Fixing Canada’s Digital Deficit

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 07:30 - 09:30

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Room 103AB

Our speakers include:

The Honourable Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development  


Mary-Ellen Anderson
Vice President, Developer Experience & Evangelism, Microsoft Canada

Jesse Hirsh
Futurist and Digital Strategist

Victoria Lennox
Co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada

Corrine Pohlmann
Senior Vice-President, National Affairs and Partnerships, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Charlie Wade
Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions, Rogers Enterprise Business  


Observers of Canada’s economy have long been aware of both a productivity gap and an innovation gap; Canada lags behind comparable countries in both measures. Part of the explanation is that Canada also lags in investment in both hardware and software: the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) believes that Canada is missing out on $2.5-8 billion in productivity gains that would result from better technology adoption, particularly among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) - those with 500 or fewer employees. These businesses are responsible for over half of Canada’s economic output in GDP, but there are persistent barriers to digital adoption, including time, capital, and understanding.

The question of digital adoption among Canadian businesses has to be an integral component of any broader discussion on economic growth in Canada. The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Rogers, invites you to a discussion on the challenges and opportunities as a precursor to Growth Summit II.

We are putting the final touches on our agenda and will be posting it in the comings days!


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