Technology Leadership Forum

– Kexing Liu (QGenX Systems), IEEE Canada OS Committee Chair
– Connie Parenteau (Telus), Member of Board of Directors at Engineers Canada

Technologies have become pervasive and fundamental to humanity. They are at the core of today’s knowledge-based economy, fueling the development of innovative products, business processes and government services. They continue to redefine business and geographic regions; form borderless environments; create new challenges and opportunities for governments. The Canada Technology Leadership Forum brings together leaders from different science and engineering associations and policy analysts to discuss technology and innovation strategies necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Prof. Witold Kinsner, Past-president, IEEE Canada
Prof. David Lynch, President-elect, Engineers Canada

Panel #1: Technology Leaders

Moderator: Kexing Liu (IEEE Canada)

Panelists to participate in discussions on:
– Future technologies that are essential to Canada
– The ever changing role of post-secondary education in training the future technology leaders

– Prof. Robert Fedosejevs, Senior past president, CAP (Canadian Association of Physicists)
– Prof. Witold Kinsner, Past president, IEEE Canada
– Prof. David Lynch, President-elect, Engineers Canada

Panel #2: Technology Commercialization

Moderator Connie Parenteau (APEGA)

Panelists will:
– Explore how to leverage technology changes to improve competitiveness of Canada
– Identify gaps between innovation and technology commercialization in Canada

– Rosalie Wyonch, Senior policy analyst, C.D. Howe Institute
– Ravinder Shergill, Principal Technology Architect, Telus
– Carla Otto, Director Regional Innovation, Alberta Innovates


Panel #3: NSERC Updates & How to Apply for a Discovery Grant

NSERC Staff will present NSERC Updates and Discovery Grants Competitions Results 2020. Afterwards, they will give an overview of the peer review process and advice will be given on how to prepare a Discovery Grant application. The workshop will cover topics such as Discovery Grants Evaluation Groups, criteria for evaluation and ratings, tips on how to prepare an application. NSERC staff will be on site the rest of the morning following the presentation to discuss and answer additional questions.