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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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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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International perspectives in post-secondary education

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
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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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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
Credit: Social Innovation Generation

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Accelerate Social R&D

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/27/2016 1477603337
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.

Credit: Social Innovation Generation

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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.
Credit: Social Innovation Generation

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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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Create Law-Free Zones for testing business ideas

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/19/2016 1476910948
Starting a business is a headache and starting something that hasn't been done before is extremely difficult with current laws, by-laws, zoning requir .... Read more

Starting a business is a headache and starting something that hasn't been done before is extremely difficult with current laws, by-laws, zoning requirements, permits, inspections etc.

So here is my idea: Create Law-Free zones available for all Canadian citizens. I do not mean a place were drug lords and violent criminals are free to run wild. I mean a physical place where innovators and potential entrepreneurs can go and put up structures, test products, and test new food production methods without all the red tape and current laws. A place where someone can go with their new idea and borrow some space for some time and test it out assuming all risk. If it doesn't work they don't loose but if it does work they can pursue it without the expense of trying to get through the red tape because that is what stops most people.

Think of this ideas like university study rooms. You can book a block of time and study at no cost. When you are done the space is available for someone else. Canada has a lot of unused land that can easily support this sort of thing.

If someone creates a new method of transportation they cannot test it on our roads because of the legal issues. If they want to build it and test it there are many laws against it. But if they had a place to test and create without laws they can create something new and then conform or get advice on new laws.

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Housing Affordability and Choice

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The impact that housing and lifestyle have on attracting and retaining world-class talent cannot be underestimated. A healthy mix of housing types, in .... Read more

The impact that housing and lifestyle have on attracting and retaining world-class talent cannot be underestimated. A healthy mix of housing types, in complete communities, is needed when promoting/developing ‘innovation clusters’. Coordination between all levels of government to develop vibrant, attractive neighbourhoods where people want to live is key.

Credit: Canadian Home Builders' Association

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Labour Market Information

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
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Longer-term federal policy should continue to make immigration more responsive to Canada's economic needs with employers playing a pivotal role in the .... Read more

Longer-term federal policy should continue to make immigration more responsive to Canada's economic needs with employers playing a pivotal role in the selection process. Similarly, provincial governments need to continue focusing on economic immigration via the Provincial Nominee Programs.

Federal/Provincial/Territorial governments need to continue pursuing a coordinated approach to improving Labour Market Information (LMI) in Canada. This will support industry and government in the design of labour market programs and policies geared towards labour demand. Improved labour market information will support informed career choices and enable closer alignment of education and training offerings with present and future labour needs.  Responsive immigration programs coupled with improved labour market information will help Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent.

This improved LMI must also be easily available to Canadians and employers.

Skilled workers in the residential construction industry often require unique skill sets. However LMI for the sector is generally not segregated from the larger construction industry, making it difficult to decipher. The residential construction industry should be a distinct category in all data collection systems. Segregation of the residential construction sector from overall construction data and identification of the specialized trades and occupations in the industry is required in order to provide more accurate supply and demand projections.

Improvements/Sophistication of data sources (i.e. Statistics Canada surveys and programs including the Labour Force Survey, the National Household Survey or Census, Job Vacancy Surveys and the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours) would help improve LMI for industry, those seeking employment opportunities and educators.

Credit: Canadian Home Builders' Association

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Virtual 'land grant'

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The Dominions Land Act 1872 opened up space for over a million homesteaders in Western Canada. A  new Dominions Cyberspace act could grant substantia .... Read more

The Dominions Land Act 1872 opened up space for over a million homesteaders in Western Canada. A  new Dominions Cyberspace act could grant substantial computing resources for doing work on the cloud just as Microsoft Ventures is doing (about C$150,000). The existing arrangements in Canada cost companies about $35,000 which is too high a cost for a startup, and usually tied to participation of a grad student, why?. NRC DARE program only provides a few gig space and 8GB RAM . Why so limited, NRC? More than that comes on a tablet these days!

The first homesteaders could be the 100s of business accelerators who only provide free office space and help with business plans, but no real computing resources.

Each city could spare some space for high speed data transfer services (40Gbps) and specialized facilities like VR, meetup space etc. Instead of building more monuments like empty town halls , Canada can build digital homesteads and teach kids how to use it to put their portfolio there at least. 

 

Credit: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie

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Competition in Federally-funded infrastructure projects

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on 10/15/2016 1476501186
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The Federal government  in collaboration with the Provinces should allow all companies. not guilty of fraud and other embezzlements, from everywhere .... Read more

The Federal government  in collaboration with the Provinces should allow all companies. not guilty of fraud and other embezzlements, from everywhere in Canada and abroad ,to compete in federally-funded infrastructure projects. More competition=more innovation and better prices.

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Treat self employed in the same way as small businesses.

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on 10/15/2016 1476493334
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Canada can become the best country in attracting and developing talent by treating the self employed in the same way as small businesses, as per the t .... Read more

Canada can become the best country in attracting and developing talent by treating the self employed in the same way as small businesses, as per the tax system and federal programs except the employment insurance program.By proceeding that way, risk taking is encouraged and people will work to the best of their capacity. All crown corporations and BDC  should implement that policy. Treating the self employed as small businesses will help stabilize the labour market and spur innovation.

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Failure as a training

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Even the best businessmen will face setbacks. The BDC and federal government should  help all entrepreneurs even those who have failed in the past.Th .... Read more

Even the best businessmen will face setbacks. The BDC and federal government should  help all entrepreneurs even those who have failed in the past.The BDC should evaluate the projects by their merits and these projects would show the comeback-entrepreneurs have learned from the failures.The tax policy could help as well.

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Tap in the collective intelligence

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on 10/09/2016 1476053422
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The federal government could use more collective intelligence. First, there should be more consultations like this one as often as possible,one of th .... Read more

The federal government could use more collective intelligence.

First, there should be more consultations like this one as often as possible,one of the advantages will be better decision making.

Second,the federal government should use  prediction markets.Prediction markets can be used for infectious disease surveillance and prediction markets provide low cost useful information  in well-timed manner.

Third , the federal government  should use ideas markets as well. Ideas markets can be used to evaluate investments in R&D and other intangible assets, along other tools.

References:

The journal of prediction markets:http://ubplj.org/index.php/jpm/article/view/1162

Harvard Business School Working knowledge:http://ubplj.org/index.php/jpm/article/view/1162

Credit: The journal of prediction markets;Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

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Mr Fajuyigbe Ayodele

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I wish to start by saying the bureaucratic standard in bringing in foreigners should be minimized. Canada gives opportunities to foreigners and if thu .... Read more

I wish to start by saying the bureaucratic standard in bringing in foreigners should be minimized. Canada gives opportunities to foreigners and if thus is increased we have a lot of entrepreneurs in most of this developing countries and if given opportunity to migrate either temporarily or permanently, Canada will experience more economical boost and will maintain its lead.

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Let businesses have smoking rooms

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on 10/08/2016 1475960206
19 plus businesses used to allow smoking inside. This not only minimized exposure to smoke while walking down the street (cancer rates are up and I do .... Read more

19 plus businesses used to allow smoking inside. This not only minimized exposure to smoke while walking down the street (cancer rates are up and I don't wonder why) but it allowed Canadians with allergies or an aversion to steer clear of those spaces. Smokers were treated like human beings. No-one has quit smoking, they have just rebelled against being treated like undesirables by filling every public space with huge amounts of noxious smoke. Mushroom clouds of marijuana over every event are also huge. If we're going to legalize marijuana and keep 19 plus smoking legal, we need to provide spaces where 1. People can smoke in peace and 2. Non-smokers know which places to avoid. This would make Canada great for everyone. Marijuana should also be legal but NOT in the smoked form so polite marijuana users can buy teas or baked goods, but the ones trying to blow it in children's faces would still be committing a crime. 

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Israel and Canada's Innovation Agenda

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
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Along with best practices on attracting talent, we are pleased to share models for cluster development, start-up support and brand development.   Th .... Read more

Along with best practices on attracting talent, we are pleased to share models for cluster development, start-up support and brand development.  

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute. 

Credit: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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L’idée de l’UDA : créer davantage de synergies entre les artistes et la société civile, notamment dans la sphère socioéconomique.

