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Friday, November 27 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Future of University Support for Canada’s Science, Technology & Innovation Strategy / L'avenir du soutien universitaire pour la stratégie du Canada en matière de sciences, de technologies et d'innovation

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Organized by York University

For 35 years since the passage of the US Bayh Dole Act (1980) and the subsequent growth of technology transfer in Canada (the Fortier Report, 1999), the predominant paradigm of university participation in Canada’s innovation agenda has been the commercialization of university technology and research collaborations with industry. With the termination of the Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology (ACCT) in March 2015 traditional concepts of technology transfer are broadening to include other forms of engagement between university researchers and non-academic research partners. These forms of collaboration include knowledge mobilization, graduate internships, experiential education, entrepreneurship and social innovation. Knowledge mobilization is emerging as a means to support not only economic impacts of university research but also social, environmental and health impacts and thus supporting broad notions of innovation.

The presence of social, environmental and health areas of focus in addition to traditional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) priorities in Canada’s recent Science, Technology & Innovation Strategy (December 2014) calls for Canadian universities to collaborate across disciplines and across sectors to maximize the impacts of university research and contribute to Canada's broader innovation agenda. As well as being the primary generator of graduate level talent, universities are partnering with public, private and non-profit organizations to develop new solutions to persistent social, economic and environmental challenges. This emerging orientation of partnered research is supported by new funding programs that embrace new models of collaboration. Mitacs and Ontario Centres of Excellence fund graduate student internships with eligible non-profits. Ontario Social Enterprise Development Fund created opportunities for investment in social enterprises. Ontario Regional Innovation Centres Communitech, ventureLAB and NORCAT are collaborating on supports for social ventures. Networks of Centres of Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization (NCE KM) are working with industry, government and health care partners on bullying prevention, cyber security, stem cells, child and youth mental health and children’s emergency medical care.

This panel will explore the gaps left unfilled by traditional notions of university industry collaboration and explore the  potential of Canada's universities to contribute to broader notions of innovation that create triple bottom line (economic, social, environmental) benefits for Canada.  The panel will explore Canada’s existing assets and what we need to build in order to maximize the return on investments in university research?

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David Phipps

Leader of Knowledge Mobilization Unit, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, York University
Dr. Phipps manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research... Read More →

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Christine Tausig Ford

Vice President, Universities Canada
Christine Tausig Ford has three decades of experience in higher education and association management. She is Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Universities Canada, the national organization representing Canada’s 97 universities and university degree-level colleges.Ms... Read More →
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Ron Freedman

CEO, Innovation Atlas Inc. and Research Infosource Inc.
Born in Toronto, Ron has worked in the field of science and technology policy for over 35 years, in the public and private sectors. Ron's graduate education was in the fields of environmental studies, adult education and science policy. Ron is CEO of Innovation Atlas Inc. and Research... Read More →
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Robert Hache

Vice-President Research and Innovation, York University
Dr. Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University. Prior to that, he served as the associate vice-president research at the University of Calgary, where he was instrumental in moving the university’s strategic research priorities forward. He has also... Read More →
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Cameron Ower

Chief Technology Officer for, MDA Robotics and Automation
Cameron Ower is the Chief Technology Officer for MDA’s Robotics and Automation business, responsible for strategic research and development and intellectual property management. His focus is on the identification and development of enabling robotic technologies for challenging environments... Read More →

Friday November 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

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