Celebrating Black innovation


Science and innovation exhibit at the Senate of Canada

Event details and location

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Start: Wednesday,
End: Thursday,

Senate of Canada Building

2 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario

For more information

Email: blackip-services-pinoirs@ised-isde.gc.ca


Admission is free. Visitors can register for a Senate of Canada Building visitor pass as they enter the building.

Event description

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pleased to present a special exhibit titled "Black Excellence and Innovation." As the International Decade for People of African Descent (from 2015 to 2024) comes to an end, this exhibit demonstrates CIPO's commitment to better serve Black innovators across the country, including collectively recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians to our society.

Learn about 7 noteworthy and contemporary Black Canadian innovators who exemplify Black excellence and innovation, as their personal legacies represent accomplishments not only for themselves but for the larger Black community and Canadian society.

  • Alexandra Merkx-Jacques, PhD
  • Dr Bernard Thébaud, MD, PhD
  • Juliet Daniel, PhD
  • Frantz Saintellemy, CM
  • Evelyne Moraa Nyairo, M.Sc., P.Biol
  • Samuel Pierre, Eng., PhD
  • Alan Emtage, M.Sc.

Their example of excellence speaks to the courage and perseverance that it takes to create or discover something novel, despite the systemic prejudices that Black innovators in the fields of science, medicine, business and technology still face today. Their stories inspire us to take ownership of our ideas and benefit from their value through intellectual property (IP) rights.

The illustrations featured on the panels were created by Naylissah Joy Aristide. Naylissah is a young, digital and traditional artist and a third-generation Haitian-Canadian.

CIPO would like to thank the African Canadian Senate Group at the Senate of Canada for providing the Senate as a venue for the exhibit and making it accessible to the public.

Join the legacy of Black Canadian inventors! If you are a Black Canadian innovator with IP, we may have an opportunity for you to participate in one of our upcoming initiatives. Visit our web notice for more information or contact us at blackip-services-pinoirs@ised-isde.gc.ca.

Black excellence and innovation: Unlocking the potential of intellectual property

Event details and location

In-person: 12:30 to 5 p.m. (EST)
Online: 1 to 4 p.m. (EST)

C.D. Howe Building

235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario, and virtually on MS Teams

For more information

Email: blackip-services-pinoirs@ised-isde.gc.ca


To take part in the virtual event, register using the Microsoft Forms.

Event description

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) invites you to "Black excellence and innovation: Unlocking the power of intellectual property", a panel discussion and networking event.

Connect with subject-matter experts from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and other federal departments to unlock the tangible benefits of understanding and leveraging intellectual property (IP). This event offers:

  • best practices in IP to set up Black-owned businesses and Black innovators for success
  • lessons learned through lived experience in business and IP from special guest speakers
  • a look at Government of Canada programs and resources that can help you achieve commercial and business success

Black entrepreneurs and changemakers will have the opportunity to be plugged in to the most relevant topics and resources for Canadian innovators and IP owners. Participants will be able to hear from several senior officials, including:

  • Honorable Marie-Françoise Mégie, Senator and Canada's Parliamentary Black Caucus member
  • Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
  • Ray Edwards, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, ISED

Some of our featured entrepreneurs and innovators include:

  • Samuel Pierre, Eng., PhD, computer engineer and professor at Polytechnique Montréal
  • Juliet Daniel, PhD, cancer biologist and professor at McMaster University
  • Thierry Lindor, CEO and co-founder of Happly.Ai and co-founder of the Federation of African Canadian Economics

We hope you can join us for this exciting event! We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to this growing community as we move forward with more initiatives to support Black innovators in the future.

Black excellence and intellectual property: Supporting Black entrepreneurs and innovators

Event details and location

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)


Via Webex

For more information

Email: blackip-services-pinoirs@ised-isde.gc.ca


Participants can sign up to attend this virtual session on Webex by registering on Microsoft Forms

Event description

Join the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) at a special panel discussion featuring representatives from various programs and organizations to discuss funding and resources that are available to Black innovators and entrepreneurs. Our panelists include:

  • Nadine El Saddi, Regional Manager (Quebec and Atlantic), Client Diversity, BDC
  • Tamara Chanoine, Director, Black Entrepreneurs, Futurpreneur
  • Jean-Sébastien Roy, Regional Team Lead, Futurpreneur
  • Maudeleine Myrthil, Vice-president of entrepreneurship, Groupe 3737
  • Sonel Merjuste and Jasmine Exael, co-founders, Aliments Merjex (recipient of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Ecosystem Fund)

We will also learn about the experiences of Les Aliments Merjex in business and how they've leveraged intellectual property to stand apart from the competition.

A Q&A session will follow.