An Opportunity to Excel: Advancing Canada’s New Innovation Agenda

Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Consultations for a Canadian Innovation Agenda are currently underway, focusing on the following action areas:

People including building Canadians’ STEM, coding and other digital skills and developing our own talent

Technologies including encouraging breakthroughs in science and technology, creating and supporting globally competitive innovation networks and clusters, and ideas for keeping Canada at the forefront of advancing science and tech

Companies including improving the ability of Canadian companies to scale up and leveraging the Government of Canada’s buying power to support innovative companies

At the same time, the federal government is overseeing a review of government support for fundamental science. The results, expected soon, will feed into the Innovation Agenda, which is expected to be a major focus of Budget 2017.

The 16th annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference will provide a timely opportunity, weeks after the release of the budget, for participants to plan together how best to advance Canada’s performance in these innovation action areas. Which areas are addressed in Budget 2017 and which ones will need to be tackled in future budgets? How can stakeholders in government, industry, finance, academia and the non-profit sector contribute to moving the Agenda forward in the coming year?

What to Expect

  • High profile speakers including business leaders from some of Canada’s fastest growing tech firms, senior government policy makers and leading academics and innovation thought leaders
  • Three keynote speakers and over 30 panelists working on the forefront of innovation in Canada
  • Displays from prominent members of the innovation community
  • Several networking opportunities including a reception and a networking lunch
  • An intimate gathering of 150 attendees ideal for making important connections and networking
  • Attendees generally include executives and program managers from all levels of government, CEOs, entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, research and commercialization leaders from universities and colleges across Canada, and a variety of other representatives from industry, investment, academia, government and intermediaries
  • Dinner on April 4th with an exciting keynote address (optional)
Special Discount for Subscribers
RE$EARCH MONEY subscribers receive a special $75 discount off the conference rate! Please email rebecca@impactg.com for your discount code.
Special Hotel Rate
We have a special conference rate available at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel where the conference is being held. Click here to access the rate. This rate is available until March 6, 2017.
Student Rate
The RE$EARCH MONEY Conference is an excellent opportunity for students interested in entrepreneurship, business and innovation to hear from and network with prominent members of Canada’s innovation community. We are offering special conference rates for students. Click here to find out more details.

 

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators include

Jeffrey Crelinsten

Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY
Jeffrey Crelinsten

Jeffrey Crelinsten is CEO of Research Money Inc. and publisher of RE$EARCH MONEY. He is also President and CEO of The Impact Group, a consultancy he co-founded in 1987, specializing in science, technology and innovation policy, communications and education. Jeffrey has been studying challenges facing tech entrepreneurs and the innovation ecosystems that try to support them for over 25 years. He developed the R$ conferences to bring together leaders from the private and public sector to address critical issues around innovation policy and knowledge-based commerce.

Before founding The Impact Group, Jeffrey taught science and human affairs at Concordia University and had an active career as a science documentary writer for radio and television.

Jeffrey is Senior Research Fellow at the Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is a founding director of the International Commercialization Alliance and is a past-President of the Canadian Science Writers Association. Jeffrey has a B.Sc. in physics from McGill University, a M.Sc. in astronomy from University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in history of science and science policy from University of Montreal.

Mark Henderson

Managing Editor, RE$EARCH MONEY
Mark Henderson

Mark has written extensively on research and innovation policy and funding issues since 1994. As the Editor of RE$EARCH MONEY, he has interviewed hundreds of industry executives, senior government officials, research managers and other leaders in Canada’s science, technology and innovation communities. Mark has worked as a journalist and editor for several publications over the past 35 years, including “Network Letter, Report on Wireless”, “Canadian Communications Reports”, “The Electronics Communicator” and “The Ottawa Citizen”. He resides in Ottawa and is an avid music and film aficionado.

Ted Hewitt

President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Ted Hewitt

(Biography coming soon)

Valerie Fox

Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point
Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox cofounded the DMZ at Ryerson University in 2010, and was responsible for its development for the last 6 years. The DMZ has grown to become North America’s #1 university business incubator and is #3 in the world (UBI Global 2015).

