Roundtable Series - Canadian Life Sciences and the bioeconomy: Barriers and opportunities for innovation and growth

When: Jeudi 8 Juin 2017, 11h00

Where: Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal

Roundtable Series - Canadian Life Sciences and the bioeconomy: Barriers and opportunities for innovation and growth

The Public Policy Forum, in collaboration with Johnson and Johnson and Borden Ladner Gervais would like to invite you to a roundtable discussion series as part of the Canadian Life Sciences and the bioeconomy: Barriers and opportunities for innovation and growth project.

The federal government is committed to fostering growth in key, innovative sectors through its Innovation and Skills Plan. This plan includes numerous programs and incentives, including the recent announcement of the $950 million supercluster initiative, designed to support innovation-based growth of Canadian firms in key, high-potential sectors. This project is designed to identify barriers and opportunities for the Canadian life sciences sector through the lens of the government's innovation agenda, thereby unlocking the potential of this important part of the Canadian economy.

The Canadian life sciences sector is both an enabler of innovation across diverse Canadian sectors as well as a high-growth sector in its own right. This project focuses on the core components of the life sciences sector – drugs and pharmaceuticals; medical devices and equipment; research, testing and medical labs; agricultural feedstock and chemicals - but also widens the scope to look at related issues and opportunities in the broader bioeconomy, where powerful life science platforms are transforming diverse sectors like clean tech, agri-food, forestry and more.

The project will:

  • Describe current challenges to growth and performance of the sector.
  • Identify opportunities to support and drive innovation-based growth of life sciences firms and initiatives.
  • Support federal efforts to promote an innovation and skills agenda with sector-specific recommendations that align with federal initiatives.

Join us for the Vancouver roundtable on June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Borden Ladner Gervais, 1200 Waterfront Centre, 200 Burrard Street

Join us for the Ottawa roundtable on June 13, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Where: The Public Policy Forum., 130 Albert Street (Suite 1400)

Join us for the Toronto roundtable on June 14, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Where: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 22 Adelaide Street West (Suite 3400)

Join us for the Montreal roundtable on June 15, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where: 1000, rue de La Gauchetière Ouest (Suite 900)

Participants will receive an agenda and background materials ahead of the roundtable which will guide the discussion.

Please confirm your attendance to either roundtable by replying to Dianne Gravel-Normand by email or at 613-238-7858 ext. 233.

For more information about the project and roundtables, contact Claude Lauzière, PPF Policy Lead, by email or at 613-238-7858 ext. 238.

Thank you to our project partners: