Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging?

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

The large industrial research lab is no longer the norm. Multinational firms now globally distribute their R&D and collaborate with partners in public and private sector institutions. How has this dramatic change affected public policies and how have policies affected private sector R&D and the corporate environment? Does the “new normal” offer opportunities to a country like Canada? Join RE$EARCH MONEY to discuss and debate the present reality and future of industrial R&D.

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators include

H. Douglas Barber

Co-founder and Former CEO, Gennum Corp and Distinguished Professor in Residence, McMaster University
H. Douglas Barber

H. Douglas Barber, born on a Saskatchewan farm, attended the University of Saskatchewan obtaining his B.Sc. with Great Distinction, winning the Governor General’s Gold Medal, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. As an Athlone Fellow and NATO Scholar he received his Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London in 1965. Dr. Barber began employment in 1965 in a new microelectronics initiative at Canadian Westinghouse, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 1973 he was one of the founders of Linear Technology Inc., now known as Gennum Corporation, which designs, manufactures and markets microcircuits. Gennum has grown profitably at 20% per year and now employs about 650 people. Dr. Barber was President and CEO when he retired in 2000. He retired as a Director in 2007. Doug Barber was a part-time Engineering Physics Professor at McMaster University from 1968 to 1994. In 2001 he was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence. He is a past Chair of the Board of Governors and recently has been designated an Honorary Governor. Dr. Barber also presently serves on various research boards, task-forces and committees at the University. The recipient of numerous awards and distinctions that honour engineering and entrepreneurial achievements, Dr. Barber was made an Officer of the Order of Canada recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Barber has been involved in numerous advisory committees and corporate directorships, including director of DALSA Inc. from 2005 to 2008, NetAccess Systems Inc. since 1994 to 2009. He also is presently a director of Micralyne since 1997, AllerGen NCE Inc. since 2003, and The Institute of Quantum Computing since 2006. In 2009 Dr. Barber joined the Boards of the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, the Centre for Surgical Innovation and Invention and the IRAP Advisory Board. Dr. Barber has authored 29 refereed papers and several patents. He speaks frequently on business, technology, learning, innovation and economic development. He and his wife, June, have raised a family of four whose families now include ten grandchildren. He is a man of faith with over 37 years of active involvement in their church.

Bill Buxton

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton is a relentless advocate for innovation, design, and – especially – the appropriate consideration of human values, capacity, and culture in the conception, implementation, and use of new products and technologies. In December 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design.

Buxton began his career as a composer and performer, having done a Bachelor of Music degree at Queen’s University. He then studied and taught for two years at the Institute of Sonology, Utrecht, Holland. In 1975 Bill started designing his own digital musical instruments. This is what led him to the University of Toronto, where he completed an MSc in Computer Science, and subsequently jointed the faculty. It is also the path that brought him into the field of human-computer interaction. From 1987-89, Buxton was in Cambridge England, helping establish a new satellite of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (EuroPARC). From 1989-94 he split his time between Toronto, where he was Scientific Director of the Ontario Telepresence Project, and Palo Alto, California, where he was a consulting researcher at Xerox PARC. From 1994 until December 2002, he was Chief Scientist of Alias|Wavefront, (now part of Autodesk) and from 1995, its parent company SGI Inc. In the fall of 2004, he became a part-time instructor in the Department of Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2004/05 he was also Visiting Professor at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at the University of Toronto. He currently splits his time between Redmond and Toronto. In 1995, Buxton became the third recipient of the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society Award for contributions to research in computer graphics and human-computer interaction. In 2000 he was given the New Media Visionary of the Year Award at the Canadian New Media Awards. In 2001, The Hollywood Reporter named him one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood. In 2002, Time Magazine named him one of the top 5 designers in Canada. Also in 2002, he was elected to the CHI Academy. In October, 2005, he and Gord Kurtenbach received the “Lasting Impact Award”, from ACM UIST 2005, which was awarded for their 1991 paper, Issues in Combining Marking and Direct Manipulation Techniques. In 2008 he became the 10th recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, “for fundamental contributions to the field of Computer Human Interaction.” In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. Buxton has been awarded three doctorates Honoris Causa: Doctor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario (June, 2007), Doctor of Laws from hi his alma mater, Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario (June, 2009), and Doctor of Industrial Design, from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Nov. 2009). From 1998-2004, Buxton was on the board of the Canadian Film Centre, and in 1998-99 chaired a panel to advise the premier of Ontario on developing long term policy to foster innovation, through the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. He is on a number of academic advisory boards, the Department of Industrial Design of the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Buxton is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Peter Carbone

