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May 20, 2016

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Micheál Kelly, dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, will give the keynote address at Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) Innovation Gala: Innovation and Social Give Back on May 26 in Ottawa. Hosted by Carleton University, this 31st annual gala celebrates the best in advanced Canadian technology and rewards though leaders for their creativity, expertise and leadership in the innovation community.

Kelly will speak on the need to move from start-ups scale-ups referencing the 2016 Scaling Success white paper authored by researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises. The white paper based on interviews with 125 founders of, and investors in, high-growth technology firms identified barriers that high-growth Canadian technology firms are facing as they look to scale up their companies. It develops a strong evidence base to support initiatives being designed by the Lazaridis Institute to help Canadian technology companies grow and compete on a global scale.

“I look forward to contributing to the discussion surrounding the next iteration of Canadian Innovation policy,” said Kelly. “The Lazaridis Institute is uniquely positioned to assist Canada’s high-growth tech companies who are ready to progress to the next level. This gala will serve as an opportunity to connect with today’s leaders in the Canadian technology industry and to begin to focus attention on what it will take to create a globally competitive technology sector in this country.”

Kelly will also join a panel discussion of experts who will share insights on leadership, innovation and community engagement.

Kelly serves on the CATA Board and was recently named national spokesperson for the CATA Innovation Leadership Council. For his contribution to the Canadian technology industry, CATA awarded him it’s Community Leadership Award in 2010.


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