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Wednesday, November 7


(90 mins) Towards a Canadian Life Sciences Supercluster / Vers un suramoncellement de sciences de la vie canadiennes
Organized by: The Centre for Drug Research and Development, Barry Gee

Canada has a proud history of international leadership in health research, and in supporting innovation in the global life sciences industry. Despite constituting less than 0.5% of the world population, Canadians produce 5% of the world’s research publications, with a citation rate that ranks amongst the top 6 nations worldwide. However, Canada doesn’t full take advantage of this competitive advantage by translating it into a leading life sciences industry: The winners of the Canadian federal government’s 2018 ‘Supercluster’ funding initiative represented a multitude of industries encompassing digital technologies, oceans, mining, artificial intelligence, smart agri-food, and advanced manufacturing. Jarringly, no life sciences proposals were ultimately supported.

This session will debate the government's decision, and discuss how we can tap into the life sciences sector’s potential to contribute immensely to Canada’s economy and transform into the next Canadian supercluster. Our panelists will share perspectives on two salient topics: (i) the means by which the public and private sectors can best come together to support the growth of Canada's health sciences ecosystem, and (ii) strategies for the federal government to establish comprehensive public policy and work with the private sector to support basic research, build a robust translational and commercialization pathway, and ultimately attract increased venture capital investment to Canada such that we can scale Canadian SMEs, and establish global Canadian anchors.

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Gordon McCauley

President and CEO, The Centre for Drug Research and Development
Gordon McCauley was appointed President and CEO of CDRD in 2017 after serving on the Board for four years. Mr. McCauley is an accomplished life science investor and executive. He has served as President & CEO of Viable Healthworks Corp., a national healthcare service business; President... Read More →

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Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein

President and CEO, MaRS Innovation
Dr. Raphael Hofstein, also known as Rafi, Ph.D. has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of MaRS Innovation since June 2009.Dr. Hofstein joined MaRS Innovation from Israel, where he held the position of President and CEO of Hadasit Ltd., the technology transfer company of... Read More →

Cate McCready

Vice President, External Affairs, BIOTECanada
With fifteen years of practical experience in the field of communications and public affairs Cate McCready joined BIOTECanada in November of 2001 and currently serves in the role of Vice President, External Affairs.Her current role with BIOTECanada encompasses the development of national... Read More →
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Dr. Stéphanie Michaud

President & Chief Executive Officer, BioCanRx
Dr. Stéphanie Michaud is the President and CEO of BioCanRx, a not-for-profit that seeks to accelerate the delivery of innovative immunotherapies from the bench to the bedside. In this position, Stéphanie is responsible for running all facets of the organization. She brings more... Read More →
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Karimah Es Sabar

CEO and Partner, Quark Venture Inc.
A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader with broad global experience, Karimah Es Sabar has had a successful career spanning multi-national pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, startups, not-for-profit organizations and venture investment firm. She has provided leadership... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale


(45 min) Longevity Innovation for Sustainable Aging / Innovation sur la longétivité pour un vieillissement durable
Organized by: Baycrest Health Sciences/Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, Allison Sekuler

Canada, and many other countries, are aging faster than at any time in history. There now are more Canadians over 65 than under 15, and by 2030, nearly 1 in 4 Canadians will be 65 or older. This demographic shift will impact every aspect of our lives: from the workforce to recreation, from transportation to healthcare. The so-called silver tsunami brings with it a looming public health crisis: growing numbers of individuals with dementia and complex chronic medical issues, but a shortage of long-term care beds and other care options. It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide already live with dementia, with that number reaching 75 million by 2030. And, although the cost of dementia is immeasurable for those who suffer from the disease and their loved ones and caregivers, economists estimate the worldwide cost at US$1 trillion, rising to US$2 trillion by 2030.

But is that future inevitable, or is there a path to sustainable aging? A path to a society in which people can age in place and thrive throughout their lifetimes; a society in which aging is a process rather than an endpoint; a society in which our demographic changes lead to enhanced cultural, social, and economic prosperity for Canada. The convergence of precision medicine, technology, big data, and artificial intelligence could chart that path. Fully 70% of our economy is driven by baby-boomers, making age-related innovation a critical and growing field.  Virtual and augmented reality, assistive bots, social robots, driverless cars, connected homes, smart cities, and personalized and predictive medicine promise to transform a silver tsunami into a silver economy. However, given the size and diversity of Canada, that promise face many challenges, including concerns about data sharing and privacy; inter-regional jurisdiction of health information; cultural differences in healthcare practices; adoption, procurement, and funding of novel technologies; stigmas associated with aging; and the critical need to create a culture of longevity-innovation.

