GO Productivity talks global innovation across the Pond

GO Productivity’s Chief Executive Officer, Lori Schmidt was in London, UK, November 28-30, 2016, participating in the 2016 Global Innovation Summit and Annual General Meeting of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC).

Hosted by the GFCC with their local partner, Imperial College London, nearly 200 people participated in the Summit, the Annual General Meeting, and a University & Research Leadership Forum.


GO Productivity, as the Canadian member of the GFCC, co-ordinated a small delegation of leaders from government, academia, and industry across Canada to participate in these globally recognized events.

GFCC Members Meeting & AGM


Lori Schmidt attended the GFCC Members Meeting and Annual General Meeting, and participated in presentations from member countries and a range of research organizations. The purpose of this meeting is to understand competitiveness agendas, and explore opportunities for collaboration between member organizations around the globe.

2016 Global Innovation Summit

The 2016 Global Innovation Summit, which drew more than 170 attendees from around the world, was centred on the theme of Cities: Competitive, Innovative & Sustainable.


In cities everywhere, population growth is routinely outstripping infrastructure renewal. This is creating a persistent appetite for innovation in sectors such as public utilities, environmental infrastructure and healthcare to name just a few. As more of the world’s population continues to flood into cities – a percentage that is set to reach 66 percent by 2050 – this trend will only continue.

As innovation becomes more critical for cities talent and technology are being perpetually encouraged to unite to drive economic growth. Cities – and the businesses that drive them – not only need to look inwards now but outwards to the global stage where becoming and remaining attractive is a constant issue for denizens and their leaders.


The Summit brought together entrepreneurs, policy makers, CEOs, investors, thinkers and innovators from around the world to tackle these themes.

GFCC University & Research Leadership Forum

The GFCC University & Research Leadership Forum was an opportunity to engage more than 30 university leaders from around the world to explore the roles that universities and research organizations play as economic growth engines.

Global Best Practices


In conjunction with the annual Global Innovation Summit, the GFCC issues a compendium of best practices in innovation and competitiveness. This year’s publication, Innovative and Sustainable Cities in Best Practices in Competitiveness Strategy, featured a paper by GO Productivity’s Ron Subramanian, titled ‘Priority Design of an Effective Innovation Ecosystem’.

Download a copy of the publication (including Ron’s paper) now, and let us know what your thoughts are on this globally important topic.

Learn more

If you’re interested in learning more about the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, visit their website at www.thegfcc.org. To learn more about GO Productivity’s involvement with the group, please contact us today.

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