Innovation & Technology

The Conference Board of Canada facilitates innovation—from inspiration to implementation—through impactful peer-to-peer learning and research. Our goal is to increase Canada’s global competitiveness by improving private and public sector innovation performance and technology creation and adoption. We achieve this by fostering Canada’s innovation ecosystem and studying the impact of technology on society.

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Recent releases

Changing With the World: Canadian CIO Outlook 2019–20

As technology becomes increasingly synonymous with business, the CIO role continues to evolve. With this comes changing expectations about how CIOs can best fulfill that role. CIOs are at the heart of organizational change. They must identify and understand the most pressing information technology issues and adapt their organizations accordingly.

Issue briefing  |  10-min read
September 29, 2020

Keeping it cool: Data use and our warming planet

Historically, the GHG emission impacts of rising internet use have been offset by rising efficiency and use of renewable energy. However, the pandemic-induced spike risks increasing the carbon footprint of data flows.

Commentary  |  3-min read
July 22, 2020

Critical role of Canada’s digital infrastructure in a post-pandemic world

So far, Canada has struck the right balance of private and public investments in digital infrastructure, putting us in an enviable position.

Commentary  |  3-min read
July 22, 2020

Transforming our approach to supply chains for sustainable economic growth

Canada’s continued prosperity in a globalized, knowledge-based economy will be driven, in part, by our transition to a set of next-generation technologies, popularly known as “industry 4.0” technologies.

Commentary  |  4-min read
June 11, 2020

Bracing for Automation: What Are Canada’s Most Vulnerable Jobs?

In an era of lightning-fast technological change, it’s more important than ever that Canadian leaders understand how the adoption of new technologies will impact Canada’s labour force.

Online experience  |  8-min read
May 28, 2020

Capability-centred innovation in post-pandemic Canada more important than ever

Digitization has become a reality for Canadians a lot quicker than the experts would have predicted only a few weeks ago. Digital cafés, Google meet-ups, and other virtual remote work arrangements have enabled us to continue to be productive and social.

Op-ed  |  3-min read
May 11, 2020

Upcoming events

Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Design thinking offers a repeatable, scalable methodology to ensure that products, services, and platforms create meaningful value for end users. In this workshop, you’ll learn about tools and methods to help you identify existing corporate data assets, create return-on-investment scenarios, analyze the impacts of AI tools on your stakeholders, and make appropriate decisions.

March 2–18, 2021  |  Virtual