CICan Symposium Accelerating Innovation through Applied Research

Join Applied Research colleagues from across the country to exchange ideas and strategies on innovation and inclusive growth for Canada. The Symposium will bring together federal policy makers, leaders in applied research, students, community and industry partners to discuss how to support Canadian innovators, including small and medium enterprises. They will also discuss strategies to foster entrepreneurship, while scaling-up businesses and advancing social and health innovation. This will be a great opportunity to exchange with federal policy makers on the importance of college and institute applied research!

This year, to strengthen advocacy positioning on the federal government Innovation and Skills Plan, the CICan Leaders Forum for college and institute Presidents and CEOs will be held in conjunction with the Symposium. The events will run concurrently with joint plenary sessions for Presidents and Heads of Applied Research on the afternoon of November 5, focusing on Applied Research and Innovation.

A highlight of the event will be the Student Innovation Showcase on the Hill on November 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Skilled and creative students will have the opportunity to showcase their applied research projects, along with lead researchers. All members of parliament and senators have been invited to attend the showcase. A Call for Proposals for the Showcase will be issued on August 22, 2018.

CICan Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders in Applied Research and Innovation (Offered in English)

Background

Over the past 15 years, colleges and institutes have seen an exponential increase in their applied research activity, with corresponding infrastructure changes, new sources of funding, greater faculty and student involvement, and a dramatic increase in industry and community engagement. There is also a diversity in the research as many institutions are doing both industrial/technological research and social innovation research. Today’s college and institute applied research leaders must play multiple roles: they must be strategic and visionary but also strong operationally. They must advocate for applied research in college and institute  mandates, and be key linkages to local business, industry, community partners as well as government.

Who should attend

Those in the role of manager or new director in applied research offices/divisions who seek leadership development for their current position; research division staff (e.g. project managers, industry liaison staff, research coordinators); individuals from other areas of the institution who aspire to leadership positions in applied research or are interested in learning how to better lead their department and institution in applied research and innovation initiatives.

What you will learn

This intensive program will focus on the current and emerging requirements of the role of Applied Research Leaders in colleges and institutes and will explore the leadership profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment
  • the key elements and challenges of the role of applied research leader in a college
  • diversity and scope of college-based applied research across Canada
  • the role of the applied research office/division in institutions
  • strategic approaches and risk management
  • funding mechanisms
  • internal relationships and external partnerships
  • intellectual property and research ethics
  • projects and programs – opportunities and challenges
  • link between research and innovation and entrepreneurship

Core Faculty:

  • Jim Hamilton, President, Okanagan College
  • Dawn Davidson, Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, George Brown College
  • Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships and Innovation, Red River College
  • Anna Toneguzzo, Director, Government Relations & Policy Research, CICan

Early registration is encouraged for a maximum of 25 participants. Participation is restricted to individuals from CICan member institutions and to a maximum of 2 participants per college. Should space permit, an additional participant may be considered.

CICan Leaders Forum

The CICan Leaders Forum for college and institute Presidents and CEOs will be held at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa, on November 5-6, 2018.

The Forum will provide college and institute leaders with thought leadership on policy priorities related to the role of their institutions in building a more inclusive and innovative Canada. The event will also provide opportunities to engage with parliamentarians and senior federal officials to share advocacy priorities.

This year, to strengthen our advocacy positioning on the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, the CICan Symposium: Accelerating Innovation through Applied Research for college and institute Heads of Applied Research will be held in parallel with the Forum. While the Forum and Symposium will run concurrently, there will be common sessions for Presidents and Heads of Applied Research on the afternoon of November 5, with a focus on Applied Research and Innovation.

Presidents and Heads of Applied Research are  also invited to attend the Student Innovation Showcase on the Hill on November 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Skilled and creative college and institute students will have the opportunity to showcase their applied research projects, along with their lead researchers. All members of parliament and senators have been invited to attend the showcase. This will be a great opportunity to exchange with federal policy makers on the importance of college and institute applied research!