• Event Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Event Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Registration: 8:00 AM
  • Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street W, Toronto
  • Room: South Building – Room 718


Watch out Goliath: Why the Corridor is set to take on the Valley

Canada’s Innovation Corridor is “the perfect first market.” An enviable centre of diverse tech talent, leading post-secondary schools, and consistent government support that is primed to become an even stronger ecosystem than Silicon Valley. An ecosystem where diversity and collaboration fuel success. Barbara Dirks, Head of Canada at Silicon Valley Bank, will unpack the Corridor’s entry into the global spotlight.

Barbara Dirks, Head of Canada, Silicon Valley Bank


GM Innovation & The Future of Mobility

We are in the midst of a transportation revolution. Travis Hester, President and Managing Director of GM Canada, will deliver a keynote highlighting GM’s commitment in leading the way toward the safer, better and more sustainable world we all want, guided by the company’s vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

Travis Hester, President and Managing Director of GM Canada


Panel 1: Industry Collaboration

In order to build global industry leaders in the Corridor, we need to improve collaboration among businesses of all sizes and post-secondary institutions. As interconnected technology becomes more integrated in all stages of manufacturing, companies need to understand how to establish an industry advantage in our region.

This expert panel of leading companies and organizations will discuss how they are pushing the envelope on productivity-enhancing technology in manufacturing. The speakers will highlight their successes and provide insight on how to build productive partnerships.


Pam Vermeersch, Partner, Gowling WLG

Humera Malik, CEO, Canvass Analytics

Mike Baker, Executive Director, Bluewater Wood Alliance

John Preston, Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, McMaster University McMaster University

Panel 2: Commercializing Research

Whether led by post-secondary institutions or innovative companies, research needs to be transformed into products that find customers. While the region features many examples of companies that have made this leap, more can be done to accelerate this process. This expert panel will highlight those success stories and discuss how to overcome barriers and bring new products to market.


David Skok, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Logic

Peter H. Holz, Senior IP Broker/IP Liability Product Leader, Aon Intellectual Property Solutions

Sanjeev Gill, AVP Innovation, University of Waterloo

Pam Banks, Executive Director, RIC Centre

Claudia Krywiak, Vice President, Corporate Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Panel 3: Advancing Mobility Solutions

Researchers and companies across the Corridor are actively collaborating to test and validate connected and autonomous vehicles. As the future of mobility takes shape, it presents the Corridor with two major opportunities: to build the technologies and vehicles for this new era, and to solve the challenges we face moving around the region. This expert panel will discuss the growth of the regional ecosystem and how to enable deployment of next-generation vehicles in the Corridor.


Neel Dayal, Director, Innovation and Partnerships, Rogers Communications

Inmar Givoni, Senior Engineering Manager, Uber ATG

Yvonne Rene de Cotret, Co-lead, Future of Mobility Canada, Deloitte

Raed Kadri, Director, Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Grant Courville, VP Products and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX headshot

Panel 4: Civic Leadership – the City Managers’ Perspective

The Innovation Corridor is made up of cities and regions that are each facing different challenges and opportunities. This final panel invites a perspective from city managers on their role in making these economic opportunities possible. How can municipalities become first customers of technologies? Does public procurement need to change? And what regulatory changes can municipalities make to encourage innovation while maintaining public safety?


Matt Elliott, Toronto City Columnist/Analyst

Chris Murray, City Manager, City of Toronto

Dan Chapman, CAO, City of Kitchener

Elaine Baxter-Trahair, CAO, Durham Region

Glen Norton, Director of Economic Development, City of Hamilton

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