Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

3:00pm – 6:00pm

CSPC 2014 Special Workshop and Dinner – The Start-Up Meet-Up: A Lean Entrepreneurship Approach to Advancing Innovation

**Please note that a separate registration is required for this workshop.  If it free for conference delegates; if you are not a registered conference delegate the fee is $50**


The role of science and technology is highly recognized as being integral to advancing innovation through Canada’s higher education institutions. However less attention is given to understanding what entrepreneurship theory, including creativity, opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial alertness, has to offer in getting research to market and advancing innovation.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014



8:00am – 8:15am

Opening Ceremony


8:15am – 9:15am


Keynote Session: Conversation with Frank McKenna and John Risley


9:15am – 10:30am

Procurement and Industrial Technological Benefits (ITB) and Value Propositions

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10:30am – 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:30pm

Panel 2: Big Problems, Big Networks, Big Data

To provide the knowledge to address big problems or complex issues with no obvious solutions, nations are turning to large multi-disciplinary research networks. These networks draw on researchers from the social and natural sciences, and create large amounts of data. Government departments, coastal communities, and industrial users of the ocean are seeking closer interaction with such academic-led networks.
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Panel 3: Mitigating the Risk of Marine Geohazards

The cost to Canadians of natural hazard events is substantial and continues to increase. Major Canadian S_T investments, such as the Ocean Networks Canada observatories and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response network enhance the capacity of the scientific community to deliver benefits by providing heretofore unavailable marine geo-scientific information that enables….

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Panel 4: Building Opportunities for Collaboration Between Government and Academia to Inform Public Policy

Canadian academic research in all disciplines is among the best in the world but Canada is not extracting full social and economic value from this research. Reductions in the policy capacity within government create opportunities to engage academic researchers in structured policy dialogues on policy areas of strategic importance to Canada. Supporting collaborations on policy research will create an innovative policy environment that will have an impact across government and on Canada’s research and graduate student community.
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12:30pm- 2:00pm

Lunch Session: Genome Canada and Genome Atlantic; Genomics: Fuelling Canada’s Growing Bioeconomy

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Panel 5: Partnerships That Move Innovation From Campus to Commerce

Canada’s knowledge-based economy relies on collaboration more than ever – collaboration is required not only to create new knowledge but also to transform this knowledge into products and services that create socio-economic benefits for all Canadians. One of the key issues identified in the Canadian innovation system is the slow pace of knowledge mobilization from “campus to commerce”.
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Panel 6: The Crucial Role of Small and Medium Size Universities for Advancing Canadian Social and Econ Development

Small and medium size universities across Canada are critical for advancing Canadian economic development and prosperity. Research excellence takes place in all universities and has a strategic and significant impact to the development of a prosperous economy based on science and innovation in all communities in the country. National Science policies too often ignore or underestimate the crucial role and impact of small and medium size universities.
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Panel 7: Industry-Academic Partnerships in Canada: A View from the Trenches

Collaboration and partnerships are the order of the day. From “public-private partnerships” at the level of government agencies, to industry-academic research collaborations that drive technology transfer and commercialization, many of our public and private institutions are under pressure to initiate or expand strategic partnerships. This includes public universities eager to grow programs and student experience, corporations interested in leveraging intellectual property and know-how flowing from research institutes and government labs, and not-for-profits seeking expert support in basic or applied research, and pathways to greater engagement with consumers, the Canadian citizenry, or a global audience.
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3:30pm – 4:30pm

Break _ Exhibit Display

4:00 – 6:30

Keynote Session and Reception

Friday, October 17th, 2014



8:30am – 10:00am

Plenary Session: “An Audit for Science! Really?”

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10:00am – 10:30am

Coffee Break

10:30am – 12:00pm

Panel 9: Looking to 2020 and Beyond: Training the Next Generation of Innovation Leaders in Canada

This panel will provide a national-level discussion on the future of graduate student and postdoctoral training in Canada. What does Canada’s next generation of innovation leaders look like? What skills will they want and need to succeed? What are their career aspirations and whose responsibility is it to ensure that they are properly prepared for those careers upon completion of their academic training? The panel will examine the evolving research training ecosystem for grad students and postdocs and discuss what challenges need to be overcome to meet the increasing demands of Canada’s knowledge-intensive economy.
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Panel 10: From Excellence to Impact: How Large Infrastructure Stimulate Growth

Governments are increasingly concerned with the economic impact and societal relevance of scientific investments. Canada’s new knowledge economy is strongly enabled by premier national research institutes that support a broad cross section of academic, government, and industrial users from many different disciplines. Large science facilities are important drivers for growing Canada’s future economy and fostering innovation in industry. They include the Canadian Light Source, TRIUMF, SNOLAB, and Ocean Networks Canada, to name a few.
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Panel 11: Communication and Collaboration: Government Science as a Partner for Innovation

Government science is currently undergoing a historic transition that will ultimately re-define its internal structure, the direction of its partnerships and networks, and the future of Canada’s science, technology and innovative capacity. Alongside cuts to science-based departments and agencies (SBDAs), government policies and practices are shaping the ways in which government science collaborates with academia, industry, and the international S_T community.
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12:00pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon Session with the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Panel 12: Data Management Plans- Policy and Practice

This session is jointly sponsored by Research Data Canada (RDC), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on behalf of federal funders. Walter Stewart, Co-ordinator RDC, will moderate the session. Ted Hewitt, Executive Vice-President SSHRC, will speak to the reasons and the mechanisms for the introduction of a requirement for Data Management Plans (DMP) in Canada and the consultation process underway by the TC3+.
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Panel 13: Complex International Science, Technology and Innovation Partnerships: Lessons for Canada

Over the past several decades, Complex International Science, Technology, and Innovation Partnerships (CISTIPs) have emerged as an increasingly popular policy instrument through which governments seek to build domestic capacity in science, technology and innovation through collaboration with globally recognized expert organizations.
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Panel 14: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Success in Atlantic Canada

The objective of this panel is to share individual experiences of successes in supporting effective innovation and commercialization in Atlantic Canada. The panel will examine the need for collaboration and partnerships among the four key stakeholder sectors of the University, Industry, Government and Community, in order to be effective in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives.
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3:00pm – 3:30pm

Coffee Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Closing Panel

Please note that all events, aside from Wednesday’s workshop, will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre. For details on the location of the venue, please go to the following: