Learning from Israel’s IT Innovation Experience

The Conference Board of Canada, July 21, 2016
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Israel has been heralded as both a model of innovation success as well as a source of innovation policy insights for other countries. In addition to leading nearly all countries in spending on research and development as a share of GDP, Israel’s high-tech firms attract massive amounts of venture capital, benefit from deep integration in global technology value chains, and have fostered rich partnerships with global firms and researchers. Israel’s well-educated and skilled researchers have developed many cutting-edge information technology products and components and the country is a leader in encryption, anti-virus software, and other cyber-security technologies.

So how has Israel become a leader in research and innovation? How much of Israel’s success is due to policy and institutional choices, and how much to cultural and historical circumstances? What outstanding challenges to innovation performance does Israel face and how are these being addressed? What can Canada learn from Israel’s experience?

Join Daniel Munro as he draws on recent data, literature and discussions with Israeli decision-makers and experts to answer these questions and more. Learn how innovation performance in Canada and Israel compare on key indicators, what factors explain some of the differences, and what lessons Canada should (and should not) draw from Israel’s experience.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60 minute webinar, Daniel will:

  • Examine the performance of Israel and Canada on key indicators of innovation capacity, activity and results
  • Investigate and discuss the policy and institutional choices, and cultural and historical circumstances, that help to explain Israel’s innovation success
  • Highlight outstanding risks and weaknesses in Israel’s innovation ecosystem and how some are being addressed
  • Identify lessons that Canada can draw from Israel’s experience and discuss which policies, practices and institutions Canada could study further to improve innovation, recognizing differences in context.

About Daniel

Photo of Daniel MunroDaniel Munro is a Principal Research Associate in Public Policy at The Conference Board of Canada, and Lecturer in Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He has played key roles in the Conference Board’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy group, Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, Centre for Business Innovation, and Industry and Business Strategy division. This webinar draws on and extends a talk he delivered by invitation at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs in February 2016.

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