Does Canada have what it takes to grow domestic multinationals in knowledge-based industry sectors such as ICT, biotech and cleantech? What is the nature of Canada’s entrepreneurial culture? Are Canadian entrepreneurs able or willing to grow multinational firms? Does Canada have the executive talent to run tech multinationals from a Canadian base? Is such behaviour encouraged and recognized positively in Canada? Do we train our young people for these kinds of entrepreneurial and executive roles? Leading tech entrepreneurs and executives in Canada and the U.S. share their own experiences and perceptions on Canada’s entrepreneurial culture, and explore ways to improve Canada’s performance in knowledge-based commerce.
Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators include
H. Douglas Barber
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.
Mary K. Marsden
Day 1 - May 20, 2008
Keynote: John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation
Day 2 - May 21, 2008
Registration and breakfast
Keynote: Making it Happen
Keynote: Terry Matthews, Chairman, Mitel
Keynote: Lessons from Silicon Valley
Keynote: Cathy Anterasian, Senior Director, Spencer Stuart
Keynote: Canada - Scale or Surrender?
Keynote: Kevin Francis, President & CEO, CenterBeam
Panel: Training and Mentoring Entrepreneurs and Executives
Moderator: Neil Wolff, Chair of Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Business Management, Ryerson University
Peter Charbonneau, General Partner, Skypoint Capital
Jeff Hauswirth, Managing Director Canada, Spencer Stuart
H. Douglas Barber, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Gennum Corporation
Luncheon Keynote: Innovation & Productivity: Competing in the 21st Century Marketplace
Keynote: Phil Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada
Keynote: A Vision for Canada’s Future
Keynote Speaker: Antoine Paquin, General Partner, Rho Canada
Ron Freedman, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY