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

3M Canada Company

Alberta Innovates

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

BridgePoint Effect

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canadian Space Agency

Dalhousie University

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Lambton College

McMaster University


Pathways Alliance

Red River College Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Shared Services Canada

Springboard Atlantic Inc.

Tech-Access Canada

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Xerox Research Centre of Canada


Xerox Research Centre of Canada

The Council for Innovation and Commercialization provides an outstanding forum for networking with experts in technology and innovation. The thought-provoking seminars and discussions provide a wealth of ideas that can be applied within your own industry.

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

Past Meetings

Creating the Right Ecosystems to Commercialize

September 27–28, 2022  •   Humber College, Toronto, ON

Evolving Innovation Capacity

May 2022

Alex Morris, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Navdeep Bains, Vice-Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Peter Smit, Founder, Collabogence

John Knubley, Corporate Director, Board Member, The Conference Board of Canada

Innovating for Resiliency

March 2022

Ted Mallett, Director, Economic Forecasting, The Conference Board of Canada

Stéphane Germain, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GHGSat

Janice Francisco, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BridgePoint Effect

John Bayliss, Executive Vice-President, Transformation Officer, Walmart Canada

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