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.
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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—will come together for a one day Innovation Foresight and Leadership Summit to learn from thought leaders and share leadership insights with each other. The Summit will feature a combination of presentations, executive dialogue sessions, and case studies. Contact us for more information about this event.
Coming to you out of California - CIO Council Report - coming soon
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 will soon be published
highlighting the main points of the Summit while including various
perspectives of several individual CIOs present.
The Kanishka Project Research Initiative, Opening Conference
Paul Preston presented and delivered a technology and innovation workshop at the recent opening conference of The Kanishka Project Research Initiative. The Kanishka Project is about better understanding what terrorism means in the Canadian context, how that is changing over time, and what we can do to support effective policies and programs to counter terrorism and violent extremism in Canada. The opening conference occured on November 8-9, 2012 in Ottawa with the aim to connect researchers working in the field with each other and with key officials, as well as with community and private sector organizations. Click here to view Mr. Preston's presentation.
MIT Executive Session Highlights
IT Executives participated in a Summit at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA. Speakers included Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, Michael Schrage and George Westerman. The theme of the meeting centered on IT value, productivity and innovation, with an emphasis on the use of new information and communication technologies within the organization.
“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