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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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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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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?
on 11/04/2016 1478267048
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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

32015 GEM Canada National Report, The Centre for Innovation Studies

 

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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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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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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Use procurement to develop the social market

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/24/2016 1477326739
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Procurement practices can be used to support the development of the social market and generate greater social benefit. One way to achieve this is by .... Read more

Procurement practices can be used to support the development of the social market and generate greater social benefit. One way to achieve this is by incorporating social screens in to public procurement decisions. A good example of this idea in practice is the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, which focused on social benefit when making procurement decisions.

Credit: Momentum Community Economic Development Society

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Development of social finance mechanisms

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/24/2016 1477325144
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The Government of Canada can better support the development of social finance tools. These tools, which include the Community Economic Development I .... Read more

The Government of Canada can better support the development of social finance tools. These tools, which include the Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs) that exist in some Canadian provinces, enable individuals to invest in businesses that are locally-owned and socially-responsible.

 

Credit: Momentum Community Economic Development Society

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Regionally based examples of social entrepreneurship

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/19/2016 1476892023
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There are regionally based examples of social entrepreneurship that can, with support, be expanded or replicated in other jurisdictions. In the field .... Read more

There are regionally based examples of social entrepreneurship that can, with support, be expanded or replicated in other jurisdictions.

In the field of homeownership, there are a number of programs and initiatives across Canada that use various measures to enhance access to homeownership. CHBA has produced a survey that, although not exhaustive, identifies more than 40 such initiatives. The survey report details initiatives in all parts of the country by type, proponent, target market, scale, whether the initiative targets new or existing housing, and the cost to the government.

Similar surveys can be produced that can be used as a blueprint for developing/encouraging more social enterprises in other fields.

Credit: Canadian Home Builders' Association

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Embrace & Support Social Innovation

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/13/2016 1476376836
We believe strongly that Canada's innovation agenda must include and embrace social innovation, which will enhance the well-being of Canadians and con .... Read more

We believe strongly that Canada's innovation agenda must include and embrace social innovation, which will enhance the well-being of Canadians and contribute to economic growth. An equitable, resilient, and sustainable Canada results in strong economic growth in the same way that the business world’s client-centric strategies deliver exponential growth and success to a corporation. As we see it, social innovation invites new thinking, new products and new ways of improving the lives of all Canadians. In order to stimulate, strengthen and scale up social innovation in Canada, the time has come to create a thriving social innovation ecosystem

Credit: United Way London & Middlesex

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Create a Platform for early technology adopters to use new created ideas or products

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/09/2016 1476034714
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Canada should become the global ecosystem for early first new technology adaptors in the world. For example, future driverless cars should be first us .... Read more

Canada should become the global ecosystem for early first new technology adaptors in the world. For example, future driverless cars should be first used in Canada. If I am creating a new unique app or product, I should first come to a city like Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa to try out my beta version and attract the first technology users here.  Why Canada is special. Canada have some of the most diverse, talented, educated and nice people in the world. Plus its a lot cheaper here to startup than in Sanfrancisco or NewYork. If your new product or app succeeds in Canada with positive feedback then that new app or product can succeed everywhere else in the world. This will help attract lots of new international startups and investors to Canada. It will also help existing start-ups in Canada to grow quickly and succeed after they launch their product or app.

I think they are lots of positive motiviations are being done to push Canadians to get into entrepreneurship and bring their idea into reality. The key missing step is having a platform and ecosystem to bring first users to adopt and use this new reality like an app or product. So great initiatives offered by government of Canada and others can help bridge existing Canadian start-ups to connect to early adopters composed of other entrepreneurs, mentors, business people and other regular users interested in the field of the new app to be the first 100 users who install and use the app. This way it will help push start-ups to get its first 100 or 1000 users and grow the movement more rapidly. It will also help minimize marketing expenses for these startups and then attract outside internalional startup to come and showcase their new products in Canada for early adoption. I am dreaming that big companies like Facebook, Apple or Microsoft can make conferences in Canada to show case their new technology first to the world in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Ottawa.

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Self Publishing as a Viable and Growing Industry

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/06/2016 1475788142
Canadian Council for the Arts should start thinking about the changing publishing industry and the new roles and responsiblities that are arising. Fo .... Read more

Canadian Council for the Arts should start thinking about the changing publishing industry and the new roles and responsiblities that are arising.

For writers there is a definite shift from traditional publishing to self-publishing. Even if the author is being traditionally published, there is more and more of an oness being placed on the author to promote and market.

Self publishing is no longer that nether region where hacks hang out on the fringes. Canada has a real opportunity here to support upcoming self-publishers and really put Canada on the map as a new Mecca for self-publishing. We have all of the tools to help these people. We just need to implement them.

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Exploration Centers - for all ages

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/06/2016 1475784277
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Centers with the Latest Technologies, open anytime of day, with Work-spaces for people to Create, Explore and Innovate. A sorts of Rec Center, for Te .... Read more

Centers with the Latest Technologies, open anytime of day, with Work-spaces for people to Create, Explore and Innovate.

A sorts of Rec Center, for Technologies, sponsored by the Canadian Government, which helps anyone to be able to Hone their Skills and Work on their Ideas, with Help from Advisers, Professionals, etc. that assist in Creation of Products, to help the Canadian Economy. So we can all get ahead in life, without leaving others behind.

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FLYHT

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/06/2016 1475718918
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Please excuse the fact that this is not my idea but I still can't believe that there is a company  http://flyht.com/    that has developed a total .... Read more

Please excuse the fact that this is not my idea but I still can't believe that there is a company 

http://flyht.com/    that has developed a totally new technology that has proven it's worth and are based in Calgary and are not receiving more government support. This CANADIAN company has developed a tracking system that will eliminate the need for the "ancient" black box and if used will also eliminate costly searches for lost planes as well as give useful operational data that can be used for maintenance purpose with huge resultant savings. Because this company has had to fight their way into this field they have paid their dues over the years and developed really excellent products  that NO ONE even comes close to. They are making great progress in China where ironically more opened minded thinkers realize that this is the technology of today while in North America/Europe they prefer to stay in the ancient times of the 1950's technology.  Canada should be behind this pioneering technology 100% and it should have been adapted into the Air Canada system literally years ago. This would give it a much better chance of being adapted WORLD WIDE by all the users of Airbus and Boeing and put a Canadian company on the world stage. Please, Canada business venture bureaucrats, this has been in your backyard for years and ignored....PLEASE WAKE UP! 

Credit: FLYHT technology and history

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Volunteer Tax Rebate

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/05/2016 1475704634
Many of the core sports, social, welfare, and community services most loved and used by Canadians are run by volunteers. Moreover, Canada's business, .... Read more

Many of the core sports, social, welfare, and community services most loved and used by Canadians are run by volunteers. Moreover, Canada's business, non-profit, corporate and co-operative laws require board membership through volunteerism. 

Volunteerism, though, is changing. 

It's time to recognize the heavy role that volunteers play in the Canadian economy, from coaching sports to serving on provincial and national association boards, and everything in between.

Canada should create a volunteer tax credit system whereby those who give their time receive tax abatement commensurate with their level of involvement.

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Online Education - Innovative, affordable, lifelong learning; for everyone, anywhere, anytime.

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/04/2016 1475582470
AukSun Consultants Ltd. is incorporated in Canada and UK, and registered in Pakistan. AukSun has grouped together multilingual promoters and developed .... Read more

AukSun Consultants Ltd. is incorporated in Canada and UK, and registered in Pakistan. AukSun has grouped together multilingual promoters and developed an online e-schooling systemAukSunLMS ( http://www.auksun.com/eSchool/summary.html ). We are seeking funds from funding institutions to operate AukSunLMS and build capacity to go global.We provide innovative affordable lifelong learning for everyone anywhere anytime. A working model is ready; comprising; clients, courses, learners, website, iOS App, advertising and CRM-templates. In our collaborative learning system, clients are; institutions, corporates and teachers who use dedicated web pages to teach their pupils in a customised and managed way. We facilitate and train our clients; and market and advertise their courses. We provide relevant ready-made courses to help our clients to jump start or upgrade.

