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and Leadership Keys to Success
In a study by Hewitt Associates in partnership with the Globe and Mail entitled, "The
50 Best Companies to Work For in Canada finds that communication and a good
leadership strategy are keys to placing companies in a top 50 ranking. This study is the
only national account of companies ranked primarily by employees. The report
analyzed data from over 34 000 employees at 161 companies. The study found that
companies on the list share similar traits including a higher percentage of engaged
employees, excellent communication by senior leadership, and employee programs that are
aligned with business strategy. The study can be found in the January issue of The
Globe and Mail's R.O.B. Magazine.
Productivity Growth and
A report relesased by Statistics Canada mid December indicates that average real income
for Canadians from 1995 to 2000 grew substantially with an average of 2.8% per year
indicating a doubling of the standard of living (doubling every 25 years). The report
attributes these results to the boost in the labour market in the late 1990's and is the
longest period of continuous positive growth in multifactor productivity during the
last 20 years. The report also makes several comparisons for Canadian business
sectors for the periods of 1981 to 1995 and from 1995 to 2000 showing the largest average
annual growth rates in the "Communications and other utilities" sector at
on Canada's Strength"
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a report entitled, Building
Canada's Strength: Small Business Outlook and Budget Priorities for 2003. The report
highlights the critical role that small and medium sized businesses (SME's) play in the
Canadian economy and considers their views and concerns for the upcoming budget. The total
tax burden, government regulations and paper burden, and Employment Insurance (E.I.) are
indicated as the top three concerns of small business owners. With respect to innovation,
the the report recommends three budget measures; increase the RRSP limit from to $15,500
in 2003; raise the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption to $1 million; and raise the federal
Small Business Tax Threshold to $400,000 in the provinces of B.C., Saskatchewan, and New
Brunswick. The report attributes the success of the 2002 Canadian economy to the
performance in the SME sectors.
Index of the Massachusetts
Innovation Economy - 2002
The Massachusetts Technology CollaborativeIn (MTC) has released the 2002 Index of the
Massachusetts Innovation Economy. The MTC Index measures the pace of innovation in
Massachusetts in nine clusters representing approximately one quater of private
employment. The clusters include software & communications services; innovation
services; postsecondary education; diversified industrial support; financial services;
healthcare technology; textiles & apparel; computer and communications hardware; and
defense. The report compares the Massachusetts economy to that of other leading technology
states such as California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. The
results indicate that all of these states have suffered economic stress and is a likely
result of a decline in investor confidence.
of Collective Benchmarking Learning in Research and Innovation Policy
Marianne Paasi for the The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy has released a study
concerning market and systemic failures in research and innovation policies under
conditions of uncertainty and complexity. The paper discusses policy making as an adaptive
process of coordination and coherence and uses benchmarking with rigorous methodology to
guide country specific best practises to expolit various types of learning in policy
This paper was prepared by Ian Miles; Jeff Butler; Khaleel Malik and Steven Glynn, a
group from PREST (Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology) at the
University of Manchester. The aim of the study was to synthesise the new approaches to
innovation policy required in a creative knowledge based economy. The links between
innovation policy and other policies were identified and reviewed, in particular
those relating to the legal and regulatory framework for innovation, with a view to
providing analytical pointers for further co-ordination.
Input Available on Canada's Innovation Strategy
During the Summer of 2002 Inustry Canada distributed a survey to over 16 000 companies
registered in Canadas Canadian Company Capabilities (CCC) system and requested
feedback on Canada's Innovation Agenda. The feedback were categorized into
"issues" which were then grouped into more generic issues within the
key themes; Creating New Knowledge and Bringing it to Market More Quickly, Developing
Skills for the New Economy, Setting the Right Business and Regulatory Environment, and
Strengthening Communities Across Canada. Online results are now available.
on Creativity: Placing Ontarios Cities in North American Context"
This paper was prepared by Meric Gertler, Richard Florida, Gary Gates, and Tara Vinodrai
for the Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation and the Institute for
Competitiveness and Prosperity. The report examines the relationship between talent,
technology, creativity and diversity in city-regions in Ontario and Canada more generally
and compares these factors to the relationships found to exist in American
metropolitan regions. The authors found that these factors are strong economic
drivers for Ontario and other Canadian city-regions and highlight the importance of
urban centres in the knowledge economy. The findings stress the importance of
collaborative efforts on the part of government, industry and individuals to encourage
diversity and dynamism in urban centres for robust economic growth.
