May 27, 2013 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Mitacs Forum in Ottawa to Address Priority Issue of R&D Management

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 27, 2013) - Business innovation is a driver of growth, productivity and competitiveness. However, the role of management in this transformation is often forgotten. And yet, it is management of the innovation process that ensures ROI on a company's innovation spend.

R&D managers must have strong research and business skills to provide appropriate leadership. But in Canada, there is an acknowledged R&D management talent gap. To what extent is this stalling business innovation? And what, if anything, we can do about it?

This forum will investigate these issues by tackling questions such as:

  • How do we translate R&D into business innovation that helps Canadian companies grow?
  • What is the role of the research community in developing Canada's R&D management talent?

This half-day event will feature key-notes by the Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), the Hon. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council. As well, two panels, moderated by Paul Wells, Political Editor for Maclean's Magazine and Barrie McKenna, National Business Correspondent for the Globe and Mail, will explore these issues in more detail.

What: Driving Innovation: The R&D Management Factor
A forum exploring how to effectively translate R&D into business innovation
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Victoria Ballroom - North
100 Kent Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
8:30 am Welcome by Arvind Gupta, PhD, CEO of Mitacs
8:40 am Opening address by the Hon. Gary Goodyear, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Science & Technology)
8:50 am Keynote address by Chad Gaffield, PhD, President, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council
9:00 am PANEL 1: How R&D Managers Support Innovation
Pierre Boucher, Director of Research, Ericsson Canada Inc.
Michael Bloom, PhD, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness and Learning, Conference Board of Canada
Geoff Munro, Chief Scientist & Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
Moderator: Paul Wells, Political Editor, Maclean's Magazine
10:00 am Networking break
10:30 am PANEL 2: The Role of the Academic Community in Producing Skilled R&D Managers
Paul Davidson, President, Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada
Jonathan D. Linton, PhD, Power Corporate Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Ran Xu, PhD, Research Scientist, DuPont Canada
Moderator: Barrie McKenna, National Business Correspondent, The Globe and Mail
11:30 am Closing address by Hon. Lynne Yelich, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)

The media is invited to attend. For more information, visit

The forum is hosted by Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization which supports innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core. Since 1999, Mitacs has been promoting academic-industrial R&D while supporting the development of future innovation leaders. Mitacs has developed a proactive and successful approach to supporting innovation, both directly through collaborative R&D and indirectly through long-term development of skilled human capital. For more information, visit

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