ISPIM Connects: Connectiv Innovation Research Awarded Prize for Greatest Potential for Impact

Connectiv Innovation is honoured that our latest research, “Scaling Start-ups: Challenges in Canada’s Ecosystem” received ISPIM’s top prize for research, The Dick Marsh Award for the research with the greatest potential for impact.  The International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) “Connects” global conference was held in Ottawa last week and more than 50 international papers were considered for the award. Connectiv and our academic partner, Ryerson University, were officially presented the award on April 8, 2019.

ISPIM is the largest and most active innovation network in Europe and is expanding rapidly globally with members in more than 70 countries. This specific “Connects” conference was focused on challenge-based innovation. The core challenges explored were scaling start-ups, adopting AI and analytics and innovation with government.  Having the opportunity to contribute to such an informed and constructive dialogue was both a privilege and realized a goal that was more than a year in the making.  

Dr. Linying Dong (left) and Emily Rezkalla (right) with the ISPIM Dick Marsh Award

Dr. Linying Dong (left) and Emily Rezkalla (right) with the ISPIM Dick Marsh Award

One year ago, Connectiv Innovation began a strategic partnership with Ryerson University and Mitacs to conduct primary research, analyze, and advocate for start-ups and advance innovation commercialization in Canada.  Our shared goal was simple, help provide policy makers and governments with the data they need to make more informed innovation investment decisions.  Canada is a leader in investment in innovation yet our commercialized economic output from innovation lags our G20 competitors.  In short, we are working together to positively influence that narrative.

With both academic and industry publications underway, we are excited to see this research begin to become publicly accessible and hopefully influence a variety of constituents including the government officials, entrepreneurs, academic institutions, think tanks, and innovation hubs that attended the ISPIM conference.

Presenting our research at the ISPIM conference provided us an effective platform to discuss Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem and potential aids and solutions for commercialization based on our qualitative and quantitative findings.  

Dr. Linying Dong presenting our research findings to ISPIM’s Delegates

Dr. Linying Dong presenting our research findings to ISPIM’s Delegates

After the highly engaged presentation, Connectiv Innovation and Ryerson University received positive expert feedback from public and private stakeholders on alternative barriers for scaling start-ups.  Being the first research of its kind, experts specifically stated interest in our findings and were eager to share either their corresponding experiences.

Other innovation thought leaders presented papers that highlighted research on Angel Investors, Methods of Collaboration for Innovative Technologies, Platform Based Businesses and Emerging Technologies.  Within these sessions, Connectiv had the opportunity to contribute to an international dialogue for progressive and practical innovation advancement and take home lessons learned from a global talent pool of innovation leaders.

As the conference concluded, our team at Connectiv continues to be eager to share our research with new audiences and initiate additional research collaboration and initiatives.

Thank you once again to Ryerson University, Mitacs and most specially to our award-winning research team, Dr. Linying Dong (Ryerson University), Dr. Andrea Rowe (Mitacs Post Doctoral Fellow), Jonathan Landon (President, Connectiv Innovation), Emily Rezkalla (Research Analyst, Connectiv Innovation) and support from Tamara Doerksen and Jack Hoang of Connectiv.

To read more about our research team and our journey to this award, click below for our advocacy page.

The ISPIM Dick Marsh Award Plaque that was awarded

The ISPIM Dick Marsh Award Plaque that was awarded

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Sharing Preliminary Research with the Conference Board of Canada

Connectiv Innovation and Ryerson University will soon publish research that provides new insights into the role of intergovernmental collaboration in building Canada’s business innovation ecosystem.   The study focuses on the practical challenges faced by leaders in federal, provincial, and municipal governments to work together to create an environment that is conducive to business innovation.  The study is led by Dr. Andrea Rowe and supervised by Dr. Linying Dong at Ryerson.

Recently, we were invited to share our preliminary findings with the Conference Board of Canada's (CBoC) Council for Innovation and Commercialization at the new waterfront OCAD campus.  Building on their evidence-based research, expertise and advocacy efforts, we hope to continue facilitating an open dialogue leading to pragmatic recommendations.

Thank you to Janice Francisco and the CBoC for providing this opportunity, for their active engagement (this group has serious intellect in innovation and business) and feedback. 

We also like to thank them for the donation to the Cure for Cancer on our behalf.  

The Importance of Building a High Performance Innovative Team

Have you even wondered if creativity is something that can be taught or is just in our genes? 

At our latest installment of Tech-Connex’s Innovation Peer Group, it was our pleasure to welcome Janice Francisco, Founder and CEO of BridgePoint Effect, a proven, and well recognized innovation consultancy here in Toronto. 

In one of our most interactive sessions to date, Janice led us through a series of hands on and very pragmatic exercises. 

Along the way, Janice shared some great research and from my perspective, proved conclusively during the workshop that we each have innovative capabilities and preferences. 

Gaining awareness of our individual abilities and preferences, learning how to leverage these preferences in team projects, and how to build more effective teams by design, were all key insights Janice led us to better understand.

Interview with Mark D.Penner Partner at Fasken on the New Federal IP Strategy 

Ever wonder how the new federal intellectual property (IP) strategy can drive your innovation? Even more, would you want to know if it impacts the length of time it takes to get a patent approved or discover how to best protect your IP cost-effectively? Check out RDP Associates blog post, where they interviewed Mark D. Penner, an intellectual property (IP) lawyer at Fasken.

Click Here to learn more about how "Canada's IP Strategy focuses on developing Three Key Strategic Pillars":

1.    IP awareness: education and advice

2.    IP tools: for encouraging growth and

3.    Updates: to Canadian IP legislation.