Creating an Ecosystem of Innovation Labs and Hubs



Canada’s federal government has set an ambitious innovation agenda, and there are both emerging and established innovation labs and hubs scattered among federal departments. Leaders at Industry, Science, and Economic Development Canada saw an opportunity to connect them with one another to leverage resources, facilitate knowledge exchange, and offer collegial support for learning.


We collaborated strongly with the Service Lab’s leaders and ministry champions to design and facilitate a workshop to explore the desirability of creating an ecosystem of federal public service innovation labs and hubs and test for support.

Participants unleashed a wellspring of energy through short, dynamic activities that showcased the Service Lab’s facilities, tools, and methods. They generated dozens of ideas in a very short amount of time, and left feeling energized and excited to pursue the idea further while deepening relationships.

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