We earn through subscribing students and this income is shared with respective institutes and teachers. We also earn from corporations according to the pricing plan they select. Corporations save significantly in their training budgets by adopting our methods.Subscribers learn at their own pace, from home/office on laptops/smartphones. Considering our volume-based business; prices are significantly lower than traditional schooling/tutoring.Collaborated business model is an innovative way to reduce entry barriers and enrol large groups of end users. Instead of competing traditional institutions, we facilitate them to provide better services to their learners. A win-win-win for AukSunLMS-institution-learner.

Benefits of eLearning are unmatched to traditional teaching methods. Learners benefit from AukSunLMS as a supplement (or replacement) to  traditional learning; saves time, cost and effort. Courses are available 24/7/365. Course quality is enhanced using better material, technology and methods. Learning is managed, upgraded, based on learning behavior. AukSunLMS imparts education through voiceover  presentations, videos and tests online. It manages progress, connects learners to educators, employers, funders and other sources. Seamless integration across all user-devises is provided to learners. A Certificate of completion is auto-emailed to the recipients.Major Expenses Our one-time cost and lower recurring cost makes it an ideal investment with significant ROI from Yr-2. AukSunLMS requires  $110,500 to operate. Funds are required to develop and expand globally through interactive website, learning management system, email  campaigns, courses and personnel. We will develop/buy quality educational courses as one-time purchase or percentage revenue sharing basis from prominent developers and teachers around the world. As cost is recovered, further distribution of courses will bear less cost. Hence we can mass market courses at a fraction of traditional competition (school fees, tuition fee etc.).Socio-Economic Aspect Millions of children/grown-ups around the world cannot afford quality education. Their talent remains undiscovered. AukSunLMS can teach/train them for as low as $10 per year. We will introduce an ‘Each-one-Teach-one’ program, wherein our Corporate and affluent clients/subscribers can contribute. (see auksun.com/eSchool/eschooling.html).

Sale Process We train Regional Representatives and Self Employed Teams (SET) for our sales. SETs will engage clients and train them to use AukSunLMS features; making and uploading courses, teaching pupilage through their webpage/s. SETs will earn through subscription of clients’ pupilage. (auksun.com/eSchool/careers ). Additionally, we send bulk emails and invite people to www.auksun.com/eschool. Visitors are directed to Children education, Professional Development or Corporate staff training pages showing catalogued courses. Subscribers are taken to the payment page and added to subscription lists for future follow-up (mailchimp).Website www.auksun.com/eschool is being improved for interactivity. We’ve collaborated with Yahoo (small business enterprise), Google (cloud for work, analytics, sites), Mail Chimp (email campaigns, lists automation), MSOffice, Acrobat, Vidyo, YouTube, Fiver, Online banking, facebook, Paypal, Mobify, SlideShare, Picktochart, WordPress, Shopify, Decision.io, PopMyAds, legaltemplates.net etc.Course Design; designed for the digital era; replacing blackboards using best mobile technology/apps (TIN/SCORM) to create courses, focusing long-term learning. We procure pre-developed quality course material from Canada, UK, U.S. and Australia etc. These are then customized, made interactive and uploaded for sale. (See catalog on eschool.auksun.com). Additionally AukSunLMS develops courses through collaboration with schools and their teachers, and other teachers worldwide (auksun.com/teach.html ). We continuously add courses for everyone’s use anywhere in the world; according to curricula, user-level, teacher preference, student requirements, etc.Services-        Customized web-portals for Institutions Corporations and Teachers (their ambiance, logos, color) giving edge over competition.-        Hands-on / online Training for clients to use AukSunLMS’s learning management.  - So they are up and running in no time.-        Making Courses (videos, voice-over presentations, quizzes, tests, automated emailing system, discussion boards, customized certificates)-        Training clients’ customers (children, parents, professionals, staff) - So the clients feel we are partners to their cause.-        MBTI analyzed learning behavior patterns - to identify ideal methodology for intended learners (introvert/extrovert preferences)-        Connecting independent learners with recruiters and corporations for jobs, Connecting entrepreneurs with funders

