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Beyond Endless Frontiers Training:

How to translate scientific materials for a policy audience

The greatest challenges facing Canadians require input from science and innovation. Promoting interplay and integration at the intersection of science, innovation, policy, and governance requires investing in the skills of the individuals who work in these different areas in order to build understanding and the competencies to work collaboratively across functions and sectors, including government, academia, the private sector, and civil society.

But, how can we work together across science, innovation and policy if we speak different languages? Scientists are taught to communicate in a manner that reflects the culture of science, which is different from the culture of society, of policy, and of politics. This 2-hour session will examine the two cultures of science and policy and how culture informs our communication. Participants will learn foundational concepts for working with and communicating to non-scientific audiences and tips on how to translate scientific materials for a policy audience. 

The Beyond Endless Frontiers SSHRC PDG project is offering a free training session open to graduate students and postdocs (advanced undergraduate students or early career researchers welcome, too).

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Duration: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Virtual

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Joint Telfer/ISI Fraunhofer Workshop:

(Super)Diversity and Inclusiveness in Innovation - Indicators and Insights

Researchers from North America and Europe will discuss existing, emerging and potential future approaches to the study of diversity, inclusiveness and industrial innovation, with a focus on issues of measurement. The participation of graduate students from Telfer’s research-based graduate programs and Canadian policymakers will add breadth and depth to discussions and ensure the event leads to future action. 

Both academic and policy-oriented discussions of innovation have expanded in recent years to include considerations beyond simple economic output (GDP growth, profits, etc.). Developing and releasing the potential of innovations to improve the lived experiences of all, is central to this needed transition to a more inclusive approach to innovation. For individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized economically and/or socially, the benefits could be transformative. But such a radical shift in the way that innovation systems are observed, measured and managed requires the development of new research tools, the adoption of new methodologies and application of different analyses.  This workshop will assess, where we are, where we are going and what will be required of researchers and policy-makers to realize this new vision for innovation in the twenty-first century. 

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Duration: 8:30 - 16:30
Location: Hybrid
(The event will take place on the 12th floor (12102) of the Desmarais Building (55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5) on the uOttawa campus and virtually by Zoom).

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Arrival – coffee 




Session 1 – Existing approaches to Gendered Innovation Presentations (10-15 mins each, and then moderated discussion):  

  • Maria Karaulova, ISI Fraunhofer 

  • Denise Gareau, Director, Research, Data and Intersectionality Branch Women and Gender Equality Canada, Government of Canada  

  • Gita Ghiasi, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa  

  • Louise Earl, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa – moderator 


Break and networking 


Session 2 – Superdiversity and Emerging approaches to measurement  

Presentations (10-15 mins each, and then moderated discussion):  

  • Rainer Frietsch, ISI Fraunhofer  

  • Dominira Saul, DFFRNT and Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa 

  • Julia Melkers, CORD / School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University  

  • Sandra Schillo, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa – moderator 


Lunch – Jakob Edler, Fraunhofer (video) 

Lunch conversations in person, and in breakout groups online 


Session 3 – Analyses beyond traditional economic indicators 

Presentations (10-15 mins each, and then moderated discussion): 

  • Maria Karaulova, ISI Fraunhofer / Rainer Frietsch, ISI Fraunhofer 

  • Claudia de Fuentes, St. Mary’s University  

  • Ana Maria Peredo, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa 

  • Tyler Chamberlin, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa – moderator 


Break and networking 


Session 4 – Instituting a structure for broader projects; systems transition  

  • Sam Estoesta, TD Bank Group (implementing in industry) 

  • Kyle Bobiwash, University of Manitoba (implementing in government) 


Housekeeping and wrap up 


End of day 

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The Inclusive Innovation café

Your chance to get involved in discussions regarding various inclusive innovation topics. We want to hear what you have to say…

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Duration: 11:30 - 13:00
Location: Virtual

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Inclusive Innovation Speakers' Series:

Distribution Sensitive Innovation Policies: Turning inclusive innovation from rhetoric to action

Dan Breznitz

Inclusion and government business support programs


It is clear that innovation and inequality are salient questions to both business and political leaders. Indeed, many have latched to urging for “inclusive innovation” when they wish to support innovation that benefits a broad swathe of society, often individuals who are economically marginalized. But how? While statements such as “Innovation is the path to inclusive growth” makes CEOs and politicians sounds good, details about how this goal is to be achieved are ‘somehow’ lacking. A quick global survey of inclusive innovation highlights an inflation of rhetoric coupled with almost complete dearth of action and details.

In this talk, based on several papers co-authored with Amos Zehavi, contend that there are already set of policies that achieve these goals – we termed them Distribution-Sensitive Innovation Policies. These are policy actions devised with the aim of increasing growth while taking into account economic distribution. Looking at diverse countries from the United State, to Canada, Sweden, Poland, Israel and Germany, DSIPs policies work by benefiting disadvantages group, specifically we look at Low skilled manufacturing workers, The economic periphery, ascriptive minorities and People With Disabilities (PWD).

DSIPs or by no mean a panacea for all social and economic ills. However, given that economies are no better than the societies in which they are embedded; it is of critical importance that business and political leaders seriously turn their attention to them. We desperately need to maximize both growth and equality in our society, the consequences of not doing so are just too dire. DSIPs offers a venue of constructive private-public experimentation

Dan Breznitz is a University Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science of the University of Toronto, where he is also the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab and a Senior Fellow of Massey College. In addition, he is a Fellow of CIFAR where he Co-Directs the program on Innovation, Equity and the Future of Prosperity. Professor 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 a member of several boards, and has served as an advisor on science, technology, and innovation policies to multinational corporations, governments, and international organizations. He served as the Clifford Clarke

Economist of the Canadian Department of Finance during 2021-22, where he was responsible for new economic thinking on the restructuring of the Canadian economy, including the creation of new agencies such as the Canadian Innovation Corporation. Before moving to U of T, Breznitz spent eight years as a professor in Georgia Institute of Technology and was the cofounder and CEO of a software company in Israel. He is the recipient of several honours including a Sloan Fellowship, and the author of numerous papers, chapters and edited volumes as well as award winning books including Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland, (winner of the Don Price best book on Science, Technology and Politics) and The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China (winner of the Susan Strange Best Book in International Affairs). His recently published book, Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, that offers pragmatic advice while debunking dangerous myth on innovation, growth and prosperity, was chosen by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2021, and won the inaugural Balsillie prize for Public Policy given by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, as well as the Donner Prize for the Best Book on Public Policy.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Time: 14:30 - 16:00 (EST)
Location: Virtual

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What are systemic black boxes in AI Systems: Throwing off their lids for inclusivity

Ruth Bankey

“Inclusiveness and AI Panel”


Coming soon…

Date: Week of May 1, 2024
Time: 13:00 - 14:30 (EST)
Location: Hybrid

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Why technological innovation has failed so many, and what we can do about it

Shobita Parthasarathy


“Innovation as force of equity”


Coming soon…

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2024
Time: 12:00 - 13:30 (EST)
Location: Virtual

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