Coral, CEA
Peter Carbone
Peter Carbone is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Coral CEA, a company chartered to implement a new model of commercialization in Canada. Peter is a successful executive known for his thought leadership, business acumen and technology leadership and is often called on to address new business and technology challenges. He is a pathfinder with a track record of creating innovative solutions, strategically managing technology and innovation, successfully launching and running new businesses. With more than 31 years of industry experience, holding CTO, CRO, GM, R&D, VP Corporate Strategy and senior business positions in several high tech companies, he has developed a reputation for gaining first mover advantage in emerging markets, and delivering business results. Peter has been responsible for research and technical development required to support a rapidly evolving information and communication technology (ICT) marketplace and provides leadership and oversight on strategic projects and initiatives. He has also held senior external leadership positions, including Vice-chair of the IT Association of Canada, an industry member to the ATIS board and a faculty appointment in the innovative Lead to Win Program.

Tom Corr

President & CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Tom Corr
Dr. Tom Corr was recently appointed as President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) – a non-profit organization that drives the commercialization of cutting-edge Ontario-based research across key market sectors to build the province’s innovation economy and secure its global competitiveness. Previously, 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 Director of Commercialization – IT & Communications at the University of Toronto. Dr. Corr’s career also includes over 30 years in the IT sector including positions as 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. His education includes 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 Degree 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. Ontario Centres of Excellence currently manages more than 630 research, commercialization and talent projects that will bring innovation to the marketplace and foster the training and development of future innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Recently, OCE was selected to administer the delivery of the Industry-Academic Collaboration Program (IACP) – a key driver of the new Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE).

David Crane

Global Issues Columnist and Author
David Crane is an award-winning Canadian writer on economic, political and environmental issues. His writings appear in publications across Canada. He is a member of the National Statistics Council, an advisory body to Statistics Canada, the President’s International Advisory Council at the University of Toronto, the President’s Advisory Council at Victoria University, the advisory board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute, and the board of the North American Institute. He has also served as a board member of the University of Toronto’s Innovations Foundation, a member of the Ontario Science and Technology Council, a member of the original steering committee of the Toronto Vital Signs Project, and as a member of the Challenge Dialogue of the Alberta Energy Research Institute. David Crane also served for five years as a judge for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he has an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his contributions to the university, honourary doctorates from Wilfrid Laurier University and Victoria University (part of the University of Toronto), and an award of recognition from Conestoga College. He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canadian life and a Social Work Doctoral Award by the Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium. A member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-term participants in the World Economic Forum, he has written several books, including The Next Canadian Century, The Canadian Dictionary of Business and Economics, and Controlling Interest and contributed to many others. David Crane is currently writing a book on how Canada should position itself in the global economy.

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.

Morgan Elliot

Director, Government Relations, Research In Motion
Morgan Elliot
Morgan Elliott is the Director of Government Relations for Research In Motion, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market, including the BlackBerry. Morgan has 15+ years of experience providing public affairs and government relations advice to senior government leaders and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining RIM, he served in several senior roles facilitating public policy development, budgetary, and strategic planning with key government ministers and decision makers in the Canadian, international, public, and private sector arenas. He is noted and respected for his keen insight and diplomatic approach in tackling sensitive issues. With a long held affinity for the technology sector, he invested in – and assisted – a fellow alumnus in crafting the start-up plans for an upstart technology firm. Despite being created during the aftermath of the tech meltdown in early 2000, the company was purchased by a major Fortune 500 company a little over 2 years after its creation. Morgan holds an MBA from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, a Masters of Public Administration from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Windsor, Ontario.

Ron Freedman

Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

Fred Gault

Professorial Fellow, United Nations University MERIT and Professor Extraordinaire, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Fred Gault

Fred Gault is a member of the management team working on the OECD Innovation Strategy to be released in June 2010. For two decades he was responsible for science, technology and innovation statistics at Statistics Canada and during that time he chaired the OECD Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (1997-2002) and the Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) (2002-2008). After Statistics Canada, he joined the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa as a Visiting Fellow and worked on the place of innovation indicators in the development agenda before moving to UNU-MERIT where he manages IDRC funded projects on innovation in Africa. Currently, he is Professorial Fellow at the United Nations University MERIT in the Netherlands and Professor Extraordinaire at the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa. His book, Innovation Strategies for a Global Economy: Development, Implementation, Measurement and Management, published by Edward Elgar, jointly with IDRC, will be released in July 2010.

