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 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!