ITAC Launches ICT Fundamentals for a Successful Innovation Agenda

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) has announced the first in a series of five innovation papers that underscore the challenges faced by the information communications technology (ICT) sector. ICT is the fuel that ignites Canada’s Innovation Agenda and as such ITAC recommends fundamental policy changes and investments in four core areas.

In the first Innovation Paper released today, ITAC summarizes the four papers that will soon follow. In this paper ITAC also highlights that meaningful, bold changes are needed, such as:

  •  A willingness by government to make substantive policy changes;
  • A whole-of-government approach to innovation program and policy development;
  • Involvement from the tech sector throughout; and
  • A circle back with experienced ICT leaders to table plans before they become final.

The focus of the upcoming Innovation Papers will be:

  1. Modern Digital Economy Innovation Paper (September 2016)
  2. Competitiveness and Trade Innovation Paper (September 2016)
  3. Modern Digital Government Innovation Paper (October 2016)
  4. Talent and Skills Development Innovation Paper (November 2016)

 

To further support, ITAC will showcase the thought leadership behind each innovation paper through a policy debate in mid-November.  This event will provide an opportunity for policy makers to hear perspectives from industry, academia, and other subject matter experts on what they would like to see from Canada’s Innovation Agenda.

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