This panel brings together a diverse group of experts in aging, science and technology, innovation, healthcare practice, and policy to explore the challenges, promises, and opportunities for innovation, and to chart a path for sustainable aging in Canada.

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Allison Sekuler

Baycrest Health Sciences/Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation
Dr. Allison Sekuler (BA Mathematics & Psychology, Pomona College; PhD Psychology, UC Berkeley; Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists) is the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Managing Director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences... Read More →

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Dr. Carrie Bourassa

Chair in Indigenous & Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute; Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Dr. Carrie Bourassa is a Chair in Indigenous & Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Prior to... Read More →
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Maureen O’Neil

President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Maureen O’Neil is President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. After joining the organization in 2008, Ms. O’Neil successfully re-oriented the Foundation from its previous mandate in applied health services research to its current role in healthcare improvement... Read More →
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Ritesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy's Health & Wellness
Ritesh Patel is responsible for providing digital vision, leadership and guidance for Ogilvy's Health & Wellness customers globally.He joined Ogilvy after 4 years as the Chief Digital officer at Ogilvy CommonHealth, the specialist healthcare agency within WPP where, working with the... Read More →
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Andrew Sixsmith, PhD

Director of the STAR (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute, the joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL NCE; Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University
Andrew Sixsmith, PhD, is the Director of the STAR (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute, the joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL NCE, and a professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. He is past President of the International Society of... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière


(45 min) Harnessing Diversity and Inclusion to Drive Innovation in Canadian Science and Technology / Mobiliser la diversité et l'inclusion pour susciter l'innovation en matière de sciences et de technologies au Canada
Organized by: Ryerson University, Wendy Cukier

In recent years, Canadian employers, economists and industry analysts have lamented a shortage of qualified personnel to drive science and technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth (CME/CSTEC, 2017; ICTC, 2017). Leading organizations in Canada’s professional, scientific and technical services (PST) sector still struggle to create equitable and inclusive environments for members of diverse groups (Coe & Hariri, 2017). Despite extensive policy and organizational changes, limited progress has been made in addressing barriers to diverse groups in Canada’s PST sector (Coe & Hariri, 2017). Many racialized minorities face unconscious bias and limited career opportunities within small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (Access Alliance, 2011). The “chilly climate” and pay differentials persist for women in STEM (Caranci et al., 2017; Cukier, 2007; ICTC, 2017). Indigenous youth, one of Canada’s fastest growing segments (Statistics Canada, 2011), comprise merely 1.2% of ICT workers (ICTC, 2017). Immigrant and female technology entrepreneurs continue to confront gender- related industry barriers (Orser, 2009; Orser et al., 2012; Orser & Riding, 2016; Cukier, 2017). Even though entrepreneurship is a desirable pathway to economic integration for members of diverse groups, particularly immigrants, recent reviews of Ontario’s incubator and innovation ecosystem suggest that the governance, processes, and resources do not support those from diverse groups (Canada-US Council for Advancement of Women, 2018). In this complex ecosystem, there is an acute need to leverage diversity to drive change.

This panel will concurrently examine the ways in which diversity produces the innovations that galvanize economic growth and the role of leading-edge tools, applications and approaches in fostering innovation for inclusion in Canada’s science and technical sector. Informed by an awareness of the skills gap and applying an ecological approach to diversity, this panel of leading technology and entrepreneurship scholars and industry experts will generate a practical alignment and reciprocal engagement between inclusion and innovation. They will identify and assess the potential of technology-enabled applications and tools that promote inclusion and examine how diversity can generating access to top talent and creative imaginations, expanding reach, and improving firm performance through inclusion and engagement. The panel will consider ways to replicate and share innovative tools and build capacity for evidence-based approaches to diversity policy. Finally, it will unpack how policies, practices and tools can advance inclusion by matching diverse job seekers to employers. Overall, this panel will emphasize how employers and policy makers can harness innovation and inclusion to create productive science and technology industries.

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Wendy Cukier

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Founder of the Diversity Institute in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University
Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Founder of the Diversity Institute in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (ON), is a multidisciplinary researcher, teacher and leader, committed to advancing innovation and social justice. She is... Read More →


Charlie Carter

Policy Lead, Public Policy Forum
Charlie Carter brings over ten years of experience as a knowledge mobilization practitioner, stakeholder engagement leader and program manager to his work as a Policy Lead.Charlie’s work is anchored by a desire to tackle complex policy problems by championing the use of real-world... Read More →
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Mohamed Elmi

PhD Candidate, University of Cape Town
Mohamed Elmi is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Information Systems at University of Cape Town and a Project Coordinator with the Ted Rogers School of Management's Institute for Innovation and Technology Management at Ryerson University. Mohamed’s doctoral research focuses on how Information... Read More →
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Jaigris Hodson

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
Dr. Jaigris Hodson is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University in BC. Her research specializes in understanding how people interact with digital technologies, such as social media, and the content that is produced and shared using those technologies... Read More →
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Doaa Mansour

Advancing Women in STEM at Youth Employment Services Montreal
Doaa Mansour leads Advancing Women in STEM at Youth Employment Services (YES) Montreal, which is the third installment of a programming series that aims to increase women’s retention and access to leadership opportunities within the STEM industry. The program is funded by Status... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale


(45 min) Innovating Science Communication / Innovation en matière de communication scientifique
Organized by: Pixels and Plans, Julia Krolik 

Effective and timely science communication is the very vessel that informs decision makers, thereby having a direct effect on the way science policies are generated. Indeed there have been challenges with science communication, as evidenced by the creation of Evidence for Democracy, a not-for-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada. Currently, the landscape of science communication is shifting with many diverse communication avenues becoming more readily available across all sectors including academia, governments and the public. Our panel on Innovating Science Communication consists of a diverse group of panelists that practice different forms of science communication in Canada.
The group will discuss five different science communication approaches and the milestones achieved. The panel moderator, Julia Krolik of Pixels and Plans, an agency practicing and teaching the art of good data, will present from-the-field case studies of how fusing data science and creative direction to tackle science communication problems helps organizations reach and engage their intended audiences. Dr. Chantal Barriault, Director of the Science Communication Program at Laurentian University will discuss how the
curriculum has evolved and what a Science Communication degree means for educating and inspiring future generations of communicators and policy makers. Jonathan Provost, an Environmental Scientist at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, will cover science communication initiatives in the public sector and the complications of speaking to the general public. Catherine Lau, Program Evaluation Officer at Art the Science, an nonprofit organization that facilitates artist residencies in science laboratories will present recent residency evaluation findings and discuss the value of including art as a science communication platform. Finally, Samantha Yammine, a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Toronto will discuss her successful use of social media platforms to communicate science and engage diverse audiences as well as incorporate social media metrics on Canadian science policy discussions.

Panel attendees will be presented with an overview of novel and traditional approaches to
Science Communication. These methods provide insights to overcoming challenges of communicating science to diverse audiences. Since science communication plays an important role in science policy decision making, the diverse topics covered in this panel are a valuable resource to a Canadian Science Policy audience.

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Julia Krolik

Founder, Pixels and Plans & Art the Science
Julia Krolik is a creative director, entrepreneur, scientist and award-winning artist. Formally educated in the sciences, her work has taken numerous turns and includes research involving micro/molecular biology, statistics, geospatial analytics, public health, water quality and hydrogeology... Read More →

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Dr. Chantal Barriault

Director of the Science Communication Graduate Program, Laurentian University and Science North
Dr. Chantal Barriault is the Director of the Science Communication Graduate Program, the only one of its kind in Canada, offered jointly by Laurentian University and Science North. The program covers the theory underlying good communication as well as the practical challenges of effectively... Read More →
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Catherine Lau

Program Evaluation Officer, Art the Science
Catherine is a former behavioral neuroscientist turned science communicator. She has used diverse mediums to communicate science including hands-on demonstrations, exhibit design, film/animation, writing and art. While she is passionate about science outreach for youth, she also has... Read More →
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Jonathan Provost

Real Property Divestment Program Manager, National Defence
Jonathan has over 10 years of professional experience working as a Government scientist. Facilitating large and small events; mediating relationships with stakeholders and partners; implementing innovative and sustainable communication tools, practices and cultures within the Public... Read More →
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Samantha Yammine

Science Communicator and PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Samantha Yammine is a Science Communicator and PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Her research in Dr. van der Kooy’s laboratory focuses on stem cell lineages in the developing brain, and targeted approaches for activating stem cells... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac
Thursday, November 8


