Global Advantage Consulting Group attended the Canadian Science Policy Conference once again this year in Ottawa from November 1 – 3. The annual conference “meets an important need for a non-partisan, inclusive, national dialogue on science, technology and innovation policy” and is “Canada’s most comprehensive, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary annual science policy forum and attracts numerous politicians and hundreds of professionals from industry, academia, the non-profit sector, and federal and provincial governments.”
Global Advantage attended keynote speeches by the Governor General, The Right Honourable Julie Payette, the new Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer, and Minister of Science, Honourable Kirsty Duncan held over the course of the 3-day conference.
Global Advantage’s CEO Dave Watters also led a special “Celebrity Chefs” plenary session with distinguished speakers to shine a spotlight on the Superclusters initiative announced in the 2017 Federal Budget. Deputy Minister of ISED John Knubley, Genome Canada President and CEO Marc LePage, National Research Council President Iain Stewart, Communitech Partnerships VP Avvey Peters, University of Toronto Research & Innovation VP Dr. Vivek Goel, and Canadian Natural Resources Technology & Innovation VP Joy Romero debated various approaches Canada can use to build Superclusters that facilitate the R&D value chain from federal and academic research to private sector innovation, and the requisite “ingredients” to achieve that goal.
The team also hosted a booth to showcase our latest maps for MaRS, the Regenerative Medicine, Nanotechnology, and Oil & Gas sectors in Canada. The team also discussed the state of Canadian science and innovation with conference attendees from around the world.