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Thursday, November 10 • 10:30 - 12:00
Disruptive Technologies: People, Policy and Programs

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Organized by Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

According to a recent OECD report (Oct 2015) countries should step up their investment in long-term R&D to develop frontier technologies that will reshape industry, healthcare and communications and provide urgently needed solutions to global challenges. Disruptive technologies, including mobile, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and advanced genomics have the potential to significantly change the way we live and work. This session is meant to provoke reflection on a timely issue. We propose a series of short ‘lightning-talk’ speakers and then open the floor for discussion.

This panel seeks to further explore the following issues:

  • How should funding agencies/governments strike a balance between already emerging areas of disruptive technologies research and new unexplored areas?
  • Should support for disruptive technologies be prioritised on the basis of the promise it holds?
  • Does government need to have in place pre-emptive policies and regulatory mechanisms in anticipation of increased volume in disruptive technology research? Should research in disruptive technologies be undertaken with a parallel assessment of its ethical, socio-economic, and cultural implications?

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Paul Dufour

Principal / Adjunct professor, PaulicyWorks / University of Ottawa
Fellow and Adjunct Professor, ISSP, University of Ottawa PrincipalPaulicyworksPaul Dufour is a fellow and adjunct professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa and science policy principal with PaulicyWorks in Gatineau, Québec. He is on the... Read More →

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Foteini Agrafioti

Chief Science Officer, Head of RBC Research
Dr. Agrafioti is an inventor and entrepreneur.  She is currently leading Research at RBC where she is responsible for the intellectual property portfolio in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Prior to that, Foteini was the CIO of Architech, where she led... Read More →
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Mo Elbestawi

Director, Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University
Dr. Elbestawi is the Director of the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University. The newly-established school  brings together McMaster University’s School of Engineering Technology and its undergraduate Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech... Read More →
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Richard Hawkins

Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program, University of Calgary
Dr. Hawkins is Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Calgary. Until July 2012, he was also Canada Research Chair in the Social Context of Technology. He is also Senior Fellow at The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS) and Fellow of the Institute... Read More →
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Michele Mosca

Founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing,
Dr. Mosca is a co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 1999 he has been a faculty member in the Combinatorics & Optimization department of the University of Waterloo, and a member of the Centre... Read More →
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Duncan Stewart

General Manager, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Duncan Stewart is General Manager of NRC's Security and Disruptive Technologies research portfolio. From 2009 to 2012, he was Acting Director of Research at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. Before joining NRC in 2008, he worked for a decade at Hewlett-Packard... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00 EST
Room 210