Products:

-        CPD for professionals (Finance, HR, Law).-        High gain, pre-made courses (to add value on client’s portals)-        Courses for independent learners-        Paper version courses (for people without internet access)-        Individualized unlimited cloud space to upload teaching material-        Discussion boards-        Motion detection cameras, Overhead projectors, seamless  uploading/streaming software for lectures or seminars.S.W.O.T Analysis-        Strengths: multicultural multilingual promoters - going global is  doable (Canada, UK, Dubai, India, Pakistan etc.)-        Weakness: Volume of subscribers needed to realize gains, hence  the low-price strategy. Internet availability-        Opportunity: People turning to smart-phones and eCommerce.  Rising cost of education-        Threats: Players with better financial muscle moving in first   (Tata, Coursera, Khan Academy) – get the early bird advantage.

Complete Business Plan, modus-operandi, financial forecasts, annexure, access to learning management courses can be provided (email your request to; azeem.khan@auksun.com ).

Credit: Home Schooling, School going children, Entrepreneurs, Executives, Immigrants, e-Teachers

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Create a culture of innovation by creating a culture of risk acceptance

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/28/2016 1475078935
Innovation is an inexact science that attempts to navigate the many risks of trying something new. For innovations to flourish, innovators need to be .... Read more

Innovation is an inexact science that attempts to navigate the many risks of trying something new. For innovations to flourish, innovators need to be able to live with the constant risk of failure. If the risk or consequence of failure is seen as too great, many innovators may give up after their first attempt, or not try at all. The innovation ecosystem can do a number of things to help mitigate the risks of innovators. These include services provided through universities, such as introducing entrepreneurship and innovation in university curricula, and support programs for pre-commercial incubation activities within the university. Another key element is the creation of a culture of innovation, which is a culture of risk acceptance, where failure is seen as creating the learning and experiences that lead to success. Such a culture emerges largely from the tone set by the institutional actors in the innovation ecosystem—universities and governments. If these support institutions themselves are too risk averse, or are too punitive of failure, a true culture of innovation cannot flourish.

Federal innovation investment and programming should seek to balance diligence and risk management with acceptance of risk-taking and occasional failure.

Credit: Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Create an inclusive economy, including innovation support systems for Canadians in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities.

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/28/2016 1475078639
It is growing increasingly clear that an economy in which only certain segments of the population participate in the economy and are afforded innovati .... Read more

It is growing increasingly clear that an economy in which only certain segments of the population participate in the economy and are afforded innovation support will underperform. As the Federal Government strives to make its Innovation Agenda as inclusive as possible it will be important to ensure that supports for innovation are not merely concentrated in the largest, most affluent cities, but also are developed to allow Canadians living in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities—communities often facing the most difficult economic challenges in the country, not to mention being the site of the natural resources that continue to drive the national economy—to avail, including the supports offered by universities, ranging from academic programs, pure and applied collaborative research opportunities, and entrepreneurship training and support (i.e. incubation and acceleration).

Ensure that any new Federal innovation policies or funding programs, including those for incubators and accelerators, are developed to allow Canadians living in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities to avail of the benefits of working with university, and other players in the innovation ecosystem.

