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.

Networking

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

Sharing

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

Impact

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

Current members

  • Alberta Innovates
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BridgePoint Effect
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Dalhousie University
  • Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Lark Group
  • McMaster University
  • Mitacs
  • 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

May 4, 2022

Theme: Evolving Innovation Capacity

Agenda (TBC)

Featured speakers
  • TBC

Previous sessions

March 2022

Theme: Innovating for Resiliency

Speakers
  • Ted Mallett, Director, Economic Forecasting, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Janice Francisco, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BridgePoint Effect
  • Stéphane Germain, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GHGSat
  • John Bayliss, Executive Vice-President, Transformation Officer, Walmart Canada

October 2021

Theme: The Blue Economy—Exploring oceans related sectors and the innovation imperative

Speakers
  • 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

Recent themes

  • Major Forces Driving Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Moving us Towards Sustainable Innovation
  • Course Correcting to Ensure Innovation has a Positive Impact for Citizens
  • 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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Surveying Automation Trends in Canada Major Forces 2022

Major forces are the trends that shape our world. They push our societies, businesses, and governments to recalibrate their decisions and pursue the opportunities they provide. For example, major forces such as climate change force businesses to become more sustainable, and an aging workforce requires governments to find creative solutions to social safety net challenges.

Issue briefing  |  22-min read
May 3, 2022

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Lessons From the Nordic Innovation Study Tour

Innovation is important at the firm level, as organizations that innovate successfully enhance their competitiveness and position themselves for growth. Canada exhibits relatively weak innovation performance, while Nordic countries are recognized as global innovation leaders. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway all outperform Canada on The Conference Board of Canada’s Innovation Report Card, which examines various indicators of innovation capacity, activity, and results. This has been the case for several years.

Impact paper  |  30-min read
March 28, 2022

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Strengthening Canada’s Digital Defences

The cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, with Canadian organizations getting attacked every single day. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have accelerated their digital transformation. However, the perimeters of Canada’s organizations have changed drastically, thereby increasing their risk profiles. For this reason, cybersecurity must not become an afterthought.

Impact paper  |  34-min read
March 23, 2022

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