Ottawa – The presidents of Canada’s universities are on Parliament Hill today to talk with MPs and senior public servants about the role universities play in building prosperity in Canada. The day’s activities focus on university and private sector partnerships and how they drive innovation, foster global linkages and contribute to a stronger Canada.
“The connections between universities and the private sector foster innovation and fuel the creation of high-quality jobs for Canadians,” says Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. “Through the exchange of new knowledge, ideas and talent, these partnerships put ideas to work and build prosperity in communities small and large across the country.”
The day includes the “Big Thinking” Lecture, co-hosted with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, being given by Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta, on the topic of “Stem cells and medical tourism: The challenge for health and science policy.” Also included is an evening reception to showcase university-industry collaboration.
Canada’s universities do more than $1 billion in research each year with the private sector, and another almost $1 billion of research for health and social service non-profit groups. A number of private-sector partners are joining university presidents in their “Day on the Hill.”
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The evening reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Drawing Room of the Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa. It is open to the media.
For media registration, contact Brad MacKay or Helen Murphy.