Canada’s Robotics Moment

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Date(s) - 08/02/2018
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Autodesk Technology Centre



Canada has a unique opportunity to leverage its international reputation in artificial intelligence to tap into the fast-growing commercial robotics market. Canada invested early and wisely in AI. That laid the foundation for major breakthroughs, culminating in the recent explosion in investment, commercial activity and global recognition as an AI hotbed.

Robotics is the next frontier for innovation and investment. The Canadarm delivered international profile for executing high-stakes feats of robotic ingenuity. That success has been repeated in field after field without similar recognition. It’s time for a national robotics strategy.

Led by Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics, speakers will explore the collaborations, supports and partnerships needed to establish Canada as a global player in the commercial robotics market. A panel from industry, government and academia will discuss Canada’s strengths and how to capitalize on them to build a vibrant robotics industry.


2:30 pm. Welcome, Adriana Ieraci, Founder, GYBO Robotics Network

2:35 pm. A National Robotics Strategy for Canada, Hallie Siegel, Innovation Strategist

2:50 pm. Global Trends and Opportunities, Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics

4:05 pm. Panel Discussion: Making it Happen

5:00 pm. Networking

A National Robotics Strategy for Canada
Hallie Siegel, Innovation Strategist
Robotics is key to the next wave of innovation. Competing jurisdictions have developed comprehensive multi-year strategies that specifically target robotics as a critical area for investment and R&D.
Canada is the only G7 country without a national robotics initiative, risking talent, investment, jobs and reputation in the face of fierce global competition. Hallie Siegel, Dean’s Scholar at the Strategic Foresight and Innovation Lab at OCAD, reports back on the NSERC-funded Canadian Robotics Stakeholder Meeting in Vancouver to explore these issues and the way forward.

Global Trends and Opportunities
Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
Silicon Valley is synonymous with high tech innovation. Its name and reputation came from the semiconductor industry, but as trends in robotics, AI, machine learning and investment collide, Silicon Valley has evolved into a hotbed for commercial robotics activity. Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics – the region’s premiere robotics association – walks us through new innovation practices from co-work initiatives and hardware accelerators that have emerged to help corporations, research establishments and investors meet ‘the need for speed’ in this new wave of robotics innovation and commercialization.

Panel: Making it Happen

Dr. Molly Schoichet, OC, OOnt, Chief Scientist, Ontario
Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
Hallie Siegel, Innovation Strategist
Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Dean of Applied Technology, Humber College
Dr. William Melek, Director of Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Presented By

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Community Partners

IEEE Women in Engineering Toronto Chapter

IEEE Toronto Section

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