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Martin Lavoie

Director of Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Martin Lavoie is currently Director of policy for the Canadian Manufacturers &
Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest trade and business association representing over 10,000 businesses across the country. Martin is primarily responsible for the elaboration of policy positions that relate to innovation and public and R&D, business taxation and government procurements. Previously, Martin worked in government relations for private institutions enjoying Canada-wide recognition, such as the Canadian Bankers Association and Bombardier Inc.

He also benefited from several experiences in the public sector, as a Policy analyst for Canadian Heritage and Elections Canada. He also was a parliamentary intern in Ottawa (2001-2002), which allowed him to work for Members of Parliament and learn directly about democracy on the ground. Martin is President of the Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association, which brings together some 400 Canadian alumni of this prestigious program founded in 1969. He currently lives in the Ottawa region with his wife Julie and their daughter Rosalie.
The Difference Between Invention and

The Difference Between Invention and Innovation

The OECD recently released a study showing Canada is among the leaders in public research and patents filed by academics -- great news. Licensing patents is as much important as developing them. Like most people, I use to assimilate invention with innovation. Two weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Steve Jobs, and finally, I understood the difference between the two. Even Steve Jobs couldn't have built an innovative computer mouse without a license.
10/10/2012 05:20 EDT
Why Size Does

Why Size Does Matter

We all like small firms. All of us -- people, voters, consumers -- whatever the hat you wear. Take any government program that supports the industry. Most of the time, they are designed to help small and medium-sized companies, not large multinationals. There's nothing wrong with lending a hand to small firms. One observation, though: economies dominated by small firms are often sluggish.
10/09/2012 10:47 EDT
Canada Should Trade Some White Collars for

Canada Should Trade Some White Collars for Blue

We've all heard the message time and time again: We need to send more people to colleges and universities, and ensure our country is well-educated. This is great in theory; after all, no one is against apple pie. But the reality is that we can't flip a switch and guarantee everyone has a university degree in 10 years. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.
05/25/2012 06:07 EDT