Council for Innovation and Commercialization

Emerging technologies are disrupting traditional industries and consumer demands.

Organizations must weigh R&D decisions, and protect their intellectual property, while also engaging with their innovation ecosystem, investors, vendors, and partners.

Innovation and tech leaders must balance competitive advantage with culture influences, sustainability considerations, and regulatory frameworks.

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Who Should Join?

This council is for chief executives who oversee innovation, innovation strategy, technology adoption, or R&D within their organization, as well as, economic development and innovation community leaders.

Key Objectives

  • Discuss emerging technologies and strategic approaches to adopting technologies that could disrupt industries
  • Evaluate technology development, and innovative financing models for R&D and developing intellectual property
  • Engage with culture and communities, develop new skills, and explore innovation ecosystems that attract customers
  •  Provide leadership on Canada’s critical innovation challenges, notably regulations and public incentives to create effective marketplaces

Benefits of Membership

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Hear from Canadian and global experts.Connect with an exclusive, independent network of senior leaders from private and public sector organizations.Discover best practices through our regular, confidential meetings—including roundtables, tours, give-and-get sessions, and knowledge cafés.Understand major forces driven by Industry 4.0, such as what sector will be affected, and the organizational and societal implications.

Current Members

Alberta Innovates

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canadian Space Agency

Dalhousie University

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Lambton College

McMaster University


Myant Research Centre of Canada.

New Brunswick Community College

Pathways Alliance

Red River College Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Shared Services Canada

Springboard Atlantic Inc.

Tech-Access Canada


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If you’re not a member and would like to become one, please contact us.

Upcoming Meetings

From Resources to Riches: Transitioning to an Innovation Economy

September 27–28, 2023 •   St. John’s, NL

The Many Faces of Collaboration in a Connected World

February 7, 2024 •   Virtual

Resilience and Business Continuity

May 2024 •   Location TBC

Past Meetings

Innovation Across Canada

May 30–31, 2023 •   Winnipeg

Lindsey Boechler, Research Manager—Cultural Empowerment, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Jojo Delos Reyes, Research Program Manager, Research Partnerships and Innovation, Red River College

Deborah Fleck, Senior Council Manager, The Conference Board of Canada

Jolen Galaugher, Director of Research Partnership & Innovation, Red River College

Elena Gomez Haro, Research Manager and Food Scientist, Prairie Kitchen

Demian Lawrenchuk, Executive Director, Food Matters Manitoba

Bill Ryzniczuk, Research Coordinator, Prairie Kitchen

Jamie Wilson, Vice-President, Indigenous Strategy, Research and Business Development, Red River College

Measuring Up!

February 1, 2023 •   Virtual

Ken Doyle, Executive Director, Tech-Access Canada

Kelly MacDonald, Manager, National Defence

Brett Richards, Founder and President, Connective Intelligence

Steven Schwendt, Director General, Strategy, Research and Results Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Dan Toma, OUTOME and Co-Author

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