On June 28th, the Pearson Centre hosted a Seminar on “Advancing Innovation across North America” in Ottawa. The event involved the private and public sectors, the education sector, students and other leaders. The program and background information is noted below. The report and comments by each speaker are being uploaded as they become available.

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Advancing Innovation across North America
June 28, 2016, Ottawa

The North American Leaders’ Summit will take place in Ottawa on June 29, 2016 with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto. This offers a good opportunity for experts in Innovation from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to have a dialogue about how to advance innovation cooperatively across all three countries and to augment linkages across the innovation community in North America.
The day before the Summit, on June 28, the Pearson Centre will host a Seminar on “Advancing Innovation across North America” in Ottawa, that will involve, the private and public sectors, the education sector, students and other leaders. Speakers will include senior leaders from the three countries.
Focused materials will be released in advance on the state of innovation.
Following the Seminar in Ottawa, the Pearson Centre will prepare a report on the proceedings and will work to maintain and develop an informal network from the innovation community in all three countries.
Seminar location: University of Ottawa, Ottawa
Date: June 28, 2016; 7:30 am till 12 noon. (Welcome reception on June 27; 7:00 pm)



June 27 (Carisse Studio Café, 274 Elgin St)
7:00 – 9:00 pm Welcome Reception

PROGRAM (cont.)
June 28: Location: Room 4007, Social Science Tower, University of Ottawa, Ottawa

7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Opening: Keynotes from Canada, U.S. & Mexico:
Moderator: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Foreign Affairs
– Canada: Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, Govt. of Canada
– Mexico: Dr. Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, Director General, National Council for Science & Technology (CONACYT), Mexico
– United States: Dr. Peter Arzberger, Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC

9:00 am Panel 1: Innovation in Science and Technology
Moderator: Anita Vandenbeld, MP
– Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, DC
– Dr. Gilles Patry, President & CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation
– Dr. Gabriel Pulido-Cejudo, Chairman, Int. Centre for the Advancement of Health
Regional Innovation & Science
– Eme Onuoha, VP, Global Government Affairs (Canada), Xerox Corporation
– Dr. Cindy L. Bell, Executive VP, Corporate Development, Genome Canada

10:30 am Panel 2: Innovation in the Energy and Environment sectors
Moderator: Lisa MacLeod, MPP
– Dr. W. Bradford Ashton, Senior Policy and Technology Advisor, Concurrent Technologies Corp. Washington DC
– Elizabeth McDonald, President & CEO, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
– Hon. Sergio Marchi, President & CEO, Canadian Electricity Association
– Dr. Steven Czitrom Baus, Academic Secretary, UNAM-Canada (National Autonomous University of Mexico), QC
– Steve Coupland, Director, Regulatory & Environmental Aff., Cdn Nuclear Assoc.
– Paul Cheliak, Director, Innovation and New Markets, Canadian Gas Association
11:45 am Closing Comments
12 noon Adjournment

Greg Stulen, Communications Coordinator, 519-802-5352
Andrew Cardozo, President; 613-295-1260

Forum sur la
Promotion de l’innovation
en Amérique du Nord
Le 28 juin 2016, Ottawa

Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, le président Barack Obama et Enrique Peña Nieto assisteront au Sommet des leaders nord-américains à Ottawa, le 29 juin 2016, lequel sera l’occasion pour les spécialistes de l’innovation du Canada, des États-Unis et du Mexique de participer à un dialogue sur la façon de s’y prendre pour promouvoir l’innovation par la collaboration des trois pays, et pour renforcer les liens qui unissent la communauté de l’innovation en Amérique du Nord.
Le 28 juin, journée précédant ce sommet, le Centre Pearson accueillera un Forum, à Ottawa, sur le thème de la « Promotion de l’innovation en Amérique du Nord », auquel participeront des membres des secteurs privé et public, et du milieu de l’éducation, de même que des étudiant(e)s et d’autres dirigeant(e)s. Les conférenciers seront notamment des haut(e)s dirigeant(e)s des trois pays.
Des documents thématiques seront publiés à l’avance sur l’état dans lequel se trouve l’innovation.
Au lendemain de ce forum, le Centre Pearson rédigera un rapport sur les délibérations qui y auront eu lieu, puis mettra sur pied un réseau de membres de la communauté de l’innovation des trois pays en question.
Lieu de la tenue du Forum : Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa
Date : le 28 juin 2016 de 7 h 30 à midi (Réception de bienvenue le 27 juin à 19 heures)

