This op-ed was originally published by TheFutureEconomy on August 28, 2023. Canada has an innovation problem, and without a significant, continuous, and…
Director, Innovation and Technology
Alain Francq is the Director of Innovation and Technology at The Conference Board of Canada. In this role, Alain advances and implements the Innovation and Technology teams’ research agenda and takes an enterprise-wide approach to strategy implementation. Alain is the primary subject matter expert and spokesperson for emerging trends and critical challenges that Canadian leaders face in the realms of innovation and technology.
Past Work Experience
Alain brings 25 years of experience in corporate and public sector roles to the Board, including senior positions in Canada’s innovation and technology ecosystem. He has worked for several Canadian companies to introduce and scale innovations in chemistry, advanced materials and opto-electronics into new products and emerging markets. He has taught marketing at Wilfrid Laurier University and served on the boards of non-profit industry-academic organizations promoting research and emerging technology development.