Let's talk innovation

Three Okanagan experts will explore what Canadians need to do to become more innovative during a public discussion next week.

Making Sense of Innovation, on March 12, is the latest in the Okanagan Institute Express series.

"Despite a decade or so of innovation agendas and prosperity reports, Canada remains near the bottom of its peer group on innovation, ranking 13th among the 16 peer countries," the Conference Board of Canada reports. "Countries that are more innovative are passing Canada on measures such as income per capita, productivity, and the quality of social programs."

The three speakers are Pilar Portela, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan, Dr. Kenneth Carlaw, an associate professor of economics at UBC, and Dr. Douglas MacLeod, chair of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University.

Portela will contrast disruptive vs. sustaining innovations and the need for distinction in Okanagan businesses. Carlaw will focus on the power of general purpose technologies in the past and present, and will report his observations about the beginnings of settled agriculture. He also hopes to speculate about future technologies.

The discussion will take place at 5 p.m. at the Bohemian Cafe. Visit http://www.okanaganinstitute.com for more information or to register to attend the event.

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