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The 21st TCI Network Global Clusters Conference (TCI 2018)

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Speaker Series | Research Discussions | Panel Discussion | Networking Event

Date: October 16 - 18, 2018 | 08:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Speaker(s): Tiff Macklem, Chair, Ontario’s Panel on Economic Growth and Prosperity, and Dean, Rotman School of Management
Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Martin Prosperity Institute
Roger Martin, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, and #1 Management Thinker in the World,Thinkers50
Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte Canada
Mercedes Delgado, Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Research Director/Research Scientist at the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab For Innovation Science and Policy
Christian Ketels, President, TCI Network and Chief Economist, the Boston Consulting Group
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada
Pia Kinhult, Head of Host State Relations, European Spallation Source, Sweden
Ulla Engelmann, Head for Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship within DG GROW, European Commission
Susan Windham-Bannister, former President, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
JP Gladu, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Christine Neuy, Managing Director, microTEC Südwest
Lidia Divry, Chief Executive Director, TechnoMontréal
Ryan Combs, Executive Director, Research Triangle Region, North Carolina
Jeremy Dabor, Head of Product Development, Essity; Co-Founder & CPO, Sensassure
Werner Pamminger, CEO, Business Upper Austria
Topic: Collaborating to Compete: Clusters in Action

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Location: Toronto
Cost: General Rate: TCI member $1,000; Non-TCI member $1,300. All fees subject to 13% HST. Student pricing, volunteer opportunities and group rates are available. For more information contact:
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Fees includes access to all sessions, lunches and breaks throughout the conference, welcome reception on the evening of Day 1, conference dinner on the evening of Day 2 (RSVP required), all conference materials, and transportation for conference activities.

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SYNOPSIS: The 21st TCI Network Global Conference is the leading global clusters event for government, business, and academic leaders to make unexpected connections for economic growth and shared prosperity. It is hosted by the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, a Canadian-based think tank and presented by the TCI Network, a global network of leading global cluster experts and practitioners. It will be a forum for knowledge exchange and partnership development between local and international cluster experts and leaders.

The theme, Collaborating to Compete: Cluster Policy in Action, will lend itself to the conferences four sub-themes: Designing collaborative networks for innovation, Regional economic development and inclusive prosperity, Mobilizing talent and diversity, and Scaling up within cluster ecosystems.

Attendance to TCI 2018 in Toronto is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—the TCI Network Global Conference moves continents annually and never returns to the same city twice.


Day 1 “Experience” (October 16) will provide delegates with the opportunity to immerse themselves in one of 11 active clusters in the Toronto region. Attendees will visit up to three sites that illustrate the story of the cluster. Cluster immersion experiences include: advanced manufacturing, design, emerging technology, energy, financial services, food, low-carbon buildings (sustainable construction), health, innovation ecosystem, transportation and logistics, and water.

Day 2 “Engage” (October 17) is a day packed with keynote addresses and plenary sessions where delegates will hear from globally-renowned experts in cluster, development, economic growth, trade, and innovation. Daytime programming will be followed by a conference dinner.

Day 3 “Exchange” (October 18) will feature interactive breakout sessions led by speakers from over 20 countries on each of the conference sub-themes. Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in cluster matchmaking (C2C meetings).

CONFERENCE HOST: Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity



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