Prospering in the 21st Century Economy: Building a Cooperative Model for Success

National Arts Centre  |  Ottawa, ON

For almost twenty years, the R$ conference has been bringing together research and innovation leaders from government, business, finance, academia and the not-for-profit sector to review progress, identify challenges and propose solutions around Canada’s performance in the knowledge-based economy.

Over this period, governments have come and gone, companies have appeared and disappeared, economic conditions have fluctuated and the geopolitical landscape has changed dramatically. Through it all, our understanding of innovation has evolved and deepened, and recognition of its importance to our prosperity and quality of life has steadily increased.

The 19th annual R$ conference will engage speakers and participants in a dialogue that breaks down the traditional silos in which we all operate. Together, we will assess the relevance and effectiveness of our individual and collective efforts to achieve the goal we all share: prosperity and sustainable quality of life for Canadians and the world.

We’ll hear from leading Canadian entrepreneurs about their challenges and successes, analyze the implications of the federal budget for Canada’s innovation ecosystem and learn from policy makers in several smaller countries that lead international innovation rankings. We’ll also review progress on implementation across the federal government’s innovation portfolio, including Innovation Canada, innovation superclusters, the new digital platform, science advice and coordination of innovation policies and programs within the federal government and between different levels of government.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to participate in one of three facilitated design challenge workshops. Each workshop will have a challenge that requires diverse stakeholders to work together. Understanding one another’s institutional culture and success metrics will be essential to design viable solutions.

Challenge A:   How do we capitalize on our natural resources strength to grow the green economy?

Challenge B:   How do we capitalize on foreign direct investment to scale domestic tech firms?

Challenge C:  How do we capitalize on research excellence to enhance prosperity and quality of life?

The R$ conference attracts leaders and practitioners from Canada’s research, innovation, investment and policy communities. The resulting cross-fertilization of ideas, expertise and experience always generates fresh thinking, new connections and valuable insights that empower participants to be their best going forward after the conference.

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

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 28th, 2020.


Please note that the National Arts Centre is a fully accessible venue. If you have any requirements that would help you access the full conference experience, please let us known at and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators include

Conference Program

Day 1 - April 28, 2020

Apr/28/2020 07:45 - Apr/29/2020 09:00

Registration and exhibits

Continental breakfast will be served.

09:00 - 09:45

Opening keynote

09:45 - 10:30

Federal Budget 2020

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 12:00

Plenary Panel: Lessons from international innovation leaders

12:00 - 13:00

Networking lunch

13:00 - 15:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION A | How do we capitalize on our natural resources strength to grow the green economy?

13:00 - 15:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION B | How do we capitalize on foreign direct investment to scale domestic tech firms?

13:00 - 15:00

Parallel sessions | SESSION C | How do we capitalize on research excellence to enhance prosperity and quality of life?

15:00 - 15:30

Networking break

15:30 - 16:30

Workshop synthesis and discussion

16:30 - 17:30

Plenary panel: Update on Canada’s Science Advisory Network

17:30 - 18:30


18:30 - 21:00

Dinner and keynote

Day 2 - April 29, 2020

07:30 - 08:30

Registration and exhibits

08:30 - 09:30

Opening panel: Government-Industry Collaboration in an Age of Disruption

09:30 - 11:00

Supercluster update

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshment break

11:30 - 12:30

Government panel - Major collaborative initiatives

12:30 - 13:30

Conference Close