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Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 12/02/2016 1480715966
INTRODUCTION Mining requires a complex network of skills in engineering, business, and trades.  These skills are developed by a strong educational s .... Read more

INTRODUCTION

Mining requires a complex network of skills in engineering, business, and trades.  These skills are developed by a strong educational system that teaches science, technology, engineering, financial literacy, business, math, social science and the arts.  However, young people must also learn how to embrace change, take smart risks and be resourceful. In the workforce, a great way for young people to build technical competence while practicing these soft skills is through the long-term application under the advisement of a competent entrepreneur or business leader.

The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) is a Business-Led Network Centre of Excellence comprised of mining industry leaders, academia, mining supply and service companies.  UDMN believes in equipping entrepreneurs  and young thought leaders with the right skills and experience for the future economy through active roles in UDMN supported projects. The concept of a business-led network provides a challenging environment that attracts the most skilled and creative thinkers, thus providing connectivity and global visibility to accelerate their careers.

CHALLENGES

For entrepreneurs, the task of training the next generation of entrepreneurs can be extremely valuable, but risky.  When a promising young employee begins work, they often lack the experience and skills to perform at the same level as a tenured employee.  Sometimes when an entrepreneur invests upfront in young employees (through training, education and mentoring), they decide to take their new skills and leave the company for a competitor or become an entrepreneur themselves (and perhaps a competitor).  

SOLUTIONS

It is important to train mining industry entrepreneurs the skills necessary to mentor young professionals, while also ensuring they have the right growth mindset necessary to value mentorship. This could mean direct, sector specific training and support for hiring, leadership, and implementing tactics for developing talent, along with courses on leadership for enabling business growth.  By expanding Canadian entrepreneurs’ management capabilities, we secure the best trainers for the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs.   

*Note:  For information about the Ultra-Deep Mining Network, please visit: https://www.miningdeep.ca/

Credit: Ultra-Deep Mining Network

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Egg Seat

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 11/24/2016 1480007383
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I designed the minimal seat staff like Egg. the body is compact plastic same egg shape and for stable on flat have round black shape and for seating .... Read more

I designed the minimal seat staff like Egg.

the body is compact plastic same egg shape and for stable on flat have round black shape and for seating have yellow foam too.

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Pour une formation multidisciplinaire en sciences et technologies

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 11/21/2016 1479754997
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La capacité à recombiner les connaissances est une dimension essentielle à l’innovation, ce qui fait appel à la nécessité de diversifier l .... Read more

La capacité à recombiner les connaissances est une dimension essentielle à l’innovation, ce qui fait appel à la nécessité de diversifier la participation et la collaboration des différentes parties prenantes dans les écosystèmes innovants d’un point de vue disciplinaire et sectoriel. Or, à l’heure actuelle, autant au niveau de la jeune carrière de chercheur qu’à celui de la formation initiale, c’est la monodisciplinarité qui domine. D’une part, les subventions et les publications scientifiques forcent les chercheurs à suivre un parcours limitant l’interdisciplinarité. D’autre part, les formations universitaires sont généralement très spécialisées, ne laissant pas la place des projets pédagogiques multi-facultaires et multi-établissements. Une telle structure ne permet pas le développement de compétences d’ouverture et de travail d’équipe, pourtant recherchées par les entreprises. Ces dernières ont aussi une responsabilité importante dans le développement d’une société entrepreneuriale et créatrice. Elles sont encore trop frileuses face au recrutement de diplômés des études supérieures, qui, avec leur expertise en résolution de problèmes et en analyse critique, réussissent à sortir des sentiers battus et à trouver des solutions innovantes – donnant ainsi aux entreprises un avantage compétitif majeur. Bref, les universités, les gouvernements et les entreprises doivent s’adapter à un contexte de plus en plus multidisciplinaire et intersectoriel.

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Trump & Bulldozers of Prosperity

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 11/20/2016 1479610201
Trump & Bulldozers of Prosperity FACT: This November 9th 2016, the entire world awoke to the “Supremacy of Presidential Entrepreneurialism.&rd .... Read more

Trump & Bulldozers of Prosperity

FACT: This November 9th 2016, the entire world awoke to the “Supremacy of Presidential Entrepreneurialism.” After a couple of hundred years and the first time in US history, the White House now will be occupied by a non-politician and a world-class entrepreneur, President Elect Donald Trump.

This earth shattering event is a powerful wake up call to all the political leaders of the world; many of whom are already afraid of losing their own next election.  There is a fear of draining of swamps; structured bureaucracies and layered incompetencies are now desperately trying to come up with brand new prosperity plans. Trumpization of America, the strategic blue print of Trump’s election victory game plan is now available as a working guide and a mandatory curriculum for the decimated senior political punditry and pollsters around the world. This victory has proven the old establishment wrong and in a world’s most prized democratic system, Americans have spoken and won a brand new mandate and a new future has arrived.

Selective Nationalism:  While civilization is diverse and mankind colorless and borderless, the economies and the engines that feed mankind are often territorial and walled. Prosperity models demand territorial controls to measure inequalities, fair trade and national innovative excellence. Selective nationalism is in order; when nations set their own goals of creating grassroots prosperity and declare their citizens the number one choice recipient over other outsiders. When selective Nationalism challenges the current open globalism and demand juxtaposition of economic inequalities against creating grassroots prosperity, the citizenry enjoys continued progress. When rigged systems and false economies structured bureaucracies and incompetent hierarchical structures are forcefully corrected and get wiped out. This is the wakeup call and this is what is now mandated and this is what must be fulfilled.

Trumpization of America: The Trumpization is going to create new liberated and bold debates on such notions as making “Americans First” and “Making America Great Again” and also, “Draining of the Swamps,” will become part of the world’s language.  These ideas won the elections and such slogans will now rule the new America. These discussions will bounce locally, nationally and globally. Political correctness will be pushed aside and will no longer be accepted as a security blanket to cover massive incompetencies in mazes of bureaucracies. Global thinking has arrived and now challenges ‘destructive thinking’ and forces that thinking to jump to ‘prosperity thinking’. 

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Dark Media:   Media is not the voice of the nation, any longer. The media is a high-class business model that acts, and in reality, operates like a super successful Pizzeria. You ferment the desired news like the dough, fly the pie in the sky and when the preselected news items becomes pre-determined agenda, you bake news with various topping and flavors and sell it to hungry people slice by slice. It’s a successful financial model guaranteed to make money in all circumstances and in all parts of the world rain or shine. The alpha dreamers understand how the Pizzerias work. The proof of this knowledge is the crushing defeat of media and polling in Brexit and now during Trumpization of America.

The voice of liberty is truth; the purity of truth is open and honest talk.

