Canada’s innovation performance has been weak for decades, earning “D” grades year-after-year on The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. But at the provincial level, a very different story emerges. While some provinces lag international peers on innovation, others are performing at or near the global frontier of innovation excellence.

Which provinces are ranked among the best innovation regions in the world, and which are struggling to keep up? Does Canada receive another “D” for innovation overall? What can Canada and the provinces do to become top-performers on innovation?

Join Paul Preston, Associate Director, Innovation Policy, as he presents the findings of The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. For the first time, the Conference Board’s analysis compares the innovation performance of individual provinces with that of 16 advanced peer countries. Learn how the provinces and peer countries fare on indicators of three dimensions of innovation performance—capacity, activity and results—and discuss the findings in open format.

In this presentation, Paul will:

  • Examine the performance of Canada’s provinces relative to 16 international peers on 11 indicators of innovation capacity, activity and results;
  • Explore how Canada’s innovation performance has changed over time, relative to international peers and on key indicators;
  • Identify and discuss factors that drive, shape and constrain innovation opportunities, policies and business decision-making in Canada and the provinces;
  • Highlight how provinces and international peers are pursuing different paths to innovation success and the long-term opportunities and risks that different paths present; and
  • Provide recommendations for Canada and the provinces on how to improve their innovation performance and become top-performing jurisdictions.

About How Canada Performs

How Canada Performs is a multi-year research program designed to help identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance. It is an online flagship product that presents data and analysis on Canada’s national, provincial and territorial performance relative to that of 15 peer countries in six performance categories: Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health, and Society.

Where: NRC/OCRE – Atlantic Room, 1 Arctic Avenue, St. John’s, NL

When:8:30 – 10:00am (Networking from 8:30-9:00. Speaker and Q&A from 9:00-10:00)