Partnership Conference Series Program
February 09, 2006

What the federal government is doing for the high tech industry

The government is a crucial player in the high tech industry - as a supplier of technology, a key customer, a financial backer, both in Canada and abroad, and a partner in developing and commercializing technology.

At this session, we will hear from senior government and crown corporation executives on how these services are coordinated and delivered, just-in-time, to industry players.
Given the recent changes in the political landscape, some emerging policy initiatives and priorities may also surface by the time of this presentation. One critical outcome of this event may well be to signal needs and priorities to the senior officials represented.
A new and even more productive partnership between the technology industry and the federal government could be forged through this in depth look at the current state and future steps.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2006
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, O'Connor Room (main lobby), 150 Albert Street, Ottawa
Cost: $60.00 - OCRI/Partner members
$85.00 - Others
$30.00 - Full-time students
(includes 7% GST)

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Event pre-registration closes day prior at 2:00 p.m.


Partnership Conference Series Program Coordinator & Host
Dr. Tamas Michel Koplyay




7:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction
Dr. Tamas Michel Koplyay, President, Lifecycle Consulting

8:15 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

LaBarge Weinstein
Paul LaBarge, Founding Partner

"How to best profit from existing tax programs designed for the tech industry"
The SRED program under the Income Tax Act (Canada) provides differing levels of incentives that apply to scientific research and experimental development conducted in Canada. This part of the program will review the qualifying conditions and some of the traps to avoid in order to maximize the benefits available under the program. The speaker will also discuss the treatment of other government grants for tax purposes as well as covering the administrative issues relating to audit and enforcement of the SRED program.
Finally, there will be a discussion of some of the new initiatives and the underlying policy considerations reflected in the changes.

8:50 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Bogdan Ciobanu, Executive Director, NRC-IRAP Quebec

NRC/IRAP - Guiding Innovators to Success
The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of both technical and business oriented advisory services along with financial support to growth-oriented Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. The program is delivered by an extensive integrated network of 260 professionals in 100 communities across the country. Working directly with SMEs, NRC-IRAP supports innovative R&D and commercialization of new products and services.

9:25 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Coffee Break

9:55 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

BDC Venture Capital
Charles Cazabon, Vice President

Investing in High-Tech Companies
As part of its commitment to companies in the high tech and biotech sectors, the Federal Government has mandated BDC to provide debt and equity capital as well as consulting services to Canadian companies in these sectors. The speaker will: provide a short history of venture capital in Canada (boom to bust to ?); describe how it can help build successful companies with real life examples; provide some industry statistics; and provide his views as to what the future might hold for the industry.

10:30 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Export Development Canada
Michel Villeneuve,
Senior Business Development Manager of Eastern Ontario

Export Development Canada - Our Mandate and Our Expertise
Export Development Corporation often plays a crucial role in developing and sustaining foreign markets, yet services provided within its mandate are well known across the industry. In this presentation we will see an indepth review of: EDC expertise; customer base; its mode of operations; and the manner in which risks are assessed.
In particular, risk profile tools related to working capital financing, market development and capital structure will be reviewed so that a better understanding of how EDC can help is gained.

11:05 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

International Trade Canada
Robert Déry, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Business Development and Chief Trade Commissioner

Serving Canadian Business in Canada and Abroad
This presentation will cover the services and activities delivered to Canadian businesses from the Trade Commissioner Service. An overview will be provided on how business can increase their exports by tapping into market information, business opportunities and the core services offered from any of the departments 800+ trade commissioners in over 140 countries. Information will also be presented on the Virtual Trade Commissioner services portal and how to get the most from all of these services.
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Group Discussion / Q&A All / Closing Remarks

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