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Centre for Canadian Innovation and Competitiveness

Centre for Canadian Innovation and Competitiveness

Canada faces unprecedented economic challenges. Its productivity growth is stagnant. Its advanced industries are losing in global competition. And too few innovation-based companies are growing to scale. These challenges are daunting but not insurmountable. Solving them requires the right policies at all levels of government. And their development depends on actionable insights generated not from broad macroeconomic analysis, but from deep analysis of actual production systems, industry dynamics, and technologies.

The Centre for Canadian Innovation and Competitiveness, an Ottawa-based affiliate of ITIF, focuses on addressing those needs. As a separately incorporated and registered charity under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and Income Tax Act, the Centre’s mission is to help policymakers and the public better understand the nature of the innovation economy and the types of public policies necessary to drive Canadian innovation, productivity, and global competitiveness. The Centre also informs ITIF’s broader work on shared North American innovation challenges and opportunities. (Support the Centre’s work.)

Featured Publications

Canada Wants Europe’s Competition Policy? It Will Also Get Europe’s Economic Stagnation

Canada Wants Europe’s Competition Policy? It Will Also Get Europe’s Economic Stagnation

The changes two bills are making to reduce market concentration in the Canadian economy pose grave risks to the future of the innovation that is essential to keeping Canada’s innovation economy from declining even more.

Comments to Canada’s Department of Finance Regarding Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentives

Comments to Canada’s Department of Finance Regarding Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentives

By changing the tax credit to be quasi-incremental, unifying the rates between small and large businesses, and simplifying the filing process, the government will be able to incentivize private R&D spending more effectively.

Still Buffering: Why Canada’s Online Streaming Act Isn’t a Blockbuster Hit

Still Buffering: Why Canada’s Online Streaming Act Isn’t a Blockbuster Hit

Instead of promoting and supporting Canadian content, the Online Streaming Act passes costs on to consumers. The government needs to modernize the way it thinks about supporting Canadian content and leverage technological innovation instead of fighting it.

Comments to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry and Technology Regarding the AI and Data Act

Comments to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry and Technology Regarding the AI and Data Act

If the proposed the proposed Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA) is implemented as is, Canada may not be able to fully realize the economic benefits that AI will bring.

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Events

April 30, 2024|Register Now

Reviving Canada’s Innovation Economy

Please join ITIF as it launches the Centre for Canadian Innovation and Competitiveness, an Ottawa-based ITIF affiliate focused on tackling these issues. This event will feature an expert panel discussion on a new report from the Centre examining the how and why of Canada’s performance on key measures of productivity, innovation, and competitiveness.

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Staff

Robert D. Atkinson
Robert D. Atkinson

President

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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Lawrence Zhang
Lawrence Zhang

Head of Policy, Centre for Canadian Innovation and Competitiveness

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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Board

Michele Austin
Michele Austin

Vice President, Public Affairs

Bell Canada

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Nicholas Brathwaite
Nicholas Brathwaite

Founding Managing Partner

Celesta

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Don Drummond
Don Drummond

Adjunct Professor and Stauffer-Dunning Fellow

Queen’s University School of Policy Studies

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Allen C. Eaves
Allen C. Eaves

President and CEO

STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

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Karimah Es Sabar
Karimah Es Sabar

CEO

Quark Venture LP

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Paul Genest
Paul Genest

Senior Vice President

Power Corporation of Canada

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John Knubley
John Knubley

Consultant and Former Deputy Minister

Government of Canada

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Natty Nashman
Natty Nashman

Managing Director

INcapital Ventures

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Peter J. Nicholson Sr.
Peter J. Nicholson Sr.

Chair

Canadian Climate Institute

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Sue Paish
Sue Paish

CEO

DIGITAL (Canada)

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Sean Speer
Sean Speer

Editor at Large

The Hub

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Iain Stewart
Iain Stewart

Consultant and Former Deputy Minister

Government of Canada

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Leonard Waverman
Leonard Waverman

Professor of Finance and Business Economics

McMaster University

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Advisors

Robert Asselin
Robert Asselin

Senior Vice President, Policy

Business Council of Canada

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Daniel Breznitz
Daniel Breznitz

Munk Chair of Innovation Studies

Munk School at the University of Toronto

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Kenneth I. Carlaw
Kenneth I. Carlaw

Professor of Economics

University of British Columbia, Canada

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Martha Crago
Martha Crago

Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

McGill University

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Ian Delaney
Ian Delaney

Board Chairman

Allarta Life Science

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Sébastien Labrecque
Sébastien Labrecque

Deputy Director and Chief Economist

StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy

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Richard G. Lipsey
Richard G. Lipsey

Professor Emeritus

Simon Fraser University

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Gail C. Murphy
Gail C. Murphy

Vice President, Research and Innovation

University of British Columbia

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Michel Patry
Michel Patry

President and CEO

Foundation HEC Montréal

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Tim Sargent
Tim Sargent

Deputy Executive Director

Centre for the Study of Living Standards

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David Wolfe
David Wolfe

Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

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