Think the pandemic was disruptive?
Fasten your seatbelts, because today there’s AI in the classroom, nation-state attackers on your network, misinformation quoted as fact, and climate events that are more substantial each year. Join the conversation at the CANARIE Summit and learn how leaders in Canada’s research, education, and innovation sectors are taking action to reframe disruption as a gateway to innovation.
Challenge your perceptions about disruption and reframe them as an opportunity for growth.
Explore tomorrow’s disruptors and consider whether to embrace or mitigate their impacts.
Engage with old friends and new colleagues to consider new ways to leverage disruption to strengthen the collective good.
Who Should Attend?
Research and Education Organizations
- Vice Presidents, Finance and Administration
- Vice Presidents, Research
- Chief Information Officers
- Chief Information Security Officers
- Network Architects
- Cybersecurity professionals
- Network engineers
- Entrepreneurs & professionals focused on the Canadian research and education sector
- Executive Directors and staff of non-profit organizations serving Canada’s research and education sector
- Staff of Research and Education Networks
- Mid-senior officers in Science Policy, Innovation, Information Technology/Security
What to Expect at the CANARIE Summit?
You can expect an exceptional 1.5 days with your colleagues and new connections. Last year’s Summit had an average attendee score of 96% for “Overall Experience”!
Amazing and mind-blowing conference! Incredible speakers with diverse and thought-provoking topics. A very well-organized conference that far exceeded expectations. I enjoyed the conference immensely and would highly recommend it to others. I look forward to the next CANARIE Summit. Thank you!
The speakers were all great and engaging, networking opportunities were amazing, and the balance and timing of the overall conference is well done. Good job to the team!
The presenters were all extremely engaging…The event was very well organized, nothing felt rushed or prolonged. Well done!
Great turnout! One of the best conferences of the year (and there are many as we know). Small enough not to get lost in the shuffle, large enough for great connections and collaborations. Great content and fabulous hosts!
We are thrilled to have the following speakers joining us in Montreal!
Stay tuned for further program announcements.
Author of The Battle for Your Brain | Legal Scholar & Ethicist | Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & SocietyRead Bio
Innovation Strategist & Author of “The Bold Ones”Read Bio
First Female White House CIO, Technology Thought Leader and Cybersecurity ExpertRead Bio
Journalist & Science Communicator | Czech TV, Czech RepublicRead Bio
Founder, Anyon Systems & Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McGill UniversityRead Bio
Author of The Battle for Your Brain | Legal Scholar & Ethicist | Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Nita Farahany is a widely published scholar on the ethics of emerging technologies, and author of the book The Battle for Your Brain: Defending Your Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology.
From 2010-2017, Nita served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. In 2022, she was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the NC Delegation for the Uniform Law Commission.
Nita also serves in a number of capacities for several organizations including the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke, the American Law Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Scientific American, among others.
Nita is a co-editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Journal of Law and Biosciences, a frequent commentator for national media and radio, and keynote speaker at events including TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the World Economic Forum, and judicial conferences worldwide.
She received her AB in Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology from Dartmouth College, an ALM in biology from Harvard University, and a JD and MA from Duke University, as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy.
Innovation Strategist & Author of “The Bold Ones”
As a globally recognized innovation strategist and bestselling author, Shawn Kanungo works at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to help them better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation. In his high energy keynotes, Kanungo draws on his extensive experience to provide audiences with an optimistic roadmap for the future; one that embraces unexpected approaches to innovation to remain competitive and relevant.
Since leaving Deloitte, Kanungo has worked with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He’s led complex projects incorporating artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, behavioural economics, Web3, and more. Today, Kanungo is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends and invests in early-stage ventures.
Kanungo’s work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CBC, and CTV. He’s been recognized by Edify Magazine as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” and the “best virtual keynote speaker I’ve ever seen” by Forbes in 2021.
A prolific content creator, Kanungo’s content on innovation has garnered millions of views across LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook. His bestselling debut book, The Bold Ones, is a playbook for individuals to become bolder and push their careers and companies forward. It has been touted as one of McKinsey’s top decision-making books for leaders.
First Female White House CIO, Technology Thought Leader and Cybersecurity Expert
A visionary in the digital world and respected authority on cybersecurity, Theresa Payton is leading the way as an inventor of new security designs, in addition to helping organizations in both the public and private sectors protect their most valuable resources.
Theresa made history as the first woman to serve as White House Chief Information Officer for President George W. Bush and his administration, and later went on to co-found Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, and Fortalice Solutions, a world-class cybersecurity consulting firm.
Theresa has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Security” (Security Magazine), “Top 50 Cybersecurity Leaders” (Business Insider – 2020), and “Top 50 Women in Tech” (Awards Magazine – 2021), to name a few.
In addition to authoring multiple industry-leading books on IT strategy and cybersecurity, including Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth, which made The Guardian’s list of the “Top 10 Books About Cybercrime,” Theresa has been a frequent guest on numerous media outlets, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and MSNBC. She also starred on the reality TV series Hunted, where real people attempted to drop off the grid while highly trained investigators (including Payton) “hunted” to catch them.
Journalist & Science Communicator | Czech TV, Czech Republic
Daniel Stach is a journalist, science communicator, television professional, and the host of two popular Czech TV programs, “Hyde Park Civilisation” and “Veda24”, that captivate audiences with their exploration of scientific wonders.
Beyond his passion and commitment to promoting science through media, Daniel has delivered special broadcasts on critical current event topics like the COVID pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and groundbreaking scientific discoveries. He has also interviewed countless distinguished guests, including 35 Nobel Prize laureates, and a live interview with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, showcasing his ability to connect with experts across many disciplines.
