The new Federal budget is expected to propose significant changes to the current system of innovation incentives in Canada. The current Government has indicated that it intends to act on at least some of the sweeping changes recommended by the expert panel chaired by Tom Jenkins and summarized in the report, “Innovation Canada: A Call to Action” (refer to rd-review.ca/eic/site/033.nsf/eng/home). These changes are expected to impact all organizations engaged in technology innovation and commercialization.
Graham Smith of TSGI-Chartered Accountants will provide an overview of the proposed budget as it relates to R&D funding, and Robert Faulder, Regional Director of the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), and Randy Thompson, CEO of Venture Alberta Angel Forum, will discuss the possible implications for start-ups and other innovation-focused organizations. The impact on all sources of innovation funding, including SR&ED, IRAP and angel/venture investment will be considered. The session will be highly interactive with questions and comments from the audience encouraged.
Date: April 18, 2012
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 am
Location: Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) – 3608 – 33 St NW, Calgary, Alberta
Cost: $10 (includes Breakfast)
Registration: Online at: www.ccat.org or contact email@example.com
Host Organization: Calgary Council for Advanced Technology (CCAT)
Graham Smith, Vice President, Business Development – TSGI-Chartered Accountants
Graham has more than seven years of experience in evaluating, preparing and defending SR&ED claims for businesses of all types and sizes in Western Canada. He has also co-taught the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) course on SR&ED and has assisted his clients to access other forms of government and private innovation funding. Prior to joining TSGI, Graham spent more than 11 years as technical specialist, manager and part owner of a technology-focused SME. Graham holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Calgary.
Robert Faulder, P.Eng., FEC, Regional Director – NRC-IRAP
Robert has been the Regional Director of NRC-IRAP responsible for Southern Alberta for seven years. Prior to that, he was an Industrial Technology Advisor for NRC-IRAP for 10 years. IRAP helps firms grow stronger, grow faster and bigger through innovation and technology. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
R. (Randy) Stewart Thompson, CEO – Venture Alberta Angel Forum
Randy Thompson has been involved with tech start ups since 1990. He initially worked as a political assistant to Alberta’s Technology Minister, and became the founder of the first Internet Service Provider (ISP), sold in 1996, and built the first two angel groups in the Province of Alberta. With more than 50 members across Alberta, the Forum has funded 64 companies since 2005. As well as running Venture Alberta, Randy acts as the Entrepreneur in Residence for NAIT.
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