get in.formed. get in.cluded. get in.novative!

The first-ever Canadian Corporate Innovation (CCI) Summit brings together Canadian and global executives from large corporations to explore the many different ways Canadian businesses can engage in the wider innovation ecosystem.

Participants at the CCI Summit will benefit from:

  • Expert speakers—Learn concrete strategies to enhance their R&D efforts by leveraging the talents and technologies of small, innovation-oriented companies
  • Real-life success stories—Hear senior leaders from prominent multinationals such as GE Ventures, Motorola Solutions, Johnson & Johnson and many more describe their best practices and successes in corporate venturing and innovation
  • Networking—Meet trailblazers from innovative multinationals, senior executives from large Canadian corporations and key players in the corporate innovation ecosystem

Get in! Amplify the impact of your innovation efforts at the CCI Summit!



Elyse Allan
Elyse Allan

President & CEO, GE Canada

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

Chair of the Board of OpenText Corporation


Roberta Bondar
Roberta Bondar

Astronaut, physician, scientist and photographer

Michael Anthony Eubanks
Michael Anthony Eubanks

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, LCBO

Vijay Govindarajan (VG)
Vijay Govindarajan (VG)

Thought Leader on Strategy and Innovation

Christine Gulbranson
Christine Gulbranson

Senior Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of California system

Tawfik Hammoud
Tawfik Hammoud

Principal Investors & Private Equity practice, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.

Governor general and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

V. Kadir Kadhiresan, PhD
V. Kadir Kadhiresan, PhD

Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC)

Iain Klugman
Iain Klugman

President & CEO, Communitech Corporation

Eric Lamarre
Eric Lamarre

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Alan Lysne
Alan Lysne

Managing Director, Ryerson Futures Inc.

Angelique Mannella
Angelique Mannella

Associate Vice-Principal of Innovation and Partnerships, McGill University

James Mawson
James Mawson

Founder and Editor-in-chief, Global Corporate Venturing

David Mayhew
David Mayhew

Chief Investment Officer, GE Ventures

Derek Newton
Derek Newton

Assistant VP, Innovation, Partnerships & Entrepreneurship, the University of Toronto Innovations & Partnerships Office

Richard Osborn
Richard Osborn

Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures

Reese Schroeder
Reese Schroeder

Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

Dave Smardon
Dave Smardon

President & CEO, Bioenterprise

Paul D. Steinberg
Paul D. Steinberg

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions

Terry Stuart
Terry Stuart

Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte

Rebecca Yu
Rebecca Yu

Head of JLABS @ Toronto, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Michael Denham
Michael Denham

President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Neal Hill
Neal Hill

Vice President, Market Development – BDC Capital


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April 11

Welcome reception

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome cocktail reception


April 12

Summit sessions

7:45 a.m.

Continental breakfast and coffee

8:30 a.m.

Welcome to the Canadian Corporate Innovation Summit!

Opening remarks

  • Michael Denham, CEO, BDC

Opening address by the two Summit Co-chairs

  • Elyse Allan, CEO, GE Canada
  • Tom Jenkins, Chair, OpenText Corporation

9:30 a.m.

The Global Imperative of Innovation

  • Eric Lamarre, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company Senior Partner Eric Lamarre presents the data driving the imperative of innovation and explains why international experts in the field are saying that corporate innovation and venturing is a priority for businesses across every sector of the economy.

10:15 a.m.

Networking break

10:45 a.m.

What is Corporate Innovation?

  • James Mawson, Founder and Editor-in-chief, Global Corporate Venturing
  • Tawfik Hammoud, Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

For the first time ever, GCV and BCG combine their data and insights to survey the global landscape of corporate innovation and quantify which innovation strategies are being used for maximum effect across industries.

11:30 a.m.

Canadian corporate innovation success stories

  • Iain Klugman, CEO, Communitech, (Moderator)

This fireside chat will explore how three Canadian corporations approached corporate innovation and how they measured success. The discussion will also address the value of this experience and how they were able to overcome the obstacles they encountered along the way.

12:15 p.m.

Business lunch

1:15 p.m.

Out of the box, off the planet: Lessons from space on the value of innovation

  • Dr. Roberta Bondar, Astronaut, Physician, Scientist, Photographer

Dr. Bondar’s highly motivational talk—punctuated by her stunning photographs—will enlighten you on the focus needed for change, and the value of innovation

2:00 p.m.

125 Years of Transformation: The GE Model of Corporate Innovation

  • David Mayhew, CIO, GE Ventures

Hear about GE’s fabled history of innovation: where they invested, the challenges they faced and what success has meant for the company. GE Ventures CIO David Mayhew walks us through the strategic oversight and guidance that help minimize investment risk and achieve GE Ventures' financial and strategic goals.

2:30 p.m.

How Companies Can Innovate by Going Back to School: Labs and Accelerators

A compare and contrast session looking at the different options that are available to corporations who wish to engage in innovation on university campuses. The spotlight will shine on a number of university innovation programs from Canada and the U.S.

3:15 p.m.

Networking break

3:45 p.m.

Changing Corporate Culture via Corporate Venturing

  • Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions
  • Reese Schroeder, Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

A fireside chat with Paul Steinberg and Reese Schroeder to discuss the role of the venture program at Motorola Solutions. The pair will share the successes and challenges they encountered while driving forward internal and external innovation at Motorola.

4:25 p.m.

When Innovation Isn’t Just a Band-Aid

  • Kadir Khadiresan, Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC)
  • Rebecca Yu, Head of J-Labs, Toronto

Kadir Khadiresan provides an overview of Johnson & Johnson’s internal and external innovation efforts and discusses how their successes can be replicated; Rebecca Yu shares how J-Labs in Toronto plays a key part in the company’s overall strategy.

6:30 p.m.

Strolling dinner and entertainment

  • Roving Magic by Ray Chance, Illusionist

Join us at the CBC’s Barbara Frum Atrium for cocktails, strolling dinner, entertainment and fascinating discussions about the future of corporate innovation in Canada.


April 13

Summit sessions

7:45 a.m.

Continental breakfast and coffee

8:30 a.m.

Canada’s History of Innovation

This fireside chat will explore Canada’s history of innovation, the pioneers and trailblazers of the past 150 years, and what the past can teach us about the future.

9:00 a.m.

Canada’s Innovation Inventory Today

  • Terry Stuart, Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte Canada

Canada is at the forefront of a number of fields such as AI, quantum computing, biotech, agritech and energy. Deloitte’s Terry Stuart runs us through areas where businesses can gain from harnessing these strengths.

9:45 a.m.

Non-IT Innovations in Canada

This panel will take a behind the scenes look at some of Canada’s leading industries in biotechnology, healthcare, clean tech and energy.

10:30 a.m.

Networking break

11:00 a.m.

Supporting Corporate Innovation in Canada

  • Neal Hill, Vice President, Market Development, BDC Capital

Neal Hill walks us through the key elements of BDC’s Corporate Innovation and Venturing Program.

11:15 a.m.

Responding to the Innovation Challenge

  • Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College & Marvin Bower Fellow, Harvard Business School

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation, Dr. Vijay Govindarajan will share his thoughts on how companies become more innovative, efficient and effective.

12:30 p.m.

Light business lunch

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