S &T Indicators Available
This biannual OECD publication provides a set of science and technology indicators from
OECD member countries and eight non-member economies including Argentina, China,
Israel, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, and Chinese Taipei. The
indicators examine the resources devoted to research and development, patent families,
technology balance of payments and international trade in highly R&D-intensive
industries. The methods implemented to calculate the underlying economic series is also
provided. Series are presented for a reference year and for the last six years for which
data are available.
THECIS Innovation Club Breakfast: Supporting
Calgary, February 11, 2003
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Come out and join us for a
hot breakfast and listen to Harvey Weingarten and Howard Tennant speak on Supporting
Innovation. The cost is $30 for members, $45 for non-members (Breakfast to be held at
the Village Park Inn (VPI), 1804 Crowchild Trail NW).
Measurement for the Real World How to Gather and Analyze Data Right
Calgary, Alberta, January 29, 2003
In response to the need of Calgary industry, Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI) is
participating in and Education Working Group to help Calgary's industrial community
upgrade skills in areas of advanced technology. This full day workshop will be held
at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel, 209 4 Ave. SE. For information or to register call
Technologies & Applications "Info Days"
Saint-Hubert, QC, February 3 to 5, 2003
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be holding Info Days early February to showcase Earth
and Environment and Demonstration Programs and the SpaceTechnologies Development Programs.
The CSA views industry as the most efficient vehicle to generate and maximize the benefits
of space technologies. Part of the mandate of the Info Days is to help industry explore
possibilities and stimulate innovation in space technology.
"Attracting and Retaining Creative People"
Calgary, Alberta, February 4, 2003
Calgary Renaissance welcomes Richard Florida to Calgary to speak for two sessions over
lunch in February. Session one is a working group on "Attracting and Retaining
Creative People" and session two is called "The Rise of the Creative
Class." Richard Florida is author of The Rise of the Creative Class:
And How Its Transforming Work, Leisure Community and Everyday Life. Dr. Florida has a
distinguished academic resume and has co-authored five other books, including Industrializing
Knowledge; Beyond Mass Production; The Breakthrough Illusion; and more
than 100 articles in academic journals. For more information call 541-9177.
Seminar: From Challenger to Champion
Calgary, Alberta, February 6, 2003
Edmonton, Alberta, February 7, 2003
As part of the Alberta Innovation Series, Alberta Innovation and Science presents a one
day seminar led by Dr. Don Carmont, a training and development expert. Dr. Carmont holds
over 30 years experience and has been recieved by audiences in over 30 countries. This
seminar is geared towards helping team leaders, managers, and company executives
develop and enhance the necessary leadership skills to create and sustain effective and
2003 Emerging Issues
Raleigh, North Carolina, February 10 to 11, 2003
This the year the Emerging Issues Forum assesses the effectiveness of traditional means of
economic development and looks for new strategies for fostering high growth
entrepreneurial firms. Of key interest is the role research universities play in the
knowledge based economy. Keynote speakers topping the list include Mary Harney, Deputy
Prime Minister and Prime Minister for Enterprise and Trade, Ireland, Richard Florida,
Carnegie-Mellon University, and several others.
The Delphi Summit
Coronado Island, CA, February 10 - 12, 2003
The Delphi Summit in San Diego focuses in the areas of Enterprise Portals;
Content/Document/Knowledge Management; Information Access and Retrieval; Real Time
Enterprise/Team Collaboration; and Process Support and Integration. Day two of the Summit
includes an open question and answer session with Dr. Peter Drucker and a closing session
on "Making it Happen" that will integrate lessons from the summit into
innovative solutions and services for organizations.
to Capital Incubation Program
Calgary, Alberta, February 11, 2003
The next session of Calgary Technology Inc's Concept to Capital Incubation Program begins
February 11 as a 12 week intensive. The program is held twice a year and is designed to
help emerging technology companies refine business plans and secure early-stage financing
from investors. The Concept to Capital program is aimed at early stage companies in the
areas of information and communication technology (ICT), biosciences and advanced
Technology Clusters - By
Accident or Design?
