University of Toronto, President, David Naylor, speaks on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation.
February 28, 2013

February 28, 2013

David Naylor, President, University of Toronto Speaks Out:
The importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation


University of Toronto, President, David Naylor, speaks on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation.
Please take thirteen minutes to view our first of two videos with University of Toronto President, David Naylor, who was interviewed recently by Hart Hillman, CATA National Leadership Council member, on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation.

Against the background of the nation's slipping competitiveness rankings, Dr. Naylor offers insights into how Canada can improve its rankings and then comments on Canada’s positive attributes. He outlines three steps: the mindset of embracing the global community of innovators and creators; the imperative to build accessible capital pools; and, the alignment of incentives in a mapped eco-system to aid businesses find growth resources.

Dr. Naylor then offers a window of how the University of Toronto’s eco-system foster innovation, citing the example of MARS with a record of 45 spin off companies, a uTest incubation system and targeted commercialization entities.

Regarding how the University engages in innovation, Dr. Naylor indicates a shift from deal making to a focus on the culture of innovation. He points to the success of a community based approach providing resources for enterprise growth through MARS Innovation.

Dr. Naylor concludes with an optimistic note on Canada’s innovative potential and our prospects for a competitive innovation nation.

David Naylor’s Leadership Profile

David Naylor has been President of the University of Toronto since 2005. He received his MD from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine in 1978 with scholarships in medicine, surgery, and pediatrics, and his D.Phil.in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies at Oxford University in 1983, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Internal Medicine) in 1986, was a Fellow of the Medical Research Council at Toronto General Hospital in 1987, and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988, where he was promoted to full Professor by 1996. Prof. Naylor was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991-1998), before becoming Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost for Relations with Health Care Institutions of the University of Toronto (1999 – 2005).

Prof. Naylor is the co-author of approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. He has also been active as a policy advisor to governments in Canada and abroad for 25 years. Among other contributions, Prof. Naylor served as chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health in 2003. The Committee’s report catalyzed the creation of the Public Health Agency of Canada, major new investments in public health at the federal level, and the appointment of Canada’s first Chief Public Health Officer. More recently, he was a member in 2009-10 of the Global Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century; and in 2010-11, served on the federal Review of R&D Spending in Canada.

Professor Naylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Foreign Associate Fellow of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also the recipient of various national and international awards for excellence in research and leadership in clinical medicine, public policy, public health, and health care.



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