Political Correctness: Political correctness systematically failed America; camouflaged as the voice of the people and creating illusions of progress, it reached its breaking point. The term ‘public opinion’ an old deception created by media and polling pundits has been very successful in fooling nations. This was achieved by creating super quick sound bites from pre-rehearsed, pre-selected assumed passersby on national streets to create the illusion of mass opinion. In addition pollsters sat in their sleek offices and called pre-selected citizens in order to frame a predetermined agenda and then reported the results as the voices of the nation. The media resorted to unnecessary diaphragm squeezing and shrieking nasality to create a deafening noise of constant ‘breaking news’. This sound bite ‘dog-whistle politics’ system was organized in order to brainwash the public. New media requires sophisticated intellectualism matched with the hard core and often very deep and bitter conversations on serious issues at hand.

Global age assessments deal with deep opinions; like the massive opinion and feelings of the billion of unemployed individuals and the heavily indebted students who are never heard or discussed as a mainstream crisis, or the couple of billion unemployed citizens due to corrupt administrations, or it the hundreds of millions displaced by war-economies. Never before have so many media organizations lost their credibility so simultaneously. Now breaking news centricity is considered the noise of incompetency, while ‘deep opinion’ is bottomless and beyond the mandate of modern day ear-plugged fake media with teleprompter knowledge a new thinking has emerged.

Truth is after all the real messiah we all have been waiting for

Bulldozers of Prosperity: The most powerful force on the global economy today is the nouveau entrepreneurialism and if properly deployed, as defined in The National Entrepreneurial Manifesto, it will create grassroots prosperity; and make economical victories impossible to stop.

No other asset of a nation is more important and critical to the survival than the preservation of the talent of its citizenry; talents define the nation and it needs constant care and nurturing. It is the honest administration of hidden national talent and skill sets resources and strategic deployment that ensures successful results. Nations around the world can be easily differentiated on this matrix alone.

Create marathons of quadrupling exportability & innovative excellence… How to create 1000 to 1000,000 new jobs across the nation and to bring local grassroots prosperity? How to reenergize and mobilize 1000 to 10000 high potential local small medium and large enterprises? How to train 1000 to 10000 founders, owners and job creator executives to become global age experts? How to create massive transformational changes towards new global age models?

Fact: The world can easily absorb unlimited exportable ideas in unlimited vertical markets. Fact: The well designed innovative ideas are worthy of such quadrupled volumes. Fact: The entrepreneurial and dormant talents of a nation are capable of such tasks. Fact: The new global age skills, knowledge and execution are now the most critical and missing links.

Power Questions: Is your country blessed with 1000-10000 high potential talented entrepreneurs with ownership of high potential enterprises anxious to reach upper stratosphere of innovative excellence by transforming into global age thinkers and executioners? Are there senior level executives in need to deeply appreciate global age entrepreneurialism? Is the National leadership ready to recognize such optimized and hidden entrepreneurial talents as the biggest and most timely assets of the nation?  As a national agenda, is the local or national leadership ready to engage and debate with world-class though leadership such crucial prosperity and job-creation topics at the highest level and share openly with the nation? Study Expothon Strategy as a national solution, review deployment and become a champion on quadrupling exportability and innovative excellence.

Blue Prints: The tools for all such transformations are already available. The global age has already arrived it’s the global age skills where the problems are hidden. On creating entrepreneurial prosperity, here is India as one great example MAKE INDIA SHINE:  http://bit.ly/2cdJk4T

Global Shifts: The last millennia revolutions meant massive mobs dressed in rags charging palaces with sticks and stones. Today the revolutionaries are silent, efficient, clean and very smart. Pick up your arms of innovative excellence and declare a war to protect grassroots prosperity. Assemble your skills; polish your craft; take charge and lead.

These revolutionaries are already all around you. Advancements are taking place on your office floors, coffee shops, shopping malls and sport stadiums; they are the alpha dreamers and they are connected locally, nationally, globally and making their sound heard by ‘clicks’ and ‘deep opinions’. They are the hunters of new prosperity; they are the fighters for the betterment of mankind. They do not have to march on the corrupt palaces of incompetencies; they are all out in the open fields of collaboration and coordination. The bulldozers of new prosperity are busy cultivating growth through pure ‘value creation’ and the erasing old notions of ‘value manipulation’. They are balancing hard core fundamental economies and becoming the wind to blow off hologramic economies.

The time has come; the circle has been completed; the dots connected; it’s time to ignore mediocrity, incompetency and outclass organized bureaucracies and institutional incompetencies. The center of gravity is no longer the failed institutions and old leadership is now on new fertile grounds. New cathedrals of knowledge are readily visible and awaiting marching crowds. If you are scared and weak, the new global age knowledge will sprint away; however, if you are bold and curious it will surround you. It is at your finger tips and just waiting for your touch. Face the realities, learn mastery of technocalamity and get ready to rush forward.

Assemble all the essential spare parts of global-age understanding; cement all the special qualities of global age execution and weld them all together to create new armor that will transform you into a global age bulldozer of prosperity. This will give you weight and power to boldly ride over the incompetencies of yesterday, while ploughing through brand new fields of prosperity.

The success of selective nationalisms starts with ‘selective individualism’. It is time for you to become a shining star and deeply study global thinking and execution. It is time to leap to the start of the line and not wait in the queue waiting for something to happen.

Fact: The alpha dreamer’s world is wide wake and the sun is constantly rising somewhere round the clock, the five billion masses are connected with global prosperity and illustrious minds are moving forward. Making your own country number one and taking care of your own citizenry first, is a noble cause. American Entrepreneurial Presidency and its new mandate is a sign of the global age in real times.

The White House is now occupied by a world-class entrepreneur. This is something the world never imagined. Are you an entrepreneur too?  It is time for you to use the processes and changes that just happened to showcase your global age innovative excellence and entrepreneurial skills. Demonstrate your business models and realize that deep thinking and execution of skills are a rare combination in this time of history. The Supremacy of Entrepreneurialism has arrived. Be brave, execute courageously and become a bulldozer of prosperity.

Beneficiaries: the truth seekers, the selective nationalists, the founders and owners of small business getting some respect and sympathetic ears and the spread out citizenry outside the glass housed elitism. There are the global age savvy and global age execution experts who believe in creating new national prosperity. There is now a new rhythm and tempo to work and those extremely comfortable are also extremely happy about the unfolding of such metamorphisms.

Enemies: the mountains of bureaucracies, the valleys of incompetencies and the swamps in need of drainage.

Adjustments: Create new armies of young and old, big and small powerful entrepreneurs; around the world, there are some 100 million restless entrepreneurs in search of better quality of life, safety and respect for them and their families. There are also selected nations open to such entrepreneurs. Smart nations are the ones that will allow under special visas programs large numbers to land in the country and mobilize nouveau entrepreneurialism on large massive scale and create massive grassroots level prosperity. Study Expothon Strategy and test as a major solution to bringing grassroots prosperity in your regions. The global exchange of entrepreneurialism is on the rise.

