September 2018

Research, Innovation & the New Economy

11:30am-1:30pm | King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

Research, innovation and the new global economy are inextricably linked. Join The Economic Club and an expert panel for an exclusive talk about the importance of fundamental research in Canada and why our economic and societal well-being rely on it. Countries around the globe are investing heavily in their research systems to address important issues in health care, astronomy and physics, social innovation and climate change. Are we keeping pace?  

We’ll look at how, as technological advances and automation drastically alter the labour market over the coming decades, universities will equip young Canadians to adapt to, and succeed in, the rapidly changing global knowledge economy. We’ll also explore how investing in discovery research and future skills will give Canada a competitive edge in an uncertain future.

- Lunch 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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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to lapointe@economicclub.ca by Friday, September 7, 2018

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Ivan Semeniuk

Science Reporter
The Globe and Mail

Ivan Semeniuk

Ivan Semeniuk reports on science for The Globe and Mail. A life-long communicator of scientific discoveries and ideas in print and broadcast media, his stories have informed Canadians about topics as diverse as space exploration, genetic engineering and climate change. Prior to joining the Globe he was the Washington-based chief of correspondents for the journal Nature, U.S. bureau chief for New Scientist magazine and producer and columnist with Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming medal for his contributions to the public understanding of science.

Martha Crago

Vice-Principal, Research & Innovation
McGill University

Martha Crago

Professor Crago is McGill University’s Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). Prior to returning to McGill, Professor Crago was the Vice-President (Research) and Professor in Human Communications Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-President of International and Inter-Governmental Relations at the Université de Montreal as well as the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs), at McGill University.

‎Professor Crago is the Chair of the Research Committee of the U15 group of Canada’s research-intensive universities and a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Governing Council. In 2016, she was selected by the Minister of Science of Canada to be a member of an Advisory Panel on the Funding of Fundamental Research. That same year, she was an expert advisor for the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada’s strategic planning exercise.

In 2014, she was appointed to the One Nova Scotia Coalition, the purpose of which was to propose an economic action plan for the province.‎ Professor Crago has been a member of the Boards of a number of major Canadian science initiatives. She is also a member of the Research Partnership Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Senior Research Officers of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Previously, she served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), as a member of the University Advisory Group of Industry Canada, and the Council of Graduate Studies (CGS) of the United States.

Prof. Crago was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017. She was named Femme de Mérite de Montréal in 2000, Chevalier de l’Ordre des palmes academiques by the French government in 2009, and Woman of Excellence in Nova Scotia in 2015. She is also the recipient of a McGill University Prize for her contributions to research. Her research on language acquisition across a variety of languages and learners has been published extensively in scientific journals and books, and she was the Editor of Applied Psycholinguistics, a journal published by Cambridge University Press, from 2002 to 2018.

Molly Shoichet

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, University of Toronto
Former & First Chief Scientist, Ontario

Molly Shoichet

Professor Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering at the University of Toronto. She served as Ontario’s first Chief Scientist in 2018 where she worked to enhance the culture of science in Ontario. Dr. Shoichet has published over 575 papers, patents and abstracts and has given over 350 lectures worldwide. She currently leads a laboratory of 30 and has graduated 158 researchers. Her research is focused on drug and cell delivery strategies in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, retina) and 3D hydrogel culture systems to model cancer. Dr. Shoichet co-founded three spin-off companies, is actively engaged in translational research and science outreach. Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person ever to be inducted into all three of Canada’s National Academies: the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2018, Professor Shoichet was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada – one of the highest distinctions for a Canadian - and in 2011, she was awarded the Order of Ontario – Ontario’s highest honour. In 2014, Dr. Shoichet was given the University of Toronto’s highest distinction, University Professor, which is held by less than 2% of the faculty. Dr. Shoichet was the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2015, elected Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2016, and won the Killam Prize in Engineering in 2017. Dr. Shoichet received her SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering (1992).

Paul Davidson

Universities Canada

Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for over 25 years. He joined Universities Canada in May 2009 as President and CEO, where he has led a process of organizational renewal and greater member engagement. In addition to increases in research funding, Mr. Davidson has achieved increased resources for campus internationalization and increased attention to issues of access and success for aboriginal students. Prior to joining Universities Canada, Mr. Davidson was the executive director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Mr. Davidson has also held senior positions in Canadian book publishing and in the early 1990s, he led the Toronto office of a prominent government relations firm after having served as a political advisor to Ontario’s Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer and Deputy Premier.

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