Innovation Research

Innovations Systems Research Network

The Innovations Systems Research Network (ISRN) is a network of researchers examining innovation in various cities and regions across Canada. The members of the network are loosely associated with four sub-networks: in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada. The ISRN's goal is to better understand how economic, social, and political conditions influence innovation and hence economic development at the local, regional, and national level. The knowledge resulting from this research is intended to assist policy-makers at all three levels of government to better understand innovation dynamics and craft more effective policy.

ISRN provides:

  • a process to increase collaboration and pooling of research results;
  • a forum for discussion and dissemination of results;
  • a channel to acquire and distribute data and other material for collective use by the members of the network;
  • a means to develop better understanding of the local and regional innovation systems in their respective parts of the country;
  • A network to systematically compare research findings across cities and regions, thus contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the national innovation system in Canada.

For more information and research reports visit their website .

The Conference Board of Canada

  • A not-for-profit Canadian organization that takes a business-like approach to its operations.
  • Objective and non-partisan. We do not lobby for specific interests.
  • Funded exclusively through the fees we charge for services to the private and public sectors.
  • Experts in running conferences but also at conducting, publishing and disseminating research, helping people network, developing individual leadership skills and building organizational capacity.
  • Specialists in economic trends, as well as organizational performance and public policy issues.
  • Not a government department or agency, although we are often hired to provide services for all levels of government.
  • Independent from, but affiliated with, The Conference Board, Inc. of New York, which serves some 2,500 companies in 60 nations and has offices in Brussels and Hong Kong.

Mission: The Conference Board builds leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance. Website link

The Centre for Innovation Studies

THECIS (The Centre for Innovation Studies) is a province-wide not for profit organization devoted to study and promotion of innovation. Based in Calgary, Alberta, and Incorporated in 2001, its primary geographic scope is western Canada.

THECIS has three core functions – research, networking and education:

  • Research. Building insights into how the innovation systems functions and policies that can improve it.
  • Networking. Providing opportunities for exchange of ideas through breakfast meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Education. Dissemination of information through Newsletters, events and other informal educational activities.

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