Announcement: CRTC and Broadband

On Dec 21, 2016 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) provided a submission for the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda regarding internet telecommunications services. This decision was a result of an examination into the telecommunication services required by Canadians to participate in the digital economy and the role of the CRTC in ensuring the...

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Report: Conference Board of Canada’s PSE Skills for a Prosperous British Columbia (2016)

This report by the Conference Board of Canada provides analysis of economic and labour trends for the province’s post-secondary educated (PSE) workers through modeling and interviews with a variety of experts, employers and economic sectors (including technology). It identifies skills and credentials that will be required by BC employers and how the skills gap (companies...

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Book: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This book by Daniel Pink shows there is a large gap between the science of motivation and business practices and management.  Motivation is largely intrinsic but in business rewards are typically extrinsic (for example, financial bonuses). Studies show that higher pay and bonuses only lead to better performance in tasks with basic mechanical skills and...

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Article: Why Aren’t Google And Apple Saving Healthcare?

This article highlights the opportunity for technology companies to help rein in the costs of healthcare which is continuing to grow at unsustainable rates. New technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, social media, sensors, and wearables in medicine may improve the quality of care while reducing costs. It is noted that the incumbent pharmaceutical and...

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Book: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

This book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee has three broad conclusions: There has been incredible progress in digital technologies. While computer technology is not entirely new, it has taken time to hit its stride. Software, data analytics, sensors, and computational power has come together and progressed to a place where digital technologies are causing...

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