Collaboration and partnerships are the order of the day. From “public-private partnerships” at the level of government agencies, to industry-academic research collaborations that drive technology transfer and commercialization, many of our public and private institutions are under pressure to initiate or expand strategic partnerships. This includes public universities eager to grow programs and student experience, corporations interested in leveraging intellectual property and know-how flowing from research institutes and government labs, and not-for-profits seeking expert support in basic or applied research, and pathways to greater engagement with consumers, the Canadian citizenry, or a global audience.
But what is the nature of a strategic partnership? How we dig beneath the buzzwords to get at real value, lessons learned, and cautionary tales? How are they devised, created, and sustained? This panel will address these broad themes by drawing on the expertise of seasoned veterans of the industry-academic interface in Canada. In the spirit of the CSPC 2014 theme of “Innovation and Partnerships: A recipe for success”, this panel will cover a few key sub-questions, including:
What can Canada learn from other nations in this domain?
Do regional, national, and international frameworks catalyze partnerships, or do they begin with one-on-one relationships between individuals?
What is the role of direct investment from government and private capital, including philanthropy, in seeding and sustaining sustainable partnerships?