Martin Lavoie

Blog Entries by Martin Lavoie

The Difference Between Invention and Innovation

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 5:42 PM

About a year ago, I was chatting with my CEO about the consultations led by the Jenkins Panel on Canada's government support to business innovation. He threw a line at me: "In Canada, we're great inventors, but very poor innovators." As I usually do when my boss says something I...

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Why Size Does Matter

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Let's face it -- size matters.

When it comes to performance and innovation, smaller ones often underwhelm.

I'm talking about companies, of course.

We all like small firms. All of us -- people, voters, consumers -- whatever the hat you wear. Governments, too, want to show us...

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Canada Should Trade Some White Collars for Blue

(18) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 6:07 PM

While the decline of the Canadian manufacturing sector has accelerated in the past decade, the drop in employment has been a much longer trend.

Since the mid-1980s, manufacturing's share of the job market has sloped progressively downward, due to a combination of various domestic and international factors, such as outpaced...

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