The Conference Board of Canada

Council for
Innovation and Commercialization

Members only

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
  • Bauer Hockey LTD
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Dalhousie University
  • Health and Technology District
  • Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • InceptionU Educational Foundation Ltd.
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Knowledge Management Institute of Canada
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • McMaster University
  • Mitacs
  • National Defence
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Red River College
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Springboard Atlantic Inc.
  • Tech-Access Canada
  • 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

October 20–21, 2021

Theme: The Blue Economy: exploring oceans related sectors and the innovation imperative
(Agenda coming soon)



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

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

Free for members
Innovation Report Card 2021

Innovation is important, but Canada continues to exhibit relatively weak innovation performance. Volatile resource prices, changing demographics, and increasing economic protectionism are exposing Canada’s business innovation weakness and generating pressure to become more innovative in the coming years.

Online experience  |  11-min read
June 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

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

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