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Presentations from the NCE Annual Meeting, held December 5-7, 2011 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

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Day 1 December 5, 2011
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Pre-Conference Communications Workshop: CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS / MANAGING YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION / GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
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  • Jacqueline Couture, Director, Communications Division, External Relations and Communications Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); and
  • Tony Niederer, Canadian Digital Media Network
  • Anne Wettlaufer, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Pre-conference Network Manager/Centre Director Plenary: WORKSHOP AND OVERVIEW OF COMMON ACTIVITIES
Opening Presentation: UNDERSTANDING THE FEDERAL R&D REVIEW WITH THOMAS JENKINS
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  • Thomas Jenkins, Executive Chairman, Open Text Corporation
Description

The review of federal support to research and development and the focus on innovation impacts. Executive Summary
Day 2 – December 6, 2011
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Plenary: EXPLORING DIFFERENT COMMERCIALIZATION MODELS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR ADVISORY BOARD (PSAB)
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  • Nancy Hughes Anthony, Chair PSAB
  • Sue Abu-Hakima, PSAB
  • Donald Lush, PSAB
  • Kevin O’Brien Fehr, PSAB
  • Adam Chowaniec, PSAB
Description

Hear from industry leaders about the winning models and challenges in the commercialization of research highlighted in the recent Private Sector Advisory Board (PSAB) report. Members of the board will explore today’s realities.
Breakout: ICT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR YOUR NETWORK AND RESEARCH
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Moderator

Kellogg Booth, Scientific Director, GRAND

Speakers

  • Denis Therien, Vice-President Research, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Sean Gouglas, Director Humanities Computing, University of Alberta
  • Patrick Mann: Director of Information Technology, Carbon Management Canada

Description

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are playing an increasingly important role in every aspect of life, including research. The panel will discuss some of the opportunities and challenges that NCEs can face when integrating ICT into their organization.

Dr. Denis Therien will discuss the role of high performance computing (HPC) and high-speed networking as a key research enabler in the digital age, and the potential advantages to having a more integrated approach to support the NCEs and other Tri-Council funded researchers across Canada.

Dr. Sean Gouglas will examine the rapidly evolving role of computing in social sciences and humanities research and the degree to which cloud computing and rich media have changed the infrastructure needs.

Dr. Patrick Mann will provide some concrete and successful examples of implementing ICT strategies for success using the Carbon Commons as a case study about how digital media (social networking, etc.) is being used to strengthen collaboration between researchers.
Breakout: FEELING INNOVATION FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE
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  • Moderator, Dr. Alain Beaudet. President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Dr. Claire Bombardier, Scientific Director, Canadian Arthritis Network
  • Tai M. Huynh, Senior Fellow, Centre for Innovation in Complex Care, University Health Network
  • Katie Lafferty, MBA, Executive Director, Canadian Stroke Network
  • Robert Mann, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Description

Learn from the experts about innovation and healthcare. This session will provide an overview of the challenges and the expertise required to translate research knowledge and innovations into health/social policy and practice. This session will provide best practice examples and a focus on overcoming the hurdles and barriers in achieving uptake by receptor communities.
Plenary: HOW TO IMPROVE INNOVATION: THE TECHNICO-MANAGERIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE (TMEC).
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  • Mr. Yvon Brousseau, CEO, Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (C3E)
  • Dr. Daniel Rousse, Director, Industrial Research Chair in technologies of energy and energy efficiency (T3E)
  • Prof. Laurent Simon, MosaiC-HEC
  • Mr. Alain Thériault, Founder and Director, HEC-POLY-UdeM
  • Prof. Corinne Gendron, Université du Québec à Montréal
Description

The Technico-Managerial Entrepreneurial Culture (TMEC) enables today’s leaders and stakeholders to generate breakthroughs. The TMEC emerges from the combination of an entrepreneurial spirit, technical know-how and best management practices that promote success. Learn and more about this dynamic organizational structure and managerial style.
Day 3 – December 7, 2011
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Opening Plenary: THE INNOVATION CYCLE AND CHALLENGES FACED IN CANADA
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Parminder Singh, President, Intellectual Ventures, Canada
Breakout: KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION
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Dr. Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Description

The Networks and Centres are a model of some of the best practices in knowledge mobilization. Explore what factors impact the ability to be successful in this area. Dr. Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) will explore new emerging models and the changing landscape of collaborations and multidisciplinary teams as more and more organizations develop horizontal connections.
Breakout: MEASURING INNOVATION IMPACTS
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Moderator and Presenters

  • Peter Frise, Scientific Director and CEO of AUTO21
  • Ghislaine Tremblay, Director, Evaluation and Outcome Assessment, Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Mr. David Baker, CASRAI Executive Director
Description

Demonstrating impacts in innovation activities is a huge challenge being grappled with internationally and in Canada. Learn about the latest developments in extracting data that illustrates the value of activities surrounding R&D.
Breakout: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMERCIALIZATION STRATEGY
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Speakers

  • C. Ian Kyer, Counsel, Fasken Martineau and Chair, GRAND NCE
  • Armand Benitah, Partner, Fasken Martineau
Description

Navigating collaborative research and IP agreements often hold as many opportunities as pitfalls. Hear from experts on the complexities of advancing innovation and IP agreements. Case studies and real world issues will be tabled to ensure a productive workshop.
Breakout: INTERNSHIPS: GAINING VALUE WITH PEOPLE AND PARTNERSHIPS
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  • Giulio Desando, Director of Business Development, Connect Canada at AUTO21.
  • Laurence Meadows, Director of Business Development, Mitacs
Description

Examine opportunities to increase the impact of Innovations through Internships and other collaborative research programs.

This session will examine the opportunities and benefits of leveraging the brainpower of highly qualified people and experts in various disciplines to broaden the impacts of innovations. The focus will be on collaborative efforts to engage various NCEs, industrial partners and researchers to leverage available funding for increasing research activities and to interact with individuals who are building a knowledge base in that field.