Stronger Together: Celebrating Inspiring Collaborations & Remarkable Successes

What happens when teams and organizations unexpectedly move from competition to collaboration? Is competition for ideas and solutions really a zero sum game? Join us at this year’s CANARIE Summit to celebrate and learn from examples of remarkable successes born of unexpected collaborations. See for yourself how competitors, adversaries, and seemingly unconnected entities joined forces to develop brighter ideas, make faster discoveries, and amplify the greater good for all.


Challenge your assumptions of what winning looks like, in research and innovation.


Explore how global and national collaborations are making us safer, healthier, and more connected.


Engage with old friends and new colleagues to consider new collaborations that once seemed impossible.

Who Should Attend?

Research and Education Organizations

  • Vice Presidents, Finance and Administration
  • Vice Presidents, Research
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Researchers
  • Network Architects
  • Executive Directors and staff of non-profit organizations serving Canada’s research and education sector
  • Staff of Research and Education Networks

Private Sector

  • Cybersecurity professionals
  • Network engineers
  • Professionals in solutions and services focused on the Canadian research and education sector


  • Cybersecurity professionals


  • Mid-senior officers in Science Policy, Innovation, Information Technology/ Security

What to Expect at the CANARIE Summit?

You can expect an exceptional conference experience. The last in-person conference had an average attendee rating of 93% for the “Overall Experience.”

Dr. Bill Hunter

President & CEO | Canary Medical Inc.

Dr. Bill Hunter has spent his career examining ways to make medical devices safer, smarter, and more effective. He has 30 years of experience in healthcare as a former practicing physician, serial medtech entrepreneur, and chief executive. Dr. Hunter is also an innovator and inventor with over 200 patents and patent applications.

His latest venture, Canary Medical, uses implanted sensor technology to enable medical devices to self-report on function, activity, wear, complications, and patient outcomes.

Previously, Dr. Hunter served as CEO of Correvio, and prior to that, he was Founder/CEO of Angiotech, a world leader in the emerging field of drug-loaded medical devices and implants.

He has been awarded with the 2006 Principal Award from the Manning Foundation (one of Canada’s highest awards for innovation); BC Innovation Council’s Cecil Green Award for Science and Technology Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneur of the Year from the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association; and Canada’s 40 Under 40. He has a BSc from McGill University and a MSc and MD degree from the University of British Columbia.

Gihan Kamel

Principal Scientist and Team Supervisor | SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)

Dr. Gihan Kamel is the SESAME Infrared Beamline Principal Scientist/Team Supervisor, (on leave) from the Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, where she is a lecturer in biophysics.

Dr. Kamel obtained her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy, and held a researcher position at the Italian INFN’s Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati from 2014 to 2015.

In 2015, she took up the position of the Infrared Beamline Scientist at SESAME. Dr Kamel is also involved in the preparatory phases for the establishment of the African Light Source (AfLS). She is noted for her lectures on science for peace and science diplomacy, as well as women in science. She was acknowledged at the International Women’s Day 2017 by the President of the Italian Republic for her engagement at SESAME. She is the joint 2020 Laureate of the Eurêka Rive Sud Prize of the French organization, amcsti.

Tom O'Neill

Professor and Director, Individual and Team Performance Lab | Department of Psychology, University of Calgary

Tom is a global research leader in the areas of high-performance teamwork, virtual team and leader effectiveness, flexible remote and hybrid work, human-autonomy teaming, conflict and conflict management, personality, and assessment. Tom has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, and through consulting and speaking engagements he has translated the science of high-performance teamwork and flexible remote work into practice. He founded Work EvOHlution, which supports organizations with hybrid work. He created, which is the leading Canadian teamwork assessment and development software platform used in post-secondary student learning teams. More than 500,000 assessments have been taken. Tom edited a book with co-authors that is coming out this fall, called The Handbook of Virtual Work.


Rashid Sumaila

University Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs | University of British Columbia

Rashid Sumaila is a University Killam Professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. His research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation, and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills. Simply put, the whole world is Sumaila’s workplace, as he has experience working in six continents.

Dr. Sumaila received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bergen and his B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying) from the Ahmadu Bello University. Sumaila is widely published and cited. He won the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019. His interest in the environment started early in life, his grandfather used to say that people should, “walk as if the ground feels pain.”


Please note: the CANARIE Summit will be conducted in English, but simultaneous French interpretation will be offered.