Le 27 juin

19 h – 21 h Réception de bienvenue

Le 28 juin

7 h 30 – 9 h FORUM
Petit-déjeuner et séance d’ouverture
Discours liminaires sur les perspectives du Canada, des États-Unis et du Mexique

9 h Groupe d’experts 1 : L’innovation en science et technologie
Conférenciers de chacun des pays

10 h 30 Groupe d’experts 2 : L’innovation dans les secteurs de l’énergie et de
Conférenciers de chacun des pays

11 h 45 Allocution de clôture

Midi Fin du Forum

Renseignements : Andrew Cardozo, président 613-295-1260



Hon. Jim Carr
Minister Carr has been a dedicated business and community leader in Winnipeg for more than 30 years. He began his career as a musician, as an oboist and trustee with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He then moved on to journalism, working as an editorial writer and columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press as well as for CBC Radio.
Jim entered public life in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. He was also the deputy leader of his party. Jim later went on to become the founding CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba, where he worked alongside business leaders to address issues critical to Manitobans and Canadians.
In particular, Jim was one of the architects of the ‘Winnipeg Consensus’ process, which brought together Canadian think tanks and energy leaders, and informed the Canadian Energy Strategy released in 2015 by Canada’s provinces and territories.
Jim has been an active volunteer with a number of local, provincial, and national organizations. He was the founding co-chair of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, member of the board of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, member of the board of the Canada West Foundation, and member of the board of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba.
Jim’s community leadership has earned him numerous awards, including the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Manitoba. 

Dr. Enrique Cabrera Mendoza
Doctor Cabrero obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Administration at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi. Later on, he obtained a Master’s degree in Pedagogical Improvement at the French Centre d´Enseignement Supérieur des Affairs and a Master’s in Public Administration at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE for its acronym in Spanish). In France 2001, Enrique Cabrero Mendoza got his Ph.D. in Management Sciences at L’École des Hautes Études Commerciales.
Among other research institutions, Dr. Cabrero has been a visiting professor at L’École Normale Supérieure in France, the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. Dr. Cabrero’s research career has allowed him to attain the highest level within Mexico’s National System of Researchers, coordinated by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT for its acronym in Spanish).
Dr. Cabrero has authored and edited twenty books and over a hundred articles and book chapters. His publications cover a vast array of topics, such as decentralization, local governments, and public policies in Mexico and various other countries like the United States, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Recently, he has focused his academic work on identifying and analyzing factors involved in building strong cities, enhancing local competitiveness, and strengthening science and technology public policy.
His academic career started at CIDE in 1980, where he founded the Management and Public Policy Journal, and the Government and Local Management Award, now granted annually by CIDE since 2000. His cutting-edge research along with his enthusiasm and eagerness for improvement, allowed him to become CIDE´s General Director from 2004 to 2012.
Dr. Cabrero Mendoza has worked as a consultant to various international institutions such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, The World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.
In January 2013, Dr. Cabrero was appointed General Director of CONACYT and since then, he has been in charge of articulating Mexico’s national policy on science and technology.

Dr. Peter Arzberger
Peter Arzberger currently serves as Senior Advisor for Research Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the United States National Science Foundation (NSF). Since 1988 he has spent more than 11 years at NSF, in three tours of duty. He has served a Program Officer (Mathematics and Biology), Division Director (Biology and CISE), acting Assistant Director (CISE), and as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Director at NSF.
He is serving at NSF, on assignment from his home institution of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he served as the founding Chair of the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA), co-director of the Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates program (PRIME), and as a founding member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON).
In addition, he has served as on NSF Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering; as a member and later Chair of the National Advisory Board of the US Long Term Ecological Research network; and as the Chair Working Group on Access to and Sharing of Data Produced from Public Funding, endorsed by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Committee on Scientific and Technology Policy.

