Growing Impact

February 12 - 14, 2024

Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre by Marriott | Ottawa, Ontario

CICan’s 2024 Applied Research Symposium is one of the premiere college and institute applied research events of the year. It will provide a platform for the applied research community to celebrate and reflect on the growth of our system and how colleges and institutes help drive innovation even further in their communities, their regions, and across Canada.

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What to expect

Hosted this year in Ottawa, the 2024 CICan Applied Research Symposium promises to provide extensive networking and professional development opportunities for attendees of all levels. You will be inspired by leading thinkers in applied research, network by engaging in interactive sessions, connect with funders and collaborators, hear from policymakers, and learn about the tremendous impact that applied research has on Canada’s innovation ecosystem.


Keynote and Invited Speakers

Alejandro Adem

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Julie Delahanty

International Development Research Centre

Krista Holmes

Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation
George Brown College

Manal Bahubeshi

Vice-President, Research Partnerships
Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada

Mohamad Nasser-Eddine

Vice-President, Programs and Planning
Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Nancy Déziel

Director General
Centre National en Électrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales

Naser Faruqui

Director, Education and Science
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Nathalie Méthot

Dean, Academic and Research
Collège La Cité

Simon Kennedy

Deputy Minister
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Susan Blum

Associate Vice-President, Applied Research and Continuing Education
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sylvie A. Lamoureux

Vice-President, Research
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Featured Stream

Growing Innovation in Canadian Firms

This stream will highlight the role of college research in supporting collaborations with for-profit entities. Panels will include discussions on successful business innovation projects, strategies for identifying and solidifying business partnerships, unique methods for leveraging funding or encouraging private investment, and other projects and approaches relevant to supporting business-focused innovation services.

Code of Conduct & Duty of Care

As we begin holding events in person, the health and safety of all attendees remains our priority. Learn more about the extra steps in place to protect everyone attending our events in-person.