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.
Subject to change
All plenary sessions will take place in the Desautels Hall, 2/F, Rotman School of Management, 95 St George St
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
Christian Ketels, President, TCI Network
Keynote by Roger Martin, Institute Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, #1 Management Thinker in the World by Thinkers50
As the #1 Management Thinker in the world, Roger Martin will draw from his extensive consulting and management experience working with leading companies around the world to share his insights on clusters and creative problem solving.
Panel - Designing collaborative networks for innovation
Ryan Combs, Executive Director, Research Triangle Region
Jeremy Dabor, Entrepreneur (Former CPO of Sensassure, Acquired)
Merete Daniel Nielsen, Co-Founder and Director, Cluster Excellence Denmark; TCI Network
Lidia Divry, Chief Executive Director, TechnoMontréal, Montréal
Pia Kinhult, Head of Host States Relations, European Spallation Source, Sweden
Moderator: Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
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.
Keynote by Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Future of Work at Deloitte Canada
Clusters have the potential to drive vibrant economic growth but without a plan for inclusion, the full potential of what they can offer to society will not be realized. Zabeen Hirji will explore guiding principles that businesses should use as they engage in cluster work in order to harness the innovative potential of diversity and drive inclusive growth.
Panel - Mobilizing Talent and Diversity
Ulla Engelmann, 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.
Group picture and Lunch
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.
Panel – Superclusters in Canada and European Lessons Learned
Introductory remarks: Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto
Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minster of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Canadian supercluster representatives:
Christine Neuy, Managing Director, microTEC Südwest eV
Werner Pamminger, CEO, Business Upper Austria
Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada
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, Germany and the European Commission will discuss the future of the Canadian cluster landscape and European lessons learned.
Keynote - Regional economic development and inclusive prosperity
Christian Ketels, Chief Economist, The Boston Consulting Group
Marek Gootman, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Global Initiatives, Brookings
Facilitator: Jamison Steeve, Co-Chair, TCI 2018; Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity
Christian Ketels and Marek Gootman in a fireside chat examine the importance of creating opportunities and quality jobs within clusters for all income levels to raise the competitiveness of a regional economy, which in turn addresses social challenges.
Handover ceremonies and closing remarks
Travel to Artscape Wychwood Barns
Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, followed by conference dinner
Board shuttle buses back to the Chelsea Hotel