Last year, Val started a new venture called The Pivotal Point. The Pivotal Point helps build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, and brings communities of diverse skills together to collaborate, design and deliver impactful innovation worldwide.

Val has over 30 years experience in the creative digital industry and has been recognized for multiple awards, including the Canada Innovation Leaders team and the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She holds a number of notable patents through IBM.

David Watters

President and CEO, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc
David Watters

David Watters contributed for 30 years to the Canadian Public Service in a variety of Economic Ministries, including a dozen years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Industry Canada, Treasury Board Canada and Finance Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing federal Economic Development and Corporate Finance policies and investments, and developing federal Budgets.

In 2002 David established the Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa) and is the President and CEO of this strategic management consulting firm that provides advice to corporate, association, academic and government clients across Canada and abroad.

The firm has completed over 400 contracts for clients specializing in: analyzing and “mapping” complex public policy economic systems; creating collaborative business models for service delivery; aligning operational processes among networked organizations for enhanced decision-making; and designing growth strategies for organizations, particularly in the areas of research and technology development, innovation, commercialization, energy/climate change and trade.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University, as well as a Law degree in corporate, commercial, and tax law from Queen’s University Law School. He was also an adjunct Professor for seven years at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, teaching International Negotiation to MBA students.

Martha Crago

Vice-President (Research), Dalhousie University
Martha Crago
Martha Crago is the Vice-President (Research) and a Professor in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-President of International and Governmental Relations at the Université de Montreal, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs) at McGill University.

Martha Crago is the Chair of the Research Committee of the U15 group of Canada’s research intense universities. Previously she was a member of the American Association of Universities Deans of Graduate Studies’ group, the Universitas 21’s Research Directors and Graduate Studies Group and the Board of the US Council of Graduate Schools. She was the founder of the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities and a co-founder of the International Forum for Public Universities, a consortium of 21 non-English language world-class universities. She has served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and was appointed as a member of Industry Canada’s University Advisory Group for the 2007 Innovation Strategy and of the recent Review Panel for the Funding of Fundamental Research and as an external expert for the NRC Dialogues. She was also asked by the Premier of Nova Scotia to serve on the One Nova Scotia Coalition that proposed an economic action plan for the province in 2015.

Dr. Crago is founder and Chair of the Board for the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises. She is also a director on the boards of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Marine Environment Observation Prediction Response (MEOPAR), Ocean Network Canada, the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and is a member of the Committee on Research Partnerships of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). In addition, she was on advisory councils for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada and of the National Research Council – Institute of Marine Biosciences.

Dr. Crago has been an active researcher in language acquisition. Her work has been published extensively in scientific journals and books and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psycholinguistics published by Cambridge University Press. She was Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language from 2007-2010.

Dr. Crago was named Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes academiques by the government of France in 2009 and Femme de Merite de Montreal in 2000 and Woman of Excellence in Nova Scotia in 2015. She is also the recipient of a McGill University Prize for her contributions to research.

Jacques Bernier

Managing Partner, Teralys Capital
Jacques Bernier

Jacques is co-founder and Managing Partner at Teralys Capital. He is a highly respected venture capitalist, entrepreneur and investor who has helped shape the Canadian technological innovation scene. Through a 35-year career of contributions to the high-tech community, he has been actively involved in more than a dozen emerging high-tech companies as founder or angel investor as well as Senior Vice-President of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ. Jacques’ widely valued wisdom and experience continue to define, develop and implement a new approach to venture capital in Canada and abroad. Jacques serves on the board of PolyFinances, InnoCité Montréal, Quartier de l’Innovation, IRIC and he also does philanthropy work. Jacques holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from École polytechnique de Montréal (B.A.Sc.).

Ilse Treurnicht

CEO, MaRS Discovery District
Ilse Treurnicht

Ilse Treurnicht is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a leading innovation hub in Toronto. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building young high-growth firms in the health, cleantech, work & learning, and finance & commerce sectors, and works with partners to catalyze, scale and adopt innovation.

Ilse joined MaRS in early 2005 from her role as President & CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, a startup-stage venture capital fund focused on the advanced technologies sector. Prior to Primaxis, she was an entrepreneur with senior management roles in a number of emerging technology companies. She served as Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and is a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).

Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes scholar.

Terry Stuart

Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte Canada
Terry Stuart

(Biography coming soon)

Victoria Lennox

Co-founder and CEO, Startup Canada
Victoria Lennox

Victoria Lennox is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, the national
rallying community supporting and giving a voice to Canada’s 2.3 million
entrepreneurs.

Victoria is recognized by the United Nations Development Programme and the
European Union as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education;
ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and
implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness
campaigns.

As the catalyst for Startup Generation and host of Startup Nations, Victoria
supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organisations in more
than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organisations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and
supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities.

Countries around the world are also working to emulate Startup Canada’s
methodologies and activities, viewing the organization, under Victoria’s
leadership, as the best practice in fuelling entrepreneurship culture.

Narinder Dhami

Managing Director, LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact
Narinder Dhami

Narinder is the Managing Director of LEAP, Canada’s leading venture philanthropy firm.  LEAP (incubated by the Pecaut Centre) mobilizes the private sector (BCG, EY, McCarthy Tetrault, Perennial, Offord Group and H+K Strategies) to partner with game changing interventions in the non profit sector, scaling their impact across Canada.

Narinder is the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development – a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative, providing an entrepreneurial path to employment for those with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. She led the growth of Rise from the pilot phase to it’s expansion across Ontario. Narinder has also has spent multiple years working across West Africa, both as program manager at the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) across Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire and as a member of the portfolio team with Acumen Fund (West Africa office focused on social enterprises across Ghana and Nigeria).  As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, she co-created the first course in microfinance and impact investing at the University.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering.

Vanessa Williamson

Dean, Applied Research and Innovation, Seneca College
Vanessa Williamson

Biography coming coon.

Lisa Cashmore

Director, Network Operations, Canadian Digital Media Network
Lisa Cashmore

As an influential and energetic community specialist known for inspiring successful national and international relationships, Lisa builds upon over a decade of cross-sector experience to help organizations grow and succeed across global markets. In her current role as Director of Network Operations with the Canadian Digital Media Network, Lisa and her team are dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in digital media (ICT + mobile) by creating and enabling connections and collaboration between entrepreneurs, companies, research institutions, government and intermediary organizations. CDMN helps bring more digital media solutions to market to create more companies, jobs and wealth in Canada.

Matthew Johnson

Director of Education, MediaSmarts
Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s center for digital and media literacy. He is the designer of the comprehensive digital literacy tutorials Passport to the Internet and MyWorld. He has contributed blogs and articles to websites and magazines as well as presenting MediaSmarts’ materials to parents, journalists, academics and government bodies in Canada and around the world. Matthew is also an educator with nearly ten years’ experience teaching media education, film-making, English and special education among other subjects. A collection of his short fiction, Irregular Verbs and Other Stories, was published in 2014.

Allison Barr

Director, Ontario Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science
Allison Barr

 Allison Barr is the Director of the newly created Ontario Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science. The Premier of Ontario announced the creation of the position of a Chief Science Officer in June 2016. Allison is leading the initiative by helping to define the role and responsibilities of the Office and the mandate of a Chief Science Officer. The Office will help continue to build a strong research ecosystem and reinforce Ontario’s leading position in science and innovation. It will also champion science, advise on research programs and cement Ontario’s reputation as a jurisdiction that believes investing in knowledge and science is the key to success and prosperity.

Allison was previously Director of the Research Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Research Innovation. In that role, she oversaw the Ontario Research Fund, the government’s flagship research funding program that invested over $1.7 billion in research projects throughout the province. She had responsibility for a portfolio of world class research institutes including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Ontario Brain Institute, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She also had responsibility for the government’s international S&T programs, including collaboration agreements with India, Israel and China.

Ms. Barr has progressive experience at the provincial and federal levels of government. This includes experience in a wide variety of areas including program delivery and operations, strategy and policy development, and communications and marketing. She also served as Assistant Director of Communications at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, charged with improving the effectiveness of the government’s communications with business and international stakeholders.

Previously, Ms. Barr worked in the Cabinet Office as a Senior Policy Advisor with responsibility to provide policy and issues management advice for several economic and resource ministries to the Premier and Secretary of Cabinet. She also worked for the federal government as a Diplomat where she was posted to London, England.

