If we want an innovative Canada, stop punishing innovators

The Trudeau government is all talk and no action when it comes to encouraging innovation

If we want an innovative Canada, stop punishing innovatorsBy Jason Clemens, Charles Lammam and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Mar. 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ – One of the pillars of the federal government’s laudable focus on improving the economy, particularly for middle-class Canadians, is an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Indeed, it was a centrepiece of the recent federal budget. Unfortunately, some of…

Planting the seeds for Alberta’s next innovation generation

Rainforest Alberta is connecting Alberta innovators to create conversations and relationships that could be incredibly important to the province’s future

Planting the seeds for Alberta’s next innovation generationHere’s a word to add to your vocabulary: autopoiesis. It’s not likely you'll ever drop it in casual conversation but it should help frame any discussion about the next generation of Alberta innovation. A Greek word, autopoiesis refers to systems that sustain and nurture themselves. The concept is rooted in biological systems but the underlying principles are now used…

Carbon could be the new staple of the Canadian economy

Many Canadian are more likely to believe that our resource economy is dragging us down than that Canadian innovation talent is building us up

Carbon could be the new staple of the Canadian economyHarold Innis is no longer a household name in Canada but perhaps he ought to be. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, it's worth reflecting on what Innis might think about the state of Canada's economy – particularly where it stands in a global context – and how it could evolve in the next 150 years. Innis, a…

Stop trying to grow the economy on a hunch

As the government sets about designing a new innovation agenda, the case for evidence-based decision-making in innovation policy is urgent

Stop trying to grow the economy on a hunchCanada can't expect to improve its economic growth without a better understanding of who is responsible for growth. At a conference in Ottawa last fall, where speakers included Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and growth council chair Dominic Barton, a challenge was laid on the table. We live in a low-growth world…

Alberta falls short of its innovation dreams

Alberta claims to have a functioning innovation ecosystem. It doesn't

Alberta falls short of its innovation dreamsAlberta claims to have a functioning innovation ecosystem. In fact, we don't. Ecosystems are actually systems, not just notions. Their parts "connect" to each other in an interdependent fashion. It's what makes them ecosystems in terms of input, function and output. It's almost (too) easy to describe something as an ecosystem notionally when the reality is…

Get ready for the Star Trek economy

Today's children could live to 120 and work to 100. What's all the fuss?

Get ready for the Star Trek economyWhen I told a conference recently that today’s children may need to work until the age of 100, the Times called it “the stuff of nightmares”. The Washington Post told parents expecting a better life for their little ones to “think again”. This generation may need to prepare themselves to work in 40 or more…

Innovative risk-takers will resurrect our economy

But we need a policy regime that encourages these innovators to find new ideas, then gets out of their way while they pursue them

Innovative risk-takers will resurrect our economyHow can the sluggish Canadian economy generate more wealth for all of us? We need to find ways to encourage the innovative thinkers among us. We all wouldn’t mind at least a little more income. And most of us would like to see that increase spread around a little more evenly. But Canadian income growth, especially…

B.C. needs to step up its game on innovation

A nimble economy requires innovation in such areas as tax policy, an educated workforce and immigration policy

B.C. needs to step up its game on innovationThe economic and business environment in which British Columbia operates is shifting and changes are necessary if the province is to remain vibrant. A number of trends are transforming the global economy. The principal forces identified by the McKinsey Global Institute are: urbanization, particularly the rapid growth of cities in emerging markets; accelerating technological change and…

Rise of the gluten-free heroes

The fact that the gluten-free movement overlapped with the increase in food prices is no coincidence

Rise of the gluten-free heroesGluten has divided consumers into two camps: those who can't get enough gluten-free products, believing that eliminating the little protein composite leads to a healthier life, and those who dismiss its sudden popularity as a cultural phase. Even if you are puzzled by the gluten-free trend, it has clearly benefited the industry and, most importantly,…
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