Levers for Improving Canadian Competitiveness in the Global Economy

In our wrap-up session for the 2018/2019 season, we will explore the board’s role in ensuring the competitiveness of Canadian companies within the rapidly changing dynamics of the global economy. In an era of unprecedented change, disruption and short term thinking, how can Canadian companies create sustainable long-term value? What are the obstacles and challenges Canadian companies face in achieving global growth? We will examine this issue from multiple perspectives, including: intellectual property creation, rights and data ownership, access to capital and financing, and broader strategic issues (regulation, geopolitics, risk aversion).


Dale Ponder has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, leader and advisor. She is Co-Chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, the board chair of the Canadian Business Growth Fund and is a member of the boards of Morneau Shepell and Choice Properties REIT. She has served as a mentor in the Women’s Executive Network and as member of not for profit boards, which currently include Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and the Caldwell Partners Top 40 Under 40 Advisory Board. Dale holds an LLB from Western University in London, Ontario.

Peter Cowan is the founder and Principal Consultant at Northworks IP, an Intellectual Property Strategy Advisory firm that was founded to help companies maximize value of their IP assets through a business focused approach to IP. He has provided IP advisory and operational expertise to executives and boards in various jurisdictions, and is the author of numerous magazine publications including IP based articles on strategy and board governance. For 6 years running (2014-2019) Peter has been nominated by his peers and was listed in the IAM Strategy 300 as one of the world’s leading IP strategists, a list researched and published by the London UK based IAM Magazine. Peter holds his B.Eng from the University of Victoria, his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Victoria, and his LLM (Intellectual Property) from York University in Toronto.

Benji Sucher is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Radical Ventures, which is a USD $350M Series A focused AI/deep technology venture fund based in Canada. Prior to Radical, Benji was COO at Layer 6, which was acquired by TD Bank in January 2018. Before joining Layer 6, he was a VP of M&A and Integration at Constellation Software (TSX:CSU). At Constellation, he was responsible for acquiring, integrating and growing companies around the world. Benji also worked in Private Equity and holds a CPA designation


Barrie McKenna is a correspondent and columnist for The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau. From 1997 until 2010, he covered Washington for The Globe’s bureau in the U.S. capital. During his U.S. posting, he traveled widely, filing stories from more than 30 states. Barrie has also been a frequent visitor to Japan and South Korea on reporting assignments. He has also worked in Montreal and Toronto. A native Montrealer, he has degrees from McGill University (History) and Carleton University (Journalism). He is a five-time finalist for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards and winner of two Canadian Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.


June 20, 2019

Registration: 7:15 a.m.
Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Location | Lieu:

The National Club
Main Dining Room
303 Bay St.

CEUs | CFCs:


Price | Prix :

Member: $65 +tax
Non-member: $85 +tax

Organizer | Organisateur:

Ontario Chapter

Contact | Contacter:

Kala Limbani