Keynote Session: Stimulating Innovation, Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Dr. Tom Corr is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Through industry-academic collaboration, OCE drives the commercialization of research across key market sectors in Ontario including ICT & Digital Media, Energy and Environment, Advanced Manufacturing, and Advanced Healthcare. Funded primarily by the Government of Ontario and also by the Government of Canada, OCE acts as a catalyst for innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness. Dr. Corr has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT and venture capital sectors and also serves on the board of a number of organizations including Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (Vice-Chair), the Waterloo Research and Technology Park - Accelerator Centre and C-FER Technologies. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Brunel University/Henley Management College, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto, Advanced Postgraduate diploma in Management Consultancy from Henley Management College, and an ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

CropLife Canada

Lorne Hepworth is President of CropLife Canada, the trade association representing developers, manufacturers and distributors of plant science innovations for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings.

Dr. Hepworth is currently the Chair of the Board of Genome Canada, a member of the Board of CARE Canada and on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Scientific Advisory Committee. He recently served on the Expert Panel on Sustainability Management of Water in Agriculture. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Research Council of Canada, Plant Biotechnology Institute, the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, the federal Pest Management Advisory Committee and National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. A graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (1971), Dr. Hepworth was a veterinarian in Alberta and Saskatchewan until 1982, when he was elected to Saskatchewan’s Legislative Assembly. He subsequently served nine years in Cabinet, during which he was minister of Agriculture, Education, Finance, and Energy and Mines. From 1993 to 1997, he held several executive positions with the Canadian Agra group of companies specializing in agri-food/feed production, processing and marketing.