MEDIA ADVISORY: Canada 150 — Conference on Innovation and Globalization

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The University of Ottawa invites members of the media to the Canada 150 Conference on Innovation and Globalization, organized as part of the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue. Governments in Canada and around the world are grappling with how to effectively respond to rapid change driven by technology and globalization, including changes to the way we work, communicate, invest and learn about the world. This conference brings together thought leaders from academia, business and government to analyze the interaction between globalization and innovation.

WHAT:                 Canada 150 Conference on Innovation and Globalization

WHEN:                 Thursday, November 30, to Friday, December 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:               Global Centre for Pluralism, 330 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

The experts will discuss:

Trade, jobs and the economy
Experts aim to generate policy ideas that governments and businesses could develop as a result of these changes to strengthen Canada’s economy and benefit society..

Energy and the environment
Experts will seek to address how the world can transition to more sustainable forms of energy production.

Innovations in science and medicine
Experts will consider the potential emerging “pacing problem,” that is, whether science and technology developments will outpace the uptake capacity of regulators and whether society will be successful in promoting the goods resulting from these disruptor sciences while preventing or mitigating any unfavourable consequences.

Enhancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada
Experts will aim to reach beyond the symbolic acts of reconciliation by exploring innovative ways to redress the historic treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada with a view to improving lives and community and to restore cultural and spiritual traditions in a manner that enriches the lives of all Canadians.

Innovation in national security, defence and international development
Experts will explore how we can respond effectively to Canada’s increasingly complex foreign policy and defense challenges involving fragile states.

Business reinventing innovation
Experts will discuss the potential of technologies to solve major organizational and societal problems, the role universities can play to push things forward and the framework needed to foster clusters of firms in industries in Canada rather than abroad.

Machine, MD: Regulatory challenges of artificial intelligence in medicine
With a focus on the policy issues at the intersection of health and technology, experts will look at the impact of technology on society, its challenges and how Canada can thrive in the 21st century.

Keynote speakers at the conference include former governor general the Right Honourable David Johnston; the Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Senator Murray Sinclair; and uOttawa professor Chad Gaffield, president of the Royal Society of Canada.

For more information about the conference or to see the full schedule, please visit Canada 150.

Media inquiries

Néomie Duval
Manager, Media Relations

Karyne Vienneau
Media Relations Officer
Cell: 613-762-2908


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