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

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.

Blog   |   July 22, 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.


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

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.

Report   |   May 28, 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

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   |   June 11, 2020

The role of technology in patient contact tracking during public health emergencies

In an ideal world, everyone would have the opportunity to practice physical distancing as prescribed by public health officials. Unfortunately, for many people, doing so can be challenging, due to their type of employment, social requirements, or awareness levels.


An Introduction to Cyber Insurance: Understanding the Canadian Ecosystem

While cyber risk cannot be eliminated, it can be controlled. Every organization today that works with digital data is vulnerable to cyber attack. While it is impossible to completely abolish the risk of becoming a target, this risk can be managed—primarily though retaining cyber insurance.


Finding focus: The future of work in Canada

Defining the future of work is a complex and multifaceted task. Much of the existing research looks at the tasks that employers will automate, the workers they will displace, and the skills needed to complete said tasks...


Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Shoring Up the Emergency Management Cycle

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas, ravaging Houston and the surrounding area. Over four days, 33 trillion gallons of rain fell. Some areas experienced significant flooding as waterways and reservoirs were overwhelmed. The structure of this briefing reflects that of an emergency management cycle.

Issue briefing   |   26 pages

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