Ottawa, Ontario, February 19, 2003
RE$EARCH MONEY brings a conference to the nation's capital on the process of cluster
formation in technology centres - by accident or design. The conference is of interest to
those involved in research, development, investment, community and economic development or
Hong Kong Information
Infrastructure Expo and Conference
Hong Kong, February 19-22, 2003
Team Canada Inc., in partnership with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
invites Canadian ICT companies to join them at the Hong Kong Information Infrastructure
Expo (HK II Expo). The Expo was first established in 1998 as a platform for international
companies and industry professionals to showcase their latest Information Communications
Technology (ICT) products and services. Last year 33 Canadian companies attended the
Innovation Club: Innovation in Alternative Energy Workshop:
Calgary, Alberta, March 11, 2003
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Come and join us for a stimulating workshop on Alternative Energy. Guest speakers
include Allan Amey, ClimateChange Central, Ron Britton,Fuel Cells Canada, Jeremy Hall,
University of Calgary and Phil Prince, CERI. The cost is $55 for members, $65 for
non-members. (Workshop to be held at the Village Park Inn (VPI), 1804 Crowchild Trail
Knowledge, Economic And Social Change: New
Challenges To Innovation Studies
Manchester, UK April 7 to 9, 2003
The goal of this conference is to bring together the innovation studies community to
celebrate its role of knowledge creation and exploitation in driving economic and social
change. The focus for the agenda will be the management of innovation and the development
of new innovation policies, the themes and research questions they pose.
Learning and Innovation
Toronto, Ontario, April 13 to April 15, 2003
The Conference Board of Canada is holding two days of plenary sessions and "hands-on
workshops" with the theme of building a culture of innovation through education and
Cities Economic Leaders in Canada
The Conference Board of Canada released its Metro Outlook for Winter 2003. Calgary,
Saskatoon, and Edmonton figure strongly as leaders in economic growth with Calgary forcast
as the leader for 2004 - 2007. Calgary is expected to post nearly five per cent in real
gross domestic product (GDP) in 2003 and continued growth is expected since the city is
already running at full employment.
Mandatory Reporting of
Green House Gas Emissions in Alberta
The Alberta Government announed late 2002 that it is working together with Alberta
industry to establish mandatory tracking and reporting mechanisms for companies with large
volumes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A draft proposal, Framework Proposal for an
Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, indicates that facilities that emit more
than 150,000 tonnes of GHG's, would be required to report on their emissions. Under the
proposed program, companies will begin collecting emission data this year in
preparation for mandatory reporting in 2004.
Fibres Build Alberta Industry
January 13, 2003-- AVAC announced a $317 500 investment in an Alberta based firm
Canadian Fibretech Inc. through its Pre-Commercial and Entrepreneurial Investment Program.
The investment is to aid in the development of "green" fibreboards created out
of agricultural fibres such as canola, barley, and wheat straw. Canadian Fibretech's
boards are seen as a friendly alternative to traditional particle boards and are an
innovative and non-toxic solution in the agrivalue commodities market.
Atlantic Canada Enthusiastic
About Innovation Fund
The November 27, 2002 deadline for project proposals for the Government of Canadas
$300-million Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) has generated over $ 1 billion in project
proposals. Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(ACOA), announced early January that the ACOA received 174 proposals from research
and business organizations requesting $545 million towards project costs weighted at over
$ 1 billion. This was the second request for proposals put out by the ACOA.
Foundation Accepting Nominations
Nominations for this year's Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence are now open and
the deadline is February 28th. One additional category has been added this year to
recognize environmental initiatives by young people up to 25 years of age. The criteria
for this category can be found on the nomination form and forms can be downloaded from the
Alberta Emerald Foundation website. The Alberta Emerald Foundation recognizes excellence
and leadership of Albertan's involved in promoting sustainable development and
EU Redefines Meat
The new year brought in a new mandate for meat labelling in the Eurpean Union. As of
January 1st all meat products must conform to new lablelling rules that will bring
uniformity in meat lablelling in EU countries. The Directive was set up to improve
consumer information on meat and meat products such that other parts of animals for human
consumption such as heart, intestine, liver, fat, etc. will now have to be lablelled as
such including the product's animal of origin.
Committee- Call for Nominations
The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) has announced a public call for
nominations for the creation of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Ethics Special
Working Committee. The role of the committee will be to review documents and reports,
consult with research participants, advise on priorities, and propose possible stratgies
for addressing priority issues. The committee will hold responsibilities for one year with
the possibility of renewal. Nominations, curriculum vitae and letters of interest are due
by February 5, 2003.
New VP in New Ventures
Division at ARC
The Alberta Research Council (ARC) welcomes Mr. Ronald Gilbertson as new appointed
vice president of the New Ventures division. Mr. Gilbertson's position took effect
December 16, 2002 and he is responsible for the ARC's commercialization programs.
ASIC 2003 Call for Papers
The Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of ASAC is taking paper
submissions or symposium proposals for the "New Paradigms for a New Millennium"
conference in June 2003 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Submissions must be in to the Academic
Reviewer by January 31, 2003.
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