Canada 150 Conference on Innovation and Globalization

Illuminated world map over hexagon background
November 29 - December 1, 2017
Governments in Canada and around the world are grappling with how to effectively respond to rapid change driven by technology and globalization, including changes to the way we work, communicate, invest and learn about the world.

The Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue at the University of Ottawa is convening thought leaders from the academy, business and government to analyze the interaction between globalization and innovation. The goal is to facilitate the networking and collaboration necessary to develop creative solutions to existing and imminent challenges as well as strategies to identify and capitalize on new opportunities.

An impressive list of keynote speakers, panelists and participants from the academy, government and the private sector will come together for this conference to break down silos between disciplines and prepare Canada to prosper in the decades ahead.

*Please note that the conference will be offered mostly in English. There will be no simultaneous interpretation during the event.
November 29 - December 1st, 2017
Global Centre for Pluralism
330 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

Day 1: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

18:30 - 20:00
Welcome reception featuring a keynote address by The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
(National Arts Centre - NAC, 1 Elgin Street, at Confederation Square)
 

Day 2: Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:15
Introduction of conference

 

8:20 – 8:30
Welcome: Claudette Commanda, Algonquin Elder

 

8:30 – 8:35
Opening remarks: Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ottawa

 

8:35 – 9:00
Special address by David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
 
9:00 – 9:15
Break

 

9:30 – 12:30
Sequential sectoral tables
  • Table A (9:30 - 10:30)
  • Table B (10:30 - 11:30)
  • Table C (11:30 - 12:30)

 

 
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
 
13:30 – 14:15
Special address entitled, “From Adding to Integrating Insights and Evidence for People-Centered Innovation: Reasons for Optimism, Concern, and Urgency," by Chad Gaffield, Professor and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship, University of Ottawa; President, The Royal Society of Canada

 

14:15 – 16:00
Open Space Dialogue Sessions

 

16:00 – 16:15
Break

 

16:15 – 18:00
Plenary presentations

 

18:00 – 18:15 
Closing remarks: Errol Mendes, Academic Director, Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue; Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa; President, International Commission of Jurists

 

18:30 – 20:00
Reception featuring a keynote address by The Right Honourable David Johnston, Former Governor General of Canada
 

Day 3: Friday, December 1, 2017

8:00 – 8:25
Continental breakfast

 

8:25 – 8:30
Welcome

 

8:30 – 10:30
Sequential sectoral tables
  • Table D (8:30 - 9:30)
  • Table E (9:30 - 10:30)

 

10:30 – 10:45
Break

 

10:45 – 12:45
Sequential sectoral tables
  • Table F (10:45 - 11:45)
  • Table G (11:45 - 12: 45)

 

 
12:45 – 13:45
Lunch
 
13:45 – 14:30
International Commission of Jurists Canada Human Rights award ceremony and special address by The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Senator, Senate of Canada; President, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

 

14:30 – 16:00
Open Space Dialogue Sessions

 

16:00 – 16:15
Break

 

16:15 – 17:30
Plenary presentations

 

17:30 – 17:45
Concluding Remarks: Errol Mendes

 

Open Space Dialogue Sessions

  1. What are the key Canadian challenges and opportunities for governments, organizations and companies for the next ten years?
  2. What are the key Global challenges and opportunities for governments, multilateral institutions, organizations and companies for the next ten years?
  3. What policies, legislations or regulations the Canadian Government and the global community through multilateral institutions should develop?
  4. What are the follow up projects that you and those with relevant expertise your sector can develop based on what you have heard and learned from the Forum?

 

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