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Dr. Cooper Langford Blog #15

25, April 2018 – Blog #15

Dr. Cooper Langford

Most of you know that Dr. Cooper Langford passed away on March 11th, 2018.  His Celebration of Life will be at the Best Western Village Park Inn, 1806 Crowchild Trail, Calgary, T2M 3Y7, on April 30th from 2:00-5:00.

We dedicate this blog to him, a review of his huge contribution to THECIS over the years by looking at some of the projects he contributed to.

Cooper was co-founder of THECIS in 2001, and was a Board member and active Fellow right up to the end.  He made many contributions to THECIS. This is just a brief summary of some of his project involvement.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)  2013- February 2018

Since 2013 Cooper authored numerous GEM reports, including the Canada 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 reports. At the time of his passing he was working on the GEM Canada 2017 report. He also wrote the GEM Alberta reports for 2013-2016.  His work on these reports set the standard for the other GEM reports that were written in Canada since 2013. Cooper also attended the GEM Annual meeting in Monterey, Mexico in 2014.

InnoWest 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010

InnoWest is the western Canadian Innovation Conference. THECIS has organised this event since 2004, and it has become an annual event, with steadily increasing attendance from across western Canada and beyond. Cooper was a mainstay at organizing these events.

Science to Society Workshop 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

This event is organised to provide business information to 50- 70 graduate students in science, engineering ICT, health and agriculture. It takes place at a weekend on October in Banff.  Support has come from iCORE, Alberta Ingenuity, AHFMR, the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, NSERC Prairies and the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Cooper attended all the workshops and led many of the sessions.

Ingenuity 601 [Graduate Innovation Course], 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

This project, carried out for Alberta Ingenuity, was to develop and deliver a learning experience to graduate students in Alberta to acquaint them with the basics of business concepts and give them experience working on a business related project in a multidisciplinary environment.  Cooper led many of these sessions.

Health Research Translation Project, 2009
This course is modelled on Ingenuity 601 but targeted at graduate students in medical, health and biosciences and related fields such as medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, life sciences and biomedical engineering. Cooper designed and delivered the courses, and Anne Tyrie facilitated the sessions.

Second Banff Innovation Summit, 2008.

The theme of the second Banff Innovation Summit was “The resource industries as engines of economic diversification”. The Summit took place in September, with about 30 senior individuals from industry, government and university from the four western provinces. The Summit was supported by Western Economic Diversification, the Alberta government, iCORE and NSERC Prairies. Cooper actively participated in the planning and execution of this Summit.

Pathways Project, 2008

Industry Canada asked us to review the various pathways that knowledge travels from university to business in Canada, and provide examples of each type of pathway identified. Cooper led the project team and wrote the final report.

International Comparison Review, 2008.

This project developed an analysis of the policies being pursued in different countries to encourage industry-university collaboration; assessed the various strengths and weaknesses of various national approached; provided a critical assessment of the organizational structures of universities that underpin university-industry collaboration; and identified best practices and principles. This was for Industry Canada. The project team consisted of Cooper and Richard Hawkins.

ICT Sector Performance in Alberta, 2007/8

This project, supported by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, is a follow on from the Alberta Innovation Scorecard project. It aims to answer two questions: How is the ICT sector performing in Alberta?  How is the government doing supporting the sector? Cooper organized the workshop, along with Jeremy Hall.

Foresight Scoping Workshop, 2007

This was a foresight exercise to identify applications that may emerge from the convergence of nano-technology, biotechnology and ICT. It is initiated by the Office of the National Science Advisor and supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Biotechnology Secretariat and CMC Microsystems. Cooper was a mainstay of the project team, along with Richard Hawkins, Peter Josty, Ted Heidrick, and Jeremy Hall.

University Business Collaboration, 2007

This project is a critical review of the literature on how university researchers collaborate with industrial firms, and how those relationships can result in commercial products. Supported by Industry Canada.  Cooper wrote this report.

First Banff Innovation Summit 2006

The goal of turning Western Canada into a dynamic, diversified and internationally competitive knowledge-based economy must be supported with policies and strategies that take account of both leading-edge ideas and local knowledge about how to assess and improve innovation performance.

The Banff Innovation Summit brought together 30-40 carefully selected industry, policy and academic stakeholders in economic diversification and innovation will interact with an elite international group of experts who are producing leading-edge ideas and knowledge concerning innovation policy and strategy. A speaker from the OECD in Paris provides the keynote address. The Summit was funded by a number of organizations, including the Governments of Canada, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC, and the University of Calgary. Cooper actively participated in the planning and execution of this Summit.

