New bets and old favourites: Creating a recipe for success in the innovation economy

National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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16-17 April, 2019  |  National Arts Centre  |  Ottawa, ON

Does Canada have the right policy ingredients to build a prosperous future based on innovation in the knowledge economy? Smart and generous investments in research have built a strong talent base that is attracting international attention from multinational firms. Yet efforts to diversify our economy to include more globally competitive firms in knowledge-based and R&D-intensive industry sectors have yielded disappointing results for decades. Our challenge is to figure out how to maintain our research and talent strength while adding new policies and programs to accelerate firm growth and increase the number of large Canadian-owned multinationals.

The federal government has recently implemented a number of major initiatives to try to kickstart this process and galvanize Canada’s innovation ecosystem. including the six Economic Strategy Tables, Innovation Canada and Impact Canada, the Innovation Supercusters Initiative, the Accelerated Growth Service and the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative. A new skills strategy is in the works to address the critical need for talent. Policies around equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) throughout the innovation ecosystem promise to expand Canada’s talent pipeline.

By engaging business leaders more effectively and focusing on industry sectors where Canada has strengths, the policy community is aiming to ramp up the country’s innovation economy. At the same time, investments in basic and applied research, with added incentives for EDI, multidisciplinary research, industry-academic collaboration and international linkages are designed to maintain Canada’s talent strength.

With an election less than a year away, people are assessing the government’s record and the innovation community is no exception. The 18th annual conference will bring together business, finance, government and academic leaders involved in these initiatives and related ones to assess their potential for building a strong economy and continuing prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians.

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
  • Over 50 panelists and speakers working on the forefront of innovation in Canada
  • Displays from prominent members of the innovation community
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • 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

Livestream the Conference

Want to attend the conference, but can’t make it in person? We have a number of live-streaming options. Our Livestream option is fully interactive – discuss your feelings with other participants and send questions to speakers in real time.


We will be offering optional workshops on the afternoon of Wed April 17th. These workshops are a chance for conference attendees to delve further into a topic with a small group of interested participants. More information will be coming soon.

Special Hotel Rates

Get great conference rates at the Lord Elgin Hotel, located across the street from the National Arts Centre. Rates are available until March 16, 2019.

Please book rooms via e-mail, or call 1-800-267-4298.  Make sure to mention Research Money Conference when calling or e-mailing.

Special Rate for Subscribers

We love our subscribers and are happy, as always, to offer them a discount to attend the conference. This year’s discount is $100! Email for your code.


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 a special conference rate for students of only $250+tax, which includes our three-course dinner on the evening of April 16th, 2019.


*Only applies to a single full conference registration. Cannot be combined with other discount codes or special offers.

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators include

Bill Greuel

CEO, Protein Industries Canada

Bio coming soon.

Janet King

Associate Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Janet King

Dr. Janet King was appointed Associate Deputy Minister at PSPC on August 13, 2018. In this role Dr. King is responsible for leading the renewal of federal science infrastructure.

Prior to this appointment Janet was President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), contributing to economic development across Canada’s three northern territories. Before that Janet was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Northern Affairs Organization at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, where she led work to devolve northern lands and resource governance, and to establish the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. Since 2015 Janet has been Member of the Board of Directors for Polar Knowledge Canada, a federal agency dedicated to polar science and knowledge of the Arctic.

In previous years Janet served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Strategic Direction at Western Economic Diversification, and held diverse positions in policy development, regulations and operations in Industry Canada, Health Canada and Natural Resources Canada.

Janet joined the federal public service in 1985 as a research scientist. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science and a PhD from Queen’s, all in the field of geology.

Kendra MacDonald

CEO, Ocean Supercluster

Bio coming soon.

Audrey Mascarenhas

President and CEO, Questor
Audrey Mascarenhas

Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010/2011. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council and currently chairs the Canadian federal government clean technology strategy table. Audrey was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services and received a national citation for Values-Based Innovation. She was chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow, is a 2014 Board Diversity 50 cohort and one of Canada’s 2017 Clean50. Audrey is a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab, co-chairs the Governor General’s Innovation Awards assessment committee and Questor was recently recognized by the Cleantech Innovation exchange (CIX) as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Cleantech Canadian Companies.

Jayson Myers

CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
Jayson Myers

Jayson Myers is the Chief Executive Officer of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, an industry-led not-for-profit corporation dedicated to building world-class advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada and the organization responsible for leading the federal government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster initiative.

His career has spanned the worlds of industry, government, and research. An award-winning business economist and formerly CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association and Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, he has been recognized as one of the most influential public policy advocates in Canada, particularly in the fields of international trade, industrial and technological change. He has held lectureships and research fellowships at Oxford University and the University of Warwick. He is also Principal of his own consulting firm which helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from changes reshaping industry and international business.

Sue Paish

CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Bio coming soon.

Corinne Pohlmann

Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships
Corinne Pohlmann

Corinne Pohlmann is Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), a not-for-profit organization representing 110,000 small and medium-sized business members across Canada. Corinne is based in Ottawa and is responsible for developing CFIB’s strategy on federal legislative issues, as well as overseeing CFIB’s Economics function, Partnerships division, and Atlantic Canada legislative team.

