Canadian universities are preoccupied with attracting foreign students to boost revenues but should be concentrating on preparing the country to meet future technological challenges. There are now 192,000 full and part-time overseas university students in the country, a cohort the size of Regina, out of a total of 1.7 million enrolled students. But the percentages… Read More
I will be debating on the ethics, or lack of ethics, when it comes to technologies and tech companies before a live, televised audience at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Idea City is the creation of media czar Moses Znaimer, founder of City TV and other entertainment innovations, and is an incredible gathering of minds in… Read More
Amazon is on its way to becoming the next Standard Oil, amassing inordinate market power to set the terms by which goods are bought and sold in the United States. In 1589, a British curate named William Lee invented the stocking frame knitting machine, which used many needles to produce finer textured products more quickly…. Read More
The Olympics never fails to inspire the world by demonstrating the highest levels of physical prowess by human beings. But last month, the highest levels of technological prowess by human beings was reached and remained relatively unnoticed. Two groups of scientists and engineers — one American from Microsoft Corp. and one Chinese from Alibaba Group… Read More
Silicon Valley North? Not one that;’s funded by taxpayers,Postmedia files Canadian governments have historically demonstrated two aptitudes: Raising taxes and giving away grants without proper controls. The latest spree involves the rush to join the ranks of technologically advanced nations. A worthy goal, badly executed by bureaucrats who are handing out billions of tax dollars… Read More
I interviewed her at the recent P3 conference for about 40 minutes here. It was the Moving Forward conference organized by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. She was very engaging and talked candidly about the US relationship, future of NAFTA, alternative financing opportunities and challenges.
My speech Nov. 14, 2017 to Canada’s top civil servants — provinces, federal government, territories — on Exponential change and the need for new solutions by the public sector and private sector combined using emerging technologies. This was broadcast here.
Traffic is the bane of human existence and Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal now share the dubious distinction of being among the ten most congested cities in the U.S. and Canada. Los Angeles takes the cake, of course, where rush hour is every hour. The problem could be resolved if personal cars stay off the road… Read More
The Third Annual Clerks and Cabinet Secretaries Conference on Innovation is taking place November 14 in Ottawa. I will be the first keynote for what will be an important and provocative event that will deal with the emerging technologies that are changing the economy, societies, corporations, organizations and governments. It’s been said that structures capable… Read More
I will be moderating a panel at the 11th edition of the Toronto Global Forum — Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2017 – in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. My session will be Monday, Oct. 30 from 10.30 am to 12 pm under the title Navigating a World of Disruption. The conference attracts experts… Read More