Media Advisory - "Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging?"

The Ninth Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference - March 25, 2010 Ottawa

TORONTO, March 24 /CNW/ - The large industrial research lab is no longer the norm. Multinational firms now globally distribute their R&D and collaborate with partners in public and private sector institutions. How has this dramatic change affected public policies and how have policies affected private sector R&D and the corporate environment? Does the "new normal" offer opportunities to a country like Canada? The conference takes place on March 25, 2010 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

                             Conference Program

    8:30-8:40    Welcome and Opening Remarks
                 Jeffrey Crelinsten, Co-publisher, and Mark Henderson,
                 Managing Editor, Research Money

    8:40-9:15    Opening Keynote: Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher,
                 Canada's Policy Conundrum

    9:15-10:30   Keynote: Fred Gault, Professorial Fellow, United Nations
                 University MERIT, Professor Extraordinaire, Tshwane
                 University of Technology, South Africa
                 Canada's Industrial R&D Performance

    10:30-11:00  Networking Break

    11:00-noon   Panel 1: The Changing Nature of Industrial Research
                 Raymond Leduc, Director, Bromont Manufacturing, IBM Canada
                 Nolwen Mahé, Director for Montreal, Office of the Chief
                 Scientist, SAP
                 David Miller, Senior Vice President, The Woodbridge Group
                 Moderator: Peter Carbone, Chair of the Board of Directors,
                 Coral CEA

    12:00-13:30  Lunch

    13:30-14:00  Keynote: H. Douglas Barber, Distinguished Professor-in-
                 Residence, McMaster University and former CEO & Co-Founder,
                 Gennum Corporation
                 Why Firms Do R&D

    14:00-15:00  Panel 2: Industry-University Collaboration
                 Tom Corr, President & CEO, Ontario Centres of
                 Excellence Inc.
                 Robin Harkness, Associate Vice President, Program Leader,
                 Sanofi Pasteur
                 Janet Walden, Vice President, Research Partnerships, NSERC
                 Moderator: Tom Brzustowski, RBC Professor, Telfer School of
                 Management, University of Ottawa; Board Chair, Institute for
                 Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

    15:00-15:30  Networking Break

    15:30-16:30  Panel 3: Policy Implications
                 Morgan Elliott, Director of Government Relations, Research
                 In Motion
                 Jim Roche, President & CEO, Stratford Managers Corporation
                 Samuel Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Region, NRC-IRAP
                 Moderator: David Crane, Global Issues Columnist and Author

    16:30-16:45  Conference Close
                 Ron Freedman, Co-publisher, Research Money

Industrial R&D: Is Canada Really Lagging? is presented in collaboration with Research In Motion, the, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Networks of Centres of Excellence. Association Partners: ITAC, CATA Alliance, OCRI and BioteCanada.

RESEARCH MONEY, a subscription-based newsletter published 20 times annually since 1987, is Canada's premier source of intelligence on research and development, science and technology and innovation. RESEARCH MONEY, a division of The Impact Group, a Toronto-based consulting firm has been organizing conferences on topics of interest to Canada's innovation community since 2001.


For further information: For further information: Janet Sandor, Director of Communications, Research Money, (416) 481-7070 ext. 25, (416) 802-5526 (cell)

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