Corinne has participated in numerous consultations and committees on a wide variety of small business issues, including the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Underground Economy, the Advisory Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, as well as the Deputy Minister Advisory Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Corinne is a graduate of McGill University – and holds both a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Geography.

Elisha Ram

Associate ADM, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Bio coming soon.

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.

AJ Tibando

Executive Director, Palette Inc.

Bio coming soon.

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.

Preliminary Conference Program

Day 1 - April 16, 2019

07:30 - 08:30

Registration and exhibits

08:30 - 08:45

Welcome address

08:45 - 09:15

Opening keynote

09:15 - 10:00

Keynote: Federal Budget 2019

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

10:00 - 10:30

Networking break and exhibits

10:30 - 11:15

Parallel sessions | SESSION A | FDI attraction and scaling domestic MNEs: Are they compatible?

Audrey Mascarenhas, President and CEO, Questor

All levels of government in Canada provide funding and other incentives to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI), attracting foreign multinationals to set up shop in our communities. At the same time, governments are trying to support the growth of domestic multinationals who generate export revenue, create jobs and serve as anchors in the Canadian innovation ecosystem. How can these two policies work together?

10:30 - 11:15

Parallel sessions | SESSION B | Using all of our chefs: Increasing the potency of interdisciplinary research

In a global research environment that is increasingly multi-disciplinary, Canada’s three granting councils remain largely discipline-based. The creation of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, with significant funding for interdisciplinary research as well as international collaboration, is opening the door to new funding models.

11:15 - 12:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION A | Financing scale: Finding the right investment blend

Canada’s venture capital industry has matured significantly over the past decade, in part due to government policies and funding. For high-growth firms with aspirations to scale, finding the right VC investors can be transformational, but Canada’s track record shows most of our VC-backed firms end up being sold offshore before they reach significant scale. How can other financing mechanisms such as private equity and the capital markets be mobilized to provide essential later-stage capital so that successful Canadian firms can continue to grow and stay in Canada? What policies do we need to ensure an effective investment mix that will support Canada’s existing global leaders and nurture the growth of others?

11:15 - 12:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION B | IP strategy discussion

Intellectual property can be the life-blood of a company, especially in research-intensive industry sectors such as pharma, medical devices and some cleantech businesses. As Canada develops a national IP strategy, what advice have policy makers been receiving and what directions are being pursued to ensure success?

12:00 - 13:00

Networking lunch and exhibits

13:00 - 14:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION A | Growth strategies for Canadian companies – insights from Canada's winners

Until recently, Canadian innovation policy has focused on commercialization of academic research and supporting start-up entrepreneurs and firms. A new focus on supporting established firms that have the ambition and potential to scale globally has raised the question of how best to do it. A panel of entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled will share their experiences and insights regarding policies that work – and those that don’t.

13:00 - 14:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION B | Digital strategies for a successful tomorrow

An update on Canada’s digital and data consultation and any relevant policies and programs that emerge in Budget 2019.

14:00 - 15:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION A | Re-thinking Regulation – Adding agility to Canada’s system

Corinne Pohlmann , Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships

A look at the recent horizontal review of regulations affecting Canada’s innovation ecosystem. What changes are afoot and what needs to be done to support Canadian innovators while protecting the public?

14:00 - 15:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION B | The place of policy in enforcing EDI practices

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have been integrated into the fabric of the federal government’s policies and programs, including those directed to the science, technology and innovation ecosystem. To what extent are policies effective in changing the culture of the organizations that depend on government funding and support? What lessons can we learn from efforts so far? What else needs to change?

15:00 - 15:30

Networking break and exhibits

15:30 - 17:00

Plenary Panel – Talent and Skills: Using the full spice rack

Elisha Ram, Associate ADM, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

AJ Tibando, Executive Director, Palette Inc.

Attracting and retaining the right talent is the top challenge facing companies and research institutions today. As Canada develops the skills portion of its Innovation and Skills Plan, what policy levers and programs are being developed to address this critical need?

17:00 - 17:30


17:30 - 18:30

Reception and exhibits

18:30 - 21:00

Dinner and special innovation conversation

Day 2 - April 17, 2019

07:30 - 08:30

Registration and exhibits

08:30 - 09:30

Plenary Panel – The First Year: Superclusters in Review

Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Bill Greuel, CEO, Protein Industries Canada

Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Ocean Supercluster

Jayson Myers, CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Hear from senior executives from the five Supercluster initiatives as they review their progress, including successes, challenges and learnings for moving forward.

09:30 - 11:00

Plenary Panel – Superclusters: A Closer Look

Industry leaders from the five superclusters share how their business goals and challenges are being addressed within the overall supercluster initiative.

11:00 - 11:30

Networking break and exhibits

11:30 - 12:30

Plenary Panel – Whole of government update

Janet King, Associate Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council of Canada

Senior government policy makers review progress in interdepartmental collaboration to support the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.

12:30 - 13:00

Conference Close

13:30 - 16:30

Afternoon Workshops

We will be offering optional workshops on the afternoon of Wed April 17th. These workshops are a chance for conference attendees to delve further into a topic with a small group of interested participants. More information coming soon.

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