Advanced Reading:        The Seven Dwarfism of 2017  http://bit.ly/2dDl6Cp 

Don’t be left by the wayside, learn, levitate and fly…a new global age awaits

Author: Naseem Javed, founder of Mentorian Worldwide and Expothon Strategy which is gaining global attention on the national entrepreneurial leadership and innovative excellence fronts www.mentorian.com

Credit: Mentorian Worldwide www.mentorian.com

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Build a learning framework for STEM education - Canada 2067

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 11/15/2016 1479225940
Seventy per cent of the top jobs in Canada today require some STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills – and this number i .... Read more

Seventy per cent of the top jobs in Canada today require some STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills – and this number is growing every year. That said, less than half of Canadian high school students graduate with senior level science and math courses and only one in five graduate with the prerequisites to pursue engineering.

At Let’s Talk Science, we are committed to helping youth build the competencies they need to become innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers ready to meet the challenges of an increasingly demanding economy through education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

STEM learning builds competencies and characteristics that are needed for all jobs – things like critical thinking, problem solving, information management, positive risk taking, resiliency, effective communication and more. As the world rapidly changes, work and citizenship demands will require greater capacity in STEM.

Canada 2067 is our bold new nation-building initiative that will bring Canadians together to develop a STEM learning framework.

With Canada 2067, we are calling on Canadians to join the conversation on STEM education by visiting http://canada2067.ca and filling out our online learning framework questionnaire.

The contributions of Canadians through this initiative will contribute to a STEM learning framework for the next 50 years – and will help us to evolve and strengthen Canada’s education model for the 21st century by enhancing student exposure and access to the STEM disciplines across all levels and areas of learning.

Together, we’ll make sure Canadian youth have the skills they need to face the future with confidence.

 

About Let’s Talk Science: Let's Talk Science is an award-winning national, charitable organization. Over the past twenty years, we have worked with educators to support learning and skill development. We’ve developed hands-on programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12 youth to get them interested in STEM at an early age and keep them engaged as they move through high school. Our goal is to motivate and empower youth to fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and roles as citizens.

Credit: Let's Talk Science, Canada 2067

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Facilitating communication and promoting a culture of innovation

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 11/07/2016 1478550871
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The following is excerpted from Newspapers Canada's full submission, which is attached. In May 2016, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innova .... Read more

The following is excerpted from Newspapers Canada's full submission, which is attached.

In May 2016, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, wrote in the Toronto Star that we need to “get to a place where ‘innovation’ is thought of as a core Canadian value.” He has stated that “talent” is a key theme of the Innovation Agenda: we have to focus on creating an environment that develops more Canadian innovators as well as attracts global talent.

Canadian newspapers play a critical role in fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by creating a foundation to communicate, educate, and shape opinions. Communication is a key character of an innovative society because it creates new ideas as well as further develop existing ideas. In addition to encouraging communication, newspapers effectively provide a window to the world and present information about the needs of employers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in order to develop and recruit the best talent.

The news media, because of its diverse platforms -- including print, web, phone, and tablet -- are the most effective at reaching all groups; they attract younger generations with digital platforms, while reaching older generations and rural communities through print. Research shows that 9 out of 10 Canadian adults read a newspaper in print, online or mobile format every week. Consequently, advertisements in news media have proven to be extremely successful. A study on media influence on automobile purchase found that 60% of new car buyers are influenced by newspapers—the highest percentage of all advertising media.

The number of social entrepreneurs may be a good measure of the innovativeness of a society, because it shows how many people are thinking creatively to solve pressing issues. A creative, proactive culture inevitably develops entrepreneurs who at once confront problems and help the economy. Social entrepreneurship is a culture cultivated and promoted through the sharing of stories—newspapers, as storytellers that are effective at making information readily accessible to all groups, encourage it.

The story of WE (formerly Free the Children)—a global non-profit organization based in Canada that focuses on youth empowerment and engagement, poverty alleviation, and education—shows the crucial role the news media has played in the development of this successful social enterprise. This international movement started because a newspaper article inspired a child: Craig Kielburger of Ontario, then 12 years old, came across a Toronto Star article on child labour and felt compelled to start a movement at school. Now a Major 100 charity in Canada, WE came to life because of a story presented by a newspaper.

Newspapers also inspire people by highlighting and honouring those that are engaged in social entrepreneurship. By learning about innovators who have paved the path, many ordinary citizens become empowered to become change-makers themselves. Therefore, newspapers create a chain effect: by presenting primary information (e.g. child labour in Pakistan), it creates social entrepreneurs, who in turn create more social entrepreneurs, often by using newspaper platforms.

In order to promote communication and information exchange we need a strong Canadian newspaper sector – supported by advertisers.  In this regard, the Canadian government should expand its use of newspapers as a vehicle for its own advertisements. In 2014-15, the government only spent 6.5% of its advertising budget on weeklies/community newspapers and a meager 0.7% on dailies/national newspapers. The government should not rely too heavily on a single medium for information and knowledge dissemination, and use to its advantage the power of newspaper media in reaching across age groups and regions.

The government should also encourage Canadian companies to spend their advertising dollars in newspapers and other local media. Encouraging Canadian businesses to support their fellow Canadian businesses would help the economy; the government could provide incentives—such as tax credits, or penalties for using foreign firms—for companies to increase their newspaper advertisement spending.

 

 

Credit: Newspapers Canada

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Attracting talent to Canada

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 11/04/2016 1478290826
To attract talent to Canada we must first create  world leading companies with brands  like the "Nortels" & "Blackberry " of the past and probably .... Read more

To attract talent to Canada we must first create  world leading companies with brands  like the "Nortels" & "Blackberry " of the past and probably QNX in the future. This will arrest  brain drain from Canada and attract students ,researchers , Industrialists & professionals from  all over the world , which means we also need to focus on making our universities attract talent(both students researchers and teaching staff) with the correct curriculum, areas of research .

To reinvent the Silicon Valley of Califiornia USA in Canada  we need to provide a platform for Canadian born companies to scale and develop into Global companies. What Canada lacks  today  is expertise in Market research and  International Marketing and doing Global business, we require market  Channels to be created to create world class Canadian Brands.

Though we may have the Technical knowledge and talent to innovate we lack the talent in  scaling product to capture world wide markets and get recognition. , if we can develop a sustaining model of University, Research organizations, groups  working with Innovators and Entreprenurs to start up companies that then get scaled to international companies we may stand a change to kick start that cycle.

One must learn the lessons of how innovations that started in garages scaled to be world leading brands like Apple, Microsoft, Google...There has to be the promise of unlimited opportunity for companies to scale and this will trigger a chain of migration of Talent to Canada.

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Allowing easier and faster access to human resources to help SMEs innovate

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 11/04/2016 1478282835
Streamline temporary and permanent immigration programs to allow easier and faster access to human resources to help with innovation. Recent changes .... Read more
  • Streamline temporary and permanent immigration programs to allow easier and faster access to human resources to help with innovation. Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are a step in the right direction in helping employers deal with labour shortages, and we hope the government’s review of the program will result in effective changes to the program;
  • Ensure that the number of economic migrants allowed into Canada is not reduced so that employers can continue to access the skilled workers they require.

