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
Adopting Digital Technology: the Path for SMEs
(Complimentary Webinar on February 24, 2014)
The Conference Board of Canada will be releasing the report: Adopting Digital Technology: the Path for SMEs which addresses how the adoption of technology amongst SMEs has greatly improved their productivity.
Join us on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. for a report preview webinar Adopting Digital Technology: the Path for SMEs. During this 60 minute webinar, Sarah Dimick, report author, will bring the report findings to life. She will hone in on the benefits, opportunities and challenges SMEs face when adopting technology. SMEs account for 54.2 per cent of Canada’s GDP yet are less than half as productive as their larger counterparts. Their success, and indeed Canadian economic growth, depends on improved productivity for SMEs. Instead of investing in another body on the pay-role it’s time for SMEs to assess their needs and adopt appropriate technology to boost their productivity and increase their margins.
Both the webinar and forthcoming report are available free of charge. The live webinar is limited to 100 participants on a first come first serve basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Strategic Foresight Training Workshop March 18–19, 2014
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.
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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—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