The Race to Digital: The State of Digitization of Canadian SMEs
Jun 24, 2021 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digitization for business continuity and resilience, but how do Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) measure up?
The Brookfield Institute’s newest report, “Picking up Speed: Digital Maturity in Canadian SMEs and Why Increasing it Matters”, provides groundbreaking insights into the challenges and successes facing Canadian SMEs in their efforts to digitize. This exciting new report crosses geographic bounds and sectors to offer a nation-wide look at the digital maturity of SMEs. This research is invaluable in ensuring that the businesses of today, and tomorrow, can adapt, thrive, and rise in the ever-changing landscape.
Join us for the release of the report in which experts will discuss key findings, such as:
- How the pandemic has affected digitally intensive businesses vs. non-digitally intensive businesses
- How systemic barriers constrain SME’s ability to access services and supports in their efforts to digitize
- How SMEs are impacted by their reluctance and/or inability to digitally modernize their operations
- The broader implications of SME’s reluctance and/or inability to digitize on the Canadian economy
- The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade (pre-recorded address)
- Sean Mullin, Executive Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
- Faye Pang, Canada Country Manager, Xero
- Lauren Kelly, Director, Sector Transformation, First Nations Technology Council