Robin Harkness

Associate VP, Program Leader, Sanofi Pasteur
Robin Harkness
Dr. Robin Harkness has dedicated most of his 25 year career to the vaccine industry – in particular, the translation of basic research to the development of new and improved human vaccines. Robin currently holds the position of Associate Vice President, Program Leader, at Sanofi Pasteur. After completing his undergraduate degree at Carleton University, Robin went on to train as a microbiologist earning a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 1984. Following a post doc at the University of Munich as an NSERC Fellow, he joined the University of Tübingen as an Associate Professor in the Institute for Microbiology. In 1990, Robin was recruited to Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of the Sanofi Aventis Group, as a research scientist in the company’s Canadian research division. In the following years Robin rose through the Sanofi Pasteur ranks in successive senior management roles: first, as Director Microbiology Research, then as Associate Vice President Research Canada, and finally in 2007 to his current role as Associate Vice President Program Leader in the company’s global R&D division. In this role, Robin’s primary responsibilities include development and implementation of short- and long-term strategic plans for several emerging disease targets.

Raymond Leduc

Director, Bromont Manufacturing, IBM Canada
Raymond Leduc

Raymond Leduc is Director and Senior Location Executive with IBM Bromont where he leads a 2600 person high technology operation providing microelectronic solutions for IBM’s server products and major OEM customers. He held various management positions in engineering and finance before being named to head the plant in 2003. Raymond obtained both his B.Eng and M.B.A. from McGill University and recently completed a Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the National Research Council and Vice-Chair of the board of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

Nowlen Mahé

Director, Montreal Office of the Chief Scientist, SAP
Nowlen Mahé

Nolwen Mahé is the Director for Montreal of the Office of the Chief Scientist (oCS). The oCS brings technology intelligence to SAP and is responsible for ensuring awareness and planning for critical technologies, especially externally driven ones from industry, academia, and customers, in isolation or through co-innovation. The oCS group in Montreal has a special interest in mobility and related technologies; a familiar area for Nolwen who spent most of her work life in the telecommunications domain. Over the past 25 years, Nolwen has been a developer, a product manager, a research director as well as a grass-roots entrepreneur. Her functional expertise spans the product lifecycle, organization of research, product/project management as well as productization and product marketing in an international setting. She gained her technical degrees at Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) and École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), both in Rennes, France, and complemented them with an MBA at McGill University.

David Miller

Senior VP, The Woodbridge Group
David Miller

David Miller graduated from The University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1982 and is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). David joined The Woodbridge Group in 1983 and has progressed through a variety of technical and technical management positions culminating in his appointment as Senior Vice President, The Woodbridge Group, as well as President of XanaThane Chemical Business Unit.In addition to his role as head of technology for all business units globally, David has responsibility for Purchasing, Product Development, Product Design, Research and Development, Facility and Machinery Engineering. He was instrumental in forming and expanding a tool and die-making business. David has experience as a director on several boards, currently and historically, including European, Asian and India-based enterprises. David lives in Bolton, Ontario with his wife, Pat, and two children.

Penny Park

Executive Director, Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC)
Penny Park
Penny Park is the newly appointed executive director of the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC). Park comes to the SMCC with extensive hands-on experience in radio and television science journalism in Canada. From 1980 to 1995 she worked as a producer and senior producer with “Quirks and Quarks,” the award-winning weekly science program on CBC radio. From 1995 until 2009 Park has been with the Discovery Channel, where she helped develop the show now called “Daily Planet,” the first nightly TV magazine show about science and technology in the world. As a senior producer of live specials at Discovery, Park covered the science behind such major events as 9/11, the Pathfinder and Sprit/Rover landings on Mars, and Canada in space. For the past four seasons, Park has been in charge of international specials at “Daily Planet,” including week-long series that showcased the science, technology and engineering research of countries like Japan, China, India and Brazil. Originally from Montreal, the journalist first earned a BA from the University of New Brunswick, studying linguistics, followed by a B.Sc (honours) in biology from the University of Guelph, graduating there in 1980.

