Canada’s $1.6 billion bet on IDEaS, innovation, and the future of intelligence
Jul18

Canada’s $1.6 billion bet on IDEaS, innovation, and the future of intelligence

All good things start with the seed of an idea. And of course, in the words of Thomas Edison: “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” Personally, my issue was never coming up with ideas; the hard part is everything that comes after the idea: building, improving, and eventually – after a lot of sweat and...

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Defence technology is well positioned to deliver in disaster relief
Jun18

Defence technology is well positioned to deliver in disaster relief

In 2010, I was building components for large camouflage netting and shelter systems for the U.S. Department of Defense in the Dominican Republic. We also had an active partnership with a French company called Musthane, which made collapsible water bladders to contain clean water, primarily sold for global defence requirements. At 16:53 on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, neighbouring Haiti...

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Surveillance Tech
Mar26

Surveillance Tech

When I first started OMX and created our first corporate pitch video, we started it with a 20 second fade in of the infamous Canada Arm. It was absolutely the first thing that came to mind when we went to display Canadian technology in a reel to pitch companies to source more local at the time, all Canadian tech....

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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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