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Wednesday, November 9 • 13:30 - 15:30
Regional Innovation and Socioeconomic Development in Non-Metropolitan Areas: BC Insights / L'innovation régionale et le développement socio-économique dans les régions non métropolitaines : réflexions de la C.-B.

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Organized by,UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Okanagan campus, Dr. Deborah Buszard

British Columbia is a large province with a diverse range of geographic regions, communities and cultures; the province’s economy is equally diverse, with economic development dependent on a range of industries and businesses. Like many parts of non-metropolitan Canada, the BC Interior region faces a number of challenges in meeting the demands of the 21st century economy, including those associated with transforming and diversifying the regional resource economy to one driven by innovation.

To help understand and navigate these challenges and opportunities, BC is fortunate to have significant expertise and leadership in regional socio-economic innovation and socio-economic development research embedded within its non-metropolitan areas.  This panel, comprised of key researchers and leaders in BC’s regional innovation ecosystem, will share their experiences in helping make the BC Interior the optimal ‘living lab’ for regional innovation, and offer insights on the important role non-metropolitan areas can and must play for Canada to move toward a more innovative and inclusive economy.

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Janice Larson

Executive Director, Regional Innovation Initiatives, BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
As Director for Renewable Energy Development in BC’s Ministry of Energy from 2001 to 2011, Janice Larson was instrumental in the development of the BC Bioenergy Strategy, the BC Energy Plans (2002 and 2007), the BC Clean Energy Act (2010), and the BC Climate Action Plan. Janice has over 20 years of experience in public policy development and implementation, focused on strategic planning, regulatory and economic... Read More →

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Deborah Buszard

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of British Columbia Okanagan campus
University of British Columbia Okanagan campus | Dr. Deborah Buszard is UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. The ten year old Okanagan campus is demonstrating new approaches to interdisciplinary and community engaged post-secondary education, research and innovation. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Buszard served in senior academic leadership roles at both Dalhousie and McGill... Read More →
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Martin Cronin

Chief Executive Officer, Helios Global Technologies
Martin Cronin is Chief Executive Officer of Helios Global Technologies in Kelowna, BC, a company specializing in tracking and survivability technologies. He also serves on the executive board for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Martin has over twenty years of experience in international diplomacy with the British Government, including postings in Yemen, Jordan, Sweden, Pakistan and Iraq. He... Read More →
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Terri MacDonald

Innovation Chair, Rural Development Institute, Selkirk College
Dr. Terri MacDonald is Regional Innovation Chair, Rural Development Institute, at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC.Terri has worked for over 10 years in economic development across BC, primarily in the Kootenay region. Her research interests include regional economic development, the role of community capacity in rural development, and community sustainability indicators, planning and implementation. Her commitment to rural... Read More →
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Lincoln Smith

Executive Director, Kamloops Innovation and Director, Research Partnerships and Enterprise Creation, Kamloops Innovation
Lincoln is an experienced academic and industrial researcher with a broad scientific and business background. He uses experience and connections to coach and mentor local technology entrepreneurs in our region. Lincoln splits his time between Executive Director of Kamloops Innovation, and Director Research Partnerships and Enterprise Creation at Thompson Rivers University. This unique position gives him the ability to... Read More →
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Jennifer Tedman-Jones

Director of Business Development, Mitacs
Dr. Jennifer Tedman-Jones has served as Director of Business Development for Mitacs since 2011, with posts at the University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. In her current role, Jennifer supports the UBC Okanagan campus’ promotion of innovation and economic development in the BC Interior in collaboration with Thompson Rivers University, the University of Northern British Columbia and Okanagan College... Read More →
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Guido Wimmers

Program Chair, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design,, University of Northern British Columbia
Dr. Guido Wimmers leads the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC. Sustainable and healthy design and engineering practices are at the program core. For the past 100 years, steel and concrete construction has dominated large building construction; it has only been in the last few decades that the industrial construction... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 13:30 - 15:30
Room 211

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