Credit: Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Invest in infrastructure and programs that support bridging organizations

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/28/2016 1475078390
A key to Memorial’s ongoing success in supporting provincial and national innovation and prosperity has been the success of a number of universi .... Read more

A key to Memorial’s ongoing success in supporting provincial and national innovation and prosperity has been the success of a number of university units and centres that exist to help bridge the divide between university knowledge and community needs. Consistent with the recommendations of the Jenkins Task force, these organizations work with industry, government, and community partners to help turn ideas into innovative solutions, bolster industry-led R&D, an area in which Canada lags behind other OECD nations, and form the heart of sectoral clusters.

Since its inception, Memorial has had a legislative mandate to contribute to the social and economic development of the province. This “special obligation” to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador had led to a university that is an international leader in publicly-engaged teaching and learning and research. Experiential learning, service learning, applied research, and faculty members and staff with expertise and commitment to knowledge mobilization and community-based research, typify Memorial’s leadership in partnering with industry, community organizations and governments within the province and beyond.

A key element of this success has been the establishment of boundary-spanning institutions and mechanisms that enable external partners to access the expertise and resources of university faculty and staff, and which enable research, teaching and learning to respond to needs and opportunities identified by external partners. These vehicles for innovation and collaboration also facilitate mutual identification of shared projects, ground-truthing during the research and commercialization process, and result in external partners who have commitment to apply results in real world contexts.

Drs. David Wolfe and Peter Warrian of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School, University of Toronto, recently completed a report, “C-CORE as a Networked Industrial Policy Initiative,” highlighted this unique university-owned, entrepreneurial boundary spanner organization (elaborated upon below). Drs. Wolfe and Warrian are now embarking on a study of the Marine Institute at Memorial, another world-leading unit which links the applied training and industrial-sponsored research of a polytechnic, with the research expertise and highly trained personal of the university.

Memorial also has nationally and internationally recognized units in the Genesis Centre technology incubator, the Lesley Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, identified by the OECD as an international best practice, and the NL Centre of Applied Health Research, with a Director who reports jointly to the Dean of Medicine and the Deputy Minister of Health. Memorial is also the developer and steward of Yaffle, an on-line connecting tool being expanded to the college system in NL and to universities in the Maritimes and potentially across the country.

The federal government should work with the funding councils and the National Research Council, or establish separate departmental programing, to support such critically important boundary spanning institutions and on-line tools.

The federal government should make a strategic investment in the economic and environmental well-being of Canada through supporting the establishment of the Fisheries and Marine Institute Holyrood Marine Base Phase IIB ($25 million) and the C-CORE Cold Ocean Oil Spill Response Centre of Excellence ($35 million).

Credit: Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Increase support for pure, applied, and interdisciplinary research excellence for students and faculty.

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/28/2016 1475078124
Driven, by and large, by universities, pure, or theoretical research helps to develop the knowledge breakthroughs that form the basis for new innovati .... Read more

Driven, by and large, by universities, pure, or theoretical research helps to develop the knowledge breakthroughs that form the basis for new innovations. Likewise, and often more immediately, strong applied research done in collaboration with community, industry, or government partners also leads to impactful innovation. And as the range of social and economic problems grow increasingly complex, both pure and applied research will require interdisciplinary teams to contend with the entire scope of these challenges and develop the innovations that are able to address them.

Federal support, through the three research councils, should be increased, and funding program policies should be adapted to facilitate interdisciplinary and collaborative applied research projects between university, community, industry, and government partners.

Credit: Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Promote experiential learning opportunities for students.

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/28/2016 1475077911
The best way to ensure more innovation, and resultant economic and social benefits, is to foster the development of more innovators. One effective way .... Read more

The best way to ensure more innovation, and resultant economic and social benefits, is to foster the development of more innovators. One effective way to do this is to provide post-secondary students with real-world experiential learning opportunities throughout the course of their studies. This includes co-operative programs, internships, and course work experiential opportunities.

The Federal support for programs like MITACS should be expanded to increase the opportunities for students in all areas of the country and from all academic backgrounds, working in all sectors of the Canadian economy.