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones serves as the Member of Parliament for the riding of West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion. In these positions, she prioritizes issues related to environmental protection and marine conservation; building strong, sustainable communities; promoting women in peace and security; electoral reform and fair, inclusive democratic institutions; care and support for seniors; and research for the cure for juvenile diabetes, among many others.
Ms. Goldsmith-Jones’ family’s history inspired her to run for local government four times, serving as Mayor of West Vancouver from 2005 to 2011. As Mayor, she had the pleasure of presenting West Vancouver’s climate change plan to the United Nations, and actively working towards the protection of Eagleridge Bluffs. She prioritized conservation through the reduction of solid waste and the restoration of the intertidal zone, earning the city the UN Global Green City award in 2011. Ms. Goldsmith-Jones’ Council also actively worked under her leadership to attract talent to the community, and supported citizens in their leadership efforts.
Following her time as Mayor, Ms. Goldsmith-Jones took a hiatus from politics to complete my executive MBA at Simon Fraser University, specializing in Aboriginal Business and Leadership. During this period, she started a public affairs consulting firm in Vancouver.
In all her leadership roles, Ms. Goldsmith-Jones was passionate about open, accessible, and fair decision-making that is sensitive and responsive to the needs and aspirations of our communities. She continues to uphold this dedication to her constituents in my role as Member of Parliament. 

Anita Vandenbeld, MP
Anita Vandenbeld is the Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean. She sits on three committees – Status of Women, Procedure and House Affairs and is the chair of the Pay Equity committee. She is chair of the Liberal Women’s caucus. Anita was a specialist in international democratic development, focused on parliamentary development & women’s political participation. She conducted an NDI women’s political leadership academy in Haiti; authored a study on women’s political participation for UNDP Vietnam, and was a technical specialist on parliamentary committees for UNDP Bangladesh. Anita is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Democratic and Participatory Governance (CDPG) in Brussels. She was country director for NDI in DRC where she established a political party program during the 2011 election. She was posted with the UNDP Democratic Governance Group in New York, where she managed a multi-partner international network to promote women’s political participation ( Anita was Senior Advisor & Deputy Chief of the Central Assembly Section of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. She received a Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for her work there. Anita coordinated an anti-corruption campaign with the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), & worked on parliamentary development in BiH & Serbia with the Parliamentary Centre. She was Director of Parliamentary Affairs in the Office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons & Minister for Democratic Reform in Canada, where she oversaw the development of the Government of Canada’s Democratic Reform Action Plan. Anita was also a Policy Analyst with the National Liberal Caucus Research Bureau in the Canadian Parliament, Chief of staff to a Canadian Senator, and chapter development chair for Equal Voice, a Canadian multi-partisan organization to promote women in politics. Anita holds an MA Degree in Canadian Political and Constitutional history from York University. 

Will Marshall
Will Marshall is the president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), established in 1989 as a center for political innovation in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he has been one of the chief intellectual architects of the movement to modernize progressive politics for the global age.
Called “Bill Clinton’s idea mill,” PPI’s policy analysis and proposals were the source for many of the “New Democrat” innovations that figured prominently in national politics over the past two decades. The Institute also has been integral to the spread of “Third Way” thinking to center-left parties in Europe and elsewhere. Marshall is an honourary Vice-President of Policy Network, an international think tank launched by Tony Blair to promote progressive policy ideas throughout the democratic world.
Marshall is editor or co-editor of many books, including Memos to the New President (PPI, January 2009); With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); The AmeriCorps Experiment and the Future of National Service (PPI, 2005); Building the Bridge: 10 Big Ideas to Transform America (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997); and Mandate for Change (Berkley Books, 1992), PPI’s best-selling policy blueprint for President Clinton’s first term. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many other newspapers, as well as The American Interest, The American Prospect, Democracy, and other journals.
In 1985, Marshall helped to found the Democratic Leadership Council, serving as its first policy director.
Marshall currently serves on the board of directors for the National Endowment for Democracy.
Marshall’s previous campaign and political experience includes posts as press secretary, spokesman and speechwriter for the 1984 United States Senate campaign of former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, speechwriter and policy analyst for the late U.S. Representative Gillis Long of Louisiana, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; and, spokesman and speechwriter in the 1982 U.S. Senate campaign of former Virginia Lt. Governor Dick Davis.
Before becoming involved in politics and public policy, he was a journalist in Virginia, including a stint with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1952, Marshall is a 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. Marshall and his wife, Katryn S. Nicolai, live in Arlington, VA. They have two children, Olivia and William.

Dr. Gilles Patry
On August 1, 2010, Dr. Gilles G. Patry became the fourth President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Following a long and distinguished career as a consultant, a researcher, and a university administrator, Dr. Patry brings to the CFI a wealth of experience from both the private and academic sector.
Dr. Patry holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in environmental engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant (1971-78) before becoming professor of civil engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (1978-83) and then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. (1983-93). Dr. Patry’s research program at McMaster led him to develop an innovative modelling concept for the simulation of wastewater treatment plant dynamics, and ultimately, to launch a Hamilton-based consulting company, Hydromantis, Inc. His research focuses on modelling, simulation and control of environmental systems.
Returning to the University of Ottawa as Dean of Engineering in 1993, Dr. Patry was instrumental in the creation of the School of Information Technology and Engineering, which was designed to provide leading-edge information technology research and education. In 1997, he became Vice-Rector (Academic) and fostered the creation of new institutes, academic programs and partnerships among the private sector, government and other post-secondary institutions. During his tenure as President and Vice-Chancellor (2001-08), Dr. Patry led the development and implementation of the university’s strategic plan Vision 2010, promoted the development of multidisciplinary initiatives, initiated more than $300 million of capital investments on campus and spearheaded the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the University. He is now President Emeritus at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Patry is a Member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University, and was named Executive of the Year in 2004 by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires of the National Capital Region. In 2009, he was also named Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.

Dr. Gabriel Pulido-Cejudo
Inventor and entrepreneurial scientist, Dr Gabriel Pulido-Cejudo is President and Chairman at the International Centre for the Advancement of Health Regional Innovation and Science. He is an energetic executive and advisor within public, non-for-profit and private organizations involved in national and international activities in support of emerging technologies, competitiveness and innovation. His fields of interest and expertise include human and veterinary medical devices, bio-drugs, biosecurity and bioterrorism, human disease awareness and prevention particularly in regards to the health of women, infectious diseases, stem cell research, nanotechnology, related duties and opportunities.
Dr Pulido has provided developmental task frameworks, implementation and post-implementation surveillance on projects and special initiatives concerning regional innovation, biosafety and biosecurity within major events such as G8 Summits (Evian), Colloques de la Fondation Pour L’Innovation Politique and most recently within NAFTA Summit 2009. In his role as Chairman of the International Center for the Advancement of Health Regional Innovation and Science™, he was responsible for the design and implementation of the International Programme of Alignment and Consortia for Innovation and Regional Growth (ACIR)™ to assist the creation of start-up corporations and to enhance the innovation capacity of SMEs within the Life Sciences and related Sectors.
Dr Pulido is member of Health Canada’s Scientific Experts Inventory and former member of Team Canada Trade Missions led by the Prime Minister of Canada. He has been recently appointed CEO of BioConverGene Technologies Corporation™ and of iBioSign Health Integrated Systems™.  

Eme Onuoha
Eme Onuoha is Vice-President of Global Government Affairs (Canada) with Xerox Corporation. He is responsible for national and sub-national government affairs strategy and related public policy/legislative engagement in Canada. Eme joined Xerox Canada in 2007 and has served in roles related to national account management, environmental sustainability, customer experience and innovation. Prior to his current role, Eme served as Chief Innovation Officer in the Industrial, Retail and Hospitality division of Xerox Services. His responsibilities included identifying innovation-driven growth opportunities and accelerating the commercialization of market-connected, research, development and engineering outcomes in close collaboration with the Xerox Innovation Group, capability groups, industry business group teams, clients, and external communities of practice.
Prior to joining Xerox, he held several senior positions within the Government of Canada, including: Director of Operations at the Privy Council Office; Vice President of the Canadian Commercial Corporation; Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence; and Policy Adviser to the Minister of International Trade. During his tenure in government he received the Merit Award for Team Achievement for distinguished contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Privy Council Office.
Eme earned an Honours BA in International Relations from McMaster University, an MBA from Queen’s University and a Masters level diploma in strategy and innovation from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the McMaster University Board of Governors and a recipient of McMaster University’s Honour M and Arch awards. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. In 2010 he was awarded the Top 100 under 50 designation by Diversity MBA magazine. In 2011 he received Green Living Enterprises’ Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award for the Canadian IT industry. Most recently he was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean50 honourees for 2015. 

Cindy L. Bell
Cindy Bell joined Genome Canada in August 2000. From 2000-2008 she held the position of Vice-President, Genomics Programs in which she was responsible for providing policy and strategic advice on scientific and other aspects of Genome Canada’s programs. This included overseeing and managing the peer review process used to establish the research program of Genome Canada. In her role as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development she provides leadership in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and approaches to enhance Genome Canada’s business model and secure funding to support genomics research in Canada. Prior to joining Genome Canada, Dr. Bell was a Deputy Director in Programs Branch at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 1994 to 2000. At CIHR she managed a number of research programs and was involved in policy development and implementation. From 1986 to 1994, Dr. Bell was a researcher at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focused on investigating the basic defect in the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis. She obtained her Ph.D. in Genetics from McGill University in 1986.

Lisa MacLeod, MPP
With a family history of public service, Lisa has made a career out of standing up for the little guy- whether for the agriculture industry due to government policy hurting its livelihood, raising thousands of pounds of food for Ottawa food banks or speaking out for families with autistic children who needed services in her community.
She has been rewarded for her hard work by the voters of Nepean-Carleton four times (2006, 2007, 2011 and 2014) with some of the highest vote totals in Ontario. As the PC Party’s only MPP in a major Ontario city Lisa was the youngest woman ever to be elected as an Ontario PC Party MPP and only the second woman to be elected as a conservative in Ottawa.
Lisa has an excellent grasp of complex policy files and has been given some of the toughest economic critic portfolios including revenue, education, energy and now treasury board.
Her senior responsibilities are a reflection of her strong, effective, hard working and loyal traits. Under two different leaders, Lisa was given a leadership role to travel across 107 ridings delivering the PC Party message to Ontarians.  

Dr. Brad Ashton
Dr. W. Bradford Ashton is a member of the Principal Staff at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) and currently works on Energy and Sustainability in Washington, DC. Dr. Ashton is a recognized expert in energy policy and energy technology analysis, with over 30 years of experience serving government, private, and international organizations, to include nearly 20 years at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in energy research and as a Program Manager for Energy Efficiency. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, holds advanced degrees from the Ohio State University in Industrial and Systems Engineering and served on the Engineering Faculty of the University of Missouri.  

Elizabeth McDonald
Elizabeth McDonald has experience as a senior executive, industry advocate, industry advisor and board member with over 25 years experience in government relations, advocacy, organizational management, and communications with an accomplished record of service as a diplomatic intermediary between industry and government.
In August of 2012, she accepted the position of President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), the national voice of energy efficiency and conservation in Canada. Since that time she has worked with the Board of CEEA on a strategic review of CEEA, developing new communication tools and launching CEEA’s first annual survey of Canadians on energy efficiency and conservation.d
CEEA will also hold its first Thought Leaders Conference in April of 2013 in order to develop a “white paper” which will underpin the Association’s activities going forward.
Previous to this she was President of Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) from May of 2007 to September 2011. CanSIA is the national trade association that represents the interests of all aspects of the solar industry in Canada. Elizabeth works closely with all levels of government including the federal government of Canada. In particular she has collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) who named her an Investment Canada Champion.
Ms. McDonald lives in Ottawa and has previously been CEO at the Canadian Film and
Television Association and held senior executive positions in other Canadian trade
associations in the broadcasting and communications sector.

Hon. Sergio Marchi
The Honourable Sergio Marchi was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) in February 2015. As President of CEA, Mr. Marchi acts as spokesperson on issues of national concern to the electric utility industry.
The Honourable Sergio Marchi was elected as a Toronto City Councillor in 1982, and was subsequently elected as the Member of Parliament representing the Toronto riding of York West in 1984. During his time in the federal government, he served as Cabinet Minister in three key portfolios: International Trade; Environment; and Citizenship and Immigration.
After voluntarily leaving the political arena in 1999, Mr. Marchi was appointed Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN) Agencies in Geneva, where he served for five years. In 2003, he was nominated by the Canadian government and the UN Secretary General to serve as Commissioner on the UN Global Commission on International Migration, a position he held until 2005.
Prior to joining CEA, Mr. Marchi held a number of positions in the private sector, and was a frequent public speaker and commentator on international issues, including global migration, international economy, trade, and investment.
Mr. Marchi graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning. He is married, with two children.

Dr. Steven Czitrom Baus
Dr. Steven Czitrom Baus is Academic Secretary, UNAM-Canada (the National Autonomous University of Mexico), based at the Canadian campus across the river in Gatineau. His academic work focuses on the study of the biological, chemical, and physical features of lakes and other bodies of fresh water as well as physical oceanography and renewable energies.

