Inclusive Innovation Seminar: What works? What next? - March 2019

ISSP Core members Kelly Bronson, Sandra Schillo, Senior Fellow Jeff Kinder and the Institute on Governance (IOG) hosted a seminar on inclusive innovation.

Innovation is widely recognized to spur economic growth but its negative effects include the propensity to exclude certain groups in innovation-led benefits and to present risks disproportionately. Despite wide recognition of the need to be more inclusive during innovation processes, there is little clarity about what this means in practice. Who are we to include in order to drive equitable gains from innovations? Does inclusive innovation refer to more ethical design or governance of technologies, or both? Does innovation include policy-making and social innovation?

This seminar attempted to build clarity around “inclusive innovation” from the ground-up: by reflecting on what people in positions of decision-making power, both in government and industry, are doing to further the inclusive innovation agenda. This workshop specifically focused on what we might consider the first two levels of inclusive innovation—1) The "who," or, who are the people participating in innovation processes? 2) The “what,” or what types of innovation activities are considered?


Speaker's bios (PDF file)


Event photos (Facebook album)

Opening Remarks


Jeff Kinder, Executive Director, Science and Innovation, IOG (Senior Fellow, ISSP, University of Ottawa)




Sandra Schillo, Assistant Professor, Telfer School of Management (Faculty Affiliate, ISSP, University of Ottawa) (Presentation, PDF file)




Kelly Bronson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Science (Core Member, ISSP, University of Ottawa)




Julia Hurrelmann, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Shopify



Christine Minas, Director, Results Division, Treasury Board Secretariat (Presentation, PDF file)




Miriam Padolsky, Director of Science Policy, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

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