The brightest minds in the country will gather in Toronto this fall for the Innovation and the Future of Canada Summit, and you’re cordially invited.

This event is now sold out.

This one-day event will bring together senior executives, entrepreneurs, scientists, public policy makers, and academics from Canada’s top business schools to explore the significant implications that global competition, changing demographics, and the emerging “fourth industrial revolution” will have on society in the years ahead. Guests will listen to expert speakers and engage with other attendees on some of the most pressing issues of our time – all framed by the fact that innovation is driven by a strong business education.

The Innovation and the Future of Canada Summit will take place Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the historic Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Registration is $550 and includes all three keynotes, the plenary and breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch, a cocktail reception, and dinner.

For more information, please contact Kellie Rabak.

Agenda

8:30 a.m.

Summit Welcome

8:35 a.m.

Introduction

  • David McGovern, Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Welcome Message

  • Navdeep Bains, Minister, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
8:45 a.m.

The Big Trends Changing Our World

The confluence of disruptive economic, demographic and technological trends is transforming our world. This opening address will highlight the important implications that these trends will have on Canada and set the stage for identifying the innovative responses needed to prepare for the societal wide changes to come.

9:30 a.m.

Networking Break

9:45 a.m.

Navigating Business Model Disruption

A panel of prominent business leaders will discuss how new technologies are disrupting their industries and business models and what they are doing to adapt and survive.

10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m.

The Future of Work

As the adoption of disruptive technologies accelerates, the nature of work is being transformed. Many old jobs are being automated, while new jobs are being created. Universities, businesses, governments and labour organizations all have a critical role to play to ensure that Canadians have the skills to participate in a labour force that will be constantly changing. What actions can stakeholders take to collectively help Canadians successfully adapt to a new world of work?

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m.

China's Race for Innovation Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities

  • David Ho, Member of the Board. China Mobile; China COSCO Shipping (Beijing)

A wide-range of technologies are transforming the way we live, work, communicate and conduct business. This keynote address will highlight how China is racing forward to challenge global leadership across a range of disruptive domains, in the process creating strong competitive pressures on, and potential partnering opportunities for, Canadian innovators.

2:00 p.m.

Foresight Panels: Session One
Registrants will choose to attend Panel 1 or 2

Panel 1: Leveraging and Financing Science Excellence

Canada is home to some of the world’s most accomplished scientists working across a range of research fields that have enormous potential to benefit mankind. This panel will explore different means for enhancing the application potential of these research activities, including financing and commercializing scientific intellectual property.

Panel 2: Cultivating the Next Generation of Innovators

This session will showcase how successful entrepreneurs and social innovators are reinventing the Canadian landscape, while providing an opportunity to identify actions that policy makers, universities and business schools can take to inspire and support the nation’s next generation of start-ups and social innovators.

3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 p.m.

Foresight Panels: Session Two
Registrants will choose to attend Panel 3 or 4

Panel 3: Cultivating Competitive Clusters

  • Karen Greve Young, VP, Partnerships, Strategy & Corporate Development, MaRS
  • Ann Mackenzie, CEO, ACENET
  • John Marshall, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Commercialization and Scale-ups Division, the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science
  • Cameron Schuler, Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
  • Ali Dastmalchian, Dean, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Canada is home to several clusters of excellence that attract and retain talent, investment and big ideas. This panel will suggest what can be done to accelerate the pace of entrepreneurship in these clusters in concert with regional, national and global partners, and in the process enhance Canada’s reputation for offering a welcoming business environment, educated workforce and inclusive society.

Panel 4: Balancing Inclusive Growth and Sustainability

Canada must balance near-term regional economic and resource development goals with the longer-term imperative towards clean growth and sustainability. This session will explore the short and longer-run implications of managing these challenges as well as recommend opportunities for business, government, universities and business schools to collaborate to resolve difficult dilemmas and find inclusive clean growth solutions versus pursuing classic “either/or” approaches to development.

4:15 p.m.

Networking Break

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Idea Capture and Action Planning

  • Joseph Doucet, Dean, Alberta Business School, University of Alberta
  • Lisa Setlakwe, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada

Delegates will come back together to capture learning points from the day’s sessions, with a view towards identifying specific actions that business, government, researchers and academia can take to collaborate, promote and support a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusive growth across Canada.

5:30 p.m.

Cocktails, Dinner & Closing Session: Glimpses of Our Intelligent Future

  • Karel Vredenburg, Director of IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs, Head, IBM Studios – Canada

Special Guest: WATSON

Speakers

Eric Axford

Eric Axford

Executive VP, Business Services, Suncor Energy
Navdeep Bains

Navdeep Bains

Minister, Ministry of Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada
Mark Blackwell

Mark Blackwell

Founder, Nucleus
Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess

Director of the Board, Adobe Inc; Nvidia
Jeff Carney

Jeff Carney

President and Chief Executive Officer, IGM Financial Inc.
Sylvain Charlebois

Sylvain Charlebois

Dean, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie
Michael Chui

Michael Chui

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Ali Dastmalchian

Ali Dastmalchian

Dean, Beedie School of Business, SFU
Joseph Doucet

Joseph Doucet

Dean, Alberta Business School, University of Alberta
Loren Falkenberg

Loren Falkenberg

Associate Dean, Haskayne School of Business (Calgary)
Annemieke Farenhorst

Annemieke Farenhorst

NSERC Principal Investigator; Professor, University of Manitoba
Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox

CEO, Pivotal Point; Co-Founder of the DMZ at Ryerson University (Toronto)
David Fraser

David Fraser

President, AEGIS Canada; Major-General (ret), Cdn Armed Forces
Michel Gendron

Michel Gendron

Dean, Université Laval
Terry Goodtrack

Terry Goodtrack

President & CEO, AFOA Canada
Karen Greve Young

Karen Greve Young

VP, Partnerships, Strategy & Corporate Development, MaRS
David Ho

David Ho

Member of the Board. China Mobile; China COSCO Shipping (Beijing)
François Julien

François Julien

Dean, Telfer School of Management
Robert Kidd

Robert Kidd

Lead Country IT Director, Siemens
Laura Kilcrease

Laura Kilcrease

CEO, Alberta Innovates
Ann Mackenzie

Ann Mackenzie

CEO, ACENET
Elicia Maine

Elicia Maine

Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Beedie School of Business, SFU
John Marshall

John Marshall

Assistant Deputy Minister of the Commercialization and Scale-ups Division, the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science
David McGovern

David McGovern

Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
David Miller

David Miller

North American Director, C40 Cities; Former CEO, WWF Canada; Former Mayor, City of Toronto
Michel Patry

Michel Patry

Dean, HEC Montreal
Ishwar Puri

Ishwar Puri

Founder, Nanospin; Dean of Engineering, McMaster University
Todd Roberts

Todd Roberts

SVP Enterprise Innovation, CIBC
Cameron Schuler

Cameron Schuler

Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
Lisa Setlakwe

Lisa Setlakwe

Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector (SIPS), Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada
Geordie Stewart

Geordie Stewart

Program Director, Weston Family Microbiome Initiative
Kaylie Tiessen

Kaylie Tiessen

National Representative, Research, UNIFOR
Naomi Titleman

Naomi Titleman

Founder and Principal, Collaborativity Leadership Advisory
Christine Tutssel

Christine Tutssel

SVP Strategic Partnerships, Axonify
Karel Vredenburg

Karel Vredenburg

Director of IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs, Head, IBM Studios – Canada
Leonard Waverman

Leonard Waverman

Dean, DeGroote School of Business

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