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Ontario's Next Competitive Advantage

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Monday, 17 September 2018 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Ontario's Next Competitive Advantage

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee HST Quantity
OCC Member - Full Day Admission
Full Day Starts @ 9:30 am at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (includes morning Strategy Session, Lunch and Networking Reception)
31 Aug 2018 Free $0.00 $0.00
OCC Member - 1/2 Day (Lunch - Reception)
1/2 Day Starts @ 12:00 pm at MaRS Discovery District (includes Lunch and Networking Reception)
31 Aug 2018 Free $0.00 $0.00
Non-Member - Full Day Admission
Full Day Starts @ 9:30 am at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (includes morning Strategy Session, Lunch and Networking Reception)
31 Aug 2018 $90.00 $0.00 $11.70
Non-Member - 1/2 Day
1/2 Day Starts @ 12:00 pm at MaRS Discovery District (includes Lunch and Networking Reception)
31 Aug 2018 $80.00 $0.00 $10.40
Non-Member - Networking Reception Only
Networking Reception is from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at MaRS Discovery District in the Atrium.
31 Aug 2018 $30.00 $2.25 $4.19

Event Details


The OCC is pleased to invite you to 


Championing the Health & Life Sciences Sector as Essential to Our Economy

NOW - Monday September 17th, 2018 | 9:30am to 6pm

MaRS Discovery District & University of Toronto


Strategy Session
  • 9:30 - 9:45am | Registration & Networking (Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy & MaRS)
  • 9:45 - 11:45am | Concurrent Strategy Sessions
Main Event 
  • 12:00 - 12:30pm | Lunch
  • 12:30 - 1:00pm | Keynote address from Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario’s Chief Scientist
  • 1:00 - 1:50pm | Session I – Help Us Help You: Aligning public policy with economic goals
  • 1:50 - 2:40pm | Session II – If you build it...: Creating an environment for success
  • 2:40 - 3:00pm | Break
  • 3:00 - 3:50pm | Session III – Communicating Our Value: Lessons from other sectors
  • 3:50 - 4:00pm | Closing
Networking Reception
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm | Cocktail Reception


The diverse health and life sciences sector is aligned with evergreen government priorities such as strengthening the health care system, creating high-paying jobs, “greening” our environment, and developing the knowledge economy. While Ontario has a growing competitive advantage in this sector, government does not yet view the life sciences as essential to our economy.

On May 10, join participants from industry, research, and services to frame Ontario’s health and life sciences sector as a competitive advantage and help develop an effective sector narrative. Featuring a keynote address from Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario’s first Chief Scientist.

We are pleased to present this conference in two segments: concurrent morning work sessions in which participants will dig into the big issues impacting the sector and develop recommendations for advocacy; and an afternoon event featuring expert speakers, lively debate, and new ideas for raising the profile of the health and life sciences sector with government and the public. Participants are welcome to register for one or both segments; your ticket also grants you access to the networking cocktail reception.

Presented in partnership with Life Sciences Ontario.


OCC Members receive two complimentary registrations.  To register more than two participants, please contact Deanna Lahey, for pricing options.

Full Day  (9:30am - 6pm)
$90 per registrant

Includes strategy session, main event, & networking reception

Half Day (12pm - 6pm)
$80 per registrant

Includes main event, & networking reception

Networking Reception (4pm - 6pm)
$30 per registrant

Includes networking reception
9:45am - 11:45am
*Registration at 9:30am

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy 
University of Toronto - Registration in Lobby
144 College Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3M2 (map)


12:00pm - 6:00pm
*Registration at 11:30 a.m.

MaRS Discovery District
(Lower Concourse & Auditorium)
101 College Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7 (map)

Partnering with the OCC will allow your organization to:
  • Create significant visibility as life sciences leader among a cross-section of industries and government
  • Have the opportunity to present the session with the conference keynote, Ontario’s first Chief Scientist
  • Play an important role in crafting the content of the conference and directing the outcomes for government
  • Network with key influencers in the health and life sciences ecosystem
For partnership inquiries, please contact Joshua Goodman, Director, Business Development.

Please contact Ashley Challinor, Director of Policy.
MEDIA inquiries, contact 
Jessica Georgakopoulos, Director of Communications.
PAYMENT inquires, contact Gina El Zobeir, Accounting Officer. 
Have questions about Ontario's Next Competitive Advantage? Contact Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Monday, 17 September 2018 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce


For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business.


The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members. The OCC’s vision is to foster a vibrant and economically sustainable province that is driven by an innovative, successful and ever-expanding business community. From innovative SMEs to established multinational corporations and industry associations, the OCC is committed to working with our members to improve business competitiveness across all sectors. The OCC represents local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in over 135 communities across Ontario, steering public policy conversations provincially and within local communities.


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