One Million Acts of Innovation

One Million Acts of Innovation

February 17, 2011 13:01 ET

Immigration Vital to Igniting Canadian Innovation

OMAOI and ICTC to Discuss Immigration and the Opportunity for Innovation March 23

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2011) - One of the biggest issues inhibiting innovation in Canada is the growing skills shortage. One solution, according to One Million Acts of Innovation (OMAOI) and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), is to encourage the public and private sectors to help accelerate the integration of international educated professionals (IEPs) into corporate innovation strategies.

"Our aim is to better understand what employers need and start a useful dialogue on how businesses can improve their access to international trained professionals. This will be fundamental to enabling the growth of innovation in this country," says Taimour Zaman, co-founder of One Million Acts of Innovation (OMAOI).

On March 23rd, OMAOI and the ICTC will facilitate a meeting in Toronto with senior business and government leaders and international educated professionals, to discuss how organizations can attract the right skills to help in the execution of corporate innovation strategies.

"This will be a true meeting of the minds, where decision makers and IEPs can collaborate on the integration issues they both face," says Norman McDevitt, Vice President of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). "ICTC believes that improved diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups in the ICT industry will provide critical productivity gains and competitive advantages for Canadian businesses in a global market."

The mission of OMAOI is to create, record and count one million acts of innovation, by causing a national social movement to improve Canada's global innovation ranking. The movement aims to inspire business, technology, academic, government and community leaders to think differently, and innovate collaboratively to create a better future for all Canadians.

The next OMAOI meeting will be on Wednesday, March 23rd, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Miller Thomson – 40 King Street West, Suite 5800. To register, visit the events page at or email or call (416) 489-9541.

About One Million Acts of Innovation (OMAOI)

One Million Acts of Innovation (OMAOI) is a national social movement, started by business leaders and academia, to help counter Canada's negative prosperity indicators, and to improve the country's innovation ranking among other developed countries.

About ICTC

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a not-for-profit sector council that strives to create a diverse, prepared and highly educated Canadian ICT industry and workforce. Our initiatives and partnerships help develop the quantity and quality of ICT professionals needed to maintain and improve Canada's position as a leader in the global marketplace.

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