Credit: Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/27/2016 1474940142
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a more inclusive stock market

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/24/2016 1474743863
often gifted people with disabilities are restricted to what they can invest in because of the terms of the disability checks, which do not allow big .... Read more

often gifted people with disabilities are restricted to what they can invest in because of the terms of the disability checks, which do not allow big investments,but it also includes provincial for example in Ontario w/ odsp you can only do so much before the disability plan is voided,what we need the government to do is put measures in place including provincial governments , so everyone can be included in the economy

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Leadership in Mining Social Entrepreneurship

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/23/2016 1474660427
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Governments should expect a tangible financial return on their program investments that target the development, implementation and commercialization .... Read more
  1. Governments should expect a tangible financial return on their program investments that target the development, implementation and commercialization of innovation.

ie: Ten percent (10%) of Federal Government program investments should include a measured financial return on these investments beyond numbers of jobs and economic impact. If the Government invests $15,000,000 through the Centres of Excellence for the Commercialization of Research (NCE-CECR) program, there should be a $1,500,000 returned over a five year period to the Federal Government as an initial investor.

  1. Create new programs focused on funding the acceleration of mining innovation through to commercial success.
  2. Create a reward system for companies that solve major environmental challenges in the resource industries.
Credit: Centre for Excellence In Mining Innovation, CEMI

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The whole report for each question of the innovation agenda - MP Frank Baylis

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/23/2016 1474653039
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This is the whole report we prepared after holding a consultation with local stakeholders at the riding office of Mr. Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds .... Read more

This is the whole report we prepared after holding a consultation with local stakeholders at the riding office of Mr. Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard.

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The whole report for each question of the innovation agenda - MP Frank Baylis

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on 09/23/2016 1474653029
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This is the whole report we prepared after holding a consultation with local stakeholders at the riding office of Mr. Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds .... Read more

This is the whole report we prepared after holding a consultation with local stakeholders at the riding office of Mr. Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard.

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Collaborations, partnerships and innovation for impact

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/19/2016 1474313214
Canada is not currently a leader in the social entrepreneurship space. As with all types of entrepreneurship, Canadian policies and programs must exis .... Read more

Canada is not currently a leader in the social entrepreneurship space. As with all types of entrepreneurship, Canadian policies and programs must exist to incent investment in entrepreneurial projects, including those that address issues of social importance. Organizations that are applying or contributing their resources to help make a positive social impact and those that contribute to building innovative solutions should be incented and rewarded for doing so.

 

While the video game industry exists primarily to create entertainment products, a number of the innovations developed in the sector can, and have, been utilized to advance research and innovation in other sectors, including health, which have a profound social impact. In essence, the tools developed for entertainment now have serious applications in robotics, sports, physical and mental health treatments (to manage anxiety disorders, depression, grief and PTSD with war veterans).

 

A recent example is the collaborations between Ubisoft Montreal, McGill University, and Amblyotech to tackle the problem of amblyopia, or more commonly known as “lazy-eye.” The condition affects three per cent of children internationally and occurs when the brain favours one eye over the other. The inspired video game Dig Rush, played on a tablet with 3D glasses encourages active focusing and is thought to be five times more effective than the current treatment option of eye-patching.

 

As a driver of social innovation, games have served as invaluable tools in education, helping kids and adults learn the skills needed to participate in the innovation economy. Today, Canada can also boast an active group of academics playing a role in pushing the boundaries of games to new areas. The University of Waterloo’s Games Institute is using games research and technology and applying them to non-game situations, a practice commonly known as gamification.

 

The Games Institute is working with partners such as FlourishiQ to research games and gamification techniques to engage the users of the company’s wearable device in establishing daily insights on wellness data, sleep and other physiological data that can be monitored to improve quality of life. Gamification techniques are being used in games to help users find safe spaces in urban environments while another game, Spirit 50, incentivizes exercise for older adults as they engage with technology. The UpSWinG project in development with collaborators at McGill University use game techniques to engage policy stakeholders in solutions for improving sustainable water governance.

