Janusz Kozinski, Dean of the Lassonde School, has been invited to speak at the PanIIT 2014 Toronto Conference entitled Innovate, Integrate and Transform – Let’s Co-Create Our Future taking place on June 6 – 8 at the International Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre.

The Indian Institutes of Technology Alumni Canada (IIT-AC), in collaboration with PAN-IIT USA, will be hosting the event.

The conference will be attended by Governor General His Excellency Rt. Hon. David Johnston, H.E. Nirmal Kumar Verma, High Commissioner of India to Canada and Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism.

Also speaking will be the Chancellor of Waterloo University Prem Watsa, Dr. Devang V. Khakhar from IIT Bombay, Dr. Alan C. Middleton from the Schulich Executive Education Centre here at YorkU, Chair of Hydro One Sandra Pupatello, Dr. Douglas Barber, former CEO, Gennum Corp. and Ryerson President Sheldon Levy.

Lassonde’s Janusz Kozinski will be taking part in a breakout session on Saturday June 7 on “Science & Technology Diplomacy” from 4.00PM to 5.30PM, along with the following speakers:

  • Rana Sarkar – National Director, High Growth Markets, KPMG, Canada
  • Dr. Timothy Gonsalves – Director, IIT Mandi, India
  • Naval Bajaj  – President, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Rob Annan – CEO, MITAS

Session Synopsis

Canada can easily boast of a diverse and highly resourceful community of science and technology professionals. With an emerging interest in developing a powerful engagement in this area, it becomes a natural expectation to enhance the ability of the various stakeholders and potential partners to harness the power of collaboration for a common goal for national human resource development.

The concept of “Diplomacy” extended to the S&T community can perhaps serve as a good start. The participants in this session will present their thoughts on ways and means of leveraging the science and technology community in the country, look at the potential to build on the grassroots efforts of diaspora scientists, explore ways to build and bridge the gap in international S&T diplomacy. 

In addition using some examples of past adventures in this journey so far and providing a flavor of the challenges in shaping the S&T diplomacy of the future, are interesting topics on this new path.

Please check out the full program on the PAN IIT 2014 website.