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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Overview

A Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) in Canada is any business that has fewer than 500 employees. Yet, as a group, SMEs make up 98.2% of our employer businesses and account for 54.2 per cent of our nation’s GDP (excluding agricultural SMEs).(Leung & Rispoli: 2011) In fact, SMEs contribute the majority of the GDP in 10 out of 14 Canadian industries.(Leung & Rispoli: 2011) Canadian SMEs are significant drivers of the economy, hot beds of innovation, and represent future business growth that will contribute tremendously to our national prosperity in the future. But, they are markedly different from large businesses. This portal represents a view into our products and services that are aligned to the needs of SMEs.

Source: Leung, Danny and Luke Rispoli, The Contribution of Small and Medium-sized Businesses to Gross Domestic Product: A Canada–United States Comparison, Statistics Canada: Economic Analysis Division. June 2011.


Executive Networks

Executive Networks – Experiential learning and networking for SMEs looking to commercialize, grow, and become more competitive

Council for Innovation and Commercialization

The Council for Innovation and Commercialization provides innovation executives in Canadian firms with the contacts, concepts, tools and learning experience to improve innovation performance in their organization. Through interacting with thought leaders and networking with peers, Council members share experiences, best practices, methodologies, and learning tools. A broad-based membership spanning innovation infrastructure in Canada ensures that Council members have the opportunity to explore different facets of innovation while achieving focus on the needs of their own organization.

Global Commerce Centre

The Global Commerce Centre aims to help Canadian leaders understand global economic shifts and their practical implications. With over 50 widely read, evidence-based publications, the Centre promotes informed solutions for improving Canada’s global business performance. The Centre’s private and public sector members also meet regularly to hear new research, policy and business insights.


e-Library

Do you want access to expert thinking on issues that really matter to you and your company? Our Mid-Market e-Library service provides SMEs with a wide range of in-depth analyses and insights in three broad categories: Organizational Performance, Economic Forecasting and Public Policy.

When you subscribe to our Mid-Market e-Library service, your employees will have unlimited access to all Conference Board of Canada and Conference Board Inc. (based in New York) research. Over 5,500 research documents are currently available on the e-Library and more than 350 are added annually. 

Topics in the e-Library

Research Format includes:

  • Reports—in-depth, timely, objective presentation of the issues that matter, such as case studies of best practice organizations, and analysis of Canadian public policy issues
  • Economic Periodicals—practical information that keeps your clients up-to-date on key economic indicators and helps you to make timely business decisions
  • Briefings—short research pieces that encapsulate what your clients need to know about a particular topic or issue
  • Conference e-Proceedings—audio-visual recordings of speaker presentations and slides as delivered at Conference Board of Canada conferences
  • Recorded Webinars—60 to 90 minute webcasts that are delivered via your desktop and feature industry experts and practitioners who share knowledge on critical, in-demand business issues

Affordably priced, you can subscribe for as little as $458 per month base fee, $3.15 per employee (first 50 employees are not included in the employee count.) The regular price for these e-Library services is over $100,000 annually.


Recent reports

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Success in Fast-Growth Markets: Strategies for Smaller Players

Fast-growth markets offer Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses significant opportunities, but can present more complex challenges than Canada’s traditional export markets. This briefing provides evidence-based strategies for success. It is part of the Conference Board Global Commerce Centre’s Tool Kit for Growth Markets.

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Financing Innovation by Established Businesses in Canada

This report focuses on innovation finance, from the perspectives of investors and established, innovative businesses. It discusses the tools and metrics innovators need to use to attract investors.

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SME Manufacturers in Quebec: Adding Services to Boost Competitiveness and the Bottom Line

Small manufacturing firms can build more stable and long-term revenue by adding services to their product offerings. Based on a literature review and input from Quebec-based firms, this report outlines the challenges and offers recommendations.


Webinars

SME’s Path to Productivity: Adopting Technology

The Conference Board of Canada has released SMEs Path to Productivity: Adopting Technology, a report that addresses how the adoption of technology amongst SMEs has greatly improved their productivity. This recorded webinar, with Sarah Dimick, report author, brings the report findings to life. She hones in on the benefits, opportunities and challenges SMEs face when adopting technology.

Leveraging Adaptive Intelligence to Drive Innovation and Change

Dr. Gary Coulton, Dean for Enterprise at St. George’s Medical School, (University of London) presents a 60-minute recorded webinar that can fundamentally alter the way you think about innovation and change.

Innovation in Action: The Story of Inkling

This special 60 minute recorded webinar is with Canadian entrepreneur Matt MacInnis, founder and CEO of Inkling. Matt MacInnis founded Inkling in 2009 on a mission to rethink the way people learn using technology, a journey that began with the textbook, but has led to much more. Today, Inkling is defining a new medium for publishers and consumers alike

SME’s Path to Productivity: Adopting Technology

The Conference Board of Canada has released SMEs Path to Productivity: Adopting Technology, a report that addresses how the adoption of technology amongst SMEs has greatly improved their productivity. This recorded webinar, with Sarah Dimick, report author, brings the report findings to life. She hones in on the benefits, opportunities and challenges SMEs face when adopting technology.

The Power of Ideas - Accelerating Innovation to Overcome Challenges

This 60 minute webinar features Ramez Naam, computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author. In his remarkable book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, Ramez Naam charts a course to supercharge innovation - by changing the rules of our economy - that can lead the whole world to greater wealth and human well-being, even as we dodge looming resource crunches and environmental disasters and reduce our impact on the planet.

Adding Value—Competitiveness in Canadian Manufacturing

The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present Adding Value—Competitiveness in Canadian Manufacturing (International Best Practices and the Innovative Ecosystem), a special webinar that discusses the recent report released by the Conference Board of Canada, Adding Value—Canada as a Platform for Global Manufacturing: Competitiveness in Canadian Manufacturing. The 45-minute session is with report author Sarah Dimick, Research Associate, Technology and Innovation at the Conference Board of Canada.

Connect with Our Experts

Innovation-Technology and Commercialization

Paul Preston
Chief Executive Officer
709-772-8324
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Global Commerce Centre

Danielle Goldfarb
Senior Fellow, Global Commerce Centre
416-703-7951
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e-Library Subscriptions

Darlene Gollesch
Director, e-Library and e-Data Marketing and Sales
613-526-3090
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Human Resources and Leadership

Donna Burnett Vachon
Manager, Organizational Change Management
613-738-6400
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Leadership Development

Robert Clay
Account Executive
613-526-3280
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