What are your company’s leaders prepared to do to “get ahead of the curve?”

Technologies are increasing in power exponentially and transforming businesses and industries overnight. 

Industries as diverse as financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, education and law are about to experience the same technology enabled disruptions that have upended the publishing and retail sectors

Paul and his associates assist established businesses that intend to lead in these innovative new areas or reinvent themselves to defend against fast moving and well financed start-ups.

We also advise policy makers regarding technological trends and their likely economic, employment and social consequences.

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Current Priority Research Areas

In a world that is changing faster than ever before and at an accelerating rate what’s a mature firm to do to compete and win? The answer begins with understanding exponential technologies and the changing business models they enable.

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It’s becoming clear that Artificial Intelligence is a transformative new general-purpose technology. Following in the footsteps of other GPT’s such as the printing press, steam engine, electricity and microprocessor; AI algorithms have the potential to radically transform employment, productivity and society. Business decision makers need to mitigate underlying risks and invest appropriately to drive future competitive advantage.

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We believe that mature firms should choose a ‘best of both worlds’ option for innovation and growth. They should borrow best practices from start-ups and global technology giants while at the same time leveraging their existing capabilities and resources.

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We had the opportunity to have Paul speak at our Board of Directors planning session this spring. His topic explored the emergence of the Sharing Economy as well as the implications surrounding technology as a key driver for this type of disruptive innovation. Paul’s extreme depth of the subject matter was quite evident, and his presentation style and professionalism were an absolute hit with our Board and senior management team. So much so, we asked him to provide an encore presentation at an executive management planning session two weeks later! Going forward, we look forward to working with Paul on a more frequent basis.
Ken Kolstad, Vice President, Strategy and PPO. The Co-operators Group Limited
I have shared the podium with Paul on two occasions on the topic of exponential technologies and how they’ll change the lives of our citizens, and businesses that drive our economy. He is one of those rare thought leaders who can bring clarity on a highly complex topic to any type of audience– be it a room full of executives, a classroom of MBA students, or a cohort of early stage tech entrepreneurs. Paul does this with grace and humility – never coming across as a “know it all”, yet he actually does know it all. Anyone who gets to have a window into how his brain thinks and frames big ideas at speaking engagements is a changed person.
Zayna Khayat, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Health System Innovation @ MaRS Discovery District and Adjunct Faculty, Health Sector Strategy, Rotman School of Management @ University of Toronto
We invited Paul to a recent, post-unification education meeting between CPA Canada and Provincial Accounting Bodies from across Canada to set the CPA Profession’s future direction in providing relevant CPD to CPAs in Canada. The key to setting the right direction is to understand the environment in which we are currently operating, and more importantly the environment in which we will be operating in future. Paul’s keynote sessions on the creative destruction of our economy and the uberization of everything opened our eyes to the shocks and trends that will have significant implications to business generally, and his ability to effectively focus the message to our business of continuing education created a perfect backdrop for our strategy deliberations. His message and insights guided us to a plan we believe will position us to not only address future challenges, but identify opportunities to thrive in the new environment. Thanks Paul.
Frank Colantonio, CPA, CA, CITP, Director – Professional Learning and Development, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

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