities are always shifting to reflect changes in the broader business strategy.

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?

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

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

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, learned, 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 Adopting Digital Technology: the Path for SMEs report 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 New CIO Value Proposition: Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth report 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 and Centre Manager, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

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

—John A. Hill, Senior Vice President, Consumer IT, Rogers Communication

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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
Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Daniel Munro
Associate Director, Public Policy

Marianne Fotia
Manager, Executive Networks

Darren Gresch
Research Associate I, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Amanda Pelkola
Sr Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Science, Tech, & Innovation Policy