Innovation Management Education and Training

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada has asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to undertake a workshop assessment on innovation management education and training.

The Questions

The following questions will help to guide the facilitated workshop:

  • What are the management skills required to ensure innovative corporate culture?
  • What are some of the leading practices in teaching those skills?
  • How have the learning experiences offered by Canadian business school evolved over the last decade, for students and business managers, younger and older, to incorporate the management of innovation?
  • How do the programs and experiences provided in Canadian business schools compare with other innovative countries and what are some promising initiatives that could be adopted in Canadian business schools?
  • What is the role of other faculties in enhancing an innovation culture and how do business schools integrate these efforts into their programs?

Progress Report

The final report is expected to be released in late 2018.


A two-day workshop was held in Toronto, Ontario from January 18 to 19 on innovation management training. It was guided by the Workshop Steering Committee, and attended by 15 Workshop Participants. The main goal of the workshop was to develop an evidence base on how to best teach innovation management skills.

The focal point of the workshop was on the teaching practices offered by business schools, both in Canada and internationally, and how this corresponds to the demand for innovation management skills in the private sector.

Workshop Steering Committee Members

To lead the development of the workshop and complete the necessary background research, the CCA appointed a five-member Steering Committee, chaired by John R. McDougall, FCAE, President, DALCOR Innoventures Ltd., and former President of the National Research Council of Canada. The other Steering Committee members are: Deborah Ancona, Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, Professor of Organization Studies, and Director, MIT Leadership Center at MIT Sloan School of Management; Colleen Collins, Vice-President, Canada West Foundation; C. Brooke Dobni, Professor of Management, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan; and Laurent Simon, Full Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department, HEC Montréal.

Workshop Participants

Workshop attendees participated in a two-day discussion to respond to the charge set out by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The participants were experts and leaders in management research, education, and industrial practice. For a complete list of participants, visit the Workshop Participants page.

For further information, please contact:

Joe Rowsell, Project Manager at 613-567-5000 ext. 253 or  

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Samantha Rae Ayoub, Communications and Publishing Director at 613-567-5000 ext. 256 or

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