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Toward A National Innovation System For Competitiveness And Diversification

The Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) has been working over the last year on revising the Draft National Innovation Policy, that was originally developed by the Ministry of Planning and Development, so as to create the funding and governance arrangements which will facilitate a significant increase in R&D and innovation in Trinidad and Tobago, founded on real collaboration between the Government, the universities and the private sector.  The Policy is currently before Cabinet for its approval. The policy articulates with the Diversification Strategy and Roadmap and the Draft National Development Strategy (Vision 2030).

Over the last few months the EDAB has been coordinating the work of consultants from the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing who are assisting us with an IDB-funded project to identify three of five ‘centres of excellence’ that we intend to have established as the core mechanisms for implementing the National Innovation Policy. Simultaneously, the EU Delegation has funded another consultancy that is being executed by the University of the West Indies (UWI) to define the support that will be offered by the EU to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the Policy’s implementation.  The preliminary output of these consultancies will form the core presentations at the Conference.

Dates:  Tuesday June 27th 2017 – Wednesday June 28th, 2017

Venue:  Teaching and Learning Centre, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Conference Objectives

  • To outline and explain the National Innovation Policy to a broader group of stakeholders from the Public Sector, the Private Sector and Academia, locating the National Innovation Policy within the Diversification Strategy and Roadmap
  • To discuss how the National Innovation Policy will be operationalised and implemented:
    • Institutional Structure
    • Key Functions
      • Centres of Excellence
      • Intellectual Property Management
      • Commercialisation of Innovations and Inventions
      • Sourcing of Sustainable Funding
      • Governance and Staffing
  • To present and obtain feedback on the proposed EDF11 Action Plan to support Implementation of the NIP
  • To obtain buy in and enrollment of stakeholders to the Diversification Strategy, the National Innovation Policy and the proposed organisational and funding arrangements.
  • To establish and build relationships between actors in the local innovation eco-system and regional and international counterparts
Conference Programme - Day 1

Tuesday June 27th

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Professor John Agard
Director, Office of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Greetings from the Delegation of the European Union

Dr. Ulrich Thiessen
Program Manager - The Delegation Of The European Union To Trinidad And Tobago

9:10 am - 9:15 am

Greetings from the Inter-American Development Bank

Mr. Tomas Bermudez
IDB Country Representative

9:15 am - 9:35 am

The Innovation Imperative

Prof. Brian Copeland
Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine

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9:35 am - 10:00 am

Feature Address:

The feature address was delivered by Deputy Permanent Secretary Beverly Khan, on behalf of the Honourable Mrs. Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development.

The Honourable Mrs. Camille Robinson-Regis,
Minister of Planning and Development

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10:10 am

COFFEE BREAK

WHERE ARE WE

10:15 am - 10:30 am

The Draft Diversification Strategy and Roadmap

Dr. Terrence Farrell
Chairman, Economic Development Advisory Board

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10:30 am

Vision 2030

Armand Jackson
Assistant Director, Socio-Economic Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Planning and Development

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The Trinidad and Tobago Innovation Ecosystem

Overview of the National Innovation Policy

Dr. Kieron Swift
Business Unit Manager - Competitiveness and Innovation, Economic Development Advisory Board

The Trinidad and Tobago Innovation Ecosystem - Download Presentation (PDF)

National Innovation Policy - Download Presentation (PDF)

12:00 - 1:00 pm

LUNCH

WHERE DO WE NEED TO BE

Establishing The Triple Helix: Government, University and Private Sector Collaboration

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Why Innovation Performance Has Been Weak in Trinidad and Tobago: A View From Academia

Prof. St Clair King
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Why Innovation Performance Has Been Weak: A View from the Private Sector

Mr. Ronald Hinds
CEO, Teleios Systems Ltd

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Government-Industry-University Collaboration in the United States

Prof. Godfrey Mungal
Sobrato Professor of Engineering
School of Engineering
Santa Clara University

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2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Panel Discussion:
The Triple Helix: International Experiences of Government, University and Private Sector Collaboration

Moderator: Dr. Graham King

Dr David Leal-Ayala
Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Manufacturing Education & Consultancy Services, University of Cambridge

Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez-Nakazawa
Senior Industrial Fellow,
University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing

Professor St Clair King
Mr. Ronald Hinds
Professor Godfrey Mungal

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Institutional Structure for Governance of the Innovation Eco-system

Funding, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

Ms. Julie David
Senior Policy Analyst/Head of Policy, Research and Intelligence Department, NIHERST.

