Economic Strategy Tables
In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada announced a new vision for Canada's economy as a global leader in innovation, anchored by the Innovation and Skills Plan. In this plan, the creation of the six Economic Strategy Tables will support innovation in advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health/bio-sciences and clean resources.
These Tables, chaired by industry leaders in their respective fields, will set ambitious growth targets, identify sector-specific challenges and "bottlenecks" and lay out an actionable roadmap to achieve these goals. The Economic Strategy Tables are a new model for industry-government collaboration, focused on turning Canadian economic strengths into global advantages.
Economic Strategy Tables—Common Terms of Reference
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced on August 16, 2017 two chairs of the six Economic Strategy Tables. These talented Canadians have been selected based on their significant knowledge of their respective sectors and their strategic vision for Canada's economic growth.
The chairs of the two Economic Strategy Tables are:
- Charles Deguire, Co-founder, Kinova, Advanced Manufacturing Table
Kinova's robotic arm solutions and their intuitive manipulation capacity transcends the limitations of next generation robotics technology. The work accomplished by CEO and co-founder of Kinova, Charles Deguire, determined to empower humanity through robotics, has earned him the reputation as a leader of the modern robotics revolution, and a 2016 Governor General Innovation Award.
- Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients, Agri-Food Table
Murad Al-Katib is President and CEO of Saskatchewan-based AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., a global supplier of staple products, food ingredients and products made from grains and pulses such as lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas. He is known as a leader who consistently balances social responsibility with profitability. He was the recipient of the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award for successfully providing 700 million refugee meals to the United Nation's Syrian refugee program.
The Tables will work collaboratively to enable economic growth that is inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
Table chairs and members will be presented with a conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement.
Table meeting information
Summaries of each meeting will be posted as they become available.
Provide your input
The Government of Canada is committed to inclusive growth and environmental sustainability, benefitting all Canadians. We invite Canadians to contribute their views on how to achieve this. We look forward to hearing from you.
- What is your aspirational vision for your sector? What would success look like in 2025?
- It is often suggested that countries need to target their growth efforts towards areas of competitive advantage. In your sector, where does Canada have strength or emerging strength?
- What are the obstacles to innovation in your sector? (You may wish to think about investment, talent and skills, access to markets, rules or regulations, demand.) How could these be overcome?
- What is, or will be, the most significant innovation globally in your sector for the next 10 years? What is needed to capitalize on this innovation and establish Canada as a world leader?
- To ensure that all Canadians benefit from accelerated economic growth, what actions and partnerships could businesses, educational institutions, governments, and Canadians undertake?
We invite you to provide your input directly to the Economic Strategy Tables to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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