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Friday, November 18 • 8:30am - 9:50am
802: Technology Adoption – A Path to Process Innovation and Enhanced Productivity in Canada

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802: Technology Adoption – A Path to Process Innovation and Enhanced Productivity in Canada

Organized by: NRC

The adoption and adaptation of leading-edge technologies by Canadian firms results in greater productivity and innovation in our country. Governments support research and development and innovation to spark new inventions, train talent and develop intellectual property in order to improve productivity and competitiveness. However, Governments also support a range of institutions to encourage technology adoption to improve process innovation and productivity. These institutions provide access to technical experts and facilities through ongoing interactions with companies on issues ranging from product design and development, onboarding of the latest production software or machinery, acquiring new skills and methods of production, and refinement and innovation in production processes. This panel will talk about the importance of technology adoption for innovation and productivity, profile some examples of strategies underway to make firms aware of new technology and how to use it in their businesses.

Moderators
avatar for Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart

President, National Research Council (NRC)
ENG: In August 2016, Iain (EE-en) Stewart was appointed the 12th President of the National Research Council of Canada. His current term extends to September 2025.In September 2020, Mr. Stewart took a one-year leave of absence to become President of the Public Health Agency of Canada... Read More →

Speakers
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Ken Doyle

Executive Director | Directeur général, Tech-Access Canada | Tech-Accès Canada
As Executive Director of Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada’s 60 Technology Access Centres (TACs), Ken is responsible for ensuring the network achieves its mandate of facilitating the sharing of best practices between member TACs, and promoting the adoption of comparable... Read More →
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Lakshmi Krishnan

Vice-president Of Life Sciences, National Research Council (NRC), PhD
Lakshmi Krishnan was appointed as the Vice President of Life Sciences on a continuing basis as of April 1, 2022 after recently acting in the position. In this capacity, she oversees the Human Health Therapeutics, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development and Medical Devices research centres. As... Read More →
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Dan Breznitz

University Professor and Munk Chair @ UofT and Co-director and Fellow CIFAR
Dan Breznitz is a University Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science of the University of Toronto, where he is also the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy... Read More →
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Andrea Johnston

Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation Canada, Innovation, Science And Economic Development Canada
ENG: Andrea Johnston is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation Canada, an organization within Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). Innovation Canada acts as a single-window for business innovation support so that Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs can best find and access government programs and services. In this role, Andrea leads... Read More →
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Dennis Darby

President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, P.Eng., ICD.D
Dennis joined CME in 2017 after nine years as CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists' Association and a 24 year-long career in senior management at Procter & Gamble, including leadership roles in the US and Europe.Dennis graduated from McMaster University in 1984 with a degree in Chemical... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 8:30am - 9:50am EST
Confederation Ballroom - Westin Ottawa Hotel