The media is invited to attend MLI’s event on an intellectual property strategy for Canada

OTTAWA, June 12, 2017 – Intellectual property rights are a hot topic in Canada, with federal government promising to develop an "intellectual property strategy" in this year's budget. This idea is welcome. Canada has an uneven record on intellectual property policy.

With a major new project, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is seeking to start a national conversation about the importance of IP, and how it positively contributes to investment, innovation, and job creation. On June 15 we will hear from Parliamentary Secretary David Lametti about the government's plans, and we have convened a high-level panel to discuss the state of intellectual property rights in Canada. We hope you will join us.

  • Where: Rideau Club, 99 Bank St. Ottawa
  • When: June 15, 2017, registration and breakfast served at 7:30 am, program begins at 8 am

***If you are interested in covering this event click here to register or email***


Host: Brian Lee Crowley, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director

Opening Remarks: David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Presentation: Richard Owens, MLI Munk Senior Fellow

Panel Moderator: Sean Speer, MLI Munk Senior Fellow


  • Barry Sookman, Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Erin Finlay, Chief Legal Officer, Canadian Media Producers Association
  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  • Declan Hamill, Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs & Policy, Innovative Medicines Canada

** Dress code reminder - Please note that a collared shirt, business jacket, dress pants and dress shoes are required for men when visiting the Rideau Club **

**Dresses, suits, skirts with blouses, dress pants required for women visiting the Rideau Club**


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