P1: Asian Science and Technology Strategies and Progress - Implications for Canada

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Sustained economic growth in key Asian markets has galvanized the world's attention in recent years. Economic progress has also enabled Key Asian markets to drastically increase their research and development expenditure and move up the technological value chain. Diffusion of scientific activity in these settings has caused some countries to closely examine potential consequences of this gaining scientific strength for their own well-being in social, security and economic terms. This panel will examine science, technology and innovation (ST&I) strategies and progress in key Asian markets (China, India, South Korea, etc.) and explore the implications of these for Canada's economic prosperity. The main focus will be on the life science and information technology sectors. The panel will aim to identify business strategy and public policies that can help Canada tap emerging opportunities, particularly with respect to intellectual property trade with Asia, while minimizing competitive implications emanating from strengthening ST&I capacity in the emerging economies.


Associate Professor
University of Saskatchewan

Carin Holroyd is Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan. She previously worked at the University of Waterloo and Kanai Gaidai University (Japan), University of New Brunswick at Saint John and Waikato University (New Zealand). teaching about Asian business environments, East Asian politics and Canada-Japan relations. She has published five books on aspects of Asian innovation, science and technology, including three co-authored works: Japan and the Internet Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and Digital Media in East Asia: National Innovation and the Transformation of a Region (Cambria, 2012). A co-authored comparative study, Digital Planet: Government Policy and the Digital Content Economy, is due out with Cambria Press in 2014. She is currently working on a book on the politics of environmental technologies and business in Japan.

Director of the National Conversation on Asia
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Dr. Douglas Goold is the Director of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's National Conversation on Asia. He was President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs/Canadian International Council from 2004 to 2009. He is a noted journalist and commentator in the Canadian public sphere, having co-authored the national number one best seller The Bre-X Fraud with Andrew Willis. He is also the former Editor of The Globe and Mail Report on Business and Report on Business Magazine. He obtained his PhD in modern history from St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge and has also completed two Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include doing business in emerging India.

Munk School of Global Affairs - University of Toronto

Dan Breznitz is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization, as well as for his pioneering research on the distributional impact of innovation policies. He has been an advisor on science, technology, and innovation policies to multinational corporations, governments, and international organizations such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, TEKES, IFC, Fundación Chile, the United Nations, and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. In 2008 Breznitz was selected as a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. Before joining Academia he founded and served as a CEO of a small software company.

Research Fellow
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada | University of Toronto

Rahim Rezaie is a Research Fellow at the the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He studies biotechnology and pharmaceutical innovation with a focus on the enterprise sectors in China, India and Brazil. He also examines the implications of the rising innovation capacity in the emerging markets for public policy and business strategy in Canada. He has published a series of articles on vaccine, diagnostics and medicinal innovations by domestic companies in China, India and Brazil in the Nature Biotechnology journal, and elsewhere. His practical experiences include genetic testing for a host of hereditary conditions as well as in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. Dr. Rezaie received a master of biotechnology degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Toronto, where he was the recipient of the Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Director of the Asian Institute
Munk School of Global Affairs - University of Toronto

Joseph Wong is Halbert Professor of Innovation, Canada Research Chair, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where he is also the Director of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, and his Hons. B.A. from McGill in 1995. In addition to dozens of journal articles and contributions to scholarly volumes, Professor Wong has published three books, Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 2011), Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics In Taiwan and South Korea (Cornell University Press, 2004), and, with Edward Friedman, Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose (Routledge, 2008). His articles have appeared in a broad range of journals including Politics and Society, Governance, Comparative Political Studies, Pacific Affairs, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of East Asian Studies, International Political Science Review, among others. Wong has been a visiting researcher and fellow at Oxford, Harvard, Seoul National University, among others. He was also elected Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Professor Wong’s current research focuses on innovation, poverty and health in developing world settings.