By Benjamin Bergen, Executive Director of the Council of Canadian Innovators

Among the cacophony of headlines in March — vaccines, provincial budgets, and the big boat blocking the Suez Canal — a seismic shift in Canada’s economic policy mindset didn’t grab much media play.

On March 24, in an unassuming statement headlined “Minister Champagne highlights updated guidelines on national security review of foreign investments,” the federal government formally declared that artificial intelligence, quantum science, space technology, energy storage and medical technology, among other technologies will be considered as potential national security factors in reviewing foreign takeovers.

Minister Champagne also issued…

CCI expands across Canada, adding government-relations representatives in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Toronto, ON, APRIL 12, 2021 — The Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) is proud to announce a national expansion with the addition of leading government relations experts in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, to supplement our existing focus on Quebec and federal public policy regarding innovation.

CCI is a national business council representing more than 130 of Canada’s fastest growing companies in the innovation economy, including leading firms commercializing ideas in clean and health technologies, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cybersecurity and fintech. …

By Dana O’Born ~ Director of Strategic Initiatives

Whenever a new member company joins CCI, there’s a question I like to make a point of asking the CEO: How much IP does your company own?

The answers vary widely; depending on their business, some companies hold hundreds of patents, or only a handful, or none at all. But regardless, it tends to be a good start to an interesting conversation.

Every innovative company has leaders who think about intangible assets — that includes patents, yes, but also trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, developer contracts and other forms of intellectual property.


Today in Québec City, Finance Minister Eric Girard tabled his 2021 budget in the Québec National Assembly.

In response to the budget, Pierre-Philippe Lortie, CCI’s Director of Government & Public Affairs for Québec issued the following statement on behalf of our members:

The fastest growing technology companies in Québec were pleased to see the provincial government’s budget prioritizes innovation as an important ingredient for success in the post-pandemic economic recovery.

For scaling technology companies, the ability to recruit highly-skilled talent is the most important factor for success. Québec’s “scale-up” companies are expecting to increase their workforces by 25% this year…

Today at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy tabled the Ontario 2021–22 budget.

In response, CCI Executive Director Benjamin Bergen released the following statement on behalf of more than 130 high-growth Canadian technology companies.

What we saw today was very much a pandemic budget focused on supporting the hardest-hit small businesses in our economy. However, the leaders behind Ontario’s high-growth, job creating companies were hoping to see a long term prosperity strategy which lays out a clear roadmap for economic renewal after COVID-19. …

By Pierre Philippe Lortie, Director of Government & Public Affairs ~ Quebec

Since CCI established our presence in Québec in 2018, our members have asked the government for one very simple thing: let’s unite our efforts to build a stronger Québec for the 21st century economy. This is why in December we were pleased to see the creation of a provincial advisory council on innovation and commercialization, and the appointment of a Chief Innovator for Québec, vesting Luc Sirois and the group with the responsibility of building out a new policy framework that increases Québec’s innovation outputs.

One of the…

Pierre-Philippe Lortie, Directeur ~ Québec

Depuis le tout début de notre présence au Québec en 2018, les membres du Conseil canadien des innovateurs (CCI) basés au Québec demandent au gouvernement une chose bien simple: unissons nos efforts pour bâtir un Québec plus fort. C’est pourquoi nous sommes très satisfaits de la création du Conseil de l’innovation et de la nomination d’un Innovateur en chef, sous la gouverne de Luc Sirois. La création du poste d’Innovateur en chef du Québec doit permettre au Québec de remettre l’innovation au cœur de la relance.

L’une des priorités de ce Conseil est de proposer…

By Alanna Sokic
Manager of Government Affairs ~ Ontario

It’s been an exciting couple of months since I started at CCI — and what a time to lead the organization’s Ontario practice.

We’re just starting to pull ourselves out of the pandemic mindset; this crisis isn’t over yet, but we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And already, policymakers need to be planning for it.

When I started at CCI in February, one of my first priorities was to work with our members to craft our 2021 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission. You can read the full…

On Thursday, February 25, Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews tabled the UCP government’s 2021–22 budget. One of the major themes of the budget was the government’s plan for economic recovery. With a light at the end of the tunnel of COVID-19, now is the time for Canadian governments to be making plans and preparing to support the post-pandemic recovery.

At CCI we eagerly read the details of the Alberta budget to understand how Alberta’s recovery plan will affect the province’s technology sector, and in particular the scale-up companies that we represent. On behalf of our members in Alberta, and more…

Plus de 300 jours se sont écoulés depuis la déclaration officielle de l’état de pandémie de la COVID-19 par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Cet événement a radicalement bouleversé le monde entier. Pour nombre d’entre nous, cela fait très longtemps que nous n’avons pas mis les pieds dans nos bureaux, que nous n’avons pas rencontré en personne nos collègues. C’est le temps que cela a pris pour que les activités commerciales de bon nombre d’entre nous retrouvent un semblant de normalité. Un an après l’annonce de la pandémie, nous nous accrochons à une lueur d’espoir. Le vaccin contre la COVID-19…

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