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ICT Policy, Innovation, and Commercialization

October 29, 2009


“ICT Clusters in Canada” by Professor David Wolfe, Political Science

Abstract: This presentation reports on the results of a five year study of eight information and communication technology (ICT) clusters across Canada. It summarizes the key findings from the individual cases and poses several questions: what are the critical factors that contributed to the emergence and development of the individual clusters in their specific locations? What is the relative importance of local versus non-local factors in supporting the overall dynamism of the clusters? And what are the most important factors that contribute to the ongoing competitiveness of the clusters? In conclusion, it summarizes the import of these findings for our understanding of clusters and sets out the main policy implications.

Brief Bio: David A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at UTM and Co-Director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the Munk Centre for International Studies. His research interests include the political economy of technological change and the role of local and regional economic development, with special reference to Canada and Ontario. He is National Coordinator of the ISRN and the Principal Investigator on its Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant on “Innovation Systems and Economic Development: The Role of Local and Regional Clusters in Canada”, a comparative study of 26 industrial clusters across Canada.

“Why Monetizing Innovation in Digital Media is Hard and Getting Harder” by Professor Eugene Fiume, Computer Science

Brief Bio: Eugene Fiume is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he also co-directs the Dynamic Graphics Project. Following his B.Math. degree from the University of Waterloo and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow and Maitre Assistant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was awarded an NSERC University Research Fellowship in 1987 and returned to the University of Toronto to a faculty position. He was Associate Director of the Computer Systems Research Institute, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Grenoble, France.

“Why Jane & Johnny Don’t Want IT-Related Careers…and How to Fix It” by KMDI Senior Fellow David Ticoll, Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills, KMDI

Abstract: Digital media and technologies are crucial to the innovation and productivity of every industry, be it energy, life science, media and culture, publishing, advertising, natural resources, financial services, construction, retail or education. But employers across Canada cannot find the ICT professionals that they need – even in the midst of the recession. This is partly due to dramatically declining enrolments in post-secondary ICT-related programs and low female participation in the field (25%!). It is also because of a growing mismatch between the specific skills of ICT professionals in the workforce and the new kinds of capabilities that employers need. This is a problem with many moving parts. This presentation is a case study on how such problems can be tackled, and maybe even solved.

Brief Bio: David Ticoll is a KMDI Research Fellow and Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills. He has authored several bestselling business books, including Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs, and The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency will Revolutionize Business. From 2003 to 2008, David chaired the Expert Panel of the Information & Communications Technology Council. He was Senior Vice President of Research at New Paradigm Corp. from 2003 to 2007. David was founding CEO of the international think tank and consulting firm, Digital 4Sight from
1994–2001. He was also a columnist at the Globe and Mail and He founded the Canadian program of Gartner Group in the early 1980s. David has a BA (Honours) from McGill University in sociology and political science, and has pursued graduate work in communications, information systems and marketing research.


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