Innovate Canada Boosts Life Sciences Sector
Ranking third globally for civil aircraft production, Canada is a global leader in civil aviation and defence systems, while Manitoba has the third largest Aerospace cluster in Canada with more than 50 Aerospace firms either headquartered or have major centres of operation. A major investment from the federal and provincial governments will fund four projects to promote growth in Manitoba’s Aerospace industry.
The investment includes Composites Innovation Centre establishing a collaborative space to develop, demonstrate, and validate new advanced Aerospace composite products and processes. Magellan Aerospace Limited will introduce enhanced Aerospace design, production, and technologies. West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD) is set to expand the range of engine testing capabilities of GE Aviation Test, Research and Development Centre, solidifying Winnipeg as the preferred location for testing of GE engines. Finally, Composites Innovation Centre will receive a fund aimed at supporting product commercialization, process innovation, and business development activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Manitoba Aerospace sector.
“Our Government’s investment in the Canadian Aerospace industry builds on our ambitious plan to turn Canada’s economic strengths into global successes,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. “These projects support a key economic cluster in Manitoba and across Western Canada that will continue to create the good middle-class jobs of tomorrow.”
Québec City and Université Laval will host a major international conference on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The 3rd International Insects to Feed the World Conference (IFW), which will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre from June 3 to 6, 2020, will bring together 500 experts from around the globe to discuss the status of research and the potential of insect protein for feeding the world.
Professor Grant Vandenberg and Marie-Hélène Deschamps, who heads up the Entotechnology Program in the Animal Science Department at Université Laval’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, were able to secure the conference for the city.
Grant Vandenberg, member of the Québec City Ambassadors Club says: “Québec City has also become an important player regarding agricultural food system innovations, via its academic and public research institutes, as well as a vibrant private agri-food sector. Over the past number of years, we have seen the emergence of enthusiastic insect-based research programs and private ventures, buoyed by visionary environmental guidelines related to sustainable development that have helped to fuel growing interest in these opportunities.”
Toronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, taking place October 5-7, 2020. The major convention will bring over 2,600 leaders in medical technology, including CEOs, venture capitalists, and policy makers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).
Toronto is home to half of Canada’s medical technology companies and most top 25 global medical technology companies operate in the region, so it comes as no surprise that the city won this significant bid. This will be the first time The MedTech Conference will take place outside of the United States.
Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets; indeed, it’s the 3rd largest in North America with some 14,000 tech companies and 65+ incubators. In the past 30 days, the city has seen a number of announcements, such as Microsoft’s expansion of their Canadian headquarters or that Pinterest is opening its Toronto office, a clear indicator that Toronto’s tech boom shows no signs of slowing down.
With organizations such as Business Events Toronto, Toronto Global and the Toronto Leader’s Circle helping provide access to local sponsorship and thought-leaders, attendance-building tools and industry networking opportunities, the city is the right destination for tech conferences. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the largest convention centre in Canada and Enercare Centre, the largest exhibition space in Canada, make it easy for conferences such as Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference, to relocate to Canada’s downtown.
In a recent article on the Collision Conference, Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto, noted how Toronto’s Tech scene is shaped by global events hosted here, “Hosting a conference of this magnitude demonstrates how meetings and events can be a powerful catalyst for economic development for sectors like technology and innovation, showcasing and elevating the booming tech industry, people and companies that have made the Toronto region a tech powerhouse.”
The Association Leadership Forum, created in partnership with ASAE, will take place the day before IMEX America kicks off, namely on Monday 15 October. Designed exclusively for senior association leaders from around the world, the free high level strategic education and networking program covers multiple challenges of association management and development.
The Forum uses case studies and blends presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel – all designed to address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams. During the day, association leaders are inspired and challenged by leadership visionaries and role models from a variety of professional and trade association backgrounds.
Topics include future changes in the industry, diversity and how it can benefit revenue, building a volunteer program and repacking traditional membership offering. The day ends with a panel discussion on the future of events, followed by the Association Evening.
The fact that this year’s American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium was held in Vancouver came as no surprise. The nearly 2,500 physicians and experts who are advancing the field of neuroradiology found a host destination with a successful life sciences sector and experts in their field, many of which do research at the the University of British Columbia.
“There’s a lot of research that’s done that we get to benefit from in this arena, and a lot of education and a lot of networking too,” says ASNR Executive Director Mary Beth Hepp. Neuroradiology is a discipline that depends on collaboration, she says. Delegates got to see what that looks like in Vancouver, where research institutions, biotech companies, universities and more make up a thriving life sciences ecosystem.
The 17th American Pediatrics Healthcare and Infectious Disease Conference was recently held in Vancouver, convening more than 25,000 pediatric researchers and practitioners. This year alone, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Society of Hematology, and the American Academy of Periodontology have made Vancouver their conference destination. Many of these associations choose the sustainable Vancouver Convention Centre with its largest non-industrial green roof in North America.
Québec City won earlier this summer an important bid in Rome, Italy. The combined efforts of Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre managed to attract the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS), which will host its 26th conference for the first time in North America.
From June 21 to 26, 2020, Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre will host some 500 researchers in the fields of architecture, urban planning, psychology, geography, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines that study people-environment relations.
“This conference will be an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of scientific work around the globe on the interrelationships between people and the environment and the long history of education and research in the field at Université Laval’s School of Architecture,”said Carole Després, a Université Laval professor and ambassador for Quebec City.
In Ottawa, the life sciences sector regularly collaborates with Tourism Ottawa and other industry stakeholders to ensure the local expertise found here is leveraged to help augment agendas and drive delegate engagement. This became evident when the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) was planning its 2018 conference, as the the city prioritized iMig’s goal of ensuring meeting content aligned to the available resources. iMig Conference Manager Sukwhan Chung said: “Ottawa did a really good job starting the bid, connecting with officials who spread the word to their own networks. We saw a huge number of abstracts this year, which translates into delegates for us.”
Canada’s capital is a hub of life sciences expertise, leading the nation with its efforts in e-health, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Conference attendees have a wide array of resources to aid their research and professional development, from the Canada Science and Technology Museum to the National Research Council. There are also two life science-oriented Networks of Centres of Excellence in Ottawa, the Stem Cell Network and Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment.
One of attendees’ favorite resources is the University of Ottawa’s LIFE Research Institute as well as the the university-affiliated Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Cross-sector collaboration is one of Ottawa’s strengths, bringing experts of all backgrounds together in one compact but mighty community.
Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and African association professional Jeffers Miruka of Kenya, are jointly launching the African Association Management Company (AFAMCO), headquartered in Kenya, providing associations with global experience, local connections, education and opportunity on the African Continent, while enabling growth for the organizations each company represents.
“Talley Management Group is very excited to add yet another global partnership to our list of growing brands,” said TMG President Gregg Talley, CAE. “With over 30 years of experience, TMG brings knowledge in the areas of full-service management, association program consulting and association outsourcing. Jeffers is an ideal partner for TMG as he is an association professional and has connections with nonprofit associations within Africa. We are excited to see what the future holds for us and look forward to expanding the AMC model within Africa.”