LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD
Researchers at the University of Ottawa’s
Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership and
Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute in
Toronto are working on the Ontario Inclusive
Innovation (I2) Action Strategy to promote gender equity. The
12-month project is supported by a CAN$225,000 award from
Canada’s Brookfield Institute of Entrepreneurship + Innovation.
Led by University of Ottawa professor Barbara Orser, I2 will encompass
several projects to promote gender equity in the Ontario
entrepreneurial environment. These include preparing a report
on the state of women’s enterprise, developing a certification
program, and hosting a conference to showcase evidence-based
practices for empowering women entrepreneurs.
Industry partners include Women in Communication and
Technology, WEConnect International Canada, Canadian Aboriginal
and Minority Supplier Council, WBE Canada, the YWCA,
and Youth Employment Services. “Diversity drives innovation,”
says Wendy Cukier, director of Ryerson’s Diversity Institute.
“We can leverage what we know about innovation to level the
DEFINING INNOVATIVE DIFFERENCES
A faculty member at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark
has received a grant of DKK5,497,230 (approximately
US$861,000) to compare the research and innovation policies
of Denmark, China, and the United States. Alan Irwin, a professor
in the department of organization, hopes his analysis will
shine light on what drives investments in innovation in different
cultural contexts, and how countries balance copying other
nations’ policies or creating their own.
MAKING RESEARCH MORE CYBER-SECURE
Indiana University in Bloomington has received US$4.9
million from the National Science Foundation to create a center
dedicated to protecting U.S. research from cyberattacks.
Led by IU, the virtual Research Security Operations Center
(ResearchSOC) also will involve Duke University in Durham,
North Carolina; the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in
Pennsylvania; and the University of California San Diego. The
institutions will tailor existing services, training, and informationsharing
capacities to the needs of the research community to
help protect networked computing devices—such as telescopes,
microscopes, and sensing devices—from cyberattacks.