September 2019

Canadian Business Leaders: It’s not about taxes or regulation, it’s about innovation

7:30am-9:00am | MaRS Centre - 101 College Street, Toronto

Some Canadian business leaders are still focused on the old levers of economic growth: cutting taxes and regulation. That might pad a bottom line in the short-term, but to drive our innovation economy going forward, you don’t need cash on hand. You need ideas in the bank.

Canada is no stranger to the ideas economy. Every sector and every community is being disrupted today, and there is a real urgency about adopting new technology and retaining talent. But the same is true with all of this country’s competitors – and they’re bigger. For example, China is speed-running the innovation race, at giant scale. If we’re going to keep up and win, we need to make innovation our first priority.

Canada can’t do scale like China or even like the United States. But we can use our smaller size to our advantage. We can pick our lanes. We can be more focused. We can specialize in the most promising, highest-value corners of innovation, like advanced manufacturing. And we can work more directly with our innovators to build an ecosystem capable of big things. This is what MaRS is doing – helping to make innovation Canada’s first priority.

-Breakfast will be served-

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Blake Hutcheson

President and Chief Pension Officer

Blake Hutcheson

Blake is the President and Chief Pension Officer of OMERS and Chairperson of Oxford Properties. Prior to that Blake was the Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments at OMERS. He was also President & CEO of Oxford Properties Group since 2010 where he was responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $60 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. Prior to that he was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Prior to that, he was the Chairperson & President of CB Richard Ellis Canada (1999 - 2008) & Latin America (2001 – 2008) overseeing all operations in multiple countries with over 2,500 employees. Mr. Hutcheson has also served on several Boards and Committees including: The Senior Executive Team of OMERS; Director of Algoma Central Corporation (listed on the TSE); Member of the Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing 2015; Chair of Build Toronto; Member of the Premier’s Transit Advisory Panel (2013); Chair of the Mayor of Toronto’s Fiscal Advisory Committee (2008); President of the University Club of Toronto; Director of REALpac and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Forum (2005 and 2016). He is also the recipient of the ICONS of the Industry Award through BOMA, Ottawa and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia University Masters Real Estate Development Program. Since 2013 he has been named annually to the Power 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives in New York City. Mr. Hutcheson is a long time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England (with distinction), and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is married and has two children.

Jacquie McNish

Senior Correspondent
The Wall Street Journal

Jacquie McNish

Jacquie McNish is a Toronto-based Senior Correspondent with The Wall Street Journal. She is the winner of 9 National Newspaper Awards and 3 National Book Awards, the latest of which was for Losing The Signal; The Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. She is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she co-teaches a course on shareholder protection for law students and journalists.

Yung Wu

MaRS Discory District

Yung Wu

Yung is a pioneering entrepreneur, serial investor and experienced corporate director. He has a proven track record of founding, scaling and backing several breakthrough scale-stage companies spanning digital automation, mobile analytics and big data, media and entertainment, enterprise software, financial services, and pharma.
Before joining MaRS, Yung was chair of NFQ Ventures, an early-stage investment firm based in Toronto. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and for leading one of the country’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

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