Paul Preston is responsible for leading the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Practice of the Conference Board of Canada, which includes a portfolio of research projects, centres, and executive networks, including the Council for Innovation and Commercialization, CIO Council, Council for IT Executives, Council for Innovation Procurement in Health Care and Council for Information and Knowledge Management.
His particular knowledge focus is in the areas of innovation and commercialization, building an innovation ecosystem, ICT adoption, information technology management, and knowledge management. Paul also works closely with the Conference Board’s National Security and Strategic Foresight practice. He has previously held a leadership role with the Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovations. Paul was responsible for leading such research studies as Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design, Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs, Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth: The New CIO Value Proposition, How Knowledge Management Drives Innovation Capacity and Organizational Excellence, and Managing Technology-Driven Change.
Prior to joining the Conference Board, Paul worked in commercial finance at Scotiabank, focusing on finance solutions to help technology companies grow and compete internationally, and was Director of Business Development with Plato Group, an IT consulting and security software development company, where he helped develop international reseller partnerships in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, and lead the business development team. He is regularly asked to speak at conferences and events, and has been called as a witness to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in relation to the Committee’s work on digital technology adoption among SMEs. Paul is a Dean’s List Graduate of Memorial University's MBA and Bachelor of Commerce programs, completed the Leadership Development Program of the Niagara Institute, and has held steering committee positions on a number of professional associations. He is currently active on the Federal-Provincial Committee of the St. John’s Board of Trade, among other community initiatives.