Innovation in Context 2: Scaling Up


Chancellor Day Hall Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Continuing the conversation we started last year, this second installment of our workshop series will focus on how to scale up innovation. It will look at how individuals, companies, firms, and the ecosystem itself can turn the success of a single popular idea or product into a larger environment cultivating sustained innovation. But how does this happen? How do we harness the true diversity of our communities to scale up innovation? How do we build sufficient capacity for these ecosystems? In short, how do we unleash the true innovation potential of our society?

To see the agenda for the day’s event and to register, please visit our Eventbrite page. Registration is free but mandatory so we can arrange catering.

Join us for a full day of panels with our our seasoned speakers from home and abroad.

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Richard Gold (James McGill Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University)

Dan Breznitz (Chair of Innovation Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs)

Geoffrey West (Past President, Science Board, Science Steering Committee, Santa Fe Institute)

A. Sévrine Labelle (CEO, Femmessor)

Lauren Robinson (COO, Highline BETA)

Preston Hardison (Consultant to Tulalip Tribes of Washington)

Iqbal Quadir (Founder, Grameenphone)

Michelle Ash (Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick)

Tami Zuckerman (Co-Founder and CCO, VarageSale)

Iain Gillespie (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, U. of Leicester)

Roni Zehavi (CEO, Cyperspark)

Leah Lawrence (CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada)

Angelique Mannella (Associate Vice-Principal of Innovation, McGill University)


The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP) was founded as part of McGill University’s Faculty of Law in 2003. Its goal is to increase Montreal’s attractiveness and competitiveness by facilitating intellectual property research, technology transfer, commercialization and knowledge mobilization. The CIPP carries out interdisciplinary research to understand the role of intellectual property policies and rules in contributing to creativity and innovation. CIPP researchers broadly examine innovation systems.

The Office of Innovation is a new unit focused on building McGill’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem through supporting services and strategic partnerships within Canada and abroad. The team includes technology transfer managers and patent and licensing specialists, innovation associates, and entrepreneurial leaders focused on partnerships and program development for students and researchers.