 

If Canada is to remain a leader in innovation, more must be done to focus our efforts on building up the resource that is primarily responsible for innovation — talent/labour. There already exists a global race to drive innovation forward by obtaining the best and brightest talent. to drive innovation forward and create the products and services that change the way we live, work and play. We need to ensure that our industries and University have the policy tools needed to compete on this truly global battleground. The ability to lay claim to those innovators is the only way to compete with other innovation nations around the world. Canada must develop an immigration framework that allows the seamless and efficient movement of highly skilled workers in the technology fields.

 

But targeted immigration isn’t enough. A domestic digital skills training strategy is also key to our continued success. How countries arm their future workers with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) skills to compete in a global and innovation driven economy will mark the difference between a country that falls behind and a country that prospers and thrives.

 

Other jurisdictions, like the United Kingdom, France and the US already have substantial infrastructure and frameworks to support social entrepreneurship and innovation including policies, legislation, funding and programming, which is available to all sizes of companies and individuals at various stages in their careers that engage in social entrepreneurship, whether directly or indirectly.

 

We encourage the Government to review global solutions in place at present, and consider ways to learn from the strengths of these programs to create and implement a diverse set of programs, incentives and opportunities for Canadians and companies in Canada to innovate and contribute to advancing socially impactful innovations across all sectors and communities.

Credit: Entertainment Software Association of Canada

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Make it easier for Impact Investors to support nonprofit led social enterprise

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/16/2016 1474051233
There is a lot of interest in impact investing in Canada.  The concept of doing well while doing good is a very attractive triple bottom line proposi .... Read more

There is a lot of interest in impact investing in Canada.  The concept of doing well while doing good is a very attractive triple bottom line proposition.  Impact investors can provide longer term patient capital and take returns that are based on a return on inspiration as well as financial yield.

Despite the interest and the curiosity in impact investing, many would be investors in social enterprise are reluctant to give up an expectation of high financial return from perceived high risk investments in social enterprises.  This is particularly problematic for nonprofit social enterprises where mission is balanced with financial return.

Policy makers would do well to find innovative ways to support impact investing in nonprofit led social enterprises.  Patient capital with modest financial return expectations invested in nonprofit led social enterprise will yield high benefits on social, environmental and reconciliation goals.  Thoughtful tax policy, creative leverage opportunities and creation of pooled funds that can absorb some of the due diligence and monitoring costs can result in less dependence on government and help build the world we want for our grandchildren.

Credit: New Market Funds; Vancity; Renewal Funds; Tides Canada

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Support Nonprofit Social Entrepreneurs

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/16/2016 1474046097
Canada is rich with nonprofit social entrepreneurs who see market forces as a powerful tool to help change the world.  Realizing that government and .... Read more

Canada is rich with nonprofit social entrepreneurs who see market forces as a powerful tool to help change the world.  Realizing that government and foundation dollars will never be enough to meet social and environmental needs, nonprofit entrepreneurs are looking for ways to advance their mission with products and services that have commercial value.  What is missing is the funding to help get things started. 

Restricted by CRA regulations from the equity capital market, limited by a lack of collateral from debt financing, as charities unable to use credit cards and friends and family money, nonprofit social entrepreneurs have nowhere to turn for early stage capital to support business planning and market testing.  Grant funding is needed to provide nonprofit social enterprises with the resources to develop new ideas, test them in the market and put together the business plans to launch.   

Investment in nonprofit social entrepreneurship will yield triple bottom line results that can help address social, environmental and reconciliation challenges without growing dependence on subsidy dollars.  Early investment has to be in the pre-launch activities of idea formation, concept testing, market research and business planning.  Not all will succeed but those that do will help change the world.

 

Credit: Ecotrust Canada; Potluck Cafe; Climate Smart; The AMP; Ecotrust Canada Capital; the Binners Project

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