Lazaridis School Dean Takes to Canada’s Innovation Airwaves: Dr. Micheál J. Kelly named Innovation Council National Spokesperson
January 5, 2016

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Ottawa, ON... CATAAlliance (, a recognized champion of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, today announced that Dr. Micheál J. Kelly, Dean Lazaridis School of Business and Economics will serve as national spokesperson for the CATA Innovation Leadership Council (ILC).

The ILC serves as an advisory body, providing guidance on the implementation of the CATAAlliance mandate to support the global competitiveness of its members and the advancement of Canada as a competitive Innovation Nation, in addition to offering a community peer network to assess share insights into needs, trends and achievements.

CATA CEO John Reid said "Dr. Kelly, who was recently presented a Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his commitment to innovation and educational excellence in our communities, will be one of three innovation leaders engaged as national spokespersons to help advance CATA's mission, mandate and core planks."

Josh Blair, Executive Vice-President of TELUS Health and TELUS International, as well as President of TELUS Business Solutions West, also serves as national spokesperson for the CATA Innovation Leadership Council (ILC).

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CATAAlliance: Mission, Mandate & Successes: Canada's One voice for Innovation Lobby Group.

According to Dr. Kelly , "The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that can generate international confidence in their ability to lead in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services. These countries will attract and retain investment. For Canada to prosper we must become a leading competitive innovation nation; we all need to do our part to get there."

Dr. Kelly added, " And to grow and compete internationally we must ensure that Canadian technology companies have the management talent and knowledge to compete in global markets."

John Reid's TechNOW interview with Micheál J. Kelly on the theme of the talent dimension of advancing Canada's competitive Innovation Nation.

Mr. Reid noted, " Dean Kelly is a highly respected Executive, advisor, teacher, researcher, and author and we are very proud to be continuing more than twenty years of collaborative work with him. He is an excellent choice as a national spokesperson and role model for our innovation community."

About Micheál J. Kelly

Academic Background

AB (Assumption College), MA (University of Ottawa), PhD (Carleton University)

Dr. Kelly was Dean of the Telfer School of Management from 2000-2010. During this time, the School achieved the "triple crown" of international accreditations, received a significant donation to name the School , built a new building, established a vibrant career centre and saw a dramatic increase in research productivity and funding and heightened alumni and community engagement.

In 2012, he became the Dean of what is now the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. The naming of the School in 2015 was in recognition of a substantial donation by Blackberry co-founder Mike Lazaridis to establish the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises. During his deanship the School has established advisory boards in Ottawa, Calgary, New York City, Silicon Valley and London, England in addition to its advisory board in Waterloo.

Dr. Kelly's research has focused on the management of global innovation systems, R&D alliances and the competitive strategies of technology-based firms. He has authored several dozen monographs, articles and studies and produced the video Building Successful Strategic Alliances. His research on alliances, in cooperation with Ivey Professor Jean-Louis Schaan, has been published by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), the Journal of Small Business Strategy and the Journal of R&D Management. He and Professor Schaan also co-authored the 4-part case series Strategic Alliances that Work produced by Ivey Publishing and Cases in Alliance Management published by Sage Publishing.

Dr. Kelly has advised technology companies around the world on foreign investment strategies, alliance management and financing international expansions. He was previously Chairman of the Six Countries Program, a European research network on innovation and technology policy. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley Roundtable in California and was a member of its annual "Valley Business and Economic Forecast" panel. He is past President and Executive Board Member of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans and also served on the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honour society for business schools. He has also served on the boards of several public and private sector organizations. He was a member of the Advisory Board on Commercialization of the Canadian Institute for Health Research and of le Conseil d'Administration of the Reims Management School (RMS) in Reims, France. During his 2010-2012 sabbatical he was an Executive in Residence with the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

He is currently a member of the boards of the Kitchener Water Chamber of Commerce, Waterloo North Hydro, Economical Insurance and several technology start-ups.


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Contact: CATA CEO John Reid at jreid and Micheál J. Kelly, Dean Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at