Global Competitiveness and Innovation Policy

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:30am to 10:00am

In light of new paradigm shifts of recent global economic challenges, governments around the world are turning to science policy and re-tooled R&D strategies to spur stagnant growth. Guided by the work of a number of noted panels as well as that of the Council of Canadian Academies, Canada’s science policy environment is increasingly focused on Canadian productivity and the commercialization of public and private sector research.
What does this changing paradigm mean for Canada’s innovative sectors? What are the best practices being utilized in other jurisdictions to adapt to these new realities? What are the new R&D partnership models that are being implemented to lower research risk and create efficiencies and opportunities? CSPC is the most comprehensive national forum on science technology and innovation policy in Canada and provides a unique platform for Canada’s business, government and academic communities to strengthen the future of Canada’s science, technology and innovation landscape. CSPC engages over 200 organizations in various forms of partnerships. Its participants represent the “who’s who” in science and innovation policy from both the current leadership cadre and the next generation of Canada’s top scientists, business leaders and science policy experts.


Tasha Kheiriddin is an award-winning writer and political analyst based in the Greater Toronto Area. She writes weekly on politics, economics, and social issues for both the National Post and, and provides political analysis in English for CTVNewsChannel. Tasha can also be seen and heard regularly in French on RDI’s Le Téléjournal, TFO’s 360 and Radio Canada’s Grands Lacs Café, as well as heard in English on CBC Radio’s The House.

A Montreal native, Tasha is a graduate of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (1988) and the law faculty of McGill University (1993). Tasha practiced litigation in Montreal before working as the legislative assistant to the Attorney General of Ontario. In 1998 she began working in television, producing a political current affairs program with CBC Newsworld and then host-producing three programs with the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) in Ottawa.

In 2004 Tasha joined the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as their Ontario Director. A year later she co-authored the best-selling Rescuing Canada’s Right: Blueprint for a Conservative Revolution, with journalist Adam Daifallah. Tasha then served as Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute, and later Director for Quebec of the Fraser Institute, while also lecturing on conservative politics at McGill University.

In recognition of her writing, Tasha was awarded the 2012 Economic Education Prize from the MEI. She had also previously received the Justicia Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2003, from the Canadian Bar Association, for her television series, Legal Talk. Her greatest award, however, is the smile she gets every morning from her daughter, Zara, born in 2009.

Executive Director of U.S. intellectual property (IP) policy
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center

Frank W. Cullen Jr. is executive director of U.S. intellectual property (IP) policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center. Cullen directs the center’s domestic programs in promoting and protecting IP rights in both the online and physical markets. He guides the efforts to advance IP enforcement and deter trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

Cullen began his career in Los Angeles, working as a consultant and later vice
president for FCA Company, a full-service public affairs and government relations firm. In 1989, he was appointed public relations director for the city of Palm Springs, California, and conceived and implemented a promotional campaign featuring then-Mayor Sonny Bono.

Subsequently, he served as director of Bono for U.S. Senate ’92, as well as provided consulting services to a wide array of clients in the Palm Springs region. When Bono was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, he asked Cullen to join him to direct his communications shop, a position he held until Bono’s untimely death in 1998. Then, he joined Rep. Mary Bono as her communications director. After one year, he was promoted to chief of staff, a position he held for 15 years.

An accomplished communicator and writer, Cullen appeared as a guest on numerous
TV and radio shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This
Morning, Larry King Live, ABC Radio, CBS Radio. Cullen provided political analysis and election coverage for KESQ TV, KMIR TV, and The Desert Sun newspaper and guest editorials that appeared in newspapers in California and Washington, D.C.

Cullen also worked for legendary director Francis Ford Coppola at his Zoetrope
Studios in Hollywood, California, and continues to have an avid appreciation for cinema and the performing arts.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a B.F.A. degree from the School of Cinema and Television. He resides in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife,Sonia, and their children, Taylor Anne and Wil.

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