B2B News for Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Remote Tech Awards, the Justice League, Use of Indigenous Intellectual Property

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What if this is the coolest summer – in terms of temperature — of the rest of our lives? It’s really the only important question to ask while waiting for billionaires to stop racing to space and start investing in healing our poor planet.

The 2021 Remote Tech Breakthrough Award winners have been announced. Victoria-based CEO Andrew McLeod is “Remote Tech Breakthrough CEO of the Year.” McLeod is the CEO and Co-founder of Certn.

“I am very delighted to be recognized as the CEO of the year,” said McLeod.  “It’s been phenomenal to see Certn grow, and I’m grateful for all of our amazing Certonians collaborating on solutions that build trust in people. We live by our trust mission daily, as trust is such a fundamental part of successful businesses today. We are glad to be a part of the tech revolution that facilitates trust in the global workplace. The world of work has shifted and business owners need to get on board to stay afloat in the current economy.”

Certn provides real-time background screening solutions for employers and staffing agencies.

Press release: https://certn.co/canadas-andrew-mcleod-announced-as-remote-tech-breakthrough-ceo-of-theyear-2021/

I’ve always thought diverse teams are like the Justice League. They represent a number of special cultural powers assembled to do good together. There is evidence builds that diversity boosts performance, but those various cultural powers can cause friction. According to research coming out of The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, it takes enlightened leadership to motivate, integrate and coordinate diverse teams so that they become high-performing.

“Diversity enhances work output, but people often report having a less positive experience in diverse teams because of conflict,” says Darden Professor Laura Morgan Roberts. “Leaders need clarity over what dimensions of diversity are meaningful and significant for their organization.”

Press release: https://www.newswise.com/articles/you-ve-assembled-a-diverse-team-now-how-do-you-make-it-high-performing

 

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) recently conducted a survey to determine the use and impact of intellectual property (IP) among Indigenous businesses.

The agency worked with the department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to execute the 2019 Intellectual Property Survey of Indigenous Businesses. This survey explored how Indigenous businesses protect traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. It identified and revealed a more in-depth understanding of the awareness and use of IP protections among Indigenous businesses in Canada.

The telephone survey included 1100 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis business owners across Canada. The information collected will be used to update programs and services to be more inclusive of Indigenous business realities and engage Indigenous entrepreneurs on ways to protect traditional knowledge and cultural expressions.

“Intellectual property that is well-protected can provide a company with a significant competitive advantage” says Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, CCAB. “The Canadian IP system must be relevant and accessible to Indigenous entrepreneurs so they can contribute to the shared prosperity generated by the knowledge economy. This study gives us the first impression of the necessary tools, resources and protections required to ensure Indigenous businesses connect to the Canadian IP system.”

Press release: https://www.ccab.com/main/new-study-gives-first-impression-on-the-impact-of-intellectual-property-ip-on-indigenous-businesses/

 

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Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott is a former Managing Editor of B2BNN. Her technology and business journalism has appeared in the Technology Review, the Globe and Mail, Canada Computes, the Vancouver Sun and the Bay Street Bull. She is the author of the short story collections Love from Planet Wine Cooler and Dry Stories. Find links to recent articles by following her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-baggott-9a0306/