* For full list of recommendations, see attached CFIB report on SMEs and innovation, Beyond the Big Idea: Redefining and Rethinking the Innovation Agenda 

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Ensuring that SMEs Have Access to Skilled Employees and Encouraging the Next Generation of Innovators

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 11/04/2016 1478282522
Skilled labour remains the top concern of SMEs looking to innovate. As significant funds are already being invested in post-secondary institutions, go .... Read more

Skilled labour remains the top concern of SMEs looking to innovate. As significant funds are already being invested in post-secondary institutions, governments must ensure that these investments translate into actual results for small businesses. The focus should remain on job-ready graduates who are able to fill labour gaps across sectors of the economy.

  • Work with the provinces to reform the education system to improve basic skills training, including building job-readiness skills, and to reach out more to the small business community when creating curriculums;
  • Better co-operation and coordination with other levels of government, as well as post-secondary institutions, to focus funding on programs linked to the employment market;
  • Better communication by governments with small business owners on which programs and services that may be able to assist with training in their business.
  • Review existing tax credit programs to promote hiring and retention, and introduce new tax credits such as an EI training credit or EI holiday for youth hiring that recognize the investment in both formal and informal training made by small employers when they expand their payroll;
  • Recognize the importance of informal training in small businesses by designing a federal training tax credit based on existing government reporting and filing requirements, such as payroll-based EI;

* For full list of recommendations, see attached CFIB report on SMEs and innovation, Beyond the Big Idea: Redefining and Rethinking the Innovation Agenda 

 

Credit: Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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International perspectives in post-secondary education

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 11/04/2016 1478278298
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In a globalized economy, employers seek students and graduates who possess not only technical skills but who also have international work experience a .... Read more

In a globalized economy, employers seek students and graduates who possess not only technical skills but who also have international work experience and soft skills.  Colleges and institutes not only provide concrete skills development and work-integrated learning opportunities, but also work hard to incorporate international perspectives for all students. Capitalizing on these aspects of college and institute post-secondary education will ensure that Canada remains a key destination for international students, building an innovation-ready workforce for Canada.

 

Attracting and developing innovators from around the world

The competition for skilled workers and international students is increasing as developed countries deal with the realities of their aging populations. Attracting global talent to Canada is a hugely important component of a thriving immigration system and a global economy. International students make excellent immigrants – they have Canadian credentials, and language and cultural familiarity. Immigrants and international students with their eye on permanent residency and full citizenship look for the training and supports they need to make a successful transition to Canadian society. Colleges and Institutes have become hugely attractive to international students with university educations who are looking for concrete skills and WIL to prepare them for the global workforce.

 

Developing an innovative workforce with global perspectives

In a globalized economy, employers seek students and graduates who possess not only technical skills but who also have international work experience and soft skills. Colleges and institutes work hard to incorporate international perspectives and opportunities to all students - nearly all have some form of internationalization strategy in place. International academic mobility programs, including those that offer work or research experience in another country, enable Canadian students to develop a global outlook, become global citizens and ultimately contribute to Canada’s productivity.

 

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

Credit: Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Campus-based incubators and accelerators

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 11/04/2016 1478278192
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The community and regional relationships that are so integral to their day-to-day operations also make colleges and institutes natural centres for bus .... Read more

The community and regional relationships that are so integral to their day-to-day operations also make colleges and institutes natural centres for business networking, mentoring and entrepreneurship. The development of entrepreneurship skills is embedded in curriculum, with specialized courses and programs available to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Increasingly, institutions are creating campus-based incubators and accelerators and actively collaborating with similar organizations in their communities to provide students and others with the support and services required to develop and launch new businesses.

 

For example, Georgian College provides mentorship, networking, funding and training for entrepreneurs at it Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. At Centennial College, the Centre of Entrepreneurship (COE) is part of the Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) offered by the college. The award-winning centre offers incubation and acceleration programs in support of local entrepreneurs. And finally, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) provides free entrepreneurial resources, financial support, professional development and consulting for its students, faculty and staff.

 

These are only three examples of the many offerings of colleges and institutes across the country to help equip youth with the skills for the future economy.

 

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

 

Credit: Colleges and Institutes Canada

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College and institute partnerships with SMEs

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 11/04/2016 1478278030
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Colleges and institutes occupy a significant niche in Canada’s research ecosystem, having capitalized on their community connections and modest .... Read more

Colleges and institutes occupy a significant niche in Canada’s research ecosystem, having capitalized on their community connections and modest federal investments in applied research to respond to the distinct innovation needs of local and regional partners, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In 2014-15 colleges and institutes worked with over 6000 partners, 86% of them SMEs or micro-enterprises, to improve or develop new products, prototypes, processes and services. They also conduct joint research projects with universities to develop new technologies, commercialize the results of fundamental research.

 

For example The Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College has partnered with a major copper mine development in central Yukon to evaluate the potential spread of contaminants in selected northern wetland species in a project which supports innovation and mine remediation technologies in the north. Another project at College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is working to develop a pump that could provide water for aquaculture operations inland. The team has developed a wave-powered device to pump water to shore for a land-based aquaculture pilot farm.

 

Research projects such as these are fundamental in addressing the environmental and economic needs of the future, and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

 

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

Credit: Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Work-Integrated Learning and skills for the future economy

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 11/04/2016 1478267175
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Colleges and institutes are leaders in providing work-integrated learning (WIL) to provide students with the skills they will need to be successful in .... Read more

Colleges and institutes are leaders in providing work-integrated learning (WIL) to provide students with the skills they will need to be successful in the workplace. 

Through industry partnerships, colleges and institutes offer students valuable hands-on learning opportunities. For example, Northern College’s partnership with several mining companies allows students to learn workplace skills in both surface and underground drilling environments. Sault College also recently re-opened its Willow Teaching Restaurant which allows students in Culinary Management and Chef Training programs to gain industry experience in an operational restaurant.

WIL opportunities are invaluable experiences for students starting off their careers. By introducing financial incentives to help employers, particularly SMEs, reduce and offset the costs of hiring co-op students and interns, we can increase the number and quality of WIL opportunities, ensuring that Canada is equipped with an “innovation-ready workforce.”

 

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

Credit: Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Capitalizing on college and institute social innovation research projects

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
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Colleges and institutes are leaders in social innovation – they have at their roots a model of inclusive education that provides educational and .... Read more

Colleges and institutes are leaders in social innovation – they have at their roots a model of inclusive education that provides educational and support services to a variety of learners from all demographics, particularly those who are just arriving from other parts of the world with the ambition to become Canadian, marginalized populations that have not had access to post-secondary education relevant to their needs, and non-traditional learners who require additional support to gain the skills necessary to contribute to the Canadian innovation economy. All across the country, colleges and institutes work to provide education to all learners.

Education is recognized as one of the most important factors in fostering entrepreneurship1 and indeed, people with more education tend to start more businesses and their businesses tend to perform better.2 Education can foster an entrepreneurial attitude that will lead not only
to the creation of new businesses, but also the ability to recognize innovative opportunities in established firms and a predisposition to social entrepreneurship.3

12015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Canada National Report, The Centre for Innovation Studies


2The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada, Industry Canada, February 2010

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Applied Research projects being conducted at colleges and institutes such as NorQuest College in Alberta are tackling the issues related to marginalized populations and access to education. In partnership with the Edmonton Public Library, a research team from NorQuest College has been studying the impact of loneliness on marginalized people and isolated communities, building relationships to solve medical, housing and other issues, as well as provide access to education.

Capitalizing on the ability of colleges and institutes to conduct these types of social innovation research projects and connect all learners with equal access to education will cement Canada’s place as a leader in social entrepreneurship.

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

Credit: Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Teach Cdns how they can develop their ideas without fear of others 'stealing' them

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/31/2016 1477947382
Most are ignorant to how patent law and copyright law works. Most ideas are never shared for fear that someone else will take and make money that shou .... Read more

Most are ignorant to how patent law and copyright law works. Most ideas are never shared for fear that someone else will take and make money that should be theirs.

I think we should treat this 'social or urban myth' with examples of how ideas can be shared and just as importantly, why they should be shared.

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STEM Initiatives and Accessible Resources

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 10/31/2016 1477933468
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STEM Education Canada is consistently in need of new technologies which makes it extremely important for industries, organizations, and governments t .... Read more

STEM Education

Canada is consistently in need of new technologies which makes it extremely important for industries, organizations, and governments to develop and learn new approaches in order to effectively use what we already have in new and innovative ways. Foundational skills in STEM through education will ultimately prepare Canada’s youth with the right skills for the future economy and for any career path that students choose to pursue. The federal government has promised significant commitments to areas including: (1) knowledge economy; (2) rebuilding aging infrastructure; and (3) climate change adaptation and mitigation.

“Let’s Talk Science,” a charitable organization in Canada, outlined in their 2013 report that the federal government spends approximately $50 billion on kindergarten to grade twelve education; however, “less than 50 per cent of Canadian high school students graduate with senior STEM courses.”[i] This is an alarming statistic as approximately 70 per cent of Canada’s top jobs require STEM education – a percentage that will continue to grow in the coming years[ii]. To ensure Canadian youth are prepared to meet the coming challenges in these fields it is vastly important that the federal government invests and supports early childhood STEM education.

STEM education drives innovation, establishes competitive businesses, and creates jobs for long-term prosperity throughout Canada. FedDev Ontario’s report entitled “Archived – Government of Canada Funding Encourages Youth to Pursue Careers in Science” (2012) focused on the Government of Canada’s investment of more than $1.7 million to BrainSTEM, an outreach program launched by the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in 2012, that worked to promote STEM educational fields for youth across Ontario. The report outlined that “by introducing students to the STEM fields… [the Government of Canada was] encouraging the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers to drive innovation” (FedDev, 2012).  The report highlighted that STEM programs and education are essential stepping stones towards driving innovation throughout Canada. Government investments for STEM outreach programs allow for students to see the valuable emerging careers in STEM related fields. Continuous government support for STEM programs and educational fields will prepare Canadian youth to become leaders and innovative influencers of the future.

Youth are important in ensuring that Canada makes its innovative mark on the world stage and continues to have the intellectual capital to support our own domestic knowledge-based economy. Government support for STEM programs will foster a culture of innovation, build upon skills that work to embrace rapid global changes, and will encourage Canada’s youth to enter into STEM related professions. The federal government should continue to collaborate with regulated professions, such as engineering, in order to support this endeavour.

Federal government support for STEM initiatives should include federal funding of STEM institutions, continued support towards strengthening the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSCERC) and its contribution to STEM at all levels, specifically NSERC’s funding for outreach activities like Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program (CWSE) and Promoscience. Federal funding should also be directed towards research and education within the field of engineering, as well as support efforts to increase participation of individuals from groups within Canadian society who have been traditionally underrepresented within the engineering profession. The National Science Foundation highlights that, “[s]ignificant advancement of [underrepresented] groups will result in a new generation of promising STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future in science and technology.”[iii]

The federal government should continue to have open and transparent collaboration with provinces and territories to ensure that STEM is a priority, and that STEM initiatives are promoted to strengthen Canada’s future; specifically through grants and youth education programs. Engineers Canada will be available for consultation with the federal government to provide valuable expertise in achieving these goals.

The federal government must also leverage STEM education to drive Canada’s global competitiveness and to promote our innovation agenda internationally. In order to do so, the government should strive to celebrate the achievements of academics, students and youth in STEM related programs and disciplines annually through various national awards and scholarships. The federal government’s support for youth achievements across Canada, in STEM related fields, works to sustain their interest in innovative and forward thinking. Government support also works to support youth’s interests in disciplines and programs that are required to support Canada’s future economic needs. The federal government needs to formally recognize youth achievements or invest in organizations to do so on their behalf. The federal government must collaborate with regulated professions across the country, such as the engineering profession, in order to become more actively involved in highlighting youth strengths and achievements.

Indigenous Youth Access to STEM

Proactive and long-term education strategies must include investments in building students fundamental STEM skills. This strategic approach will help Canada maintain its capacity for producing highly trained and skilled individuals to face the challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Canada is currently facing a severe underrepresentation of self-identified Indigenous youth in STEM related programs at the post-secondary level. Indigenous ways of knowing, philosophies, and educational practices are extremely valuable to the development of Canada’s STEM education. By weaving Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing within STEM education across Canada, it has the potential to promote and strengthen Indigenous youth engagement in STEM fields as well as to promote innovative thinking throughout education. The federal government must remain supportive of Indigenous population’s engagement in STEM fields and must actively work to support pathways that aim to increase Indigenous representation in STEM professions across Canada.

Some organizations are actively working to advance and promote the engineering profession in Canada for underrepresented groups. The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) strives to have stronger representation of Indigenous North Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in Canada. AISES has continued to be a leader in providing STEM opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, specifically by providing pre-college, college, and professional programs that encourage the representation of Indigenous Peoples representation in STEM disciplines and institutions.[iv] This organization is supporting pathways that increase Indigenous Peoples representation in STEM.

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is also actively promoting innovative thinking through its education programs. CSIRO has designed a five-year Indigenous STEM education program in Australia that is funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation that works to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in STEM-related fields. According to CSIRO’s website, the five-year Indigenous STEM education program “is currently being implemented across Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia with expansion into South Australia in 2017.”[v]

CSIRO’s five-year Indigenous STEM education program in Australia has worked directly with 45 individual schools across three states within Australia. The Indigenous STEM education “is currently working with these 45 schools to develop, implement and monitor Indigenous science inquiry education resources and teacher professional development…”[vi]

In order to increase Indigenous youth in STEM programs at the post-secondary level within Canada, Engineers Canada recommends that the federal government adopt educational programs that are similar to that of CSIRO’s successful Indigenous education program in Australia.

