All Systems Go: Firing-Up Ecosystem Collaboration to Realize Canada's Potential as an Innovation Nation

GTEC Explores How Regional Clusters and Ecosystem Cooperation Can Propel Canada's Innovation Performance and Productivity

OTTAWA, Ontario, Oct. 18, 2016 /CNW/ -- As our country strives to realize its potential as an 'innovation nation', the need to boost Canada's global competitiveness and innovation performance increasingly dominates the public and private sector agenda. Canada places 22nd in a global ranking on private sector innovation capacity[1], and 15th in the Global Innovation Index recently co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization[2]. It is a complex and multi-faceted grand challenge that demands new ideas and novel approaches. One critical key to success: ecosystem collaboration that combines our industry, academic and industry strengths to achieve greater innovation impact and global competitive advantage.

On Thursday, November 3, GTEC, Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector, will address this opportunity in a dynamic panel on the essential innovation ecosystem.  This session will explore how strong and interconnected innovation ecosystems can improve Canada's global competitiveness by driving growth and productivity. It will bring together leaders who span public, private, academic and non-profit sectors, and champion novel ecosystem-based approaches to innovation:

  • Chrystia Chudczak, Executive Director, ISED Design Lab, Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED), Government of Canada;
  • Frank Rybicki, Chief of Radiology at The Ottawa Hospital, and Professor and Chair of Radiology at the University of Ottawa; and
  • Janak Alford, CEO of prototypeD and Executive Director of Mademill, the advanced manufacturing and digital media lab of Ottawa's new Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards.

Panelists will discuss key innovation opportunities and challenges within their sphere; new approaches founded on disruptive design thinking, creative collisions and ecosystem collaboration; and the impact on innovation performance. 

"I am very excited to share the GTEC stage with Dr. Frank Rybicki and Janak Alford, two innovation leaders who are applying new design thinking approaches to address key challenges," said Chrystia Chudczak, Executive Director, ISED Design Lab, Innovation, Science & Economic Development at the Government of Canada.  "These approaches are founded on collaboration that brings together government, industry, and academia – and they are increasing our collective innovation capacity and impact.  To help realize Canada's potential as an innovation nation, ISED is bringing such strengths to bear through our Design Lab, which showcases design thinking across our federal government, and enables novel projects that aim to enhance public sector performance and productivity."

"The ability to leverage different capabilities across our innovation ecosystem is critical to our success," said Dr. Frank Rybicki, Chief of Radiology at The Ottawa Hospital, and Professor and Chair of Radiology at the University of Ottawa.  "It enables us to draw on complementary expertise, address R&D gaps, and accelerate progress towards many objectives.  For example, the prototyping capabilities to be offered through the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards will add significant value to our 3D printing team. It will provide us with a commercialization hub for the production of patient-specific 3D models and applications.  Leveraging these resources, we aim to launch new firms that address the vast and unmet global demand for such models, and create new medical 3D printing jobs."

"We look forward to helping innovators across the public and private sector to design, develop and test digital media and advanced manufacturing prototypes, and achieve their innovation goals," said Janak Alford, CEO of prototypeD and Executive Director of Mademill at Ottawa's Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards. "In addition to onsite tools, technology and know-how, Mademill will facilitate access to a network of collaborators, experts and service providers in our region, across Canada and around the world. This will enable innovators to identify the right partner, collaborate efficiently, and access capabilities that accelerate technology commercialization and product development." 

The Essential Innovation Ecosystem Panel will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 1:30-2:30PM as part of GTEC's Revitalizing the Core (of IT) Track.  From 10:30AM to 3:30PM, participants will also have the opportunity to visit ISED Design Lab's Open Lab 'Pop UP' to learn more about design thinking in government; and explore some of the technological capabilities to be offered through Mademill at the Innovation Centre. Save $100 off All Access, Wed-Thu Conference and One-Day Conference passes or get a FREE Expo Pass with Marketing Code: Innovate

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About GTEC

GTEC is Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector.  Since 1993, GTEC has brought together more than 100,000 public and private sector innovators, leaders and enterprises to explore and drive leading-edge ICT initiatives, application and service delivery.  Building on targeted webinars, summits, and roundtables that stimulate dialogue throughout the year, GTEC's annual flagship Conference and Exhibition attracts more than 4,000 participants, and delivers:

  • Education and training opportunities that develop top ICT talent
  • A robust conference program with compelling keynote presentations and panels on current strategies, opportunities and trends
  • An extensive exhibition showcasing emerging technologies, innovations, and solutions that enhance productivity and performance
  • A wealth of collaboration, business development and networking opportunities
  • Distinction Awards that celebrate ICT excellence in Canada's public sector

For additional information on GTEC, please visit: www.gtec.ca

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[1] https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/05/12/an-innovation-strategy-please.html
[2] http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2016/article_0008.html  

 

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