University Research Park Vision and Conceptual Masterplan, 2005.

THECIS worked with a consortium of firms of architects to develop a Vision and Conceptual master plan for the rejuvenation of the University Research Park. This was done for Calgary Technologies, the University of Calgary and Alberta Infrastructure. Cooper was a mainstay of this project.

Health Innovation 2005, 2006, 2007

This project was funded by a private Calgary based Foundation. It was a year long study of the health industry in Alberta, to identify the main characteristics of the industry and celebrate its successes. The results of this work were disseminated across Alberta by a series of workshops in major centres organised by THECIS.  Cooper was Principal Investigator on this project.

Innovation System data Initiative 2005/6

Policy makers often need better and more timely information than is currently available from Statistics Canada. This project – supported by Alberta Innovation and Science, Western Economic Diversification and NRC-IRAP – addressed this need by sending a graduate student to Ottawa and supervising him to obtain information of value to the project sponsors. Cooper supervised the student who went to Ottawa for this project.

Return to Community – the Impact of the University of Calgary on its Community. 2004

The University of Calgary asked THECIS to prepare a report showing the impact the University has on the community. This report was subsequently used in discussions at the university Senate and by other bodies.

His presence will be missed for a long time to come at the THECIS office, on our board and future projects.

 

 


THECIS Board Members – January 2019

THECIS Board Members, as of June 2018

Ron Dyck (Chair) President, InnovaWay Inc., former ADM government of Alberta

Peter Josty, Executive Director, THECIS. Calgary.

Richard Hawkins. Former Chair, Science and Innovation Policy, University of Calgary.

Ray Bassett. Former ADM government of Alberta

Mark Fedorak. President and CEO, Xanantec Technologies Inc. Edmonton.

Blake Bartlett. Director, Forecasting, Alberta Health Services

Daphne Cheel. Formerly with the Alberta Government

Myka Osinchuk. President and CEO, Xanantec Technologies Inc. Edmonton

 

 


THECIS Board – Bio’s October – 2019

     Ronald Dyck  (Chair)

Ronald J. Dyck, PhD has over 37 years of executive and senior management experience in the public, academic and not-for-profit sectors, Ron has provided leadership to governments, academia, agencies, communities and companies in accelerating the identification, development, implementation and evaluation/reviews of needs-based, sustainable solutions through realizing and applying the benefits of science, technology and innovation.

Peter Josty photo low resolution     Peter Josty 

Peter Josty, PhD has been Executive Director of THECIS since 2001. THECIS is a not for profit research company that specializes in innovation research.

Before this he had a diversified career in the chemical industry in Canada, holding positions as research chemist, market development specialist, technical manager, new products application manager, business development manager and head of strategy and planning. In these roles he was a practitioner of innovation and led numerous new product introductions to North American markets.

Peter has a PhD in chemistry from the University of London and an MBA from IMI [now IMD] in Geneva Switzerland.

 

     Richard Hawkins

Richard is a political economist, at present  is a professor in the science, technology and society program at the University of Calgary. He is also senior fellow at THECIS and fellow of the Institute for Science Society and Policy (University of Ottawa).  He has authored over 100 scientific publications and reports on science, technology and industry policy.  He also has extensive international experience as a policy consultant and advisor. Major clients have included the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, Industry Canada, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), The Standards Council of Canada, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the UK Office of Science and Technology, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the International Labor Organization, the Italian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (AGCOM), the London Metropolitan Police Service, the Telecommunication Managers Association (UK) and the British Standards Institution.

He holds BA and MA degrees from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and a DPhil from the University of Sussex (UK).

 

     Mark Fedorak

Mark Fedorak P.Eng, PMP has over 20 years of technical, business, and project management expertise and his current primary position is as CEO of Xanantec Technologies Inc. an Edmonton based Electrical Engineering consulting firm.  Mark has worked on over 300 projects, and has been in the role of CEO, CTO, or Chief Engineer in a number of different medical and high tech startups.  Mark has served on a number of not for profit boards and provides THECIS with an SME perspective.

 

Bartlett, Walter, 2015     Blake Bartlett

Blake  is a CPA (Charted Professional Accountant) and MBA (Master of Business Administration).  He has 20 years of public sector experience including financial leadership roles in the areas of health, advanced education, innovation and technology.  He is currently the Director of Forecasting and Financial Analytics for Alberta Health Services.