In fact, his exceptional contributions to the promotion of science have earned him recognition from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, in addition to a minor planet – 93256 Stach – being named in his honour.
Outside of the realm of science, Daniel is also an active host of various social and sporting events, including such prestigious competitions as the Prague International Marathon, and the World Championships and World Cups in slalom kayaking and mountain biking.
When not immersed in his professional pursuits, Daniel finds solace in the outdoors as an avid kayaker, runner, and snowboarder, with a passion for reading science fiction and fantasy. Daniel cherishes his roles as a loving husband and father to a son and a daughter, sharing their home with their beloved feline companion, Mr. Rozarka.
Founder, Anyon Systems & Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University
Alireza Yazdi is a deep-tech entrepreneur with an interest in cutting-edge technologies that hold great promise in making a positive impact on humanity.
Alireza founded Anyon Systems, a world-leading quantum computing company in 2014 after realizing that the computational power of semiconductor-based computers was not enough to tackle some of the world’s most important challenges. His goal since then has been to introduce revolutionary quantum computing platforms with applications in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, drug design, and cybersecurity.
Anyon Systems now delivers turn-key Noisy, Intermediate-Scale, Quantum (NISQ) computers to early adopters ranging from government agencies, high performance computing centers, and pharmaceutical and tech companies active in artificial intelligence and big data.
Alireza holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, where he is also an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering supervising doctoral students. Prior to founding Anyon Systems, Alireza was a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University and RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
Besides his technical work, Alireza is an avid student of geopolitics, particularly the role of technology in shaping modern geopolitical events and world order.
To help maximize the value of personal connections and networking, we’re excited to welcome you back to a fully in-person experience. Most sessions will be recorded (pending speaker consent) and recordings will be shared with all registered attendees.
Please note: the CANARIE Summit will be conducted in English, but simultaneous French interpretation will be offered.
Program details will be posted when available.
|October 18, 2023|
|9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.|
|5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.|
CANARIE 30th Anniversary Reception
|October 19, 2023|
|9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
|1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
Cybersecurity Conference (details to follow)
All fees are in CAD and are subject to QST. Registration fees include all on-site meals throughout the Summit, including the CANARIE 30th Anniversary Reception on October 18.
|Early Bird Rate (ends August 12)||$349||$399|
|Standard Rate (August 13 - October 7)||$449||$499|
|Late and On-Site Registration Rate (October 8 - 18)||$549||$599|
|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
The CANARIE Summit is an annual showcase for trailblazing visionaries 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.
2022 Attendee Profile
|Summit Premier Partner|
|Summit Collaborating Partner|
|À la carte Add-ons|
(Must be purchased with another level)
|*For CANARIE Members. Non-Member Price is $10,100.||*For CANARIE Members. Non-Member Price is $7,600.||*For CANARIE Members. Non-Member Price is $5,100.||*For CANARIE Members. Non-Member Price is $5,100.|
|Number available||2 available|
1 @ Program Partner
1 @ Reception Partner
Selection on first come, first served basis.
|Number of passes||4||3||1||3||3 passes = $1,000|
|Promoted in Summit communications, including social media|
|Logo on Summit signage|
|Logo and link on Summit website|
|Logo in Summit Program||$1,000|
|Introduction of Summit speaker|
Selection on first come, first served basis.
(based on availability)
|Remarks at Reception|
|Mention in CANARIE Summit announcement|
|List of consented attendees||$1,000|
CANARIE reserves the right to accept or decline any sponsorship requests.
* CANARIE Membership includes an annual $2,600 discount for a CANARIE program, i.e. Summit Sponsorship or participation in the Canadian Access Federation. Members may select the CANARIE program to which to apply this discount. To become a CANARIE Member, please submit this application.
How to Become a Sponsor
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Travel & Accommodations
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 Sherbrooke Street West
The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is centrally located in downtown Montréal near McGill University and dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. Footsteps away from some of Montréal’s finest shopping, dining, and art galleries, the hotel offers the comforts of home in a chic, urban setting. Guests can work out in the 24-hour fitness centre or book a self-care treatment at the on-site spa.
CANARIE has secured a room block at a highly discounted rate, starting at $259/night + taxes, at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal.
There are limited spots available in this block. Hotel rooms in Montréal 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 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664). Please quote the group name (CANARIE Summit 2023) when you call.
Room reservations – cut-off date
The last day you can book reservations in the group room block is Monday, September 25, 2023, by 5 p.m. ET. Rooms will likely sell out so please book early.
Please note: A non-refundable deposit for one night’s stay will be charged 72 hours before check-in.
- Valet parking: $41.75 plus applicable taxes (includes in and out privileges)
- Self-parking: Parking Supérieur available near the hotel: $16.53 plus applicable taxes (no in and out privileges)
Prices are subject to change without notice.
1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Distance From Property: 19.4 KM
Approximately a $50 taxi ride.
The VIA Rail Gare Centrale is located at 895 de la Gauchetière, approximately a 12-minute walk or 8-10 minute taxi ride, depending on time of day.
Express bus 747 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport/Downtown to station Lionel-Groulx.
Uber is available at the Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. There are two pickup locations: one at Door 7 on the Departures level and one at Door 20 on the Arrivals level. Follow the instructions in the Uber app about where to meet your driver.
Plan Your Visit
Plan your visit or extend your stay in Montréal by checking out Tourisme Montréal’s list of things to do in the area.
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