A summer program for science and technology advancement could provide ongoing interactive science inquiry activities that work to continuously engage Indigenous students, specifically in grades 9 and 10, in STEM activities, while simultaneously incorporating Indigenous cultural practices and experiences. Inquiry for Indigenous science students could use hands-on inquiry-based approaches to Indigenous learning while engaging students in science related activities. Science pathways for Indigenous communities could incorporate on-reserve “projects as the context for learning science that is linked to Indigenous ecological knowledge for primary and middle-school students in remote [Indigenous] communities.”[vii] In order to encourage Indigenous students to remain engaged in STEM fields throughout post-secondary education, it is recommended that the federal government - in partnership with provincial and territorial governments – nationally recognize the ongoing achievements of Indigenous students and academics in STEM subjects.

It is important for the federal government to continuously support STEM education for Indigenous populations as diversity drives innovative thinking. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) outlines that the “production of relevant human capital for innovation will require effective innovation in education and training systems…”[viii]The absence of a National Indigenous STEM strategy perpetuates a cyclical effect of underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples within STEM related fields. The federal government must support workplace training opportunities for Indigenous youth across Canada in order to equip Indigenous students with the rights skills to succeed in Canada’s future economy.

Fund and Support Training for Students and Recent Grads: Internships and Co-Operatives

In order to better equip Canadian youth with the right skills for the future economy, the federal government must continue to work with industry and post-secondary institutions in order to actively fund and support the training of undergraduate and graduate students in the first four years of their career paths; specifically through internships and co-operatives. Students and recent graduates are now entering into labour markets that require candidates to have greater experiences and the required skills to succeed in positions that they are entering into. Therefore, these individuals need to receive better and more frequent opportunities for on-the-job training in order to gain work experience, valuable networks, and to be better prepared for successful future employment.[ix]

The federal government should finance programs that include government subsidies for a portion of the salary to encourage employers and professionals to hire and train new staff, hold internship opportunities in in-demand fields and bridging programs. Students who are prepared to enter the workforce will contribute greatly to Canada’s economic growth. Internships and co-operatives prepare Canadian youth with the skills necessary to succeed in entry level positions and for Canada’s future economic needs.  Linking post-secondary institutions, employers, and government under one central structure to support the development of skills in line with labour market needs will work to equip Canadian youth with the skills required to succeed in the future economy.

Accessible Resources

In order to prepare youth and newcomers with the right skills for the future economy, there must be accessible and up-to-date resources that provide information about job prospects and career requirements; specifically outlining the necessary skills, credentials and experiences that are required in order for youth to be successful in their desired field of interest.  Many professions across Canada have been working diligently to support this endeavour for youth and newcomers, specifically the engineering profession in Canada.

In order to ensure that newcomers better meet the economic needs of Canadian communities and workplaces, it is imperative that visa offices, embassies, pre-arrival services and constituency offices are better equipped with the most accurate information about regulatory licensing requirements and the labour market needs of Canada’s provinces and territories. Engineers Canada has developed an online tool known as the Roadmap to Engineering in Canada; a one-stop online tool that provides up-to-date information for international engineering graduates and newcomers. The information provided includes licensing procedures in Canada, required academic qualifications to work as an engineer, as well as resources that are available prior to their arrival to help guide them through the licensing process in Canada. Engineers Canada has also developed EngScape; an online portal providing information about the engineering labour market across Canada. From employment rates and salary, to post-secondary enrolment and immigrant employment, this information is available by province and engineering discipline. Newcomers can browse the portal to determine where in the country their skills might be most needed, and they can use the site’s job search tool to view hundreds of engineering job postings from across the country.

These portals are accessible, objective and transparent in order to ensure that newcomers and all Canadians receive the best information to help them become contributing members of the engineering profession and Canadian society. The information provided by these portals assist newcomers in making informed decisions that work for them, their families and the Canadian economy. Engineers Canada believes these tools should be shared with and actively used by all employees of visa offices, embassies and pre-arrival services who could be interacting with prospective newcomers to Canada.

The federal government must continue to work with regulated professions, such as the engineering profession in Canada, in order to help support, develop and promote services and online information access points that are specific to assisting youth in their job search. Having accessible resources will equip youth and newcomers with the right skills for the future economy.

 

[i] Let’s Talk Science (2013). “We’re Losing Out- New Report on Science Learning Reveals the Economic Burden of Discounting High School Science Courses.” Retrieved online August 30, 2016 from: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/were-losing-out---new-report-on-science-learning-reveals-the-economic-burden-of-discontinuing-high-school-science-courses-513071801.html.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] National Science Foundation (2016). “Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG).” Retrieved October 4, 2016 from: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12726.

[iv] AISES (2016) “About AISES.” Retrieved October 17, 2016 from: http://www.aises.org/about.

[v] CSIRO (2016). “About I2S2.” Retrieved October 4, 2016 online from: http://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM/I2S2/About-I2S2.

[vi] Ibid.

[vii] CSIRO (2016). “Indigenous STEM Education Program.” Retrieved September 15, 2016 from: http://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM.

[viii] OECD (2016). “More About Innovation Strategy for Education and Training.” Retrieved September 7, 2016 from: http://www.oecd.org/edu/moreabouttheinnovationstrategyforeducationandtraining.htm.

[ix] National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (2015). “Engaging Youth in Work Experiences: An Innovative Strategies Practice Brief.” Retrieved online October 03, 2016 from: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/innovative-strategies/practice-briefs/engaging-youth-in-work-experiences.

Credit: Engineers Canada

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Reduce Government spending by making University free for all

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 10/31/2016 1477881024
My idea is simple. Take government spending that is used on high enrollment courses in universities across Canada and create an online accredited cour .... Read more

My idea is simple. Take government spending that is used on high enrollment courses in universities across Canada and create an online accredited course. After completing course material a student heads down to a government-run test facility to be properly identified and fill out an exam. If the exam is passed, then credit is given for no cost to the citizen. Low-enrollment courses could be rolled out as the program grows.

For example, statistics 101 is a common university course. Take the money that normally would be spent on 10,000s of students taking this course every year and develop a self-paced interactive impactful online statistics 101 course.  Support this course with a Q & A that is mainly community managed.  Some benefits I can think of would be as follows:

-Students learn at their own pace so they do not miss out on important concepts.

-Talented students can finish degrees faster.

-Reduced student debt.

-The course material will be presented by the top lecturers and be more current.

-Eliminate some commutes, parking, and textbook fees for students.

-Prospective students can try courses before committing to a full degree.

-Complete courses on any schedule or timeline meaning people who are employed can work towards a university degree.

-With free library computers and internet access, any Canadian can complete a university degree no matter their income.