 

     Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett  B.Comm  MBA.   Retired after 37 years of public service with the Governments of Canada and Alberta.  Ray has a wide range of executive management and policy experience covering transportation, economic development & trade, agriculture & food, innovation & science, and advanced education.  At the end of his career he was a member of team supporting the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy.

 

     Daphne Cheel

Daphne worked in government and government agencies for 35 years.  She started her career at the Alberta Research Council conducting applied environmental research – in the areas of landscape dynamics, resource management decision support systems, and corporate environmental risk management.  After 18 years of “doing science”, she moved to the Alberta Science and Research Authority to work in the area of science and innovation policy.  Since then, her work in government has spanned many domains – from health to oil sands, and a number of different ministry portfolios – such as, science, resource management and economic development.  Throughout, her career has focused on systems, strategy, policy and performance.  She’s recognized as a collaborative, systems thinker, with a proven track record in government systems and management.  After retiring from government service, Daphne has incorporated a small consulting company: dbkc3 Solutions Inc., offering research, systems, performance and management consulting.

Daphne has a master’s degree in environmental science (University of Alberta) and a bachelor of science (honours) in chemistry (Trent University).

 

Anita Arduini Anita Arduini

Anita is currently Director with Portfire Associates, a consulting company to the Energy and Petrochemical industrial sectors.  Previously, she worked as Program Director with CMC Research Institutes (Carbon Management Canada) and as the Executive Director Research for the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

She has held numerous industry positions spanning a 25-year period including Technology Business Development Manager at NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Research Scientist at Canadian Fracmaster and Development Specialist at Union Carbide Canada.  As a result of her experiences in the corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors, she is well-versed in research promotion and facilitation and all aspects of technology commercialization.

She received a B.Sc. (Honours Chemistry) from the University of British Columbia and a PhD (Inorganic Chemistry) from the University of Alberta.

 

Barb Carra

As Cybera’s Chief Operating Officer, Barb spearheads the development of the organization’s policy, and strategic and operational initiatives. This includes the blueprint for how Cybera advances information and communications technologies in Alberta. She frequently meets with municipal, provincial and federal government leaders to champion the digital needs of Canadians, focusing on growing internet access and computational capabilities.

With a PhD in applied research, spatial statistics and data modeling, Barb brings a decade of experience in data analytics and policy to Cybera allowing her to act as a bridge between research and technical domains. As a scientist, she learned early on the value of open data, and the importance of making decisions based on well-rounded research. That insight has proved vital in her role at Cybera, which frequently acts as a steward and advocate for Alberta research and data-driven decisions.

In 2018, she was selected to join the Government of Alberta’s Talent Advisory Council on Technology, which provided advice and input on strategies, investments, and outcomes to grow Alberta’s tech talent. She sits on various boards and committees. Barb earned her Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Internet Society of Canada.

 

Picture of Jim Saunderson Jim Saunderson

Jim Saunderson retired after 36 years of experience in the federal public service including senior leadership roles as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer with Western Economic Diversification Canada.   He has wide ranging experience including economic development, program delivery, inter-departmental and inter-governmental collaboration as well as financial and human resource management. Jim holds a BA (Honours) in political science from Carleton University and completed the Canada School of Public Service Advanced Leadership Program.

 

Karen Sharp

Karen Sharp (PhD) has mostly retired after 4 decades in the energy industry, with some time in the education and non-profits sectors.  She has an B.A and M.A. in economics and mathematics and used that background as an energy economist with a small Calgary consulting firm.  Later she shifted to long term planning roles, and obtained her doctorate in Management (Finance) while consulting on strategy and regulation, including cost of capital.  Karen was in a senior technical role at the National Energy Board and in management at Nova Gas Transmission Limited and the City of Calgary.  Karen is a published author in Financial and Energy Journals.  Also Karen has consulted to non-profit organizations on governance, and served on the Boards of non-profit organizations.

 

M_Cote_Ball_bio     Martha Cote’ Ball

Martha has been the Executive Secretary of THECIS since its beginning in 2001.  During this time, she also worked for TWM, and was the Administrator for Strategic Leadership Forum – Calgary Chapter for 10 years.  She has held many positions in different organizations and companies over the years.  A graduate of Mount Royal University, she has a diverse background in leadership, leisure leadership and coaching, event co-ordination and planning, healthcare, and pastoral care.