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Commercialisation and IP management for Startups

Dr. Kieron Swift
Business Unit Manager- Competitiveness and Innovation, Economic Development Advisory Board

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Legislation and Public Funding

Dr. Terrence Farrell
Chairman, Economic Development Advisory Board

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END OF DAY ONE

Conference Programme - Day 2

Wednesday June 28th

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Professor John Agard
Director, Office of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer

9:15 am - 9:45 am

EU Support for Implementation of NIP - Defining the EU/TT EDF11 Programme

Feedback Survey Part 1

Dr. Graham King
Lecturer, Dept. of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering, UWI St. Augustine

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HOW DO WE GET THERE? OPERATIONALISING THE NIP

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Creating Centres of Excellence: Observations on the Experience and Practice in Comparator Countries

Dr. David Leal-Ayala
Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Manufacturing Education and Consultancy Services, University of Cambridge

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Identifying Centres of Excellence for T&T through Landscaping and Roadmapping

Mr. Ricardo Gonzalez-Nakazawa
Senior Industrial Fellow,
University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing

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10:30 am - 11:15 am

3 of the 5 proposed Centres of Excellence: Food and Beverage, ICT and Aviation

Panel Discussion involving workshop participants from the 3 sectors:

  • Relevance of the sectors for diversification

  • Potential role of the Centres

  • Opportunities the Centres can pursue

Moderator: Dr David Leal-Ayala

Dr. David Leal-Ayala
Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Manufacturing Education and Consultancy Services, University of Cambridge

Workshop Participants:
Indigenous High-Value Added Agricultural-Based Products:

  • Dr. Duraisamy Saravanakumar
    Department of Food Production, UWI

ICT Platforms for Manufacturing and Services:

  • Mr. Jeevan Persad
    PhD Student, UWI St. Augstine

Aviation Services:

  • Mr. Parrissram Jaggernath
    University of Trinidad and Tobago

11:15 am

BREAK

11:15 - 12:30 pm

2 of the 5 proposed Centres of Excellence: Renewable Energy and Energy Services

Panel Discussion involving workshop participants from the 2 sectors

  • Relevance of the sectors for diversification

  • Potential role of the Centres

  • Opportunities the Centres can pursue

Moderator: Dr Graham King

Dr. Graham King
Lecturer, Dept. of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering, UWI St. Augustine

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Workshop Participants:

Renewable Energy:

  • Dr. Renique Murray
    Development Engineer, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UWI

Energy Engineering & Services:

  • Mr. Ravi Suryadevara
    CEO, Trinidad Valve & Fitting Company Ltd.

12:30 - 1:30 pm

LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Financing Innovation: Accessing Private Capital

Mrs. Kristine Gibbon-Thompson
Founder - Yay! Entertainment

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Venture Capital and Angel Investing

Mr. Gerard Thomas
Founder- Launch Rockit Co-Founder BitBoxTT

Funding Strategies for Start Up Companies

Mr. Ian Chinapoo
CEO - Unit  Trust Cooperation

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Discussion

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Keeping it Sustainable: Environmental Screening

Prof. John Agard
Director, Office of Research Development And Knowledge Transfer

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Keeping it Equitable: Gender & Vulnerabilities

Prof. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine
Dean, Faculty of Law

Dr. Jewel Amoah
Lecturer, Faculty of Law

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3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

The way forward: UWI and Triple Helix

Robert Bermudez
Chairman-Massy Group of Companies and UWI Chancellor Designate

Prof. Brian Copeland
Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine

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