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Tuesday, November 23 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
305: Connecting and Building the Canadian Science Innovation Ecosystem

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Organized by: Simon Fraser University, SFU's Partnerships Hub

Science commercialization can take 10-15 years and millions of dollars of investment with uncertain outcomes. Translating leading scientific inventions into impactful innovation has three main challenges: the time-money-uncertainty, the different incentives and timelines of academia and industry; and the typically narrow education our science and engineering researchers receive. To overcome these challenges, Canada needs a build-for-scale strategy, starting within university research labs and classrooms, and extending through purpose-driven translational grants, de-risking and process scaleup up facilities, mentoring support, to commercialization and IP strategy. Learn from science innovation leaders about new approaches that are improving outcomes, and the potential for building and connecting the science innovation ecosystem in Canada.

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Dr. Sarah Lubik

Executive Director, the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship; Director, Entrepreneurship, SFU
Dr. Sarah Lubik is the Executive Director of the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and Simon Fraser University (SFU)'s first Director of Entrepreneurship. She has experience coordinating pan-European startup support programs, is a certified expert business coach, and was... Read More →

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Dr. Elicia Maine

VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Academic Director Mitacs i2I Innovation Skills Training, Simon Fraser University
Elicia Maine is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business, Academic Director of the Invention to Innovation (i2I) Program, and Special Advisor on Innovation to the VPRI at Simon Fraser University. Within the SFU VPRI, she has oversight... Read More →
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Alejandro Adem

President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
As a highly accomplished researcher in the field of mathematics and a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Professor Adem has significant leadership experience in the Canadian research and innovation ecosystem. Before joining NSERC, he was CEO and Scientific Director... Read More →
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Dr. Kausar N. Samli

Applied-Technologies Commercialization Executive
Dr. Samli specializes in commercializing applied-technologies. His engagements include securing and deploying capital, and demonstrating significant stakeholder value generation across industries (including bio, quantum, and blockchain), non-profit organizations, and academia. As... Read More →
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Duncan Stewart

Partner, Deep Tech Venture Fund, Business Development Bank of Canada
Duncan brings extensive science and technology expertise to the BDC Deep Tech Venture Fund from his years of work in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining BDC Capital, he was Director General of the NRC Canadian national lab Security and Disruptive Technologies research... Read More →

Tuesday November 23, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST