On June 15 the Macdonald-Laurier Institute welcomed Parliamentary Secretary David Lametti and a high-level panel to discuss the state of intellectual property rights in Canada.

Intellectual property rights are a hot topic in Canada, with the 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 led by Munk Senior Fellow Richard Owens, 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.

Check out the photos and video from the event.

The video features:

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

An Intellectual Property Strategy For Canada

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