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Innovation: Get Paid to be a Pain in the A**

Innovation sounds cool, doesn’t it? It’s actually quite uncomfortable. It is just another word for change after all; albeit, with a positive connotation. Change needs to be managed. Could you imagine if one day everyone in Canada started driving on the left side of the road? It wouldn’t happen. Not before all the announcements and […]

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Measuring the Performance of Toronto’s Business Incubators

The Challenge Canada’s middleclass is in grave danger. The growth of service related employment is outpacing the growth of manufacturing employment (Bernard, 2009). Manufacturing jobs, typically known for paying well and having fewer required skills, are being replaced primarily by low paying service sector jobs (MacLachlan & Sawada, 1997), often referred to as McJobs.  With […]

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What’s The Difference Between Loyalty Programs and Gamification?

Whenever I start talking about gamification, one of the first questions that I get asked is this: how is it different from loyalty programs? As part of my MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation at Ryerson University, I was tasked with writing a major research paper on a business topic of my choosing. […]

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The Canadian ICT Labour shortage MRP

In response to a question about future growth in Canada’s economy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said “[skills shortage] is in fact in my judgment the biggest challenge our country faces”. In a digital economy, it is hard to imagine a business or an industry where Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are not involved. Therefore, in […]

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A Story of Synergies: Part-time MBA student finds success at work and in the classroom

Two years ago when I decided to pursue a part-time MBA, I was focused on finding a program that would enhance my current career while potentially preparing me for a new one.  With a full-time job and part-time grad school, I knew I would have to find some synergies between the two so that my […]

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