SR&ED

Why I Hate “SR&ED Consultants”

(… even though I am one.) This morning I received an invitation via LinkedIn that inspired me to write this post. It’s a topic that’s been irking me for awhile now. You may be thinking to yourself, “don’t you run a firm that specializes in SR&ED”? Yes, I do. What are SR&ED consultants? First, let me explain my understanding of the term “SR&ED Consultant”. It is composed of two parts: SR&ED and consultant. The SR&ED portion is straightforward – Read more…

Cybersecurity

Spear Phishing in Critical Infrastructure: Potential Applications of Mixed Methods Action Research

“Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people.”  – Bruce Schneier, American cryptographer and writer. Abstract Spear phishing is a growing attack vector in critical infrastructure sectors. The majority of cybersecurity literature focuses on presenting technical solutions to technical problems; due to the complex nature of this type of social engineering attack (which encompasses both technical and non-technical aspects), spear phishing has largely been ignored in cybersecurity literature. Existing literature has shown training exercises alone to be ineffective. When Read more…

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Culture: A Definition and Maturity Model For Critical Infrastructure

“If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff will just take care of itself.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos Abstract As the world becomes more interconnected, cybersecurity continues to be a growing concern in critical infrastructure environments. Neither policies and procedures nor technical solutions can consider all possible scenarios; however, an environment where cybersecurity is considered the norm and all users are engaged in protecting systems may be able to mitigate these Read more…

Product Innovation

Should every company establish a virtual community to benefit from user input? 

Q: Should every company establish a virtual community to benefit from user input?  Over 80% of high-tech firms listed in the S&P 500 have virtual communities that help generate user input (Mahr & Lievens, 2012). This may lead some managers to believe that a virtual community is a “must have” for their organization. This essay seeks to determine whether the statement “every company should establish a virtual community to benefit from user input” is accurate. This Read more…

Process Innovation

The Challenge of Digitizing Services

Introduction The challenges of digitization services are multiple; however, the benefits are considerable if successful. It has been called “one of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing enterprises — and their CIOs — today” (Weill & Woerner, 2013). Defined as “the practice of taking processes, content or objects that used to be primarily (or entirely) physical or analog and transforming them to be primarily (or entirely) digital” (Fichman et al. 2014),  Dilmegani, Korkmaz, & Lundqvist, (2014) Read more…

Cybersecurity

Economic Cyber Espionage: Issue Definition and Potential Policy Intervention Points in Canada’s Science, Technology, and Innovation & Cybersecurity Strategies

Introduction (Canada’s) Government has made science, technology and innovation top priorities. Since 2006, we have invested more than $11 billion in new resources to support discovery-driven and applied research, knowledge and skills development, research infrastructure and innovative activities in the private sector. These investments are creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. – Seizing Canada’s Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation (Government of Canada, 2014) Canada’s science, technology, and innovation strategy (2014) trumpets Read more…

Product Innovation

Motivation In Online Communities

Q: Is the best motivation for involving customers or virtual user communities into product development to give monetary rewards in exchange of their use experiences and knowledge?  Many will agree with the statement that customers must have incentives to innovate and communicate about innovations within the community (Smith et al., 2013). This essay seeks to determine whether the statement “the best motivation for involving customers or virtual user communities into product development is to give Read more…

Innovation Policy

Revisiting Innovation Canada: A Call to Action (A Critical Analysis)

Introduction The Innovation Canada: A Call to Action report written by the Independent Panel on Federal Support to Research & Development (R&D) was released on October 17, 2011. The concept for this report originated from the 2010 federal budget, when a comprehensive review of support for research and development (R&D) was announced. The report has previously been criticized by other organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (2011), The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary (2012), Read more…

Innovation Policy

Define, Design & Refine: Revisiting SR&ED as an Innovation Policy Tool

  Inspiration, intention and incentives are three of the key tenets of the innovation-focused economics espoused by Atkinson & Ezell (2012). In Canada, we already have an excellent channel for delivering incentives to upwards of 24,000 corporations annually, via the single largest source of federal government support for research and development in Canada: the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit. Through (re)defining, (re)designing, and refining through reviewing outputs of the process, the current Read more…

Community

The InGenuity Group Mentors Canada’s Future Cyber Professionals: Digital Youth Summit 2015

While the digital age has brought with it a wealth of technological boons, it has also been plagued by unique challenges and obstacles. Towards the end of National Cyber Security Month (October) in 2015, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and MediaSmarts gathered together industry experts and 200 secondary school students and for two days of engagement on the topics of cyber citizenship and cybersecurity. The summit’s aim was to enhance digital literacy among Read more…

Awards

“ELEVEN TOP BUSINESS WOMEN” – NEXT BIG THING MAGAZINE

Next Big Thing magazine is a quarterly Canadian lifestyle and interview publication which features local and international people and events. It details business proles, health and fitness trends, and newsworthy stories which touch on the lives of women from 25 to 50 years in North America and Europe. Their main goal is to “showcase success stories of intelligent, ingenious and successful individuals”, particularly from among today’s women. In May of 2013, Next Big Thing magazine awarded me Read more…