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Thursday, November 8 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
(90 min) Commercializing Innovation in Canada: Retaining human and financial capital north of the border / Commercialiser l'innovation au Canada : cesser d'exporter les ressources humaines et financières au nord de la frontière

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Organized by: Ontario Centres of Excellence, Dr. Claudia Krywiak 

Commercializing Innovation in Canada: Retaining human and financial capital north of the border

As host of the second-largest ICT cluster in North America outside Silicon Valley and home to
world-class academic and research institutions focused on innovative technologies, Canada has
a unique opportunity to be a global leader in innovation. Yet some industry and financial experts
have argued there has been a recent trend of investment capital “exodus” to the U.S. that could
result in a cascading loss of talent, intellectual property and the next generation of innovators.
Through a collaborative lens, this diverse panel of research and industry experts will discuss
strategies to link supply with demand to move the best ideas from the lab to the marketplace,
while bringing international visibility to these initiatives that drive economic growth, create high-
quality jobs and enhance Canada’s global competitiveness.

Topics to be discussed:
 Highlights of interconnected, game-changing technology projects already underway,
driving the digital economy
 Moving innovative technologies out of the research lab and into the marketplace
 Attraction and retention of talent
 Connecting supply with demand
 Retention of IP by commercializing in Canada and bringing tech to global markets

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Dr. Tom Corr

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Dr. Tom Corr: As President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence, Tom brings more than 40 years of experience in the technology transfer, IT and venture capital sectors. He has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur in the ITC sector and has a distinguished academic background... Read More →
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Kathryn Hayashi

President and CEO, TRIUMF Innovations
Kathryn Hayashi is President and CEO of TRIUMF Innovations, the business interface and commercialization arm, connecting TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, to the private sector via industry partnerships, licensing, and company creation. Ms. Hayashi is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 25 years of operational and strategic planning, finance and governance experience in not-for-profit organizations... Read More →
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Audrey Mascarenhas

President and CEO, Questor
Audrey Mascarenhas is President and CEO of Questor, a Calgary-based cleantech company with field offices across North America.A fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, Audrey has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor, which was recently... Read More →
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Elissa Strome

Executive Director, Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Elissa was appointed Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy at CIFAR in January 2018. Currently, she is working with the three AI Institutes in Montreal (MILA), Edmonton (Amii) and Toronto (Vector Institute) to strengthen Canada’s leadership in AI research.Elissa completed... Read More →
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Dr. Zhou Wang

Professor and University Research Chair, University of Waterloo
Dr. Zhou Wang is a Primetime Engineering Emmy Award winner for his ground-breaking contribution tovideo quality assessment. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Royal Society of Canada, and Canadian Academy ofEngineering. He is a University Research Chair and Professor at University of Waterloo... Read More →
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Rodney Wilson

Chief Technologist, Research Networks, Ciena Corporation
Rodney Wilson is responsible for Ciena’s leadership and global interactions with universities and the research community, including national research and education networks. His focus is on collaboration with advanced high-performance networks being created by national governments... Read More →
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Dr. Alan Winter

Innovation Commissioner
Dr. Alan Winter is British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner. He has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the President and CEO of Genome BC from 2001 to 2016, the founding President and CEO of the New Media... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom