NAFTA re-negotiations
Nov10

NAFTA re-negotiations

It has been hard to ignore what is happening in the United States right now, as Trudeau senior once said, it is “the elephant sleeping next to us, a small Canadian flea, that feels everything.” Furthermore, now the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations are starting with comments in the media every day, including threats from President Trump...

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Innovation and superclusters
Oct18

Innovation and superclusters

I recently read a great book called “How to Fly a Horse”, written by the inventor of the “Internet of Things”, Kevin Ashton. Opening with an anecdote about the Wright brothers trying to figure out how to essentially “fly a horse”, it debunks our common beliefs about creativity and innovation. When reviewing some of the world’s greatest innovative breakthroughs,...

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The next big thing to watch out for in tech
Aug23

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The next big thing to watch out for in tech

It feels like every year some new wave in technology goes into vogue. When we started OMX, it was all about niche marketplaces – usually the “eBay of something obscure and specific”. When I was on CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den, it felt like every startup that pitched was the “Uber of something” such as food delivery, at home...

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Do you know where your suppliers are?
Jun30

Do you know where your suppliers are?

Trump’s Trade war will force country of origin tracking in supply chains. I wrote an article in the Toronto SUN newspaper a few months ago titled, “How America won the chicken war and why Trump will try it again”. The crux of the article was about a tax that the Germans imposed on American chicken after the Second World...

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Flight of the drones
May01

Flight of the drones

Earlier this year, the US Department of Defense released a video of its 104 micro UAVs, swarming in the skies over the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California while collectively making decisions together. The battery-powered 3D printed Perdix UAVs – which are based entirely on commercial components used in smartphones – began as an MIT student project...

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