Seminar: History of Technological innovation – First Revolution in Information Technology

Date: May 18, 2017

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Location:  S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. East York, Toronto ON, M4J 2K5


Using the invention of the printing press as a starting point, this presentation traces technological developments in the spread of information, and the larger economic consequences flowing from that development.

500 years ago, an IT start-up with 25 employees and a $ 7 million turnover became an agent of profound and enduring change.

A start-up inventor in the information technology sector saw a business opportunity in an unmet economic need. The obstacles encountered by the inventor and the lessons learned through his experience continue to be remarkably pertinent to IT start-up ventures today.

The rapid spread of printing transformed the process of accumulation, organisation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge.  It had, and still has, effects on every field of human endeavour, whether in commerce, education, science and engineering, or arts and literature.

This presentation discusses the pre-existing technology, the change in technology, the further changes driven by the original innovation, and the effects of that technological change.

Presenter Bio : Ken Bousfield

Ken Bousfield, P.Eng., LL.B (Toronto); B.A. Sc. (Mech. Eng., Waterloo) is a partner at Bereskin & Parr, a firm specialising in Intellectual Property Law.  He has been a patent lawyer for 23 years.  He has had a life-long interest in the history of technological innovation.


6:30 – 7:00: Registration & Networking

7:00 – 8:30: Seminar

Please sign the attendance book on arrival. Submarine sandwiches of various types, including vegetarian, are served, as well as cookies, soft drinks, and bottled water. If you are not able to attend, please cancel your registration online no later than two days before the seminar.

If riding the TTC, take the East – 70 O’Connor bus from Coxwell Station toward Warden Station, going northbound on Coxwell Ave. Drop off at Barker Ave., walk north 30m, then turn left (West) into Memorial Park Ave. and walk for two blocks to reach the library.

If driving, you will find limited parking at the library and additional free (after 6 pm) parking on the City of Toronto parking lot immediately north of the library.

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For questions regarding online registration, please contact James Tait, EITat

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