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CME roundtable discusses “critical success factors” affecting innovation and profitable value creation


September 2, 2016
By Xerox Canada

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Sept. 2, 2016 – Twenty-five industry and academic thought leaders gathered this week at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Mississauga, Ont., for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Industrie 2030 Roundtable discussion on the “critical success factors affecting innovation and profitable value creation in a dynamic, digital world.”

The Industrie 2030 roundtable, led by the CME, together with partners, was aimed at understanding the obstacles that stand in the way of commercializing new products, adopting advanced technologies, and growing business in Canada, and creating a plan to overcome them.

Insights generated from the roundtable will provide a foundation for an action plan to double value-added manufacturing by 2030. The action plan will be released at the CME’s National Summit being held in Ottawa, October 18 – 19, 2016 and inform the “highly practical/execution-oriented, policy advice” provided to the Government of Canada through the Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development’s national Innovation Agenda consultation process.

Pictured from left are Dr. Paul Smith, vice president, Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC); Brad Jackson, chair, ReMAP; Rob McHenry, vice-president Public Sector, PARC; Chadi Elkadri, CIO, SOTI; Al Varney, CEO, Xerox Canada; and Jayson Myers, CEO, CME. Other participants included representatives from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Christie Digital Systems, GM, Lynch Fluid Controls, mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie, National Research Council of Canada, OTTO Motors, MP Sven Spengeman, Siemens and Simon Fraser University.