"Are Canada's Business R&D Incentives Working?"
As Canada continues to adapt to the globalization of the knowledge economy, Canadian firms are facing stiff competition from more and more players. On the plus side, globalization offers global sales, marketing, distribution; collaboration, partnerships and outsourcing. Is Canada's policy environment helping entrepreneurs and firms in knowledge-based sectors deal with these challenges and opportunities? In particular, are research and innovation incentives effective? What is the benefit to knowledge-based firms of tax measures, government support programs, grants (like the US model), technology transfer from publicly-funded institutions, improving the general business environment. Are other incentives required, for example in the area of market research and customer identification? What mix of incentives should governments choose? How are other countries using research and other incentives to grow their knowledge-based sectors?
This one-day event will explore these and other issues related to research and innovation incentives. Business leaders and other experts will elaborate how Canadian policy makers can utilize incentives to support a vital and growing private sector capable of winning globally.