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
Keynote by Roger Martin, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, #1 Management Thinker in the World by Thinkers50
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.
Keynote by Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Future of Work at Deloitte Canada
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.
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 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.
Keynote - TBD
Handover ceremonies and closing remarks
Travel to Wychwood Barns
Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, followed by conference dinner