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Innovation & Scaling: Bridging the Canadian Productivity Gap in a Digital World

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Toronto Region Board of Trade and Desjardins Logo

Hear the discussion on technology adoption and innovation in SMEs to bridge the Canadian productivity gap, where you'll gain actionable insights to drive growth and innovation in your organization.

Event Information

In our era of disruptive innovation, governments at all levels are seeking to capitalize on this transformative opportunity. Yet, decades of policies aimed at closing the productivity gap between Canada and its global counterparts have often yielded limited results. The prevalence of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Canadian economy poses unique challenges for scaling up in a digitally connected world where competition transcends borders.

This event provides a crucial platform to address the role of technology adoption and innovation in SMEs as potential contributors to the productivity gap. Whether you're an entrepreneur, business leader, policymaker, or simply curious about fostering innovation, attending this discussion will equip you with actionable insights to drive growth and innovation in your organization.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the critical importance of technology adoption and innovation in closing the Canadian productivity gap.
  • Gain practical strategies to foster innovation and scalability within your organization.
  • Explore success stories and real-world case studies highlighting the impact of innovative practices.
  • Discover potential solutions and policy measures to enhance the innovation ecosystem for SMEs in Canada.

Join us in this vital conversation and be part of the solution to boost Canadian productivity and innovation. Register now to accelerate your organization's growth journey!

Workshop Video

Thank you for your interest in our event! The event has now passed, but we are pleased to share that the recording is available for you to review. Catch up on all the valuable insights and information shared during the event. We hope you find it informative and useful.

Workshop Agenda

  • 2:45 PM – Doors Open and Check-In Begins
  • 3:15 PM – Workshop Programing
  • 4:15 PM – Open Networking


Randall Bartlett, CFA, Senior Director of Canadian Economics at Desjardins Group

About our member:

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in North America and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $ 409.6 billion. It was named one of the World's Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes magazine. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Ranked among the world's strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

If you're attending a workshop and require workspace before the Cocktails & Connections event, we've got plenty of available workspaces on-site for use (Wi-Fi included)!