In 2016, Ms. Barr was awarded the prestigious Public Service Award by Life Sciences Ontario. Ms. Barr holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta and is a long-time resident of Toronto.

Rémi Quirion

Chief Scientist of Quebec
Rémi Quirion

Professor Rémi Quirion is the inaugural Chief Scientist of Quebec and the President of the three Board of Directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec since July 1st, 2011. He is a McGill Full Professor (Psychiatry) and outgoing Scientific Director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He served as Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, as well as Senior University Advisor (Health Sciences Research). He was the CIHR Executive Director for Alzheimer’s Disease from 2009 to 2011. Prof. Quirion was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) until March 2009.

In addition to being on the Advisory Board of over 15 journals in Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Neurosciences, he has published 5 books and more than 650 scientific papers and articles.

He has received many awards and recognitions including: the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2007 Prof. Quirion became a Member of the Order of Canada (O.C.).

Arvind Gupta

Former CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs; Former President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta is Professor of Computer Science at UBC, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He has served as President and Vice- Chancellor of UBC, and as the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs.

Arvind has a track record for initiatives that improve Canada’s productivity and competitiveness by successfully enhancing workforce skills through industry-academic partnerships. At Mitacs, he achieved success in interweaving graduate education with socio-economic needs by bringing together 60 universities with more than 1,000 civil society partners.

Arvind was instrumental in creating the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the Banff International Research Station in Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS). He is a Senior Fellow of the Asia–Pacific Institute, and a Member of the Federal Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). He serves on the Boards of the India-Canada Research Centre of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS), BIRS, the Fields Institute, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute, and SimTrec.

Iain Stewart

President, National Research Council of Canada
Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart was appointed President of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in August 2016. Prior to this, he served as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Assistant Secretary of the International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector at TBS.

He has held a number of different leadership functions at Industry Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Sector, and Secretary to the “Jenkins Panel” on Federal Support to Research and Development. Since joining the public service, Mr. Stewart has also worked at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans.

Outside of the public service, Mr. Stewart served as Assistant Vice-President of Research at Dalhousie University and was a member of the NRC Council.

Born, raised, and educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mr. Stewart holds a Master of Public Administration, a graduate diploma in Marine Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dalhousie University.

Holly Ruxin

CEO & Founder, Montcalm TCR
Holly Ruxin

(Biography coming soon.)

Robert Cooper

President, Product Development Institute
Robert Cooper

Dr. Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the field of product innovation management today. He pioneered the original research that led to many ground-breaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate® Idea-to-Launch process. He has published more than 120 academic articles and seven books, including the best-selling ‘Winning at New Products”.

Cooper is President of the Product Development Institute Inc., ISBM Distinguished Research Fellow at Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business Administration, USA, and Professor Emeritus, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Many companies in North America, Europe, and Asia have introduced his methods, including 3M, BASF, Bosche, Cardinal Health, Carlsberg, Caterpillar, Swarovski, DuPont, Exxon Chemicals, Henkel, HP, ITT, Kraft Foods, Molson-Coors, Microsoft, Lego, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, VISA and others.

Jérôme Nycz

Executive Vice President, BDC Capital
Jérôme Nycz

(Biography coming soon.)

Vicki Saunders

Founder, SheEO
Vicki Saunders

Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.
Vicki is Founder of SheEO and #radical generosity a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs.

Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Vicki was recently named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”. In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Tom Corr

President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Tom Corr

In combining a strong track record of industry and commercialization leadership and experience as a technology business owner with a distinguished academic background, Dr. Tom Corr is ideally suited for his role as President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. Bridging the distinct worlds of academia and industry in the interest of driving innovation and securing Ontario’s global competitiveness is core to OCE’s mandate. Through its various programs, OCE acts as a catalyst for innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness.

In this role since 2010, Dr. Corr brings more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience ranging from founding start-up companies to CEO positions at large publicly traded companies. Prior to joining OCE Dr. Corr was the CEO of the Accelerator Centre (AC) at the Waterloo Research and Technology Park and Associate Vice-President of Commercialization at the University of Waterloo (UW) and prior to holding those positions he was Director of Commercialization – IT and Communications at the University of Toronto. His vast experience in the private IT sector includes Managing Partner at Catalyst Partnership; founder and CEO of Momentum Systems; founder and CEO of Applied Development Corp., and President of Canadian Data Processing Corp.

