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.

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Chidi Oguamanam

Chidi Oguamanam

CIGI Senior Fellow

Chidi Oguamanam is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert in global intellectual property (IP) law and policy frameworks.

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

CIGI Senior Fellow

Ruth Okediji is a CIGI senior fellow and chair of the expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. 

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Taylor Owen

Senior Fellow

Taylor Owen is a CIGI senior fellow. He is an expert on the governance of emerging technologies, journalism and media studies, and on the international relations of digital technology. As part of his work at CIGI, Taylor will be working on issues of international digital governance, as well as launching a podcast on the digital economy.

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Teresa Scassa

Teresa Scassa

Senior Fellow

Teresa Scassa is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty, where her groundbreaking research explores issues of data ownership and control. Teresa is an award-winning scholar, and is the author and editor of five books, and over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex problems of law and data, and is currently part of the Geothink research partnership. 

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Sara Seck

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.

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Myra J. Tawfik

CIGI Senior Fellow

Myra J. Tawfik is a senior fellow at CIGI, where she leads a project that explores strategies for capacity building in IP literacy, IP strategy and cost-effective IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. This project also sets out models and best practices for comprehensive IP literacy within the public sector entrepreneurial support system. She is the co-creator (with Karima Bawa) of the CIGI Massive Open Online Course, “Foundations of IP Strategy.” A book on the subject of IP strategy for innovators, co-authored with Karima Bawa, will be published in summer 2019.

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Andrew Torrance

CIGI SENIOR FELLOW

Andrew Torrance is a CIGI senior fellow, effective July 2016. He is also the Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Brigitte Vézina

Brigitte Vézina

CIGI Fellow

Brigitte Vézina is a fellow at CIGI and a law consultant at Brigitte Vézina – Law & Culture.

Bianca Wylie

Bianca Wylie

Senior Fellow

Bianca Wylie is a CIGI senior fellow. Her main areas of interest are procurement and public sector technology. Beyond her role at CIGI, Bianca leads work on public sector technology policy for Canada at Dgen Network and is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. Her work at CIGI focuses on examining Canadian data and technology policy decisions and their alignment with democratically informed policy and consumer protection.

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