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on 10/04/2016 1475609854
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La culture est une force. Et ce principe est encore renforcé par l’idée que les arts doivent être considérés comme un élément clé d&rsqu .... Read more

La culture est une force. Et ce principe est encore renforcé par l’idée que les arts doivent être considérés comme un élément clé d’attractivité d’un territoire et de sa vitalité économique.

L’apport d’une scène artistique locale à la société crée une émulation et une synergie qui dépassent les frontières de la culture. Vous voulez mesurer la vitalité créative d’une société ? Surveillez la vitalité de la scène artistique.

En 2015, une étude actualisée de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain sur la culture à Montréal évaluait que les retombées économiques annuelles totales (directes et indirectes) pour 2013 du secteur de la culture étaient estimées à près de 11 milliards de dollars. La contribution directe à l’économie était de 7,4 milliards de dollars, soit environ 6 % du PIB de Montréal. C’est considérable.

Les répondants à un sondage réalisé par Léger pour l’UDA affirment à 65 % que les arts et la culture apportent une contribution économique significative à la société québécoise.

Les économistes ont même un mot pour parler des facteurs qui rendent un territoire attirant : les externalités. Et de plus en plus de recherches établissent un lien entre la présence d’infrastructures et d’initiatives culturelles dans les centres urbains et leur capacité à attirer le capital humain.

La forte présence et le dynamisme du secteur culturel dans une ville contribuent à créer un cercle vertueux. Plus le secteur culturel est présent, plus on réussit à attirer une main-d’œuvre qualifiée et mobile. Et plus on réussit à attirer des investissements privés en raison de la présence d’une masse critique de travailleurs qualifiés. De même, les arts et la culture peuvent contribuer à la revitalisation de zones urbaines, comme ce fut le cas pour le quartier Saint-Roch à Québec ou le Quartier des spectacles à Montréal.

Si, comme l’affirme le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, « notre principale richesse n’est pas sous nos pieds, mais entre nos oreilles », « les industries culturelles représentent un secteur clé de l’économie, et la rencontre des arts, des sciences et de la technologie offre des possibilités sans fin d’innovation et de résolution des problèmes. L’investissement dans le secteur culturel contribue à créer des emplois et à renforcer l’économie, en plus de garantir que notre point de vue unique est présenté au monde entier » (Budget du Canada, 2016).

Ainsi, la présence d’un pôle de compétitivité dans le domaine des arts et de la culture favorise l’essaimage d’entreprises dans d’autres secteurs d’activité. Les exemples sont nombreux, tant au Québec qu’ailleurs au Canada.

Dans le dictionnaire, on définit la créativité comme le pouvoir d’invention et d’imagination ; et on définit l’innovation comme l’action d’introduire de la nouveauté dans un domaine. Au quotidien, on utilise souvent l’expression anglaise « to think outside the box». « Penser à l’extérieur de la boite », ça s’apprend. C’est ce que les artistes ont appris et apprennent en continu. Être créatifs, c’est inscrit dans notre ADN !

Développement durable, santé publique, énergie, nouvelles technologies, médecine, physique quantique. Tous les secteurs cherchent des talents qui démontrent leur capacité à faire preuve de créativité et d’imagination.

Qui est l'UDA et qui sont les artistes qu'elle représente?

Fondée en 1937, l’Union des artistes (UDA) est un syndicat professionnel représentant près de 13 060 artistes, dont environ 8 440 membres actifs et 4 620 stagiaires, regroupés au sein de quatre catégories : acteurs, chanteurs, animateurs et danseurs. Ils exercent leur métier dans plusieurs disciplines. Ils sont artistes de variétés, comédiens, chanteurs lyriques, cascadeurs, choristes, directeurs de plateau, humoristes, annonceurs et chorégraphes pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns.

