Question: What exactly is innovation and what is it not?
Dan Breznitz will lead off the discussion, followed by Dave Watters and the Global Advantage team who will analyze federal Budget 2023 and whether and how it addresses innovation policy specifically.
Expert panels will compare how policy makers and companies measure innovation success, the role of research in innovation, and how international collaboration will drive innovation in an increasingly disrupted world.
Question: How are Canadian innovators making it real for the rest of us?
Founders of Canadian innovative firms will share personal experiences growing their companies, the role innovation has played in their growth and how their future growth will benefit Canada and the rest of the world.
Expert panels will look at how indigenous business leaders have succeeded, how venture capital helps or hinders the growth of Canadian anchor firms, social innovation and the role of social enterprises,and IP policies and strategies.
Question: What policy supports do innovative companies need?
Expert panels will examine how the federal government's new innovation initiatives are being integrated with existing policies and programs, the role of provincial governments in delivering innovation policy, the role of municipalities and communities in stimulating innovation, and the role of foreign multinationals in local innovation ecosystems.