Entrepreneurial and creative society
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.
Summary of Discussion Paper:
Canada has done a good job investing and
nurturing the social and cultural conditions
(the Canadian multicultural brand) that make
it an attractive “place” to live and work. We
need to further leverage this advantage to retain
and attract talent - key to our ability to drive
and grow our digital economy, especially in
Information Communication and Technology
and other creative-class sectors.
We have the talent and multicultural base to
develop global content for billions of people and,
as such, create a multitude of revenue streams
from technology, platforms and content. We
need government and industry to align behind
a unified, national digital innovation strategy to
support Canada’s digital transformation. Such a
strategy must recognize the need to do much
more to support entrepreneurs, innovators, creators
and risk takers.
Achieving this ambitious but necessary goal will require
wide-scope collaboration among government, the
private sector and academia.
This discussion paper is intended to continue the
broad conversation as we move toward a national,
digital innovation strategy. My comments and perspective
are constrained to areas of interest and knowledge
as a professional who has been immersed in the
digital world from a strategic planning, marketing,
technology and content perspective for more than
20 years. In short, I propose seven achievable steps
that the federal government, in collaboration with
others, can take now to realize our collective digital