L’UDA représente les artistes professionnels œuvrant en français au Québec et ailleurs au Canada, de même que tous les artistes œuvrant dans une autre langue que le français sauf dans une production faite et exécutée en anglais et destinée principalement à un public de langue anglaise. À ce titre, l’UDA est reconnue en vertu de la Loi sur le statut professionnel et les conditions d’engagement des artistes de la scène, du disque et du cinéma (loi provinciale promulguée en 1987) et accréditée en vertu de la Loi concernant le statut de l’artiste et régissant les relations professionnelles entre artistes et producteurs au Canada (loi fédérale promulguée en 1992). 

La mission de l’UDA : défendre les intérêts sociaux, économiques et moraux de ses membres, qui sont pour la majorité des travailleurs autonomes. Au cœur de ses activités : négocier des conditions minimales de travail et de rémunération des artistes dans les secteurs de sa compétence et assurer le respect des ententes collectives.  

L’UDA est membre de Compétence Culture, le comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre du secteur de la culture, ainsi que de la Coalition pour la diversité culturelle (CDC). L’UDA est aussi affiliée à la Fédération internationale des acteurs (FIA).

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Classic Canada

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
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Hi All, I am from India. I am very much glad when other country is giving me an opportunity to put front my thought when my own country didn't suppor .... Read more

Hi All,

I am from India. I am very much glad when other country is giving me an opportunity to put front my thought when my own country didn't support.

I always believe today's children are tomorrow citizens. When they are thought all good things today it will reflect tomorrow. 

Let me explain what I dream. A good society doesn't happen if 10% of their population is rich and having good Class of living. It will only happen when at least 90% are having best life. 100 % impossible because we always have eccentric in our society.

How to build it. 

It does not happen over night.. we need to act today for better tomorrow. Children should be first thought about Canadian history which should Pshcology impact them in their childhood. Which will develop a love and dedication to country.

Next we should teach them how to be flexible and easily adopt the changes becuase change is inevitable and very much needed to survive. This can be done by providing them challenging task every year by increasing their capacity .which indirectly lead them to be flexible 

Third is health which can be done only by sports which should be made mandatory in schools

Fourth is moral life. All child should be thought moral science in a very effective way by taking them to orpahnage,  old age to help them and planting trees. All these things will build helping nature in them. This is the best thing because it will make child a team player and when all come together there wont be discrimination and corruption and so on because everyone will be respected and help to come up

ffifth is hardwwork . Which is most important . Kid should be thought to work hard to get something.. they should adopt it .there is no substitute to it.

This all above takes time for the affect but it's permanent.

What I am going to talk now is right now action needed. Try to automate all. Which creates jobs for all now. Automate all banks, government works, everything and anything in that matter. Concentrate on Automation,  agriculture becuase it stops paying money for other country . When Automation is started,  concentrate on manufacturing in 50% of autoamtion concentration becuase because it stops on importing again. We should be self productive at least for our basic needs.

I don't want to drag anymore.closing it

Thank you for providing an oportuniity.

Finally what I am trying to say is we should be talented,self sufficient and hardworking which can be build in school and start now.  

Signing off

Dìlip Kumar M

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By Letting people show their own way

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Love is freealson energy     

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Decrease Immigration, Foreign Workers and Foreign Students

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The best thing we can do to ensure opportunities for Canadians and developing talent is prioritizing Canadians over foreigners when it comes to work o .... Read more

The best thing we can do to ensure opportunities for Canadians and developing talent is prioritizing Canadians over foreigners when it comes to work opportunities, internships, education, government programs and resources. We need to substantially decrease immigration, temporary foreign workers, internal mobility program workers, and decrease foreign students.

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Decrease Immigration, Foreign Workers and Foreign Students

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The best thing we can do to ensure opportunities for Canadians and developing talent is prioritizing Canadians over foreigners when it comes to work opportunities, internships, education, government programs and resources. We need to substantially decrease immigration, foreign workers, foreign students.

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What does it take for Canada to be known globally as the best country in attracting and developing diverse, high-end talent?

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on 09/29/2016 1475179612
Numerous studies have shown the positive relationship between immigration and innovation. Immigrants bring with them specialized skills and experience .... Read more

Numerous studies have shown the positive relationship between immigration and innovation. Immigrants bring with them specialized skills and experience, diverse perspectives, international relationships and networks, and an entrepreneurial spirit. With an aging population and low birth rates, Canada will increasingly rely on immigration to ensure our labour market needs are met in the future. CPA Canada’s own internal occupational demand analysis shows this to be true for our profession.

