RSA Ambassador to Canada:
Dr. Geoff Gregson is the JR Shaw Applied Research Chair in New Venture and Entrepreneurship. Geoff came to NAIT in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh, where he was a director of the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Research. He holds a PhD in Management, LLM in Innovation, Technology and Law and MSc in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh.
Message from the Ambassador:
“As a Canadian Ambassador for the RSA, I look forward to extending RSA activities in Canada and building new partnerships with colleagues in other regions. My areas of interest include: innovation systems; entrepreneurial processes and new venturing; science commercialisation; risk capital and private equity; and policy mechanisms and their evaluation.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss regional studies in Canada”.
You may be interested in:
Geoff Gregson’s blog post “
Geoff’s blog post presents findings on a study of policy effects on capital flows in Canada, where a policy-rich environment has developed to support different government priorities and a diverse set of local economic conditions and community capacities. While the federal government plays a prominent role in funding the transformation of research and scientific knowledge and supporting new enterprises, Canada has a poor record of transforming science for market applications or building innovative enterprises to scale. A contributing factor for the former is the weak alignment of institutional incentives linking ‘upstream’ private sector-led research with ‘downstream’ priority-driven research. The scale-up challenge is more complex; the combination of a small, fragmented local market, shortages of experienced business talent, lack of ‘at-scale’ sources of growth capital and aversion to risk by some of Canada’s large, established firms.
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