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Tuesday, November 8 • 15:30 - 17:30
Strengthening the Interplay between Discovery and Innovation

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Organized by: SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC, Genome Canada

There is wide consensus that innovation takes place in a highly complex ecosystem. For example, the science and know-how behind drug discovery has become so complex that it cannot be contained within the confines of a single sector. In fact, drug discovery and development occurs in a complex ecosystem where the public university sector, biotech companies, big pharma, foundations, disease advocacy groups and citizens all come together. Most often, we don’t have an accurate map of all the players in the system. Fundamental science lays the foundation for novel applications and disruptive innovations which can only flourish in a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-cultural ecosystem. This results in a complex, rapidly evolving dynamic interplay between a wide array of stakeholders all active in the discovery and innovation space.

 For innovation to be successful, contributions from all fields of knowledge are required, whether it’s natural sciences and engineering, health, or social sciences and humanities. Social sciences and humanities, in particular, bring the expertise necessary for understanding human behaviours, market trends and societal values, without which in particular disruptive technologies cannot be successfully adopted in the new marketplace.

 With the announcement of the federal fundamental science review and the launch of the consultation on the Innovation Agenda, a better understanding of this dynamic interplay between discovery and innovation, and the implications for policy development requires new, broader perspectives from across disciplines, geographies and sectors of the economy and society.

 We are proposing a panel that would bring together players from across this complex innovation ecosystem to discuss how we can break down barriers and build bridges across sectors in order to position Canada to better respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The panel will explore new models of collaboration between industry and the post-secondary research sector, taking into account the variety of actors that must be involved in order to be truly successful at innovation. 

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Iain Stewart

President, National Research Council (NRC)
Prior to his current position, Mr. Stewart served as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada from July 2015 to August 2016, and Assistant Secretary of the International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) from June 2014... Read More →

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Aled Edwards

Director of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), Professor, University of Toronto
The SGC accelerates research in these new areas by making all its research output available to the scientific community with no strings attached, and by creating an open collaborative network of scientists in hundreds of universities around the world and in nine global pharmaceutical... Read More →
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Elicia Maine

Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academic Chair, Science & Technology Commercialization, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Specializing in technological innovation and entrepreneurship, Dr. Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, and Academic Director of a novel graduate... Read More →
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Eliane Ubalijoro

Founder and Executive Director, C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc
Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc. She is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She was a facilitator in... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:30 EST
Room 202