 

We face competition for the best and the brightest. If we are to be competitive as a destination of choice, we must do a better job of attracting talent, smoothing the integration of newcomers into the workforce and providing them with the best opportunity to succeed. We must also do a better job of processing applications with speed and certainty.

 

CPA Canada has provided more specific input to this matter in our submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s recent online consultation, a National Conversation on Immigration.[1] Several key points are worth expanding upon in the context of Canada’s innovation agenda.

 

The Express Entry system of managing the economic class immigration streams would benefit from further refinement. Three reforms in particular are worth consideration: a re-examination of the emphasis on youth; replacing Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs); and supporting the role of international students in meeting labour market needs.

 

Age is one of the criteria for awarding points in the comprehensive ranking system for Express Entry applications. Generally, it makes sense to award a greater number of points for youth – as the point structure does – because younger immigrants have more years to contribute to Canada’s labour market. However, some highly specialized skills or executive-level experience can only be acquired through experience over time. The point system as currently structured unintentionally penalizes senior business executives and specialists for their wealth of experience. It also penalizes Canadian employers who need to fill particular niche roles for which suitable candidates are scarce.

 

This is particularly important when it comes to one of Canada’s biggest innovation challenges: our struggles to grow firms to a larger scale. A 2016 study by the Lazaridis Institute examined the barriers faced by high-growth Canadian technology firms and concluded that the biggest challenge was a lack of experienced management and executive talent. In particular, respondents indicated a shortfall of executives with first-hand experience scaling up technology firms.[2] Canadian firms need access to a deeper talent pool than the country’s labour supply is able to provide. Age should not preclude skilled managerial talent from consideration.

 

 

A central purpose behind Express Entry was to make Canada’s economic class immigration streams more responsive to labour market needs by enabling employer demand to directly impact the selection of immigrants. As such, the offer of employment from a Canadian employer is a significant component of the Express Entry point structure. But as a report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce illustrated, by making that offer of employment contingent on a positive LMIA, the demand-driven thrust of Express Entry has been negated by what is essentially a protectionist labour market test.[3]

 

The Chamber makes a well-reasoned argument to replace the LMIA, to which we will just add that the LMIA requirement adds further time, administrative compliance and uncertainty to the Express Entry application process. The resulting delays and uncertainty are felt by both Canadian employers and prospective immigrants. The most sought-after international talent has options, and delays and uncertainty in the application process make Canada less competitive.

 

International students enrich the learning environment in Canada’s education institutions and make a substantial contribution to our economy in the process. There are sound economic reasons why Canada should position itself as the destination of choice for international students. Similarly, there are good reasons why we should look to these international students as potential future Canadians. No immigrants are better poised for success in Canada’s labour market than those who already possess a Canadian education, a comfort with Canadian society, and perhaps Canadian work experience.

 

But once again, Express Entry has minimized the opportunities for this talent pool, or at least created more uncertainty than before the system was introduced. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) had been a convenient and successful pathway for international students to pursue immigration to Canada. In fact, in recent years, the Canadian government had set ambitious targets for CEC in order to maximize the number of international students who chose to stay. Since CEC is one of the economic class immigration programs subject to Express Entry, international students must now be ranked based on the Express Entry point system and compete with other potential immigrants. Their Canadian education and experience does not necessarily have any additional value under the point system.

 

Express Entry’s impact on CEC may make Canada a less desirable destination for international students in the first place. There should not be any guarantees of permanent residency offered to international students who come to Canada. However, at the same time, students should be able to realistically assess their chances of staying should they want to do so. Express Entry’s point system presents a rather cloudy view, and if other international students are less successful in pursuing immigration (as early Express Entry results suggest), then Canada may appear a less attractive choice for their studies. Once again, it is a matter of competition. The best and brightest international students will choose to go to the countries that offer the best educational opportunities along with the best long-term career prospects.

 

 

Recommendations:

 

  • Re-evaluate the points awarded for age under Express Entry to ensure that Canadian employers are not denied access to international talent with highly valued skills and experience.
  • Consider replacing the Labour Market Impact Assessment under Express Entry. If it is necessary to have a labour market test or validation of a legitimate job offer, ensure that the process is fast, efficient and clear.
  • If the Canadian Experience Class must be subject to the Express Entry points system, ensure that a Canadian education and experience is valued as it is in the Canadian marketplace.

 

How do we work together to better equip our young people with the right skill sets for the economy of the future?     

 

Much emphasis is placed on the need for Canada to graduate more students from the so-called STEM fields of study – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Certainly these fields are critical for an innovation-driven economy. But just as important is the need for business graduates that have a sophisticated understanding of how to grow businesses through each stage of development, how to pursue opportunities in Canada and abroad, and how to anticipate and adapt to change.

 

An expert panel struck by the Council of Canadian Academies noted that STEM skills are not sufficient on their own to ensure improvements in innovation, productivity or growth. “Other skills such as leadership, creativity, adaptability, and entrepreneurial ability may be required to maximize the impact of STEM skills,” their report stated.[4]

 

The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity measured the specific shortfall in business skills finding that, when compared to the United States, Canada has a significant gap in the number of business degree holders. “More alarming is the lower educational attainment of those in management occupations, irrespective of field of study. Just over a third of our managers have a university degree, compared to half in the United States,” the institute warned.[5]

 

The OECD has also noted that Canada lags its peers in the development of business and entrepreneurial skills. In addition, it identified another reason to emphasize the importance of management talent – Canadians’ perceived aversion to risk and the contribution that makes to the country’s commercialization gap. It suggests that more management training and higher education in general would help to address that problem:

The best way to stimulate willingness to take risk may be to boost competitive pressures and openness … and to complement this by enhanced attention to management training and diversity at all educational levels. More tertiary education in general is also needed … Canada still lags in attainment of university degrees, whereas highly educated persons are much more likely to be owners of high-growth innovative firms.[6]

 

In addition to developing managerial talent, we need to do a better job of instilling basic business skills in graduates of all fields. The STEM graduates who may create the products, processes and services of the future, would benefit greatly from a fundamental understanding of how to commercialize their ideas and take them successfully to market. Yet interdisciplinary studies are often discouraged or even prevented. In some cases, spaces in business classes are reserved for students in business programs, making them unavailable to students in science faculties. On the other hand, students in STEM fields may believe that focusing their studies as narrowly as possible gives them greater expertise and enhances their employability.

 

The OECD recommends that post-secondary education institutions include training in entrepreneurship and business skills in their science-based programs, a recommendation we endorse. Greater awareness also needs to be generated regarding the business training resources that exist beyond post-secondary institutions, such as those provided by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).

 

Business-oriented financial literacy programs can also improve basic awareness of business skills. In fact, CPA Canada and thousands of CPA volunteers deliver a range of financial literacy programs to Canadians each year. Some of those programs are targeted to entrepreneurs or operators of SMEs to provide some of the essential knowledge and skills for operating a business.

 

By promoting a general understanding of business and removing barriers to interdisciplinary studies, we would develop a more entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative workforce. The possession of specialized knowledge or skills along with an understanding of how to apply them in a business environment is a combination that should be encouraged.

 

Recommendations:

  • Ensure that Canada’s business schools are producing the sophisticated business managers needed to start, lead and grow firms into successful global players.
  • Encourage more interdisciplinary study in post-secondary education to enable innovators and inventors to also have a fundamental understanding of business, finance and entrepreneurialism.

 

[1] To be available on CPA Canada’s website at cpacanada.ca.

[2] Lazaridis Institute, Scaling Success: Tackling the Management Gap in Canada’s Technology Sector, Wilfred Laurier University, March 2016.

[3] Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Immigration for a Competitive Canada: Why Highly Skilled International Talent is at Risk, January 2016.

[4] Council of Canadian Academies, 2015, Some Assembly Required: STEM Skills and Canada’s Economic Productivity, Ottawa: The Expert Panel on STEM Skills for the Future, Council of Canadian Academies.

[5] Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, Canada’s Innovation Imperative: Report on Canada 2011.

[6] Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2012), OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2012, OECD Publishing.

Credit: Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

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