(90 min) Failure to Thrive: Why Canada Struggles to Grow World Leading Tech Companies / Retard de croissance : pourquoi le Canada éprouve-t-il des difficultés à développer des entreprises de haute technologie de calibre mondial
Organized by: Council of Canadian Academies, Weronika Zych 

For more than 100 years, successive Canadian governments have bemoaned the country’s inability to grow firms into large, globally successful industry leaders. While much effort has been expended to address this issue, the results have been middling by most informed accounts. Indeed, over the last decade, several large-scale tech companies that Canada has grown have failed to thrive. That said, Canadians have become expert at describing the host of explanations behind the phenomenon: technical and management skills gaps, weak IP policies, inadequate venture capital, too much (or not enough) tax support, small domestic markets, and other factors. But we have not been equally proficient at identifying the causes and consequences of this failure to grow robust domestic tech companies in Canada. Perhaps a different approach is needed, with a different set of questions: Does it matter that Canada does not grow firms into large industry leaders? Do Canadians really want to scale companies? Or are we content attracting foreign subsidiaries with world leading research capacity and infrastructure, and exporting ideas and innovations to be developed in other markets? The panel includes industry and policy leaders, who will draw on current evidence and their own experiences to debate the causes and consequences of Canada’s failure to thrive and what steps (if any) should be taken.

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Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., FCAHS

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric M. Meslin is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). He joined the CCA inFebruary, 2016, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in science policy in both universityand government settings.Dr. Meslin came to the CCA from Indiana University (IU... Read More →


Lisa Crossley

CEO, Reliq Health Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Crossley is an accomplished healthcare technology executive with a proven track record of successfully building and leading global tech companies. She has diverse experience across multiple market segments, including healthcare information technology, therapeutics, medical devices... Read More →
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Pierre Lortie, C.M., FCAE

Senior Business Advisor, Dentons LLP
Pierre Lortie is a Senior Business Advisor at Dentons Canada LLP. He is also a Director of ECN Capital Corp. Pierre is a Director of the Research Center of the McGill University Health Center; Director of the Montreal Cancer Institute; Director of the Marine Biotechnology Research... Read More →
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Judy Fairburn, FCAE

Board Director, Public Policy Forum, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Tundra Oil & Gas Inc., Veerum Inc., and Calgary Economic Development
Ms. Fairburn is a champion for Canadian innovation with diverse experience across the corporate, entrepreneurial and government/policy realms.  She proudly serves on the boards of the Public Policy Forum, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Tundra Oil & Gas Inc., Veerum Inc... Read More →
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Victoria Lennox

Co-Founder and CEO, Start-Up Canada
An entrepreneur with a track record of architecting and mobilizing networks, organizations, policy environments and programming, Victoria Lennox has propelled Canada onto the global stage as an ‘Innovation Nation’, as one of Canada’s leading proponents of entrepreneurship and... Read More →
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Iain Stewart

President, National Research Council
Iain Stewart was appointed President of the National Research Council (NRC) effective August 24, 2016.Prior to that, Mr. Stewart served as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada from July 2015to August 2016, and Assistant Secretary of the International Affairs, Security... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom


(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
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
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom


(90 min) Policy Considerations on the Convergence of High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Organized by: Compute Ontario 

High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have emerged as fundamental tools for 21st Century research. The Federal government announced as part of its 2018 Budget, a commitment of $572.5 million over five years with $52 million per year ongoing to implement a national Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy; reinforcing this point.

Using points of evidence from Compute Ontario’s Highly Qualified Personnel and Technology Investment Studies, this panel will examine how the process of conducting collaborative evidence-based planning with others in the digital research space:
  • Led to the creation of a converged high-performance computing & artificial intelligence platform which will facilitate new tools, skills development and opportunities for researchers and industry partners
  • Identified a significant gap and need for a robust academic-industry collaboration strategy in high performance computing and some of the anticipated challenges 
  • Reinforced the need to change how we measure value and evaluate return on in digital research infrastructure investments to policy makers
  • And considers ways in which regional organization can collaborate to improve coordination and investments in digital research infrastructure to accelerate national planning strategies
This panel will draw on the expertise skill and experience of senior executives from Compute Ontario, Calcul Quebec and Vector Institute.

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Nizar Ladak

President & Chief Executive Officer, Compute Ontario
Nizar Ladak, President & CEO of Compute Ontario is a seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Federal and Provincial Government agencies and hospitals.  His passion is finding innovative solutions to operational problems, mentoring teams and volunteering his time in non-profit... Read More →

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Chris Loken, PhD

Chief Technology Officer, Compute Ontario
Dr. Loken brings more than two decades of experience in technology and specifically, within high performance computing.  For the past 16 years, Dr. Loken has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto, most recently as the Chief Technology Officer at SciNet.Prior... Read More →
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Suzanne Talon, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, Calcul Québec
Suzanne Talon has been CEO of Calcul Québec since September 2017, prior to this she held the position of interim CEO for 18 months. She has played a leading role in the creation of the organization which brings together the strengths of all post-secondary institutions in Quebec in... Read More →
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Alison Paprica, PhD PMP

Vice President, Health Strategy and Partnerships, Vector Institute; Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME)
As Vice President, Health Strategy and Partnerships, Alison Paprica is the Vector Institute’s corporate lead for health strategy, overseeing health research collaborations, health data partnerships and health AI application projects. Prior to joining Vector in November 2017, Alison's... Read More →
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Alain Veilleux

Chief Technology Officer, Calcul Québec
Alain has been involved in computing for over 35 years, both as a leisure  starting even before the advent of the IBM PC, and then professionally as a  systems administrator.  He founded the Centre for Computational Science  (CCS) at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2002.The CCS... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Delta Hotel - Richelieu


(45 min) What's on the menu? Science-based: policies to address new agri-food realities / Que faut-il prévoir? Politiques fondées sur la science pour faire face aux nouvelles réalités agroalimentaires
Organized by:  University of Guleph,  Malcolm Campbell

Canadian food systems are likely to look a lot different in the not-too-distant future. Insect-based flour, ingredients from food waste, foodstuffs from tailored crops and livestock, in vitro meat, novel fruits and vegetables, antibiotic-free meats, and cage-free eggs are poised to factor in Canadian diets. In some instances, science-based policy is in place to support the regulation and promotion of next-generation value chains and the uptake of these foods into our kitchens. In other instances, science-based policy is lagging, or is being thwarted by factors other than science. This panel will consider emerging food system trends, and whether policy is prepared to deal with these trends. Gaps in science or policy to address food trends will be considered, and suggestions made to address these gaps.

The panel will consider how innovations in the agri-food sector can enable Canada to lead as a producer of safe, healthy, nutritious, and sustainable food - and the policy challenges associated with this immense opportunity. The panel will be moderated by Professor Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President Research from the University of Guelph, who will open the session with a short, high-level overview. Four panelists will follow with more detailed examination of the opportunities and challenges ahead: (1)  Professor Mary Buhr, Dean of University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources will discuss the role of emerging on-farm trends and technologies that are impacting global food supply chains; (2) Professor of Food Science Maria Corradini, from the University of Massachusetts, will talk about how novel packaging and other food science innovations can reduce waste and improve health and sustainability; (3) Dr. Bettina Hamelin, President and CEO of Ontario Genomics will discuss emerging new genome-based technologies such as genomic selection and synthetic biology; and (4) Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute board member, and former Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Deputy Minister, Dr. Deb Stark will provide insights into policy hurdles and opportunities that could hinder or promote adoption of innovation into our food systems. The panel will then participate in an open discussion with the audience on this subject.

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Dr. Malcolm Campbell

Vice-President of Research, University of Guelph
Dr. Malcolm Campbell joined the University of Guelph as Vice-President, Research in June 2015. A distinguished scholar and accomplished plant genome biologist, Campbell has more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, serves on journal editorial boards, scientific and non-scientific advisory... Read More →

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Professor Mary Buhr

Dean and Professor, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan
Dr Buhr completed her PhD in Reproductive Biology from the University of Waterloo in 1982, and worked at Agriculture Canada and the University of Manitoba before joining the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph in 1988. Buhr served as Associate Dean (Academic) and then... Read More →
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Professor Maria Corradini

Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts
Maria G. Corradini received a MSc and PhD, under the mentorship of Dr. Micha Peleg, from the Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts - Amherst. In 2016, she joined the Department of Food Science at University of Massachusetts – Amherst as an Assistant Professor until... Read More →
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Dr. Bettina Hamelin

President & CEO, Ontario Genomics
Bettina has more than 15 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical industry as well as 10 years of experience as a tenured professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université Laval. Prior to assuming her current role as President and CEO of Ontario Genomics, Bettina... Read More →
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Dr. Deb Stark

Former Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs; board member, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
Deb is the former Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). During her public service career, she held various senior leadership roles within OMAFRA and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) including serving as Ontario's first chief... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière