Towards a More Innovative Future: Insights from Canada’s Natural Resources Sector


Towards a More Innovative Future: Insights from Canada's Natural Resources Sector is the result of six roundtables convened across Canada between June and November, 2011. The roundtable series was organized by the Forum as a follow-up to our Innovation in Canada's Resource Sector conference held in Calgary in October 2010, which focused on uncovering the current state of innovation in Canada's natural resources industry.

This roundtable series brought together senior representatives from the mining, forestry, oil and gas, fishery and agricultural resource sectors in Canada to identify the unique challenges and opportunities faced in the resource sector, assist the development of the human capital required to support innovative activities, and enhance the capacity for collaborative efforts.

As detailed in the report, the opportunities for action in advancing innovation in Canada's natural resources sector are great. We have identified key challenges and action items in four essential areas of activity:

  • Knowledge Development and Dissemination, emphasizing the need for greater collaboration   and connectivity across the sector;
  • Community Capacity, addressing the dual goals of community infrastructure and social license to operate and engage with local communities;
  • Resiliency, Jobs and Growth, looking at the human capital needs of a growing sector; and
  • Environmental Stewardship, highlighting the opportunity to position Canada as a leader in new products and processes in the green economy.

Map of roundtable locations.

In the media

Globe and Mail - Resource industry ripe for innovation, report says

Edmonton Journal - Resource sector's bright ideas power Canada's economy

The StarPhoenix - Resources sector quietly innovative



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