Jim Roche

President and CEO, Stratford Managers Corporation
Jim Roche
Jim is a successful entrepreneur with over twenty-five years of leadership experience, having been a founding member and General Manager at Newbridge Networks (now Alcatel-Lucent), a co-founder and CEO of Tundra Semiconductor (now IDT) and the CEO of CMC Microsystems. He is currently the CEO of Stratford Managers, a management services company that focuses on commercialization and growth in innovation-based companies. He is also the President & CEO of CANARIE, Canada’s advanced research and innovation network. In addition to his corporate duties, he also serves on numerous boards and committees including the ICT Advisory Board for DFAIT, the Committee of Research Partnerships for NSERC, the Expert Panel on Business Innovation for CCA and others. He is also an Executive-in-Residence at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and is frequently called on to speak about entrepreneurship, commercialization of innovation, and strategy development.

Sam Stevens

Executive Director, Ontario Region, NRC-IRAP
Sam Stevens

Sam Stevens is Executive Director for the Ontario region of the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). He has overall responsibility for delivery of a $100 million program in the Ontario Region, involving a staff of 85 located in 32 offices across the Province. Prior to assuming his current position in 2007, he was a Regional Director in both the Atlantic and Ontario Regions between 2001 and 2007. Sam has extensive North American experience in executive roles ranging from President & CEO, Vice President, and Executive Director in both small private and large public technology based corporations. Two of these firms were start-ups, which he brought to a multi-million dollar sales level, prior to them being acquired by larger firms.In an earlier stage of his career, Sam also worked as a research scientist and research manager in Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment respectively. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mount Allison University in Sackville, a PhD in Chemistry from University of New Brunswick, and he did Post-Doctoral research at the Universite de Bordeaux in France, and received a Business Management Certificate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has authored and co-authored 60 scientific publications and reports. He is also inventor or co-inventor of 14 patents, one of which is generating tens of millions of dollars per year for the assignee firm.

Janet Walden

Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC
Janet Walden

Janet Walden is the Vice President responsible for the Research Partnerships Programs with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Janet began her career working in the forestry industry, as an environmental chemist. In 1982, she joined NSERC and since 1997 has been Vice President for Research Partnerships. Janet is responsible for creating and evolving a highly successful spectrum of national policies and partnership programs designed to stimulate increased public-private collaborations and technology transfer, and maximize the benefits to Canada of university research. She has 25 years of experience in leadership positions with NSERC, including 7 years as Director of the Networks of Centres of Excellence. Under her guidance, NSERC’s partnership initiatives have grown to over $180M per annum involving more than 3,600 university researchers and over 1,400 companies annually.

Conference Program

Day 1 - March 25, 2010

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Breakfast

08:30 - 08:40

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jeffrey Crelinsten, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

08:40 - 09:15

Opening Keynote: Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher, Microsoft "Canada's Policy Conundrum"

Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

09:15 - 10:30

Keynote: Fred Gault, Professorial Fellow, United Nations University MERIT, Professor Extraordinaire, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa "Canada’s Industrial R&D Performance"

Fred Gault, Professorial Fellow, United Nations University MERIT and Professor Extraordinaire, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 12:00

Panel 1: The Changing Nature of Industrial Research

Raymond Leduc, Director, Bromont Manufacturing, IBM Canada

Nowlen Mahé, Director, Montreal Office of the Chief Scientist, SAP

David Miller, Senior VP, The Woodbridge Group

12:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Keynote: H. Douglas Barber, Distinguished Professor-in-Residence, McMaster University and former CEO & Co-Founder, Gennum Corporation "Why Firms Do R&D"

H. Douglas Barber, Co-founder and Former CEO, Gennum Corp and Distinguished Professor in Residence, McMaster University

14:00 - 15:00

Panel 2: Industry-University Collaboration

Moderator: Penny Park, Executive Director, Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC)

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

Robin Harkness, Associate VP, Program Leader, Sanofi Pasteur

Janet Walden, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC

15:00 - 15:30

Networking Break

15:30 - 16:30

Panel 3: Policy Implications

Moderator: David Crane, Global Issues Columnist and Author

Morgan Elliot, Director, Government Relations, Research In Motion

Jim Roche, President and CEO, Stratford Managers Corporation

Sam Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Region, NRC-IRAP

16:30 - 16:45

Conference Close

Ron Freedman, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

16:45 - 18:00


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Proceedings & Presentations

Ninth Annual Research Money Conference Proceedings

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Canada's Industrial R&D Performance by Fred Gault

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The First Step in Catching a Boat by Bill Buxton

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Why Companies Do R&D? by H. Douglas Barber

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