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INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN FRANCE AND ONTARIO

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MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street

Room CR3

Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

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Technology and digital solutions know no boundaries, and yet public policies shape innovation ecosystems. Administrative and regulatory rules as well as fiscal frameworks or education levels have an impact on companies’ ability to innovate, and incentives may be necessary to develop and maintain conducive environments for startups and scale-ups.

This event will allow us to discuss how France and Ontario support new businesses and innovative practices, and give startups the means to grow and develop new business models, products, services and technologies. We will also address emerging cooperation forms and partnerships between French and Ontarian innovation actors that foster the development of international projects, as well as mobility opportunities for entrepreneurs, executives, researchers and students.


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[11.45-12.15pm: light lunch served at MaRS Center Café]

[12.15pm - 2.00pm: keynote speeches followed by a panel discussion]

Welcome word: Ms. Susan McLean, Mars, Director of Corporate Development

Keynote speech #1: Mrs. Kareen Rispal, French Ambassador to Canada: “Making France a Startup Nation”

Keynote speech #2: Mr. Giles Gherson, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science: “How the Ontario Government Supports the Innovation Economy”

Keynote speech #3: Ms. Michelle Holland, Toronto Councillor, Advocate for Innovation Economy: “Making Toronto an innovation hub”

Panel discussion: “Innovation and entrepreneurship in France and Ontario: bringing out the best”. Moderator: Mr. Yves Lostanlen, PhD, MBA. CEO of Siradel

Panelists:

  • Mr. Sebastien Gendron, Co-Founder & CEO of TransPod, Inc., a French company established in MaRS Discovery District
  • Mr. Derek Newton, PhD, Assistant Vice-President, Innovation, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto
  • Ms. Sarah Prevette, Founder & CEO of Future Design School, member of the Selection Board for Station F Founders Program
  • Mr. Vincent Ramoutar, Founder & CEO of uConekt Inc, a startup selected for the 2016 edition of the French Tech Ticket

[2.00pm – 3.00pm: networking coffee]


This event will also be a wonderful opportunity to network and celebrate the conclusion of a strategic agreement between MaRS and the French Embassy.

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