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
Registration


09:00-09:15 AM
Welcome

  • 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


09:15-09:45 AM
Keynote by Roger MartinInstitute 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.


09:45-10:45 AM
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 RossiPresident & 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.


10:45-11:15 AM
Networking break


11:15-11:45 AM
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.


11:45-12:45 PM
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.


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 European Lessons Learned

Introductory remarks: Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto

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.


03:30-04:00 PM
Keynote - Regional economic development and inclusive prosperity

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.


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


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


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


09:00 PM
Board shuttle buses back to the Chelsea Hotel