Joint Telfer & ISI Fraunhofer Workshop with the I2Hub...

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

(Super)Diversity and Inclusiveness in Innovation:
Indicators and Insights

Researchers from North America and Europe will discuss existing, emerging and potential future approaches to the study of diversity, inclusiveness and industrial innovation, with a focus on issues of measurement. The participation of graduate students from Telfer’s research-based graduate programs and Canadian policymakers will add breadth and depth to discussions and ensure the event leads to future action. 

Both academic and policy-oriented discussions of innovation have expanded in recent years to include considerations beyond simple economic output (GDP growth, profits, etc.). Developing and releasing the potential of innovations to improve the lived experiences of all, is central to this needed transition to a more inclusive approach to innovation. For individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized economically and/or socially, the benefits could be transformative. But such a radical shift in the way that innovation systems are observed, measured and managed requires the development of new research tools, the adoption of new methodologies and application of different analyses.  This workshop will assess, where we are, where we are going and what will be required of researchers and policy-makers to realize this new vision for innovation in the twenty-first century. 


Arrival – coffee 




Session 1 – Existing approaches to Gendered Innovation Presentations (10-15 mins each, and then moderated discussion):  

  • Maria Karaulova, ISI Fraunhofer 

  • Denise Gareau, Director, Research, Data and Intersectionality Branch Women and Gender Equality Canada, Government of Canada  

  • Gita Ghiasi, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa  

  • Louise Earl, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa – moderator 


Break and networking 


Session 2 – Superdiversity and Emerging approaches to measurement  

Presentations (10-15 mins each, and then moderated discussion):  

  • Rainer Frietsch, ISI Fraunhofer  

  • Dominira Saul, DFFRNT and Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa 

  • Julia Melkers, CORD / School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University  

  • Sandra Schillo, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa – moderator 


Lunch – Jakob Edler, Fraunhofer (video) 

Lunch conversations in person, and in breakout groups online 


Session 3 – Analyses beyond traditional economic indicators 

Presentations (10-15 mins each, and then moderated discussion): 

  • Maria Karaulova, ISI Fraunhofer / Rainer Frietsch, ISI Fraunhofer 

  • Claudia de Fuentes, St. Mary’s University  

  • Ana Maria Peredo, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa 

  • Tyler Chamberlin, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa – moderator 


Break and networking 


Session 4 – Instituting a structure for broader projects; systems transition  

  • Sam Estoesta, TD Bank Group (implementing in industry) 

  • Kyle Bobiwash, University of Manitoba (implementing in government) 


Housekeeping and wrap up 


End of day 

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