October 25, 2022
Morning Program
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Summit Sessions

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Break and Networking

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Summit Sessions

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking Session

Afternoon Program
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Summit Sessions

3:30 – 4 p.m.

Break and Networking

4 – 5 p.m.

Summit Sessions

5 – 7 p.m.

Welcome Reception

October 26, 2022
Morning Program
8 – 9 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Summit Sessions

10 – 10:30 a.m.

Break and Networking

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Summit Sessions

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking Session


All fees are in CAD and are subject to HST. Registration fees include all on-site meals throughout the Summit, including the Welcome Reception on October 25. This year’s Summit is optimized for an in-person experience; however, all sessions will be streamed live via Zoom for guests who are unable to attend.

 CANARIE Members*Non-Members
Early Bird Rate (before September 12)$349$399
Standard Rate (September 13 - October 7)$399$449
Late and On-Site Registration Rate (October 8 - 26)$499$549
Student (10 student passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Student identification will be verified onsite)$149$199

*Check to see if your organization is a Member of CANARIE.

Register Now

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in person and recognize that everyone’s comfort levels are different. Our team is working hard to make the event feel comfortable and safe for all attendees.

The venue’s protocols will depend on Ontario’s public health guidelines in October. Additionally, we will take a few steps for the comfort and added safety of our staff and attendees:

– Full vaccination (as defined by Health Canada) is mandatory for all attendees. Upon check-in, all attendees’ vaccination status will be verified, along with government-issued photo ID.

– All hotel staff who are serving meals and/or clearing our conference space will wear a mask.

– Masks are strongly recommended for all attendees throughout the conference, except while eating, drinking, or presenting.

– Complementary rapid antigen tests will be available for all attendees at the registration desk.

To keep our staff and other attendees safe, we respectfully ask you to join the virtual stream of the Summit if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.


The CANARIE Summit is an annual showcase for trailblazing visionaries from academia, the private sector, and the public service who discuss their transformative work with an intimate gathering of senior-level leaders from Canada’s research, education, and innovation communities.

CANARIE Summit sponsors can strengthen their exposure to and collaboration with attendees through extended networking sessions and opportunities that include brand promotion, exhibition, and the introduction of speakers.

2019 Attendee Profile



Travel & Accommodations


Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is centrally located in Toronto, steps from Nathan Phillips Square and within a 10-minute walk of Toronto Eaton Centre. A recent transformation includes a new arrival experience, lobby, world-class culinary experiences, open and collaborative workspaces, and over 130,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests can work out in the 24-hour fitness centre or relax in the waterfall garden during their stay.

CANARIE has secured a room block at a highly discounted rate, starting at $269/night + taxes, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Please note: There are limited spots available in this block. Hotel rooms in Toronto throughout October are at a premium, so please book your accommodations as soon as possible, using the link below.

CANARIE Summit Reservations: Direct Reservation Link

You can also make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1-888-627-7175. Please quote the group name (CANARIE Summit 2022) when you call.

Hotel Room Rate – Delegate Block

  • Run of house guestrooms / 2 Queens or King – $ 269.00 + taxes
  • Premium Guest Room, Club Lounge Access – $419.00 + taxes

Room reservations – cut-off date

The last day you can book reservations in the group room block is October 3, 2022, by 4 p.m. ET.
Rooms will likely sell out so please book early.


  • Valet parking: $67.80 inclusive of taxes (in and out privileges)
  • Self-parking: There are various indoor parking garages near the hotel. The closest self-parking – Nathan Phillips Square (1km from property) $20 per day

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Getting there

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 2M9

Tel: +1 416-361-1000

Toronto Pearson International Airport

Distance From Property: 4.9 KM

Approximately an $75 cab ride or the UP Train from Pearson Airport to Union Station

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Distance From Property: 3.1 KM

Approximately an $40 cab ride or you can take the Porter Shuttle bus to the Royal York Hotel, opposite Union Station

Public Transportation

Bus Station

Union Station Bus Terminal

Subway Stations

Queen Subway Station (Yonge Street line)

Osgoode Subway Station (University Avenue line)

Train Station

Union Station

Approximately an $15 cab ride, or 12-minute walk

Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit or extend your stay in Toronto by checking out Destination Toronto’s list of things to do in the area.


Please email or call 1-613-680-6950.

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