October 19th-21st : 19th Annual Conference Schedule

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Jeffrey Crelinsten

 

Publisher & CEO, Research Money Inc

4:00 - 4:15 EDT

Conference Opening

 

Opening Remarks 

October 19th 2021
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Dominique Gruhl-Bégin
 
Head of Start-Ups and Next-Generation Innovators, Member of the Executive Committee, Innosuisse
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Eric Deschenes

Country Managing Director Head of the Electrification business, Canada, ABB
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Carol Anne Hilton
 
Founder & CEO, The Indigenomics Institute
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Stéphane Lessard

 

Executive Director, Science, Technology and Innovation at Global Affairs Canada

Building sustainable growth-oriented companies - a three-pronged approach

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Moderator: Lissa Matyas
 
Vice-President of International Partnerships, Mitacs

The Fundamentals of Innovation in the Emerging Indigenous Economy

Indigenomics is modern, constructive, generative economic design. Now more than ever, facilitating Indigenous economic growth is an imperative shift towards inclusion, and investment into emerging Indigenous economic strength.

11:15 - 12:00 EDT

Lessons from Switzerland - an international innovation leader

12:00 - 1:30 EDT

Switzerland consistently ranks near the top of the Global Innovation Index, coming first in 2018 and 2019. As a small country with few natural resources, what’s their secret sauce? Celebrating 75 years of collaboration between Canada and Switzerland, panelists from both countries explore what the Swiss are doing right and if there are lessons for Canada.

Canada ranks 9th in innovation inputs in the Global Innovation Index. However, we rank 22nd in innovation outputs, despite significant investments from all levels of government. How can we better leverage these investments to minimize duplication, coordinate our efforts and focus on one goal? Join the leaders of R$ conference partners NRC, Alberta Innovates, Fond de recherche du Québec and NSERC who will share their wisdom and personal perspectives in conversation with R$.

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Roger Scott-Douglas

 

Acting President, National Research Council of Canada

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Laura J. Kilcrease

 

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

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Alejandro Adem

 

President, NSERC

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Jeffrey Crelinsten

 

Publisher & CEO, Research Money Inc

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Rémi Quirion

Chief Scientist, Quebec

Leveraging innovation investments across jurisdictions: personal perspectives from our partners

1:30 - 2:30 EDT

Like all of us, governments have had to pivot dramatically to cope with COVID-19. Priorities, systems, procedures, regulations, and both inter-agency and intra-government communications had to adapt quickly. With the pandemic slated to stay with us well into next year, how are governments dealing with priorities related to global warming, the green economy and innovation?

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Karna Gupta
 
Member Board of Directors, FinDev Canada
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Emmanuel Kamarianakis
 
Director General of Investment, Innovation and Education, Global Affairs Canada
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Dana O’Born

 

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Council of Canadian Innovators

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John Ruffolo
 

Founder and Managing Partner, Maverix Private Equity

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Lally Rementilla
 
Managing Partner, IP Investments at BDC Capital
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Moderator: Mark Mann
 

Senior Correspondent, Research Money

Nimble red tape and bureaucracy - a COVID silver lining?

1:30 - 2:30 EDT

Canada needs to have companies that are rich in IP, scaleable and growth oriented in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. This panel will examine three areas where change would make a difference.

What needs to happen to drive early local adoption and global market growth?

What type of capital investment is required to support long-term growth?

What kind of government policy framework is needed to foster a growth environment?

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Sherry Coutu

 

Serial entrepreneur, investor & founder, Scaleup Institute, Founders4Schools, UK

How to drive successful scaling and get more Canadian scaleups

Many policies and support programs focus on startups, but few exist for firms that have traction with customers and ambitions to scale. What drives success in scaling? How can the future of work and the emerging role of universities and alternative education providers help drive this success? What should Canada do in order to get more successful scaleups?

October 20th 2021
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Jayson Myers
 
CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
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Sue Paish
 
CEO, Canada's Digital Supercluster
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Julien Billot

 

CEO, SCALE AI

Bill Greuel

 

CEO, Protein Industries Canada

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Kendra MacDonald
 
CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
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Moderator: Mark Lowey
 

Publisher, Managing Editor, EnviroLine

Update from Canada’s superclusters

Many policies and support programs focus on startups, but few exist for firms that have traction with customers and ambitions to scale. What drives success in scaling? How can the future of work and the emerging role of universities and alternative education providers help drive this success? What should Canada do in order to get more successful scaleups?

11:15 - 12:00 EDT
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Jenn Collins

 

Community Strategist, Centre for Advanced Studies, IBM Canada

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Andrea Matyas

 

Director, Communications, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Marcellus Mindell

 

Head, Centre for Advanced Studies, IBM Canada

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Jeffrey Crelinsten

 

Publisher & CEO, Research Money Inc

1:30 - 2:30 EDT

Insights from Wrestling with Intractable Challenges: A R$ IBM/CAS collaboration

Many policies and support programs focus on startups, but few exist for firms that have traction with customers and ambitions to scale. What drives success in scaling? How can the future of work and the emerging role of universities and alternative education providers help drive this success? What should Canada do in order to get more successful scaleups?

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Cara Tannenbaum

 

Departmental Science Advisor, Health Canada

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Mona Nemer

 

Chief Science Advisor, Office of the CSA, ISED

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Shawn Marshall
 
Department Science Advisor, Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Paul Snelgrove
 
Departmental Science Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Vik Pant

Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
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Moderator: Lindsay Borthwick
 

Senior Correspondent, Research Money

Canada's Science Advisory Network: Goals & Priorities

Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, has been building a network of Departmental Science Advisors to provide advice to federal government science-based departments and agencies. The network has grown from three in 2019 to seven and is still growing. Dr. Nemer and four of the newest appointees will review priorities and plans for the future.

12:30 - 3:00 EDT
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David Watters
 
Founder & CEO, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc

The Impact of COVID-19: Emerging Changes in the Supply and Demand for Canadian R&D/ Innovation

October 21st 2021
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Simon Edmonds


Deputy Executive Chair and Chief Business Officer, Innovate-UK. 

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Rosa Wilkinson

 

Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult 

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Michel M. Dumoulin

 

Vice-President Engineering, National Research Council

The presentation will analyze the emerging impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic and economic crisis on the production and use of R&D by governments, universities/colleges, and the business sector. It will include an analysis of the 80 plus new federal initiatives to respond to vulnerability in Canada’s economy and society due to the impact of COVID-19.

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Andrea Johnston

 

ADM, Innovation Canada, ISED

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Laura J. Kilcrease

 

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

Supporting the growth of tech – dissecting policies on either side of the Atlantic

Beyond R&D tax credits, governments have various ways to support firm growth in knowledge-based industry sectors, including collaborative research and funding via direct grants or loans and through organisations such as the Superclusters in Canada and the Catapult centres in the UK. Panelists from Canada and the UK compare and contrast different approaches on both sides of the Atlantic, including challenge funding and collaborative research.

12:00 - 1:30 EDT
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Jasmine Pawa

 

President, Public Health Physicians of Canada

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Dave Lisk

 

Vice President IRAP , National Research Council Canada

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Moderator: Martha Crago

 

VPRI, Chair of the Governing Council of the SSHRC, McGill University

11:00 - 11:15 EDT
11:15 - 12:00 EDT
11:15 - 12:00 EDT

Conference Closing

Closing Remarks

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Jeffrey Crelinsten

 

Publisher & CEO, Research Money Inc

2:30 - 4:00 EDT