Local IDEAs

Local Indicator Database for Economic Analysis

OPINION – No Life on MaRS?

News broke today about a possible scandal involving the Liberal Government and the MaRS Discovery District, a science and technology incubator located in Toronto. The story (being put forth by the Conservative Party) is … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Geography of the Creative Process

Much of my work is about understanding the role of location in the creative process and how it pertains to the economy. This paper published in the Journal of Economic … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Benchmarking Canadian Cities in North America

In 2012 Consider Canada commissioned Local IDEAs to produce a benchmarking system for their 11 city-regions. The purpose was to identify the North American cities with the most similar economic … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Urban Form and the Knowledge Economy

I presented a paper at the 2012 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference in New York, NY entitled ‘Knowledge Neighbourhoods: Urban Form and Evolutionary Economic Geography’. The paper is currently … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

IPAC 2014

I will be one of the Thought Leaders on Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century City at the 66th IPAC National Annual Conference in Edmonton, AB on June 2 & … Continue reading

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City-region Profiles

This post provides links to data profiles of Canadian city-regions. These profiles were produced for the Innovation System Research Network’s (ISRN) five-year study (2006 – 2010) of Creativity and Innovation … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Creativity and Innovation in Canadian City-regions

The Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) completed a SSHRC-funded five-year study (2006-2010) of Creativity and Innovation in Canadian City-regions. There were 15 case studies in total as well as country-wide … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Geography of Unemployment

This animation shows local levels of unemployment in Canada and the United States over a twenty year period culminating in the recession years at the end of the previous decade. It … Continue reading

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The Creative Economy in Muskoka

Executive Summary Over the past decade, urban and rural communities in Canada and around the world have begun to encourage a creative economy as a mechanism to use local assets … Continue reading

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Impact of the Arts in Huntsville

Executive Summary This report argues that arts & culture should be placed at the centre of economic development strategy for The Town Huntsville. While the direct impact of the arts … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Innovation and R&D Profiles for 11 City-regions

Consider Canada commission Local IDEAs to prepare a series of reports on the state of the 11 cities that they represent. One set of these reports used a range of … Continue reading

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ISRN Book Launch

The InnovationPolicyLab INVITES YOU TO ATTEND THE   ISRN VOLUME SERIES BOOK LAUNCH Friday,June 6, 2014 3:30 PM -6:00PM First Floor Library at 315 Bloor Street   MunkSchoolofGlobalAffairs   Please … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Anchor Firms and Clusters

Executive summary The main purpose of this report is to assess the relative impacts of industrial clusters and anchor firms on economic prosperity. Industrial clusters are known to provide economic … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

High Growth Firms and Clusters

Report Highlights Over half (55%) of all high growth firms are located within just 13 local clusters 58.3% of all aerospace HGFs are in just four clusters (Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto, … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cluster Research

The Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) undertook a SSHRC funded 5-year study on industrial clusters in Canadian city-regions from 2001-2005. Initially the project was a set of qualitative case studies … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Local IDEAs Blog

Welcome! The purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for the work being done by Local IDEAs (Indicator Database for Economic Analysis) at the Munk School of Global … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment