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Thursday, November 26 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Creating Digital Opportunity for Canada: challenges and emerging trends / Créer des opportunités numériques pour le Canada : défis et tendances émergentes

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Organized by Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Evolving digital technologies are critical to the global economy and to Canada's future
economic growth and prosperity. The rapid pace of innovation, along with shifting global
leadership in digital technology, are creating major challenges for Canada’s digital
industries, but also new opportunities. Canada’s future competitiveness and prospects for
economic growth are inextricably linked to our ability to seize the digital opportunity being
created. Creating Digital Opportunity (CDO) is a research partnership designed to produce
the knowledge required to assist Canada in moving toward global competitive advantage
by increasing the knowledge base needed to form effective policies. The partnership,
including over 20 investigators at 16 universities across Canada and thirteen committed
partner firms, cities and organizations, proposes to answer the question: how can Canada
best respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing digital landscape, while
benefiting from emerging opportunities to promote our economic prosperity? The proposed
panel will present initial case studies arising from the project that deal with a number of
different sectors of digital technologies from various regions across the country.

Moderators
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David Wolfe

Co-director, Professor, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs
Dr. David A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy at the University of Toronto. He has been the Principal Investigator on two Major Collaborative Research Initiatives funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the... Read More →

Speakers
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Catherine Beaudry

Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Member - Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie  | Fellow - Center for interuniversity research and analysis of organisations (CIRANO) | | Catherine Beaudry, Rhodes Scholar, has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oxford where she also obtained an M.Phil. in economics. From her first degree in electrical engineering specialised in satellite technology, she has kept a strong interest on technology... Read More →
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Tijs Creutzberg

Research Fellow / Program Director & Director of Business Development, Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto / Council of Canadian Academies
Tijs Creutzberg is Research Fellow with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto where he is heading up research on Ottawa’s digital sector as part of a SSHRC funded partnership grant titled “Creating digital opportunity: Canada’s ICT industry in global perspective project.” He is also Program Director and Director of Business Development at the Council of Canadian Academies where he has led expert panel... Read More →
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Adam Holbrook

Associate Director and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Adam Holbrook is an adjunct professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST), at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.  He was trained as a physicist and electrical engineer, and is a registered professional engineer in BC. He started his career as a satellite engineer at Telesat, after which he spent over twenty years in the federal public service in several S&T policy... Read More →
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Tara Vinodrai

Associate Professor in the School of Environment, University of Waterloo
Tara Vinodrai is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, where she is also Director of the Local Economic Development graduate program. Her research interests and expertise relate to innovation and technological change; economic development; creative and cultural industries; and local labour market dynamics... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Richelieu (level C)

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