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8th February 2013

Digital Apps Leadership for the 21st Century: A CATAAlliance Interview with ICTC CEO Namir Anani

CATAVia CATAAlliance: Please take four minutes to view the video of ICTC President & CEO, Namir Anani who was interviewed recently by CATAAlliance CEO, John Reid on the potential contributions of the apps sector to innovation and productivity in Canada. Mr. Anani makes a compelling case for the apps economy, first citing findings from a recent ICTC research report (PDF); an estimated 51,700 Canadian are employed directly and indirectly in the development of apps. Moreover, hundreds of millions of revenues now flow to entrepreneurs and businesses engaged in the development of apps by a diversity of enterprises across the country.

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7th February 2013

Public Opinion Poll Demonstrates Broad Support For Motion Picture Production in British Columbia

mmpiaThe Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) has released BC Film Industry Public Perceptions and Support (PDF), a research report which discusses the findings of a Mustel Poll commissioned by industry to measure understanding and support for motion picture production in British Columbia’s economic mix. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th February 2013

Study Finds Digital Transformation Fuelling the Need for New Executive Skills

cwcGame Changers: Leadership in the Digital Age (PDF), a new study released today by Canadian Women in Communications (CWC), reveals a changing leadership paradigm in Canadian technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors transformed by digital technologies. The consultation, which canvassed the views of 61 sector leaders across Canada and the U.S., found that traditional management skills, while still important, no longer assure success for executives or their organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th February 2013

The Power of Electronic Payments Stimulates Economic Growth in Canada

visa canadaThe growth in the use of electronic payment products, such as credit and debit cards, added US$9.7 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Canada over the past four years, according to a study conducted for Visa by Moody’s Analytics, a leading independent provider of economic forecasting. The study of 56 countries, including Canada, that represent 93 per cent of global GDP, concluded that: “card usage makes the economy more efficient, yielding a meaningful boost to economic growth.” Read the rest of this entry »

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7th February 2013

CIFAR And Banff Centre Partner To Spur Creativity And Innovation

Banff centre mountain festival world tourCIFARTwo premier, national institutions, The Banff Centre and CIFAR (The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research), have entered into a partnership to strengthen Canada’s capacity in creativity and innovation. Together, both institutions represent many of the world’s best minds engaged in research in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Both are dedicated to advancing knowledge and unleashing human creativity and recognize that, by working together, they can tap a broad diversity of viewpoints to inspire new ways of addressing questions of global importance and furthering their respective missions. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th February 2013

New Report Shows CFC Alumni are a Major Economic Contributor to Ontario’s Economy

CFCThe economic impact of Canadian Film Centre and its alumni in Ontario is considerable according to a recent study conducted by Nordicity on the economic impacts of CFC’s graduates in the province. CFC, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), engaged Nordicity to measure the economic impact of CFC graduates since 2005-06 – the first year of MTCS support. Study of the Economic Impacts of the Canadian Film Centre represents the first time an economic analysis of CFC graduates has been assessed, and provides a baseline for future studies. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th February 2013

New Canadian Study on Cartoon-Watching Reveals Positive Impact on Bonding

teletoon retroA national survey commissioned by classic cartoon network TELETOON Retro and conducted by market research firm, The Strategic Counsel, shows that Canadians view cartoon-watching as a positive experience that facilitates family bonding, fosters well-being and builds memories between kids and parents. These findings counter the common misconception that television is mostly used as babysitting tool for busy parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th February 2013

McAfee Canada Reveals Pitfalls of Sharing Personal Data and Passwords with Partners

mcafeeMcAfee Canada has released findings from the company’s 2013 Love, Relationships and Technology survey which examines the pitfalls of sharing personal data in relationships and discloses how breakups can lead to privacy leaks online. Sixty (60) per cent of Canadian smartphone owners have personal and intimate information on their mobile devices, such as bank account information, passwords, credit cards and revealing photos, yet four out of 10 users do not have password protection on their devices, leaving a huge gap in personal data protection. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th January 2013

Canadian Firms Failing To Explain Benefits Of Their Innovations To Investors

conference board of canadaCanadian firms say lack of financing is the key barrier to innovation, even though Canada has one of the best-developed financial markets in the world. The first report of The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Business Innovation (CBI) suggests that investors will be more willing to finance innovation if innovators get better at explaining how their new or improved products or services will make money. A quarter of respondents to the CBI’s Innovator Survey on Innovation Metrics and Management identified finance as their number one challenge. Respondents to the nation-wide survey of more than 1,000 Canadian firms who are seeking financial support cited finance about four times more than any other issue. The respondents to the survey were firms of all sizes and across industrial sectors. Read the rest of this entry »

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29th January 2013

Canadian Families Empowered By Technology As Lives Grow Increasingly Complex

Microsoft CanadaThe lines between home and work are blurring. With busy lives and packed schedules, Canadian families need a way to manage “one life”. They want to be able to work where, how and when they want – on their terms. According to an Ipsos Reid study released today, 70 per cent of Canadian parents depend on technology to keep their families connected, while 78 per cent believe that technology allows their families to stay better organized. This survey, commissioned by Microsoft Canada, found that Canadians believe their lives have grown more complex over the past three years, and as a result, are utilizing new technology such as smartphones and cloud services to connect with family members on-the-go and stay on top of their hectic schedules. Read the rest of this entry »

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