Trade delegates pose for a photograph after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 4, 2016. (David Rowland/SNPA via AP)
Trade delegates pose for a photograph after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 4, 2016. (David Rowland/SNPA via AP)

The Innovation and Trade research theme aims to provide a better understanding of the role of innovation in driving productivity performance and the potential impact of the intellectual property provisions in trade agreements in facilitating or hindering productivity growth. As attention has shifted from the removal of trade barriers, such as tariffs and other import charges, toward establishing a global intellectual property framework, the structure of these new agreements will be critical in determining whether businesses in open mid-sized advanced economies, such as Canada, can remain competitive in the global economy. This research theme aims to contribute to the discussion on how to create a policy environment that can allow Canada’s innovation sector to thrive.

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

Senior Fellow

Susan Ariel Aaronson is a senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, corruption and good governance, and human rights. As part of her work for CIGI, Susan is currently developing a digital trade and digital protectionism strategy for Canada. She is also co-authoring a paper with Senior Fellow Patrick Leblond about China’s efforts to be a leader in the digital trade sphere.

James Bacchus

James Bacchus

Senior Fellow

James Bacchus is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, as well as the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida. 

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Joël Blit

CIGI Senior Fellow

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. 

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Dan Ciuriak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow Dan Ciuriak joined CIGI’s Global Economy Program in April 2016, focusing on the innovation and trade research theme. At CIGI, Dan is exploring the interface between Canada’s domestic innovation and international trade and investment, including the development of better metrics to assess the impact of Canada’s trade agreements on innovation outcomes. Based in Ottawa, Dan is the director and principal of Ciuriak Consulting, Inc.

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Mark Doms

Senior Fellow

Mark Doms is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program. His work at CIGI examines the benefits and costs of the data economy.

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Dieter Ernst

CIGI Senior Fellow

Dieter Ernst is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on unresolved challenges for the global governance of trade, intellectual property and innovation.

Robert (Bob) Faye, director of the Global Economy Program

Robert Fay

Director of the Global Economy Program

Robert (Bob) Fay is director of CIGI’s Global Economy Program and is responsible for the research direction of the program and its related activities. He has extensive experience in macro- and micro-economic research and policy analysis. 

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Michel Girard

Senior Fellow

Michel Girard is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program. Michel’s work at CIGI relates to standards for big data and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Patricia Goff

CIGI Senior Fellow

Patricia Goff is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also an associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She specializes in international political economy, with a particular interest in trade, intellectual property and the cultural capacity of international organizations. At CIGI, Patricia’s research focuses on global, plurilateral and regional trade arrangements.

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James W. Hinton

CIGI Fellow

James W. Hinton is a fellow with the Global Economy Program. His research at CIGI focuses on intellectual property (IP) and innovation. He has worked closely with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Canada’s innovation initiatives and Canada’s national IP strategy.