Archive for the ‘Commercialization & Innovation’ Category

Shares vs Stock Options

This article discusses the tax issues around issuing shares vs granting options to employees of both public and private Canadian companies. There are major tax implications that are unknown to most people – including the politicians who are trying to encourage entrepreneurship.

Making Canada Innovative

Innovation is a popular subject these days. It was raised by Obama in his State of the Union address as a major challenge for Americans. Here, in Canada, many think tanks, committees, interest groups, etc are rallying to the call for more Innovation.

Investing in Greentech Start-ups

At the October 28, 2010 Vancouver Greentech Exchange, Mike talked about investment options for investors, challenges for entrepreneurs, incentives and impediments to innovation and finally explained a new investment vehicle – GreenAngel Energy Corp – could benefit both investors and entrepreneurs. Here is a summary of Mike’s talk:

An Innovative Strategy

The Globe and Mail reported today (Oct 13, 2010) that a blue-chip panel of experts (including me, so maybe it’s not entirely blue-chip) has come up with recommendations to turn Canada into a “nation of innovators”. (see story). The complete report is available on this website by clicking here.

The HST Debate: The Outcome

BC’ers voted against the HST last week (Aug 26, 2011) in favor of re-instating a double tax system. According to many press articles, it appears that those who voted to keep the HST were better educated, more prosperous, and self employed business people. Did the others not get the big picture? Or did they vote […]

Impediments to Innovation

There’s a lot of talk and discussion about what we can do in Canada to stimulate more innovation and commercialization of research.

B.C. Investment Tax Credit Program

This is a brief overview of B.C. Government’s investment tax credit program.

Unsolicited Proposals and SBIR

In the U.S., government encourages innovation using the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).  In Canada, we used to have something similar – the Unsolicited Proposal Program – but now the popular SRED tax credit has supplanted it.