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2 Up front Summer 2014 End game 52 Vertical reality Technology plays a leading role in Highrise, Katerina Cizek's award-winning interactive documentary film series Up front Summer 2014 In this issue The leaders Canadian executives reveal how they're using technology to innovate and pursue new business Andrew Reid Founder, President and Chief Product Officer, Vision Critical 6 John Floren President and CEO, Methanex 22 Liseanne Forand President, Shared Services Canada 14 Pierre Lapointe President and CEO, FPInnovations 40 Marc Poulin President and CEO, Sobeys and Empire Co. 32 Blue sky 4 A new world: the pace of technological change delivers challenges and opportunities Harnessing technology: confidence, caution and racing change Innovation and technology are hot topics for Canadian executives. In a recent survey of Canadian CEOs, we found that most expect technological change to be one of the biggest trends to impact their business over the next five years, and that a full 65 per cent have set innovation as an organizational priority. But there's also a concern about the pace of this change and an undercurrent of uncertainty about where to focus their technology and innovation efforts. The executives who contributed to this issue of Up front are innovation leaders and agents of change in a rapidly evolving global economy. Their success hinges on their ability to look forward and take action, while recognizing and managing the inherent and potentially costly risks associated with technological change. I am grateful for the time they spent sharing their stories with us. Thank you. Tahir Ayub Managing Partner, Markets and Industries, PwC Canada SPECial fEaturE Changing it up From robots to 3-D printing, five technologies that will transform the world as we know it 25

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