Dr. Corr has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT and venture capital sectors and also serves on the board of a number of organizations including C-FER Technologies (Chair), OneEleven Accelerator (Chair), the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform, and the Waterloo Research and Technology Park – Accelerator Centre.

He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Henley Management College/Brunel University in England, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Management Consultancy from Henley Management College. Dr. Corr has also completed his certification as a corporate director by the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Hanson

Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
Lawrence Hanson

Lawrence Hanson became the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Science and Innovation Sector in November 2014. Prior to his nomination, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector since July 2013.

Prior to joining Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Lawrence Hanson was Director General, Strategic Policy in the Strategic Policy Branch of Environment Canada. He joined the Public Service in 1996, as an analyst in the Intergovernmental Affairs Branch of the Privy Council Office, and subsequently worked in the Federal-Provincial Relations group at Human Resources Development Canada before returning to the Privy Council Office as an analyst in Social Development Policy in the Operations Branch. Mr. Hanson became Director of Employment Policy at Human Resources Canada in 2001 and joined Environment Canada in 2004. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters’ Degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. He is married and has two children.

Preliminary Conference Program

Day 1 - April 4, 2017

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and Exhibits

10:00 - 10:30

Welcome

Jeffrey Crelinsten, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

Mark Henderson, Managing Editor, RE$EARCH MONEY

Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

10:30 - 11:00

Opening Keynote

Valerie Fox, Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Break and Exhibits

11:30 - 12:15

Keynote – Budget Overview

David Watters, President and CEO, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc

12:15 - 13:15

Budget Panel

Moderator: Martha Crago, Vice-President (Research), Dalhousie University

Jacques Bernier, Managing Partner, Teralys Capital

Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

Terry Stuart, Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte Canada

13:15 - 14:15

Networking Lunch and Exhibits

14:15 - 15:45

Parallel Sessions – Innovation Agenda Priorities
Strand A: Improving Canada’s homegrown talent

14:15 - 15:00

Promoting an entrepreneurial and creative society

Moderator: Victoria Lennox, Co-founder and CEO, Startup Canada

Narinder Dhami, Managing Director, LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact

Vanessa Williamson, Dean, Applied Research and Innovation, Seneca College

15:00 - 15:45

Preparing for a digital world

Lisa Cashmore, Director, Network Operations, Canadian Digital Media Network

Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

14:15 - 15:45

Parallel Sessions – Innovation Agenda Priorities
Strand B: Emerging Technologies

14:15 - 03:00

Supporting global science excellence

Allison Barr, Director, Ontario Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec

15:00 - 15:45

Emerging Technologies A

15:45 - 16:15

Networking Break and Exhibits

16:15 - 17:45

Parallel Sessions – Innovation Agenda Priorities
Strand A: Growing Companies

16:15 - 17:00

Scaling up

Moderator: Arvind Gupta, Former CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs; Former President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC

17:00 - 17:45

Building world-leading clusters and partnerships

Moderator: Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council of Canada

Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

16:15 - 17:45

Parallel Sessions – Innovation Agenda Priorities
Strand B: Emerging Technologies

16:15 - 17:45

Emerging Technologies B

17:00 - 17:45

Emerging Technologies C

17:45 - 18:45

Reception and Exhibits

19:00 - 21:00

Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Holly Ruxin, CEO & Founder, Montcalm TCR

Day 2 - April 5, 2017

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Exhibits

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome Back

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Keynote: "Winning at New Products -- The Idea-to-Launch Program for SMEs"

Robert Cooper, President, Product Development Institute

09:30 - 10:30

Private Sector C-Suite Panel

Moderator: Jérôme Nycz, Executive Vice President, BDC Capital

Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break and Exhibits

11:00 - 12:00

Government Panel

Moderator: Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Lawrence Hanson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)

12:00 - 12:30

Conference Close

Jeffrey Crelinsten, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Partners & Exhibitors

Exhibitors