Join your fellow delegates for a day of panels and keynotes at the Rotman School of Management, followed by a conference dinner in the evening.

Preliminary Programme

Subject to change

All plenary sessions will take place in the Desautels Hall, 2/F, Rotman School of Management, 95 St George St

08:00-09:00 AM

09:00-09:15 AM

  • Tiff Macklem, Co-Chair, TCI 2018; Chair, Ontario’s Panel on Economic Growth & Prosperity; Dean, Rotman School of Management
  • Jamison Steeve, Co-Chair, TCI 2018; Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

09:15-09:45 AM
Keynote by Roger MartinDirector, Martin Prosperity Institute, #1 Management Thinker in the World by Thinkers50

09:45-10:45 AM
Panel - Designing collaborative networks for innovation

  • Ryan Combs, Executive Director, Research Triangle Region
  • Jeremy Dabor, Head of Product Development, Essity; Co-Founder & CPO, Sensassure
  • Lidia Divry, Chief Executive Director, TechnoMontréal, Montréal
  • Pia Kinhult, Head of Host States Relations, European Spallation Source, Sweden

Collaborative networks can enable innovation and economic competitiveness by connecting actors physically or digitally. Network members and interested actors pool resources to share knowledge and work together to grow the cluster. These networks can also be highly inclusive as the barriers and costs of entry are low, bringing together actors that cross traditional boundaries (e.g., jurisdictions, industries).

The panel features local and global stories of collaboration and innovation within different kinds of networks and ways to design networks with the goal of maximizing collaboration to foster innovation and create opportunities for international trade.

10:45-11:15 AM
Networking break

11:15-11:45 AM
Keynote by Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Future of Work at Deloitte Canada

11:45-12:45 PM
Panel - Mobilizing Talent and Diversity

  • Ulla Engelman, Head of Unit, Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, DG GROW, European Commission

  • JP Gladu, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

  • Susan Windham-Bannister, former President, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Moderator: Toby Lennox, President & CEO, Toronto Global

Global economic, political, and societal shifts present new opportunities that require new and diverse skill sets that are often scarce in a region. Mobilizing latent talent and diversity is integral for clusters to prosper and remain resilient. This panel explores the stories of creating ecosystems that enable diverse talent to collaborate.

12:45-02:00 PM
Group picture and Lunch

02:00-02:30 PM
Keynote - Cluster-based strategies for innovation and growth in regions

Mercedes Delgado, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Research Director and Research Scientist of the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science and Policy

Clusters are instrumental in the economic growth of a region. Mercedes Delgado’s keynote explores the cluster-based strategies that foster innovation, encourage the formation and survival of start-ups, and influence the location decision of firms.

02:30-03:30 PM
Panel – Superclusters in Canada and International Lessons Learned

  • Ulla Engelman, Head of Unit, Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Christine Neuy, Manager, microTEC Südwest eV
  • Werner Pamminger, CEO, Business Upper Austria

More panelists to be announced.

Moderator: Jan de Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

The bold, $950 million investment by the Canadian government for five superclusters, each made up of related clusters that cut across jurisdictional boundaries, are expected to generate significant economic returns over the next decade. Ensuring that each supercluster achieves its goals and can also be sustained past the initial five-year funding are two of the main challenges the superclusters face. Canadian representatives from each supercluster along with supercluster experts from Austria and Germany will discuss the future of the Canadian cluster landscape and international lessons learned.

03:30-04:00 PM
Keynote - TBD

04:00-4:15 PM
Handover ceremonies and closing remarks

04:15-05:00 PM
Travel to Wychwood Barns

05:00-09:00 PM
Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, followed by conference dinner