The Conference Board of Canada

Council for
Innovation and Commercialization

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Emerging technologies are disrupting traditional industries and consumer demands.

Organizations must weigh R&D decisions, and protect their intellectual property, while also engaging with their innovation ecosystem, investors, vendors, and partners.

Innovation and tech leaders must balance competitive advantage with culture influences, sustainability considerations, and regulatory frameworks.

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Who should join?

This council is for chief executives who oversee innovation, innovation strategy, technology adoption, or R&D within their organization, as well as, economic development and innovation community leaders.

Key objectives 

  • Discuss emerging technologies and strategic approaches to adopting technologies that could disrupt industries
  • Evaluate technology development, and innovative financing models for R&D and developing intellectual property
  • Engage with culture and communities, develop new skills, and explore innovation ecosystems that attract customers
  • Provide leadership on Canada’s critical innovation challenges, notably regulations and public incentives to create effective marketplaces

Benefits of membership

Thought leadership

Hear from Canadian and global experts.


Connect with an exclusive, independent network of senior leaders from private and public sector organizations.


Discover best practices through our regular, confidential meetings—including roundtables, tours, give-and-get sessions, and knowledge cafés.


Understand major forces driven by Industry 4.0, such as what sector will be affected, and the organizational and societal implications.

Current members

  • 3M Canada Company
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Dalhousie University
  • Health and Technology District
  • Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • McMaster University
  • Mitacs
  • National Defence
  • Red River College
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Springboard Atlantic Inc.
  • Tech-Access Canada
  • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
  • Xerox Research Centre of Canada

The Council for Innovation and Commercialization provides an outstanding forum for networking with experts in technology and innovation. The thought-provoking seminars and discussions provide a wealth of ideas that can be applied within your own industry.

Xerox Research Centre of Canada

Member activity

Next session

March 2–3, 2022

Theme: The Circular Economy
(Agenda coming soon)



May 4–5, 2022

Theme: The evolution of innovation ecosystems
(Agenda coming soon)



Previous sessions

October 2021

Theme: The Blue Economy: exploring oceans related sectors and the innovation imperative
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  • Niall O’Dea, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada at Government of Canada
  • Anya Waite, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute
  • Kendra MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  • Genevieve Peters, Labour Market Information Manager, ECO Canada

June 2021

Theme: A Nordic Innovation Study Tour
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April 15, 2021

Theme: Course Correcting to Ensure Innovation has a Positive Impact for Citizens
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November 26 - 27, 2020 (Joint session with CRSC)

Theme: Moving us Towards Sustainable Innovation
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October 21 - 22, 2020

Theme: Major Forces Driving Innovation and Economic Growth
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Spring 2020

Resilient AI and Robotics


Recent themes

  • Fostering a Canadian Innovation Culture
  • Emerging Technologies and Strategies
  • Exploring the Relationship Between Productivity and Innovation
  • Innovation Leadership
  • Design Thinking

Recent releases and events

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Cyber and Privacy Review 2021: How the Pandemic Changed Our Tech Use

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about rapid changes to the workplace. Leadership needed to be agile in responding to remote work and new security challenges, both on and offline. With many more people working remotely during the pandemic, organizations suddenly faced cybersecurity challenges and privacy concerns associated with a decentralized workforce and rapid technology adoption.

Impact paper  |  17-min read
December 7, 2021

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Technology, Talent, and the Future Workplace: Canadian CIO Outlook 2021

Technology proved vital in helping businesses adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. Information technology (IT) infrastructure and collaboration tools were essential to help employees work together and engage with customers in the new virtual paradigm. Organizations need to determine how the bold actions taken to survive the pandemic fit into future operational strategies, rather than adopting a business-as-usual attitude.

Issue briefing  |  13-min read
December 7, 2021
Focus Area—Innovation & Innovation

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

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