Online Coverage - Friday, September 16

Innovation Nation is a half-day workshop organized by BMO Financial Group and Policy Options magazine at Perimeter Institute. Hear leading thinkers discuss the innovation climate in Canada and discover ways to broaden the business orientation of Canada's innovation imperative. The lineup will be live streamed at and includes:

  • 1 to 1:45 - Innovative Government Speech by Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance | Q&A moderated by L. Ian MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief, Policy Options Magazine
  • 2:05 to 3 - Innovative Universities Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary; Feridun Hamdullahpur, President, University of Waterloo; Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University; Gary Polonsky, President Emeritus, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Harvey Weingarten, President and CEO of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO); moderated by L. Ian MacDonald
  • 3:30 to 4:30 - Innovative Companies John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada Co.; Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); Iain Klugman, President and CEO, Communitech; Ali Asaria, CEO, inventor of Brickbreaker; Bill Currie, Vice-Chair Deloitte; moderated by Hon. Kevin Lynch, Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group
  • 4:30 to 5:00 - An Innovative Nation Speech by Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text

Online Coverage - Sunday, September 18 will live stream four special public lectures from Perimeter Institute on Sunday, September 18, starting at 10:00 a.m. The lineup includes:

  • 10 - 11 a.m. George Dyson, science historian and author, on the origins of the digital universe
  • 12 - 1 p.m. Hod Lipson, director of the Computational Synthesis Lab at Cornell University, on the rise of programmable matter and the future of "3D printers"
  • 2 - 3 p.m. Natalia Toro, faculty at Perimeter Institute, on the world’s most ambitious scientific experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
  • 4 - 5 p.m. Julie Payette, astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency, with perspectives from the International Space Station on scientific research and international diplomacy

Stephen Hawking: The Power of Ideas

At 8 p.m. TVO presents the 60-minute world broadcast exclusive of Stephen Hawking: The Power of Ideas. The program will air on TV and also be live streamed online at, and explores:

  • The importance of theoretical physics and Prof. Hawking's specific accomplishments
  • His role as a top science communicator in popularizing research and discovery
  • Lessons from his incredible life journey and how he inspires others throughout science and beyond

Prof. Hawking's many accomplishments will be detailed throughout the program - which includes grand opening celebrations, a mini-documentary and a compelling panel discussion featuring:

  • Neil Turok, leading cosmologist and director of Perimeter Institute
  • S. James Gates Jr., director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland
  • Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut
  • Rebecca Saxe, cognitive neuroscientist

Hosted by Ivan Semeniuk, science journalist and broadcaster, the program will also include comments from Prof. Hawking and tributes from famous Canadians – including Rick Hansen, David Foster and other special guests - to punctuate the hour.