Working Groups.

Our Working Groups are member-driven and virtually hosted on a regular cadence in a peer roundtable setting. CAIN works collaboratively with all Working Groups aligning strategy across the Working Groups on national initiatives. These Working Groups also connect with relevant community partners and share opportunities that will benefit CAIN and the community we support.

Each Working Group is led by a General Member Chair and Vice-Chair and self-organizes to identify key challenges, develop and implement strategies, and create meaningful solutions that support our ecosystem. Each group’s Chair and Vice-Chair also attend a quarterly Steering Committee meeting for alignment with their peers and CAIN. You can learn more here by reviewing CAIN’s Working Groups: Structure & Guiding Principles document (that all Working Group members have signed) that outlines items such as commitments and accountability, conduct and values, conflicts of interest, and how CAIN is approaching creating a safe space for collaboration and conflict resolution. We welcome feedback on how we can improve at hello@cainetwork.ca!

These Working Groups were co-created with CAIN General Members through a series of inputs on what was most needed and ultimate selection by members of top priority areas for collaboration. If sufficient member support is generated in a new Working Group concept, CAIN can aid in the creation of new Working Groups.

DATA INTELLIGENCE & IMPACT REPORTING

There is a need to create efficient industry standards for gathering and accessing data, allowing Accelerators and Incubators to collaborate and produce impact reports that can be shared with the larger community and government. The Data Intelligence & Impact Reporting Working Group is a team of CAIN General Members working together to solve internal data gathering and access gaps, as well as supporting each other and community partners through data sharing. The goal is to collect and share data regarding innovation from coast to coast across Canada and improve reporting systems.

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

The Policy and Advocacy Working Group analyzes the Canadian Government’s activities and plans to drive innovation and support the startup ecosystem at the federal and provincial level. This Working Group discovers shortcomings or areas for improvement in policy and formulates recommendations to close any gaps. They advocate for the needs and wants of the Accelerator and Incubator community, in order to support CAIN members and our innovation communities.

PROGRAMMING BEST PRACTICES & SUSTAINABILITY

Accelerators and Incubators across Canada and the world are developing hundreds of programs to accelerate business growth and innovation in Canada. This Working Group exists as a cooperative space such that Canadian A/I's can share and leverage resources and best practices to deliver the most effective and sustainable programming, and thus collectively help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

TALENT ATTRACTION & DEVELOPMENT

This Working Group will investigate mechanisms that are in place to support individuals in finding meaningful and relevant employment as well as fill companies’ talent needs. We need a skilled workforce to grow innovation in Canada. This Working Group’s purpose is to best enable Canadian Entrepreneurs to source and excel in attracting and developing talent to assist in the growth of their companies and Canada.

ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR COMPANIES

There are many capital raising options available for entrepreneurs and their companies. The Access to Capital for Companies Working Group strategizes on ways to support companies seeking investment, while streamlining the process of connecting them to investors. Participants discuss and develop mechanisms for building investor interest, how to share deal flow and opportunities between Accelerators and Incubators, and connecting with international and national investors.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

There are many exceptional programs and initiatives currently supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. This Working Group assesses the current efforts across Canada in different industries, establishes which leading groups/experts to consult with, and creates next steps to drive initiatives in this space. The goal is to avoid overlapping community efforts and duplicating projects by shifting towards collaborating and collectively utilizing all our strengths to support underrepresented groups.

 
INNOVATION FOR GOOD & SOCIAL IMPACT

There is a need to accelerate the innovation process in Canada to solve current social challenges. We are observing the benefits of innovation as a nation - how it drives change and positively impacts the world. Innovation is the driver of new industry and job creation, driving our collective ‘tomorrow’, ideally in alignment with our values and needs as a society. This Working Group purpose is to discuss how to best advance, integrate and share the positive social impacts of innovation on Canadian society. As well as identify reasons why accelerators/incubators don’t embed social innovation into their programs and offer ways to incorporate social impact for those interested.