Business leaders and academics gather to discuss innovation and profitable value creation in Canada

From left are Dr. Paul Smith, VP, Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC); Brad Jackson, Chair, ReMAP; Rob McHenry, VP Public Sector, PARC; Chadi Elkadri, CIO, SOTI; Al Varney, CEO, Xerox Canada; and, Jayson Myers, CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Other participants included representatives from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Christie Digital Systems; GM, Lynch Fluid Controls, Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie, National Research Council of Canada, OTTO Motors, MP Sven Spengeman, Siemens and Simon Fraser University.
From left are Dr. Paul Smith, VP, of XRCC; Brad Jackson, Chair, ReMAP; Rob McHenry, VP Public Sector, PARC; Chadi Elkadri, CIO, SOTI; Al Varney, CEO, Xerox Canada; and, Jayson Myers, CEO of CME.

Twenty-five industry and academic thought leaders gathered Wednesday, August 31 at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Mississauga, Ontario for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Industrie 2030 Roundtable discussion on the critical success factors affecting innovation and profitable value creation in a dynamic, digital world. The roundtable, led by the CME and its partners, was aimed at understanding the obstacles that stand in the way of commercializing new products, adopting advanced technologies, and growing business in Canada – and creating a plan to overcome these obstacles.

Dr. Paul Smith.
Dr. Paul Smith.

Insights generated from the Roundtable will provide a foundation for an action plan to double value-added manufacturing by 2030. The action plan will be released at the CME’s National Summit in Ottawa, October 18 – 19, 2016. and inform the highly practical, execution-oriented policy The proposals from the plan will be provided to the Government of Canada through the Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development’s national Innovation Agenda consultation process. Other participants (in addition to the photo above) included reps from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E); Christie Digital Systems; GM, Lynch Fluid Controls, the Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie, the National Research Council of Canada, OTTO Motors, MP Sven Spengeman, Siemens and Simon Fraser University.

We’ll follow this story and give you an update and wrap-up of the summit on our website.  The XRCC is home to a world-class team of scientists and engineers with broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing and chemical process engineering.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.