Steve Coupland
Steve is currently on a part-time secondment to the Canadian Nuclear Association from Bruce Power where he serves as Senior Advisor, Regulatory Affairs for Bruce Power and is the company’s representative in Ottawa. At the CNA, Mr. Coupland serves as Director, Environmental Affairs where he has responsibility for assisting members of the nuclear industry to continue to improve their environmental performance and receive recognition for nuclear’s role as a clean, reliable source of electricity. Prior to joining Bruce Power, Mr. Coupland worked as a management consultant for SCG Research Inc. and held a number of senior federal government policy and public affairs positions in Ottawa including working as a Director in the Prime Minister’s Office, Industry Canada and Government Services. Mr. Coupland holds an Honours B.A. in History and Political Studies from Queens University and an M.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario. 

Paul Cheliak
Paul Cheliak is the Director of Market Development with the Canadian Gas Association in Ottawa, Ontario. The CGA is the national voice for Canada’s natural gas distribution companies who deliver natural gas to over 20 million Canadians in all sectors of the economy. Paul’s role at CGA is to work with member companies to identify opportunities, develop policy recommendations and gather business intelligence to advance the efficient use of natural gas. Prior to joining CGA, Paul worked with Natural Resources Canada – Canada’s federal resource department – providing natural gas market and policy advice to the Department’s senior management.


Resources on Innovation across North America

Prepared for the Forum on Innovation
by Liam Gardner-Murphy
Ottawa, June 27-28, 2016


Government Policy Documents:

“Building an Inclusive and Innovative Canada,” News Release – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (June 2016)
Minister Bains put forward a vision to build Canada as a global center of innovation – one that focuses on strengthening the middle class by creating jobs, driving growth across all industries and improving the lives of all Canadians. The vision focuses on six areas for action: promoting an entrepreneurial and creative society; supporting global science excellence; building world-leading clusters and partnerships; growing companies and accelerating clean growth; competing in a digital world; and, improving ease of doing business. Minister Bains, with support from Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science, and Bardish Chagger, the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, will engage Canadians in consultations over the course of summer 2016 and develop an Action Plan with their input.
Accessible at:

Canada, Mexico and the United States Show Progress on North American Energy Collaboration
[June 03, 2016] San Francisco, California: In support of the objectives of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial in San Francisco, the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States’ Secretary of Energy, reviewed their cooperative efforts underway to foster sustainable energy development, address climate change, and encourage economic growth.
Media release from NRCAN

“Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Mandate Letter,” Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau (November 2015)
Minister Bains’ Mandate Letter outlines the priorities for the newly re-branded Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The overarching goal of the Minister’s portfolio is to help Canadian businesses grow, innovate and export so they can create quality jobs and wealth for Canadians. Minister Bains’ will be developing an Innovation Agenda, which includes expanding support for incubators, accelerators, the national network for business innovation and cluster support, and the industrial Research Assistance Program. Further, this Innovation Agenda will work collaboratively with Regional Development Agencies to make strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages.
Accessible at:

“Minister of Science Mandate Letter,” Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau (November 2015)
The top priority identified in Minister Duncan’s Mandate Letter is to create a Chief Science Officer who will be responsible for making all government-produced science available to the public and to ensure that Canadian scientists are able to speak freely about their work. Minister Duncan has also been tasked with assisting all Ministerial colleagues in re-integrating scientific considerations in all decision-making and investment choices.
Accessible at:

“Seizing Canada’s Moment: Moving forward in science, technology and innovation 2014,” Government of Canada
Seizing Canada’s Moment built on the 2007 strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology, which guided the previous government’s science, innovation and technology strategy. Seizing Canada’s Moment acted as a progress report on the previous strategy and a guiding document for the government’s policy. The strategy continued to focus on the four core principles defined in the 2007 document: promoting world-leading excellence, focusing on priorities, fostering partnerships and enhancing accountability. Seizing Canada’s Moment further incorporates three new ‘pillars’: people, knowledge and innovation.
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“Achieving Excellence: Investing in People, Knowledge and Opportunity – Canada’s Innovation Strategy,” Government of Canada (2001)
This 2001 innovation strategy calls for Canada to rank among the worlds leaders in share of private-sector sales attributable to innovations, to match the U.S. in per-capita venture-capital investment, to improve the recruitment of foreign talent and increase graduate student admissions by 5% each year. To make the business environment more globally competitive, the strategy called for regulatory reform, lower taxes, and increased accessibility to broadband across Canadian communities.

Analytical/Supplementary Documents

“Innovation and the #Econ4Tmro with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development,” Presentation delivered at New Paths for Innovation hosted by the Pearson Centre ( March 2016)
Minister Bains engaged in a discussion with participants and panellists on his new portfolio and the importance of innovation in spurring economic growth. At its core, Minister Bains sees innovation as a mindset that prompts positive change and progress in all fields. He goes on to explore how emerging technologies can be utilized to solve small and large problems faced by Canadians, from climate change to health care to energy efficiency.
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“Developing a digital research infrastructure strategy for Canada: The CFI perspective,” Canada Foundation for Innovation (November 2015)
Researchers in all fields are increasingly reliant on the production, sharing and management of larges amounts of data to generate knowledge. As a result, there is a need in Canada to ensure access to an efficient and effective digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem. This CFI Report identifies seven essential attributes of a national high-performing DRI: integrated, inclusive, sustainable comprehensive, accessible, user-centric and adaptable. The CFI recommends strategic objectives and short- and medium-term actions to realize a DRI that meets the needs of Canada’s research community.
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“The State of the Nation 2014 Report: Canada’s Innovation Challenges and Opportunities,” Science, Technology and Innovation Council (November 2015)
This STIC report argues that Canada’s poor business innovation performance represents the country’s most profound and urgent science, technology and innovation challenge. The report suggests that, despite ongoing efforts to improve Canada’s lagging business innovation performance, it has continued to deteriorate. This is the fourth public report from STIC; the series of analyses charts progress from a baseline set in 2008 and compares Canada’s performance to global competitors across the business, knowledge and talent pillars of the ST&I ecosystem.
Accessible at:

United States:

Government Policy Documents:

“A Strategy for American Innovation,” National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (October 2015)
The Strategy, first issued in 2009, provides an overview of U.S. government efforts to ensure America continues to lead as the world’s most innovative economy, to develop the industries of the future, and to harness innovation to help address important challenges. The Strategy also makes the case for the key innovation investments to advance the important emerging technologies it identifies, which are proposed in the Obama Administration’s 2016 Budget.
The Strategy has three core components: The importance of investing in research and development (R&D); Strategic areas from advanced vehicles to precision medicine where focused effort can advance national priorities and help create shared prosperity; and, new efforts to make the Federal government more innovative to improve performance and create a better environment for innovation by the private sector and civil society.
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“Cities and the Future of Technology,” Executive Office of the President and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (February 2016)
This report produced by leading American scientists and entrepreneurs argues for a “place-based” policy that uses investment to embed the most advanced technology in urban infrastructure. It expands on the concept of “smart cities” by identifying opportunities to improve standards of living through modernizing key infrastructure (including energy, water, or transportation) and by using information technology to enhance city operations and services. The report recommends that the Federal government play an enhanced role in investing in experimental technologies, setting up innovation laboratories, and coordinating interagency research and information sharing.
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“Strategic Vision 2013,” Advanced Research Projects-Energy (October 2013)
ARPA-E catalyzes and accelerates energy technologies that will enhance the economic and energy security of the United States. ARPA-E achieves this goal through the development of transformational technologies that reduce the America’s dependence on energy imports; reduce energy related emissions; improve energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy; and ensure the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced technologies. This document outlines the strategic direction of ARPA-E for the 2013-2016 fiscal period.
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Analytical/Supplementary Documents

“Unleashing Innovation & Growth: A Progressive Alternative to Populism,” Progressive Policy Institute (March 2016)
A central theme of the upcoming American election will be how to break out of the persisting slow-growth trap that holds down wages and living standards. This report provides a progressive alternative to the dispiriting populist rhetoric by focusing on a forward looking plan to unleash innovation, stimulate productive investment, develop the world’s most talented workers, and putting the American economy back on a high-growth path.
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“The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America,” The Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute (May 2014)
A new complementary urban model is now emerging, giving rise to what this report terms “innovation districts.” These districts are geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. Led by an eclectic group of institutions and leaders, innovation districts are emerging in dozens of cities and metropolitan areas across North America. This report examines the unique potential of innovation districts to spur productive, inclusive and sustainable economic development.
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“Introducing the Breakthrough Energy Coalition” (November 2015)
The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is a public/private partnership aimed at doubling the amount of public money going into clean energy innovation. The coalition is a network of private capital committed to building a structure that will allow informed decisions to help accelerate the change to the advanced energy future our planet needs. Success will require a partnership of increased government research, with a transparent and workable structure to objectively evaluate those projects, and committed private-sector investors willing to support the innovative ideas that come out of the public research pipeline. The group of investors, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson, will primarily invest in early-stage clean energy companies across a range of sectors, such as electricity generation and storage, transportation and agriculture.
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“The Mexican start-up Bluemessaging’s commitment to artificial intelligence,” BBVA Innovation Center (May 13, 2016)
Interview with Andrés Rodríguez, founder of Bluemessaging, a Big Data platform that incorporates artificial intelligence. Rodríguez discusses the important role of the National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) in supporting Mexican start-ups.
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“Automatische Technik: a robotics initiative with the ‘Made in Mexico’ stamp,” BBVA innovation Centre (May 23, 2016)
Interview with Juan Pablo Martinez, founder of a start-up that aims to bring cutting-edge technology to small and medium-sized companies.
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“Mexico: at the forefront of the technology vanguard,” BBVA innovation Centre (May 3, 2016)
In May 2016 Microsoft YouthSpark hosted the Imagine Cup, a competition that encourages young people from across the world to test their technical skills. Mexican inventors featured prominently in the competition, taking home the top prizes in the “innovation” and “global responsibility” categories.
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“Seven innovative companies in Mexico that should be followed closely this year,” BBVA Innovation Center (February 16, 2016)
This article argues that business conditions in Mexico are favourable to innovation, and that companies such as Kaxan Media Group, NA-AT Technologies and Kubo.financiero are demonstrating the vast potential for harnessing this opportunity.
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“North American Climate Leadership: A road map for global action on methane,” Environmental Defence Fund, Mario Molina Center and the Pembina Institute. (June 14, 2016)
This Report identifies the significant opportunity available to Mexico, the United States and Canada in cooperating to reduce their oil and gas methane emissions.
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“Summary of Methane Emission and Reduction Opportunities Across North American Oil and Gas Industries,” Environmental Defense Fund and ICF International (May 2016)
Summary analysis of three previous reports on economic oil and gas methane abatement opportunities undertaken by ICF in the three North American countries. The summary estimates current and projected oil and gas methane emissions in North America, the largest abatement opportunities, and the cost of potential reductions achievable through currently available and applicable technologies.
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“The North American Grid: Powering Cooperation on Clean Energy & the Environment,” Canadian Electricity Association (2016)
Fundamental shifts in energy production and consumption are taking place across North America, in particular in the management of reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity systems. The CEA highlights the existing partnerships between Canada, the United States and Mexico in meeting the energy challenges ahead. However, it suggests that the nature and pace of current transformations demand even broader and deeper action by governments. North America requires a suitable policy architecture capable of both leveraging the continent’s significant energy potential and addressing the immense magnitude of climate change challenges.
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“The Digital Economy: The Driver for Growth” B20 Coalition (June 2015)
An introduction to a suite of 2015 initiatives on Digital Economy from the B20 Coalition to raise awareness among global leaders about the potential of rapidly accelerating digital technologies and to provide guidance for policy makers. The B20 Coalition brings together leading independent business associations from G20 economies and operates as a worldwide exchange platform between national business communities.
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“Joint Launch Statement,” Mission Innovation: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution (June 2016)
Mission Innovation was announced on November 30, 2015 by the leaders of 20 countries (including U.S., Canada, Mexico) who share a desire to accelerate global clean energy innovation. Each of the 20 participating countries will seek to double governmental and/or state-directed clean energy research and development investment over the next five years.
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“High-Energy Innovation: A Climate Pragmatism Project,” The Breakthrough Institute (December 2014)
Clean energy innovation and de-carbonization efforts will be overwhelmingly concentrated in rapidly industrializing countries, where demand for energy is high and deployment opportunities are broad, says a new report from a group of 12 energy scholars. High-Energy Innovation evaluates four clean energy technologies – shale gas, carbon capture and storage, nuclear, and solar – and finds that, in all cases, industrializing countries are making significant investments and leveraging international collaborations in order to make energy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable. Nearly all of the growth in energy markets and the majority of new energy technologies deployed in the next several decades is projected to occur in the developing world.
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Resource List Prepared by Liam Gardner-Murphy

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