Innovation permeates CIGI’s research, leading to new approaches and new partnerships. Through economic, legal and political lenses, CIGI focuses on understanding, and helping to shape, the policies that foster innovation, promote diffusion of knowledge and know-how, and raise productivity and security, in partnership with international organizations, the Government of Canada and others. Research on innovation and trade also focuses on the interaction between international intellectual property architecture and mega trade arrangements.
CIGI is developing best practices and strategies to increase awareness of intellectual property rights and create an integrated innovation ecosystem that enables innovators to compete effectively in the domestic and global knowledge economy. CIGI contributes research on appropriate legal frameworks to address emerging intellectual property issues.
Generating Growth from Innovation for the Low-carbon Economy: Exploring Safeguards in Finance and Regulation
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).
Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation. Joël is assistant professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, with expertise in the economics of innovation, technology clusters, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, international trade and multinational corporations.
Peter Burn is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. He is focused on the design of effective climate change measures that are not a disguised restriction on international trade. Formerly a counsel in a leading Canadian law firm, he has recently been appointed a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).
Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective July 2015. Until recently, he served as director of the Energy Policy & Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, and now serves as co-director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
Marsha Cadogan is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective November 2016. Her research is focused on the interrelationship between geographical indications and trademark laws in a Canadian and global context. Her research also includes the intersection between intellectual property rights and innovation policies.
Ana Cristina Carvalho is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, she will undertake advanced interdisciplinary research on both environmental law and intellectual property law. Prior to joining CIGI, Ana Cristina worked as an attorney and was a professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil.
Dan Ciuriak is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on the interface between Canada’s domestic innovation and international trade.
Bernard Colas is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective August 2016. He is also a partner at CMKZ — Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, an international trade and business law firm based in Montreal.
Jorge Contreras is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. He is a leading scholar on intellectual property (IP) law, scientific research policy and technology standards development. His research at CIGI focuses on private ordering solutions to IP issues concerning environmental and other green technologies.