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Wednesday, November 9 • 10:30 - 12:00
The role of provincial organizations in building and sustaining competitive regional research and innovation ecosystems / Le rôle des organisations provinciales dans l'établissement et le maintien d'écosystèmes régionaux de recherche e

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Organized by: Renata Osika

The dynamics of Canada’s research and innovation system bring together a diverse range of stakeholders. Some may argue that there is no one Innovation System. After all research and innovation happen within local communities. Thus the innovation landscape and the specific priorities vary significantly across the provinces. The stakeholders take on different roles.

Over the past decade provinces have taken on a more significant role in research funding. Most have established research founding organizations with a mandate of leading this dialogue in their jurisdiction. Yet in Canada understanding of the regional systems, their own complexities and the ongoing transformations continues to be weak. This panel will elaborate on what drives the complexity of innovation systems overall, and illustrate the diverse of funding mechanism used to support these systems. They will hare insights from their own experience of building provincial research and innovation ecosystem.


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Allison Barr

Director,, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
Ms. Allison Barr, Director at Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, oversees over $2 billion in research and innovation programming including the Ontario Research Fund, Ontario's largest funding program for academic research. She leads programs that support Ontario's top research talent, and is responsible for world class research institutes including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Ontario Brain Institute and the... Read More →
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Krista Connell

Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
As Chief Executive Officer at Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Krista Connell has been instrumental in increasing research activity and capacity in Nova Scotia. She is a recognized champion of health research nationally and internationally. Krista regularly serves on external review committees for other health research-related organizations and is a member of various boards and working groups including the Canadian... Read More →
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Diane Finegood

President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Dr. Diane Finegood is an experienced research leader with a deep knowledge of the health research ecosystem and extensive experience in building complex partnerships across disciplines and sectors at all levels. As President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, she champions the growth of BC’s health research enterprise and works closely with government and other stakeholders to advance key projects to support... Read More →
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Christina Weise

Chief Executive Officer, Research Manitoba
Ms. Christina Weise is the Chief Executive Officer of Research Manitoba. She has a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba. She is a public administrator with more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing public policy in the areas of research and innovation and in managing funds and programs to support research. | Just prior to joining Research Manitoba, Christina was with the Manitoba Department... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 211

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