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Thoughts on Innovation – Stuart Lister

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Stuart Lister is the Director of Marketing and Communications at MacLean Engineering.

What is your definition of “innovation”?

Bringing something to market that others either don’t have the creativity or risk tolerance for. This is the prerequisite for pioneering design. You have to be willing to be a pioneer and the structure to pursue it.

Why is it important for companies to innovate and invest in modern technologies?

In our industry, underground mining, it’s literally about survival, or to put it in a more technocratic way, to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business. Our entire industry is constantly looking to find ways to do things more efficient and always safer.

What advice can you give to Canadian businesses looking to make the most out of their investments in innovation?

I think this is one where each organization will have a unique culture, history, and capability, etc., that will frame their set of innovation risks and opportunities. Companies need to have a unique combination of vision, courage, and followthrough to innovate.

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