-Immigrant Canadians can challenge courses they have taken in their previous country of residence.

-Courses can be taken casually by Canadians who are interested in a subject but not a degree.

-Eliminate entrance requirements.

 

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National Virtual Idea Bank

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/29/2016 1477701494
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My idea is relatively simple. The creation of a Virtual Idea Bank.     Any individual with an idea about anything that has a potential commercia .... Read more

My idea is relatively simple.

The creation of a Virtual Idea Bank.

 

 

Any individual with an idea about anything that has a potential commercial or social value, but does not have the means to develop the idea further, submits the idea to the Idea Bank.

Individuals and/or business/social entity reviews the ideas submitted and determines whether or not it can be a viable development, will work with the individual who submitted the idea to bring it to market in a commercial manner that will benefit both parties.

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Google Canada’s top engineer on how to build an innovation economy

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/28/2016 1477676844
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If we’re going to build an innovation economy, we need to rethink how we tackle immigration, entrepreneurship and education. We must develop and .... Read more

If we’re going to build an innovation economy, we need to rethink how we tackle immigration, entrepreneurship and education. We must develop and attract more talent faster. We also need to ensure that the highest-potential Canadian startups are equipped with the tools to grow with focused investment in incubators, accelerators and organizations committed to fostering innovative ideas – from Communitech to MaRS and DMZ to Notman House and CDL. And, of course, we need to nurture the next generation of Canadian technology builders. It’s time to talk seriously about integrating computer science and computational thinking into formal curriculum (98 per cent of Google engineers in Canada had some exposure to computer science before university).

Google Canada’s top engineer on how to build an innovation economyThe Globe and MailOctober 27, 2016

http://ww2.infomedia.gc.ca/ic/en/2016/10/28/203137793

Credit: Steven Woods, Engineering Director – Google Canada

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Attracting Foreign-Born Talent Can Take Canada's Tech Sector Global

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Big ideas were tossed around the room: an infrastructure bank, increasing the labour supply through immigration, increasing investments in research an .... Read more

Big ideas were tossed around the room: an infrastructure bank, increasing the labour supply through immigration, increasing investments in research and design. These ideas all have merit, but if we really want to retool Canada's economy and become the "innovation nation" this Liberal government wants us to be, so far, a key piece to this puzzle is elusive: data.

 

Weak growth necessitates that we use all of Canada's assets to reignite our economy. Yet, data are assets that have yet to be effectively leveraged. While we fixate on the numbers of startups or unicorns, do we really have adequate data with which to build a resilient labour force or an innovative economy?

 

We need the contributions of undergraduates and technologists as much as we need doctoral students and researchers. As the government sets about designing a new innovation agenda, the case for evidence-based decision-making in innovation policy is urgent.

 

As we seek to move Canada beyond 2-per-cent growth, let's remember that public policy can't be built on hunch or anecdote. To attack Canada's growth challenge, more data are needed to unlock the barriers to commercialization of research and labour productivity. Building a talented, innovative work force is a gradual process and will not happen overnight. Therefore, we need to demand data before we demand innovation.

Attracting Foreign-Born Talent Can Take Canada's Tech Sector GlobalThe Huffington PostOctober 25, 2016

http://ww2.infomedia.gc.ca/ic/en/2016/10/25/203092368

Credit: Jayson Hilchie – President & CEO, Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC)

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Major Tech Group Applauds Innovation Minister’s Global Talent Visa Approach to attract the best and brightest to Canada

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“In the long term the Canadian government needs to support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives in order to d .... Read more

“In the long term the Canadian government needs to support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives in order to develop a stronger technology labour force, and in the mid-term, Canada needs to retrain employees who have been displaced from the workforce due to reduction in oil industry demands. But in the short term, Canada needs to expedite the process to bring qualified technology workers into Canada from other countries. It’s not about replacing Canadian workers, but rather to add specialists with skills that we don’t currently have enough of in our labour force.”

“We also want to attract the best and brightest, because that’s the key ingredient for economic success going forward…the challenge is how we engage Canadians who hold some mixed views on immigration and economic policy.”

“We applaud Minister Bain’s open, transparent and engaged approaches to innovation consultations with citizens and his leadership for new ways forward.“

Major Tech Group Applauds Innovation Minister’s Global Talent Visa Approach to attract the best and brightest to Canada

CATA (Press Release)October 21, 2016http://ww2.infomedia.gc.ca/ic/en/2016/10/21/203042416

Credit: John Reid, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA)

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Set 10 audacious goals for 2030

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/27/2016 1477603409
Establish 10 grand challenges for Canadian institutions and citizens to collectively solve by 2030. Align federal departments to champion and collabor .... Read more

Establish 10 grand challenges for Canadian institutions and citizens to collectively solve by 2030. Align federal departments to champion and collaborate cross-departmentally and across sectors around their particular challenge.

  • For example: Eradicate Child Poverty
  • Aligned Departments: ESDC; Heritage Canada – Status of Women; Finance Canada; Governor General of Canada; Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; & Intergovernmental Affairs.
  • Collaborate with provinces, cities, nonprofits & multi-sector platforms on aligned strategies and resources. For example, partnering with End Poverty YEG and Alberta’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, etc.
  • Integrated innovation approach: Activate integrated innovation assets to rapidly develop, prototype and look to scale proven interventions
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Accelerate Social R&D

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
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The OECD estimates Canada spends over $300 billion on social outcomes. Unlocking Canada’s social assets, and dramatically improving Canada&rsquo .... Read more

The OECD estimates Canada spends over $300 billion on social outcomes. Unlocking Canada’s social assets, and dramatically improving Canada’s social performance, requires the intentional acceleration of Canada’s research and development capabilities across the social sector, aka “Social R&D:”

  1. Broaden eligibility for R&D funding and other federal support programs, to include nonprofit social impact organizations.
  2. Support the development of Social R&D open data infrastructure, metrics and assessment to accelerate impact as a learning sector.
  3. Expand and continuously update national well-being indices building on the Canadian Wellbeing and Social Progress indices.
  4. Support a dedicated Indigenous Innovation Demonstration Fund (IIDF) housed at Grand Challenges Canada.
  5. Provide long term funding for the applied research capabilities of universities and colleges to expand and integrate strong knowledge building, transfer and experiential learning partnerships with community organizations and business for social impact; examples are: the Community College Social Innovation Fund, ResearchImpact, LabWise, the UNB 7-lab network, the Systemic Design Exchange, CityStudio, Radius @SFU, RECODE, etc.
  6. Support development of a Pro Bono Marketplace (PBM) for skills-based volunteering that gives non-profits access to specialized management skills, tools and experience found in the private sector that they need in order to address specific challenges and opportunities, improve overall organizational learning and performance, and further strengthen working partnerships with the business community.
  7. Expand resources available for Social R&D through a contribution to the establishment of an arms-length multi-sector and multi-department fund that aggregates, reviews, and disburses philanthropic, private and public capital for high-impact experimentation. The fund would structure deals in a way that minimizes risk to public capital.
Credit: Social Innovation Generation

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Own it - Building Canada’s Brand

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/27/2016 1477603149
Establish Inclusive Innovation as Canada’s global brand, identified as all sectors combining strengths to develop new value capable of deploying .... Read more

Establish Inclusive Innovation as Canada’s global brand, identified as all sectors combining strengths to develop new value capable of deploying solutions to Canada’s big challenges in lockstep with economic objectives. Celebrate our storied legacy of inclusive innovation as part of Canada’s sesquicentennial, targeting the next 150 years as the era of inclusive innovation.

