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

A Better Yardstick: A Capability-Centred Innovation Framework for Measuring Innovation

The importance of innovation is well-understood. Aside from its direct benefits of improved productivity, economic growth, and job creation, innovation allows governments to spend more resources on support for policy priorities, such as education, health, and infrastructure. Another key outcome is the increased income resulting from successful innovation, which leads to a better standard of living.

Impact paper  | 30-min read
September 28, 2021

Responding to Automation: Building a Cleaner Future

Could the clean economy offer brighter futures for workers at risk of automation? In a previous study, we identified 92 occupations at a high risk of automation with few desirable opportunities to transition into lower-risk ones. These high-risk, low-mobility (HRLM) occupations account for one in five employees in Canada. Is your industry vulnerable to automation?

Online experience  |  8-min read
June 3, 2021
Client—Future Skills Centre

Tech Checkup: Strategic Risk and Emergency Management

COVID-19 fundamentally changed how businesses operate. And with new operations comes new technological risks—especially for a remote workforce. How are organizations switching up their strategic roles in light of the pandemic? To find out, The Conference Board of Canada surveyed 97 risk and emergency management leaders and practitioners. This is what we learned.

Online experience  |  8-min read
May 11, 2021

Directing the COVID Recovery

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada lost over 3 million jobs and the unemployment rate rose to a record high. As of early September, only 1.9 million of those jobs had been recovered. Some industries, however, could see permanent changes to their workforce and how they do business. Also, some industries may take longer to recover than others.

Executive summary  |  3-min read
April 9, 2021

Directing the COVID Recovery: Assessing the Impacts of Potential Stimulus Policies in British Columbia

Canada suffered its worst recession in post-war history last year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the country lost over 3 million jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 13.7 per cent, the highest on record. As of early September, only 1.9 million jobs had been recovered. There could be significant permanent structural changes in affected industries, such as retail, tourism, transportation, and hospitality. In addition, some industries will be slower to recover than others..

Impact paper  |  15-min read
April 9, 2021

Automation in Canada

Our leaders need to be ready. Automation-enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics will cause swift changes in the skills many industries need. In Canada, nearly one in five employees are already in an occupation at high risk of automation, where transitioning into a lower-risk occupation would require significant retraining.

Online experience  |  8-min read
April 8, 2021
Client—Future Skills Centre

Preparing Canada’s Economies for Automation

Employment declines in occupations that involve routine tasks have been under way for decades. However, it is unclear how advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will impact local economies. As some occupations and industries are more vulnerable to automation than others, and regional economies have different occupational and industry mixes, regions may experience the impact of automation differently.

Issue briefing  |  15-min read
March 15, 2021

Leverage societal shifts to make Canada a global leader

Canadians are innovating and adapting as health emergencies, global warming and automation change our way of life. The COVID pandemic, for example, has accelerated technology adoption as people have sought to remain connected.

Op-ed  |  3-min read
February 22, 2021

Responding to Automation: Technology Adoption in Canadian Industries

Canadian industries have experienced rapid technological change with the advent of several transformative innovations over the past decade. Different technologies pose different re-skilling and occupational transition challenges across industries. Business leaders need to be mindful of which technology they adopt.

Impact paper  |  20-min read
January 28, 2021
Client—Future Skills Centre

Tech Checkup: Mitigating In-Person Risks

Organizations have changed how they do business. To adhere to social distancing measures and mitigate the risks of COVID-19, they have adopted new technologies and adapted their business models, services, and processes. These changes have allowed key Canadian industries to stay connected with their clients and continue meeting their needs.

Online experience  |  8-min read
January 11, 2021

Upcoming events

Canada’s Attractiveness to Global Tech Talent

How attractive is Canada to potential newcomers in the tech sector? Building on the discussions at the Canadian Immigration Virtual Summit with sponsor MobSquad, this webinar focuses on Canada’s competitiveness in attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants in the tech sector.

February 8, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST | 1-hour webinar
Free webinar

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