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Canadian Science Policy Centre | Panel 14: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Success in Atlantic Canada

Panel 14: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Success in Atlantic Canada

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The objective of this panel is to share individual experiences of successes in supporting effective innovation and commercialization in Atlantic Canada.

The panel will examine the need for collaboration and partnerships among the four key stakeholder sectors of the University, Industry, Government and Community, in order to be effective in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. The panel has been drawn primarily from University and business associations that manage innovation and entrepreneurship programs. In addition, some of the panelists have run successful companies before taking their current roles, including international experience.. The panel will also discuss good practices to obtain Intellectual property rights around the world (including best practices for protecting university research).

The panel will discuss how effective collaborations (among universities, governments, the private sector and communities) have been designed and built in Atlantic Canada to support the successful commercialization of research. Some relevant international examples will also be outlined by the moderator. This issue is directly linked to two themes of the conference, namely:

Best practices in the details of how to achieve effective innovation and commercialization through collaboration are important (what works, what does not work) and need to be identified and examined in order to improve Canada’s innovation performance; and,
Some of the success factors and issues involved in collaborative approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship. This will help the audience chart out their own policies and road-maps within their own organisations for future innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

Moderator Details

Chief Mentor, Head of Consulting and Corporate Facilitator
Muthu Singaram Consulting

Muthu is parallel entrepreneur having been involved in several startups over last 20 years. Muthu is the Chief Mentor, Head of Consulting and a corporate facilitator at Muthu Singaram Consulting, Muthu’s passion is in Entrepreneurial Development, Mentoring, Management of Emerging Technologies and Innovation. Muthu has been a judge and mentor in many business plan competitions including IIM, IIT, Power of IDEAS, HSBC Business Plan Competition, McKinsey’s and several others in the last 15 years. Muthu was responsible in developing the Malaysian National Uniprenuer Development Programme (NUDP) at the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC). Muthu was also a council member for the National Incubator Network. One of Muthu’s project’s ODRWORLD an online dispute resolution service was a provider to eBay India. Muthu has over 20 years of experience in Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Currently Muthu is working on a Virtual international Business Accelerator aka VibaZone based in several locations. The vision is to develop and provide a virtual community of entrepreneurs or anyone wishing to participate in / building or growing a sustainable business in any area or industry. Muthu’s recent major consulting assignment is for the Malaysian Government Agency (Agency Innovasi (Innovation) Malaysia) under the Prime Minister’s Office on industry driven Innovation, helping research and entrepreneurs in accessing technology and business models. This project requires hand holding of the team to commercialization. Muthu is also a consultant working with WIPO and UN and has travelled to deliver workshops in Indonesia and China recently on Industry and University partnerships for research commercialization. Muthu is a regular speaker at many international Entrepreneurship conferences and a lead facilitator for innovation and other workshops. Currently he is the innovation driver for several companies and Universities in Canada, India and Malaysia. Muthu is a Mentor / Entrepreneur in Residence in several Universities. Muthu is also the author of the book Entrepreneurship: A Hand on Guide To Starting Your Business

Panelist Details

Jeffrey Crelinsten
President and Co-founder
The Impact Group

A co-founder of The Impact Group, specializes in science and technology communications and policy. He has worked as a consultant to firms, government agencies and associations, helping clients understand their customers and stakeholders and meet their strategic planning and communications needs. Jeffrey has also worked extensively in the formal and informal education sectors, developing programs and materials to promote science and technology to youth and adults. He has been active as a science documentary writer for radio and television, a newsletter editor and an author of science books for children. He was on the board of the Canadian Science Writers Association for six years, serving two years as President and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN). He has a doctorate in history of science and science policy from the University of Montreal, an M.Sc. in astronomy from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in physics from McGill University. His new book, Einstein’s Jury: The Race to Test Relativity is published by Princeton University Press.

Larry Shaw
Knowledge Park Inc

Globally successful senior executive with extensive experience including, sales, marketing, customer service, operations, account management, service development, and corporate leadership. International experience in Canada, USA, Europe, and Central America in both start up organizations and multi-billion dollar corporations.

Kathleen Rayworth
Executive Director
Entrepreneur’s Forum

Kathleen Rayworth joined Entrepreneurs’ Forum as a staff member in 2007 after more than a decade of start-up, operational and management experience in a variety of industries. Throughout her career as a serial entrepreneur, Kathleen Rayworth has developed a unique blend of executive acumen and a sharp eye for how businesses can be retooled to become a sleeker, smoother, strategically focused organization. As an change management driver and an entrepreneur who quickly built her own successful businesses, Kathleen is now truly dedicated to working with other business owners to take their own challenges and turn them into opportunities.

Kathleen is a high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven executive who approaches each new business challenge with her intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements and shareholder returns.

Kevin Dunn

As Director at Dalhousie University, Industry Liaison and Innovation (ILI), Kevin Dunn leads, with his colleagues, the business interaction and industrial relationships for Dalhousie as they relate to contract research and issues of intellectual property. Kevin is also several committees locally and nationally, including chair of the Board for the Alliance for Commercialization of Canadian Technologies (ACCT Canada). Prior to joining ILI, Kevin worked with Dalhousie’s Technical Cooperative and Career Services, helping engineering coop students find learning opportunities and meaningful employment. Before joining Dalhousie University, Kevin has worked in senior technical sales management positions across North America with both a multi-national companies and a small regional company.. Throughout his career his roles have required close interactions with small and medium-sized business clients but also with large organizations throughout Canada, US and globally.

David Burns
VP Research
University of New Brunswick

As Vice-President Research at UNB since August 2012, Dr. David H. Burns provides leadership and vision in shaping UNB’s strategic research direction and agenda. He is building on the success of the Office of Research Services and continues to promote, strengthen and enhance the dynamic culture of research within UNB, further expanding faculty activity in the area and fostering a general enthusiasm, excitement and motivation for research.

Dr. Burns was previously at McGill University in Montreal, where he spent more than 18 years contributing to the betterment of that institution. In particular, his experience in cultivating the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship has been valuable to UNB as it continues to work with academic, business, and government partners on the commercialization of ideas.

At McGill, Dr. Burns served as a chemistry professor, scientific director of the Respiratory Health Networks of Centres of Excellence, chief scientific officer of molecular biometrics, and associate dean for the faculty of science.

Several aspects of Dr. Burns’ work have led to intellectual property which has resulted in patents, licences and two start-up companies.

He has also worked at the University of Washington as a research fellow, research assistant professor and research associate professor.

Dr. Burns earned his PhD in analytical chemistry at the University of Washington (’84) and his bachelor of chemistry and mathematics degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (’79). His research has received millions of dollars in funding grants and awards, and his work has been recognized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, BioQuébec, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Society of Canada, among many others.