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An Integrated Inclusive Innovation Agenda

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/27/2016 1477603059
Successfully evolving Canada’s innovation system to generate inclusive growth and advance Canadians’ prosperity requires a concerted and c .... Read more

Successfully evolving Canada’s innovation system to generate inclusive growth and advance Canadians’ prosperity requires a concerted and comprehensive strategy integrating STEM, business and social innovation with coherent supports and platforms for co-creative innovation, incubation,market access, procurement, talent development, social financing and partnership building. Combining STEM, business, and social innovation leverages our national innovation assets in achieving inclusive innovation, reaping the benefits of inclusion as both a process and outcome of Canada’s innovation agenda.

Deploying an integrative strategy will mean federal funding and policy bodies accelerate:

  1. The integration of STEM, business and social innovation as the cornerstone of Canada’s Agenda, focusing innovation policy on achieving linked economic and social goals (shared value).
  2. A targeted plan to leverage social innovation as a mainstream practice of innovation and further develop the ecosystem of social innovators in response to core Government goals around reconciliation, youth leadership, the next economy, climate change etc.
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Tax incentives for individual innovators

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/27/2016 1477539031
From the airplane and the liquid-propellant rocket, to modern computers, software and social media, many of the technologies that have shaped and cont .... Read more

From the airplane and the liquid-propellant rocket, to modern computers, software and social media, many of the technologies that have shaped and continue to shape our modern world have been the result of individuals, amateurs, and small groups of enthusiasts, often working in their spare time with extremely limited resources, rather than as part of a company.  

Not only does the work of such individuals sometimes lead to significant new technologies and viable companies, it also provides them an unmatched opportunity to develop their own creativity, skills and expertise in a hands-on way that can be of immense benefit in helping them to succeed and contribute to Canada’s economy. 

That success may come directly as a result of an idea they are working on, but it can equally come indirectly, as a result of the experience they have gained and the skills they have developed.  Such self-motivated innovation and experimentation can thus be both a means of developing talent and a means of encouraging innovative work that could lead to new products or companies.  

Yet they tend to face significant obstacles and there tends to be very little support available to them to pursue such work.  If those individuals are only able to pursue their work in their spare time, they may not have the means of incorporating a company and gaining access to the incentives that are available to businesses.

One way the government could lend its support to such self-motivated innovators would be through tax incentives, for example allowing any investments they make related to their innovative activities to be tax-deductible against their primary income, if they do not happen to have their own profitable business to claim it against.  If the costs they incur, for example purchasing a tool or piece of equipment, buying parts to build a prototype or proof-of-concept, taking a relevant course or joining a “hackerspace”, could be used as a deduction against their primary income, this would serve as one practical incentive to encourage and aid them in the pursuit of their work, and would help promote the idea that individuals who take the initiative to engage in their own innovative work and hands-on skills development are actively supporting Canada’s innovative economy and should be encouraged to do so.  

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Fostering Innovation from Non-Traditional Sources

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/27/2016 1477536302
In a true innovative culture, innovation can and does come from many different sources.  Some may be traditional established companies or university .... Read more

In a true innovative culture, innovation can and does come from many different sources.  Some may be traditional established companies or university researchers, but in the modern age where access to information and ease of networking, collaborating and sharing of ideas have never been greater and “crowdsourcing” is increasingly becoming common, significant innovation is also being driven outside of these traditional sources.  Small startups, individual entrepreneurs, researchers and hobbyists, private collectives of innovators such as “hacker spaces”, and student teams and organizations are all filled with highly talented people and highly original ideas.  Moreover, these small, non-traditional innovators are typically much more nimble and have far less overhead than their larger, more established counterparts and as such can do “more with less”. 

Moreover, their work serves not only as a potential source of commercially viable products, technologies and future companies, but also as a direct, hands-on means of fostering learning, skills development and creativity that is invaluable in helping those who engage in it to reach their full potential as innovators and contributors to the creative economy.

To truly foster a culture of innovation, the government and its agencies should actively strive to make Canada among the most favourable countries in the world for this rapidly growing group of innovators.  The government should make it policy to recognize the existence of these small, non-traditional innovative groups and individuals as potentially valuable sources of both innovation and hands-on skills development, and ensure that support is specifically available to them that recognizes and is responsive to their unique needs, capabilities and situation, rather than being solely available to or heavily biased towards larger established companies and universities only. Such support may take the form of grants or funding, but could also include tax incentives, access to government facilities and government experts.

Not all innovators are the same, and the needs and abilities of individual or small groups of innovators are inherently different from those of large organizations, established companies and universities.  By ensuring support is specifically available to individuals and small groups engaged in innovative work, this large and growing source of innovation can be encouraged.

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Teach project management and innovation course in high school college and university

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I see life a series of very important long term projects.  As a result managing our lives, developing and implementing a business plan would benefit .... Read more

I see life a series of very important long term projects.  As a result managing our lives, developing and implementing a business plan would benefit from teaching project management in high school and to all college and university students.  As solving lives problems and developing a business plan is based on innovation and the viability of the product or service I would like to suggest that innovation also be more formally taught beginning in high school and then reinforced and expanded to be taught to all first year college and university student.  I have talked to many high school students asking them if they have had to develop new products or services as part of their course and they have not.  If we want them to be more innovation then we should be challenging them to do so.  I also specifically challenge many people I meet to consider if they can save lives with the technology they know. As I consider that a very important objective. PS the tag option should be expanded to include project management and Innovation course 

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Update regulatory frameworks to support innovative and socially-responsible approaches to business

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/24/2016 1477328017
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Regulations can be updated to better encourage innovation, such as a social responsibility, among for-profit companies. One example is the Community C .... Read more

Regulations can be updated to better encourage innovation, such as a social responsibility, among for-profit companies. One example is the Community Contribution Companies (CCC) model in British Columbia. 

Credit: Momentum Community Economic Development Society

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Enhance business development services to better include social enterprise

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/24/2016 1477327141
The opportunity exists to expand access to business services, such as the Canadian Business Network, for various organizational forms - not just those .... Read more

The opportunity exists to expand access to business services, such as the Canadian Business Network, for various organizational forms - not just those with private or corporate ownership. Co-operatives are a good example of social enterprise given their commitment to social responsibility. 

Credit: Momentum Community Economic Development Society

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