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CSPC | Canadian Science Policy Centre

Decoding the 2019 Federal Budget for Canadian R-and-D and Innovation : A half-day symposium presented by CSPC

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm


Chestnut Conference Centre
89 Chestnut Street
M5G 1R1 Toronto , ON


Breakfast 8:00 – 8:30

Welcome 8:30 – 8:35

Keynote 8:35 – 9:30

Panel 1 9:30 – 10:30

Break 10:30 – 11:00

Panel 2 11:00 – 12:00

Join us for a stimulating exploration of the 2019 Federal Budget’s impact on research and development in Canada. David Watters, former ADM of Finance, will provide a detailed analysis of the budget in relation to science and innovation. This will be followed by responses from an academic and a private-sector panel.

This symposium is free to attend and open to the public. A continental breakfast is included.


Keynote Speaker

President and CEO
Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc.
David Watters worked for 30 years in the Canadian Public Service in a variety of Economic Ministries, including a dozen years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Industry Canada, Treasury Board Canada...

Responding Academic Panel

President and CEO
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Denise was appointed in 2013 as President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, the voice of Canada’s colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for...
Vice-President Research & Innovation
Ryerson University
Steven N. Liss is Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. His recent return to Ryerson, April 2017, follows a decade of...
Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
University of Toronto
Susan McCahan is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is currently the Vice-Provost Academic Programs and the Vice-Provost,...

Responding Private-sector Panel

President and CMO
IT World Canada
Fawn Annan is the President, Chief Marketing Officer and Group Publisher of IT World Canada/IDG Canada. She is also partner and CMO for Amazing!Agency, a content agency located in Haliburton, Ontario...
Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships
Myant Inc.
Dan Herman is the Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships at Myant Inc., a world leader in Textile Computing. Based in Toronto, Myant's team of engineers, scientists and designers put technology...
President and CEO
ReMAP Advanced Manufacturing Centre of Excellence
As a strategic technology leader with over 30 years of experience in electronics, Irene brings an entrepreneurial spirit and is a driving force in the future of manufacturing in Canada. Irene...


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