#RM_Ott19 second of 3 panels today @research_money, on industry perspectives on #superclusters. Moderated by Martha Crago @McGill_VPRI @mcgillu, w/ Moya Cahill @PanGeoSubsea, David Dzisiak @corteva @canolacouncil, @slapierreceo @tealbook, and Warren Wall @dwavesys
#RM_Ott19 @dwavesys is an early partner of @DTSupercluster and wants to better penetrate the 🇨🇦 market (they have had more success internationally). @tealbook is collaborating w/ @ccab_national and pitching to @AISupplyChain
#RM_Ott19 theme of "no prophet in your own hometown" is common thread across industry leaders presenting here @research_money, from @dwavesys to @PanGeoSubsea to @questortech. 🇨🇦 companies tend to thrive internationally, but have trouble in home market. #superclusters might help.
#RM_Ott19 DD @corteva says there are huge challenges looking ahead for innovating in 🇨🇦 industry. Take #canola as an example. It's a 1B$ industry, but there is a 10-30B$ corn industry in the US and Mexico. We haven't significantly innovated in the canola industry in years.
#RM_Ott19 @McGill_VPRI asks, what does success mean to you? SL @tealbook says integrating into supply chains and having their value recognized as an emerging 🇨🇦 company, to cut through bureaucracy and really have impact.
#RM_Ott19 WW @dwavesys says #supercluster success is in scaling up, providing a structure where companies can see themselves succeeding in 🇨🇦, and that will want to stay in Canada in the long term
#RM_Ott19 great Q from @McGill_VPRI: how do you see large firms as anchors to support smaller companies, startups and scale-ups?

MC @PanGeoSubsea says it's important to encourage anchor firms to look to their communities and support those who can address community needs.
#RM_Ott19 @slapierreceo @tealbook says supplier diversity and inclusion can significantly improve outcomes and help large companies be more innovative. See initiatives like #SupplyChange by @ccab_national. There are so many great suppliers that are not sufficiently engaged
#RM_Ott19 WW @dwavesys cautions that weighing down programs with regulation and limitations can scare away anchor firms, who are very independent. Arguably, they don't need #superclusters, but they can bring a significant impact. Need to be able to convene w/o excluding players
#RM_Ott19 @McGill_VPRI turns the questions to the crowd @research_money ➡️ what will you do to support the #superclusters?

Sasha Hobbs @FirstNationsTec says can help connect #FirstNations communities and industry to #superclusters, to help inclusive innovation and reconciliation
#RM_Ott19 ... also points to how everyone came together for #NotreDame, pitching funds and help to rebuild. This level of collaboration shouldn't just be motivated by mediatized tragedy, but also for addressing pressing needs, incl reconciliation and innovation
#RM_Ott19 @NRC_CNRC mentions their new dedicated program w/ 200 staff to support all 5 #superclusters, to support their vision 👏
#RM_Ott19 @Gailushka describes @MitacsCanada programming to link academia and industry ➡️ Mitacs has engaged all #superclusters, and notes that both ad hoc or new programs could be engaged (or developed) to support the #superclusters and to continue fostering 🇨🇦 talent 👏
#RM_Ott19 Jean St-Vil, prev w/ #NCE program @NSERC_CRSNG, now advisor to @McGill_VPRI, asks how sustainability can be developed w/ only 5 yrs (4 left!) in the #superclusters program?

DD @corteva says they have known timelines from the start, sustainability is in the strategy
#RM_Ott19 SL @tealbook says sustainability has to be the goal, but everything starts somewhere. MC @PanGeoSubsea follows w/ saying 5 year plan is a start, and having this #superclusters infrastructure to start dialogues is a great platform to develop that sustainability
#RM_Ott19 @McGill_VPRI as member of @SSHRC_CRSH council says there is likely a role for the granting council to be involved as well, to foster the social capital the #superclusters can bring
#RM_Ott19 great question... No one has mentioned research yet in #superclusters. What need is there for research?

Answer from MC @PanGeoSubsea is that innovation is important (no mention of role of research)
#RM_Ott19 @NRC_CNRC rep adds that IRAP program can create great links, and also NRC does great research with innovation in mind. More work can be done to link the R back into R&D at #superclusters, and NRC can facilitate that link.
#RM_Ott19 Dave Watters adds on possible role of social sciences and @SSHRC_CRSH in linking innovation programs w/ social outcomes ➡️ so many unanswered questions on how to best make these links, incl for reconciliation and elevating Canada in an inclusive and sustainable way
#RM_Ott19 @McGill_VPRI diving deeper on MC @PanGeoSubsea 's self-description as a "serial entrepreneur" (and as a woman in industry), launches interesting conversation on challenges in disrupting the market ➡️ to embrace new tech, to include new faces and perspectives
#RM_Ott19 Q by Marc @research_money ➡️ how are decisions made on what deals / collabs are best for everyone. For the whole #supercluster, not 1 company. For Canada, not just the cluster?

WW @dwavesys says acting as a platform provider / convener hopefully does this by default
#RM_Ott19 SL @tealbook and DD @corteva say a good business case is important. Especially for emerging companies there's nothing wrong w/ being self serving. A company win can *also* be a win for #supercluster & Canada. Shouldn't reinvent the wheel ➡️ promote awareness, adds MC
#RM_Ott19 C Kerr asks how to promote integration? How to reward projects with integration?

SP @DTSupercluster chimes in, that scoring projects includes deployment plan ➡️ integrated solutions will score better than simple / linear output. Scaling capacity worth major points.
#RM_Ott19 Q on inclusion of provinces from Stefan Leslie @MEOPAR_NCE, WW @dwavesys notes that Quebec is now a partner in @AISupplyChain, and that their role will greatly help with capacity building for talent.
#RM_Ott19 Dan Gregoire @DanielSGregoire, #cspf at @IDRC_CRDI followed the #superclusters process as a grad student, which showed him how his skills can be leveraged beyond academia (to R&D&C, not enough said abt commercialization!). How will #superclusters outreach to next gen?
#RM_Ott19 answer is #superclusters have this in mind, and know to foster the next gen who are the future of R&D&C in 🇨🇦.

Thx @DanielSGregoire for bringing this up ➡️ hopefully this sparks more discussions on inclusion and inspiration of next gen #NextGenCanScience 🙌🙌🙌
#RM_Ott19 Special announcement from IDEaS (Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security) @CanadaDefence, on open call for applications about Sandbox to counter unmanned aerial systems. Funding available, startups welcome! Details ⬇️
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