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Tuesday, November 23 • 8:30am - 10:00am
910: Taking Research Off The Shelf: Making The Most Of Canada’s Research And Talent Through Partnerships

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The pandemic has shown how research partnerships between post-secondary institutions and industry have the potential to speed up the commercialization of innovative solutions to pressing problems. Large investments and a sense of urgency have led to a large number of successful cross-sectoral partnerships. As we slowly resume our day-to-day activities, there is a need to continue to engage in these partnerships to increase the impact of research. There is also a need to bring new companies into the fold, including those that have historically been underrepresented in research partnerships due to their industry, size, or the characteristics of their leadership. Despite these intentions, it can be challenging to create successful partnerships between sectors with differing expectations, incentives and realities. Moreover, it can be hard for partners to find one another in such a large, dispersed country. This panel will explore best practices and innovative solutions for creating partnerships between industry and post-secondary institutions that benefit all parties.


Moderators
avatar for Jesse Vincent-Herscovici

Jesse Vincent-Herscovici

Vice President, Mitacs
As Vice-President of Mitacs, Jesse is responsible for strategy and leads a large national business development team. Working under a mandate to help foster Canadian innovation, he works with the world’s most innovative companies, helping to structure and support their R&D strategy... Read More →

Speakers
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William Greuel

CEO, Protein Industries Canada
While growing up on a farm and throughout his career, Bill saw first-hand the opportunity for growth in Canada’s agriculture industry. As CEO of Protein Industries Canada, Bill helps Canada’s plant-protein sector realize this potential by leading the development of Protein Industry... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Huestis

Leigh Huestis

Director of the Office of Industry & Community Engagement, Acadia University
Leigh is a long-time contributor to the Atlantic Canadian innovation ecosystem, which she has seen flourish in the past decade. As the director of the Office Of Industry & Community Engagement at Acadia University, Leigh supports Acadia’s active applied research program, interacting... Read More →
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Todd Pugsley

Director, Technology Development - Bitumen Value Chain Optimization at Suncor
Todd Pugsley has worked at Suncor for 10 years in various technology groups. Currently he leads a group focused on technology development for the carbon competitive conversion of bitumen to both liquid fuels and non-combustion products. Prior to joining Suncor, Todd was in academia... Read More →
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Ken Doyle

Executive Director, Tech-Access 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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Rachelle Bruton

Director of National Program Office, National Research Council
NRC is Canada’s largest federal research and development organization. As Director of theNational Program Office, Rachelle is responsible for delivering NRC’s collaborative R&Dprograms. Launched in 2018, these programs bring together NRC’s national network ofresearchers and... Read More →


Tuesday November 23, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am EST