One Million Acts of Innovation

One Million Acts of Innovation

November 11, 2010 09:01 ET

One Million Acts of Innovation Avoids the Rhetoric and Causes Real Acts of Change

Movement Gathers National Momentum; Next Meeting Nov. 17th

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2010) - It's time to cut the think tank rhetoric and apply practical solutions to Canada's innovation woes, says One Million Acts of Innovation co-founder Taimour Zaman.

"While the pages of mainstream media abound with theories on why Canada lags behind on innovation, this movement has no time for think tank rhetoric. We've hit the ground running in an attempt to cause change now," says Zaman. "Just talking about the need for innovation and writing checklists will not remove barriers, nor will it lead to tangible change – not in a hurry anyway. We are about causing tangible acts of change now."

Since its inception this past summer, One Million Acts of Innovation – the national social movement to help increase Canada's global innovation ranking – has recorded myriad acts of change by connecting scores of business leaders and students determined to propel Canada into a leadership position on the world stage.

"Every day we talk to people who are committed to causing change," says Ted Maulucci, Tridel CIO and movement co-founder. "Innovation is becoming a priority for Canadian businesses and post-secondary students are eager to help make it happen. The seeds of innovation are taking root and the enthusiasm is infectious."

Zaman and Maulucci point to just a few examples that illustrate the movement's traction with business leaders, post-secondary students and professors:

  • The CIO at a government health agency is helping a University of Toronto graduate student package and promote her thesis for business support.
  • Students and business leaders are calling into a weekly national teleconference to connect and discuss innovative project ideas.
  • York Regional Municipality's Economic Strategy Branch is facilitating meetings between businesses and students.

In the coming weeks, One Million Acts of Innovation will be launching its new website to help businesses and students connect around innovative projects, record acts of innovation and share resources and best practices.

You're invited to attend the next One Million Acts of Innovation meeting on Wednesday, November 17, from 8 am to 11 am, at Miller Thomson – 40 King Street West, Suite 5800. Register by email at onemillionactsofinnovation@access-group.ca or by calling (416) 489-9541.

About One Million Acts of Innovation

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

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