March 24th 2011!
Because innovation is a key to ourfuture economic and social success,we need to inject more urgencyinto our collective att...
We are loosing              ground Canada receive a D grade and ranks 14th out of 17 countries. The Canadian economy remai...
Competing is one thing…  Winning      is another!
How do we                         Compete?At an average of only 3.3 people per sq km,Canada has one of the lowest populati...
Our hub cities are                            Isolated                         Edmonton            CalgaryVancouver       ...
Big Country                                                 but few people…        33	   Million	  People	                ...
Competing is one thing…  Winning      is another!              So how do we                          Win?
Healthy EconomyStrong Resource BaseProductive Science BaseStrong Education SystemTalented and Skilled WorkforceLivable Com...
Session focuses on   area s strengthsAbout 50 attend meeting on strategic planningBy Sarah Deeth, Examiner Staff Writer, p...
What is the role of the local community                      in drivinginnovation?
MaRS helps to create successful Mission     global businesses from Canada s             science and technology            ...
MaRS Advisory                              ServicesFull - Time   Part - Time    Volunteers     Internship   Corporate     ...
•  MaRS volunteer advisors account for 20% to 30%   of total advisory hours•  Engagement of business leaders, entrepreneur...
Culture   ofEntrepreneurship
1. Give something back                – educating,  advising, mentoring, and parenting young companies  is inspirational2....
Community volunteersService providersCapital connectionsCorporate and businessAcademic and government
Innovation is a big challenge.It s not meant to be easy.Contributing at the local level andparticipating in a broader nati...
Don DuvalVice President, Business ServicesMaRS Discovery Districtdduval@marsdd.comTwitter: don_duval
Don Duval: How City-Regions less that 250,000 can Contribute to the Economic and Social Prosperity of the Country
Don Duval: How City-Regions less that 250,000 can Contribute to the Economic and Social Prosperity of the Country
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Don Duval: How City-Regions less that 250,000 can Contribute to the Economic and Social Prosperity of the Country

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This keynote presentation was given at the Community Innovation Forum: Knowledge in Action on May 24th, 2011 in Peterborough, Ontario. The presentation highlighted how city-regions less that 250,000 can actively contribute to the economic and social prosperity of a country. Smaller regions have different structural, business, and cultural nuances and it is essential to understand how to leverage those assets and drive forward the innovation agenda.

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Don Duval: How City-Regions less that 250,000 can Contribute to the Economic and Social Prosperity of the Country

  1. 1. March 24th 2011!
  2. 2. Because innovation is a key to ourfuture economic and social success,we need to inject more urgencyinto our collective attention to theissue Innovation Next; Public Policy Forum, 2011 pg 2
  3. 3. We are loosing ground Canada receive a D grade and ranks 14th out of 17 countries. The Canadian economy remains a below-average performer on its capacity to innovate. How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada February 2010 On innovation factors, which measures business sophistication and innovation, Canada s ranking fell two spots from 12th in 2009 to 14th in 2010. Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011 September 2010 GDP per capita - a measure of the value created by workers and firms in Canada from the human, physical, and natural resources in the country - trailed the US by $9,300 or 17 percent in 2009. Report on Canada Beyond the Recovery June 2010
  4. 4. Competing is one thing… Winning is another!
  5. 5. How do we Compete?At an average of only 3.3 people per sq km,Canada has one of the lowest populationdensities in the world.
  6. 6. Our hub cities are Isolated Edmonton CalgaryVancouver Saskatoon Québec City Halifax Ottawa Winnipeg Montréal Waterloo London Hamilton Toronto
  7. 7. Big Country but few people… 33   Million  People   VS.   300   Million   1.1   Billion   1.3   Billion  
  8. 8. Competing is one thing… Winning is another! So how do we Win?
  9. 9. Healthy EconomyStrong Resource BaseProductive Science BaseStrong Education SystemTalented and Skilled WorkforceLivable CommunitiesMulticultural Civil Society
  10. 10. Session focuses on area s strengthsAbout 50 attend meeting on strategic planningBy Sarah Deeth, Examiner Staff Writer, posted 2 years agoA brainstorming session on how to capitalize on the area s greatest strengths was held at the Peterborough Public Libraryon Aylmer Street yesterday morning.A strategic plan is a blueprint the organization will use to capitalize on the region s best opportunities to bringwealth and jobs to the area.People come to Peterborough and they stay for the people, she said. It was a really optimisticexperience.Participants were put into groups and each group offered a myriad of suggestions outlining the advantagesthe area has.One group focused on water, Fell said, a resource that fuels everything from tourism to research at the InnovationCluster.Another suggestion focused on zoomers, baby boomers who have a lot of zip,Whittington said.Those residents have a lot of business and life experience, Fell said.It s a real strength to have, Fell said.
  11. 11. What is the role of the local community in drivinginnovation?
  12. 12. MaRS helps to create successful Mission global businesses from Canada s science and technology Early stage science and technology Who we ventures and innovative social purpose Serve businesses Measure Job and wealth creation for theof Success economy
  13. 13. MaRS Advisory ServicesFull - Time Part - Time Volunteers Internship Corporate A single, integrated pool of advisors offering free consultative services to an array of emerging ventures
  14. 14. •  MaRS volunteer advisors account for 20% to 30% of total advisory hours•  Engagement of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts to ensure comprehensive skill sets to meet our client s needs•  Volunteers become MaRS ambassadors in the community, both domestic and international, creating an engaged and motivated group working together doing interesting work 16
  15. 15. Culture ofEntrepreneurship
  16. 16. 1. Give something back – educating, advising, mentoring, and parenting young companies is inspirational2. Connect and network with other like-mindedpeople…helps drives the culture of entrepreneurship 3. Love and be inspired by innovation and attempt to answer what s next?
  17. 17. Community volunteersService providersCapital connectionsCorporate and businessAcademic and government
  18. 18. Innovation is a big challenge.It s not meant to be easy.Contributing at the local level andparticipating in a broader nationalvirtual network is the onlyway we can mobilize our country toeven hope to win
  19. 19. Don DuvalVice President, Business ServicesMaRS Discovery Districtdduval@marsdd.comTwitter: don_duval

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