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Small business and innovation – the engine for Canada’s economic recovery.   

October 29th, 2020

We know that economies around the world – including Canada’s – have taken a hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For small business, the economic downturn has been and continues to be a huge challenge.  For our country to recover, we need our small business sector to not only survive but to thrive and grow.  Companies that can innovate and access top talent will recover stronger and faster than companies that can’t. 


How can our ecosystem best support our companies who are innovating in a way that makes sense and gets Canada back to our A-game?  What role do different actors in the system need to play across the innovation spectrum – from fundamental research through applied research to commercialization?  This panel, with Mitacs and small businesses will explore what some of the pain points are for companies working to innovate in trying times, how to move ahead with R&D to drive your company forward, and the increasingly important role that partnership and collaboration will play. 

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Naysan Saran


Co-Founder and CEO, CannForecast

Cory Janssen


Co-Founder and Co-CEO of AltaML

Jesse Vincent-Hercovici


VP Business Development, Mitacs

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Jeffrey Crelinsten


Publisher & CEO, Research Money and the Impact Group

Previous Webinars

Economic Recovery and the Skills Challenge

June 23rd, 2020
Some of Canada’s most highly educated workers face unique school-to-work barriers that need strategic responses from employers, educators, and governments to drive economic growth post-COVID.
Watch the webinar recording here.
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Coping with COVID-19: Conversation with Canada’s Superclusters

April 29th, 2020
Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative is a major plank in the federal government’s innovation agenda. How is the COVID-19 crisis affecting their operations, their partners and their member companies?
Watch the webinar recording here.and read a synopsis here.
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