Business leaders and academics gather to discuss critical success factors affecting innovation and profitable value creation in Canada

Paul Smith, Al Varney, and Jayson Meyers

TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2016 /CNW/ – Twenty-five industry and academic thought leaders gathered Wednesday at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Mississauga 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 Industrie 2030 roundtable, led by the CME, together with 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 them.

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 being held in Ottawa, October 18 – 19, 2016 and inform the highly practical/execution-oriented, policy advice provided to the Government of Canada through the Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development’s national Innovation Agenda consultation process.

Pictured 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.