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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 Superclusters 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.
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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 $100! Email email@example.com for your code.
The RE$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.
Preliminary Conference Program
Day 1 - April 16, 2019
Registration and exhibits
Keynote: Federal Budget 2019
David Watters, President and CEO, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc
Networking break and exhibits
Parallel sessions | SESSION A | FDI attraction and scaling domestic MNEs: Are they compatible?
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?
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.
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?
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?
Networking lunch and exhibits
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.
Parallel sessions | SESSION B | Digital strategies for a successful tomorrow
Dugan O'Neil, Associate Vice President, Research, and Professor of Physics, Simon Fraser University
An update on Canada’s digital and data consultation and any relevant policies and programs that emerge in Budget 2019.
Parallel sessions | SESSION A | Re-thinking Regulation – Adding agility to Canada’s system
Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships, CFIB
Jeannine Ritchot, Executive Director, Regulatory Policy and Cooperation, Regulatory Affairs Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat
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?
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?
Networking break and exhibits
Plenary Panel – Talent and Skills: Using the full spice rack
Rhonda Barnet, President & Chief Operating Officer, AVIT Manufacturing
Elisha Ram, Associate ADM, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Moderator: Benoit Tessier, Director General of Skills Policy and Economic Strategy Tables at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
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?
Dinner and special innovation conversation
Moderator: Paul Dufour, Senior fellow, University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Principal, PaulicyWorks
Day 2 - April 17, 2019
Registration and exhibits
Plenary Panel – The First Year: Superclusters in Review
Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster
Hear from senior executives from the five Supercluster initiatives as they review their progress, including successes, challenges and learnings for moving forward.
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.
Networking break and exhibits
Plenary Panel – Whole of government update
Nancy Hamzawi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology at Environment and Climate Change Canada
Janet King, Associate Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Senior government policy makers review progress in interdepartmental collaboration to support the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.
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.