Episode 1 - The Many Faces of Innovation with Dr. Tom Carey



I have known #TomCarey for 20 years. We first met when I was Head of Workplace Research and External Relations with the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology at the University of Toronto. Tom was working at the University of Waterloo and served as a Principal Investigator for the Canadian Federal Government's, Tele-Learning Centre of Excellence, a Federally funded program designed to encourage innovation within key Canadian industry sectors.

Tom and I shared a similar belief that innovation in Canada required a close co-development effort between Business and Academia in order to ensure impact from funded research initiatives. Since that time, we have collaborated on a number of innovation related projects, the more recent of which is #WINCan (Workplace Innovation Canada Network) which we co-founded in late 2020. Tom is perhaps the most thoughtful person I have ever met on the subject of innovation. He is a deep thinker as well as a pragmatic implementer.

I think our listeners will be particularly taken by how Tom adeptly navigates the differences between innovation and invention and between intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship and presents us with a deeper understanding of both and perhaps most important, he is able to make innovation universally accessible to us all. As a final note, Tom would welcome any and all feedback from our listeners.

Dr. Thomas Carey Experience



In Canada, Dr. Carey is currently Principal Catalyst for Transforming Learning Together (Guelph ON) and Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and learning Innovation with the B.C. Association of Institutes and Universities, the Knowledge Management Institute of Canada and the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Tom is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation and a Research Professor in the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University.
Tom’s current focus is on academic-workplace partnerships in Capability Innovation Network for Emerging Work, based on four key ideas from two Canadian proof-of-concept prototypes:
  • Capability to engage with innovation in the workplace is a key Future Skill for Canada to thrive
  • Every higher ed graduate can (and must) develop this capability for Workplace Innovation
  • Innovative Workplace-Higher Ed collaborations can (and must) be created to meet these goals
  • The work of teaching & learning in higher ed can (and must) become an exemplar of innovation
The current cross-sector pilot projects in B.C. and Ontario involve multiple workplace, university and college partners, and the emerging national initiative (WINCan Network)

Other recent projects in Canada include research studies on Strategic International Trends in Online Learning for eCampus Ontario and How Online Learning Affects Productivity, Cost and Quality for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Tom’s recent U.S. roles include Senior Partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Advisor on Faculty Networks for the California Community Colleges Success Network, Visiting Senior Scholar at the California State University Office of the Chancellor and Chief Learning Officer for the MERLOT Open Educational Resources Network.

Tom previously served in Canada as Associate Vice President for Learning Resources and Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Senior Research Director at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, co-leader of the Workplace Learning research theme in the national Tele-Learning Network of Centres of Excellence, and Director of teaching and learning centres at UWaterloo and the University of Guelph.
In Tom’s faculty career, he was a tenured Professor in Computing Science and Information Systems. His work has received awards for excellence in teaching and learning, faculty development, collaboration across academic institutions, research on interactive technologies, and industry-university cooperative projects (including a 15-year partnership with IBM Canada’s Centre for Advanced Studies).  Dr. Carey’s research partnerships included teams in Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.

Dr. Carey has a B.A. (Pure Math & Philosophy) from University of Windsor, Ph.D. (Computer Science) from University of Waterloo and a Certificate in University Management from University of Manitoba.

To reach Tom directly:

Email:  wincan@kminstitute.ca, transforminglearningtogether@gmail.com,      
Phone:   +1 519 820 8424                   Skype: thos.carey      

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