About the TCI 2018 Host

 

The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity is a Canadian think tank that focuses on Ontario's economic policy and public policy research, analysis, and recommendations. It was established in 2001 by the Ontario Government. Its advisory body is Ontario's Panel on Economic Growth & Prosperity, made up of a group of executives from some of the world's most prominent brands.

The Institute has focused on clusters research analysis in Canada since its inception and remains the only institution to provide publicly-available Canadian cluster data


TCI 2018 could not be made possible without our Co-Chairs, Local Steering Committee, Organizing Team, and Committees.

Co-Chairs

 

  • Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Chair, Ontario's Panel on Economic Growth & Prosperity

  • Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity; Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute


Local Steering Committee

  • Harald Bathelt, Canada Research Chair, Innovation and Governance, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto; Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

  • Jan De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

  • Damian Dupuy, Senior Manager, Technology & Innovation Strategy, Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science

  • Farah Huq, Director, Future of Canada Centre, Deloitte Canada

  • Toby Lennox, President & CEO, Toronto Global

  • Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor – The Green Economy, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto

  • Jennifer Miller, Director General, Innovation Networks and Clusters, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

  • Greg Spencer, Professor, University College Dublin (formerly Martin Prosperity Institute)

  • TCI Network representative – Vincent Dugré, Canadian Director of the TCI Network Board


Organizing Team

Conference Director

  • Dorinda So, Conference Director, TCI 2018; Research Director, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

Event Management

  • Jennifer Hilborn, President, Esteemed Events

  • Sarah Varley, President, Esteemed Events

Administration

  • MJ Edun, Administrative Assistant, Martin Prosperity Institute

Graphics

  • Michelle Hopgood, Graphic Designer, Martin Prosperity Institute

Communications and Media Relations

  • Margaret Campbell, Policy Analyst & Communications Specialist, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

Day 3 (Oct 18) 

  • Weseem Ahmed, Policy Analyst & Clusters Specialist, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

Advisers

  • Christopher Mack, Research Supervisor, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

  • Jacob Greenspon, Policy Analyst, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

  • Helene Kwong

  • Jackie Monahan, Executive Assistant, Rotman School of Management

  • Melissa Pogue, Manager, Program Research, Venture Talent Development, MaRS Discovery District

  • Sophia Sedaris

  • Valeria Sladejovic-Sola, Executive Assistant, Martin Prosperity Institute


All Committees are chaired by Dorinda So, Conference Director, TCI 2018.

Exchange
(Day 3) Committee

 

  • Melissa Pogue, Manager, Program Research, Venture Talent Development, MaRS Discovery District

  • Weseem Ahmed, Policy Analyst & Clusters Specialist, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity


Cluster Immersion Experiences (Day 1) Committee

  • Paul de Freitas, Strategist, Institute without Boundaries

  • Carrie Gaetz, Executive Assistant, Institute without Boundaries

  • Robert Guisti, Special Projects Manager, Institute without Boundaries

  • Luigi Ferrara, Dean of Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology, George Brown College

  • Bethany Moir, Director, Research & Insights, Toronto Global

  • Christopher Pandolfi, Academic Lead & Urban Designer, Institute without Boundaries


Cluster Working Groups are the organizers for each of the cluster immersion experiences.

Health Working Group

Lead

Partners


Emerging Tech Working Group

Lead


Energy Working Group

Leads

Partners


Advanced Manufacturing Working Group

Lead

Partner


Financial Services Working Group

Lead


Design Working Group

Lead

Partner

  • Laurie Belzak, Sector Development Officer, Fashion/Apparel & Design, City of Toronto

  • Luigi Ferrara, Dean of Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology, George Brown College


Food Working Group

Lead

Partner


Water Working Group

Lead

  • Lesley Herstein, Manager of Policy, WaterTAP and Director, Change Leaders Lab

  • Josh Chong, Communications Strategist, WaterTAP

Partner


Transportation & Logistics Working Group

Leads


Innovation Ecosystem Working Group

Lead

Partners


Low-Carbon Buildings Working Group

Leads

Partners