Why is that so?
I won't go into a detailed analysis of the various operating sectors in Canada and Quebec to list all the challenges that hinder our efficiency. I understand that numerous factors can influence such a result and that the current geopolitical circumstances don't help.
That being said, I can’t either surrender and claim that there are no other options than to accept our fate. I think our lack of productivity is primarily the result of inefficient resource utilization, but above all, it is due to a lack of interest in innovation that has us dragging our feet.
Yes, again with innovation! I didn’t think I would have to say it again: numerous other major players in the world of technology and I have been repeating this advice for years. We need to prioritize innovation now more than ever. It was urgent 10 years ago but in 2023? It's an obligation.
Many Quebec companies seem to be refractory to changes. It's an insidious and deeply rooted societal mentality that I've been trying to break down for a long time. In our current precarious economic situation, we must embrace new technologies to make progress.
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