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Are you in need of current information and knowledge to make informed decisions? Turn knowledge into action with our research! We produce a continuing flow of timely and practical research publications on topics such as driving national and provincial innovation performance, corporate innovation performance, and science, technology, and R&D policy.

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Driving Knowledge Management for Innovation

(The Conference Board of Canada, 32 pages, May 2015)
Good knowledge management (KM) and innovation are strongly connected. Drawing on a literature review and interviews with innovative organizations, this briefing identifies and explores KM best practices.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: A Guide for Planning and Action

(The Conference Board of Canada, 8 pages)
Technology can improve the performance and productivity of organizations. But many face barriers to selecting, implementing, and using technologies to achieve benefits. This Planning and Action Guide can help.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: What It Is and How to Deal With It

(The Conference Board of Canada, 27 pages, March 2015)
This briefing addresses why Canadian firms lag on information and communication technologies (ICT) investment, the consequences for innovation and productivity, and what can be done to stimulate more effective ICT adoption.

Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design

(The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, November 2014)
This briefing examines three initiatives—innovation ecosystems, sandboxes, and harnessing the power of big data—implemented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a thriving innovation culture.

Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs

(The Conference Board of Canada, 138 pages, February 2014)
This briefing addresses the issue of digital technology adoption for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It examines lessons learned and identifies best practices for and barriers to adoption.

Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth

(The Conference Board of Canada, 14 pages, November 2013)
The role of the Chief Information Officer has changed. This briefing examines how CIOs can influence—and drive—innovation in their organizations.

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Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

This briefing aims to offer a clear definition of zero-day vulnerabilities and their threat environment and to identify and explain some of the key challenges surrounding and responding to them.

Briefing | 13 pages | August 2019 | Rachael Bryson, Vanessa Thomas | The Conference Board of Canada

Emerging Threats in Cybersecurity

From the recent Desjardins data breach to the ongoing ransomware crises facing many municipal governments, Canadians have been receiving regular reminders about threats to our cybersecurity. Inspired by conversations and research happening within the Conference Board of Canada’s Cyber Security Council, this webinar will examine three of the most pressing emerging threats which are ransomware, cryptojacking, and IoT attacks.

In this 60 minute webinar, learn more about these three emerging threats, what happened when Canadian organizations and individuals were targeted by those threats, and how they responded. The webinar will conclude with a strategic discussion, focused on how organizations can improve their cyber resilience in the face of these emerging concerns.

Recorded Webinar | August 2019 | Vanessa Thomas | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian CIO Outlook 2018–19: Understanding CIO Role Effectiveness

The Conference Board of Canada’s annual Canadian CIO Outlook identifies past, current, and future strategic priorities for senior IT executives within Canada.

Report | 19 pages | May 2019 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Fireside Chat: Discussing top cyber threats in 2019

Cyber security continues to dominate headlines globally, creating new challenges and concerns across all organizations. The rapid evolution of technology, combined with the difficulty in staying up-to-date with emerging risks, further exacerbates the problem. Organizations need to keep adapting to this changing landscape or risk succumbing to new threats. How are you staying current?

Recorded Webinar | April 2019 | The Conference Board of Canada

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2018: Emerging Technologies and Strategies,

This report identifies and discusses key takeaways extracted from the Conference Board's Technology and Innovation Policy 2018: Emerging Technologies and Strategies event that was held in Toronto on April 25, 2018.

Report | 36 pages | October 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

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