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Calgary SR&ED Roundtable: We need your input

Published by CME Webmaster

February 13, 2018

Join us for our Innovation 2018 Roundtable to discuss:

  • Preliminary results from our nationwide Innovation Survey
  • Your own challenges and experiences with government innovation incentive programs, i.e. the SR&ED program
  • Your recommended changes to make government incentive programs more effective
  • Successes from others in the industry

In 2016, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), working in partnership with BDO Canada and other stakeholders, released Industrie 2030 - our strategic plan to double manufacturing output and value-added exports by 2030.

One of the more troubling findings from the consultations that fed into this strategy was that Canadian businesses have been investing less and less in research, development and innovation.

We significantly lag our global competitors in this area and, as a result, our businesses are commercializing fewer new products, and developing and adopting fewer new technologies and process improvements. These are the cornerstones of economic growth and long-term competitiveness.

To improve Canada's record on R&D and innovation it is critical that we better understand the reasons why investment levels are low. That understanding will help shape and define a constructive path forward to boost Canada's innovation performance.

As such, CME is partnering with BDO to survey Canadian industry to better understand the use of the federal government Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax system.

Further, we want to explore what other types of activities companies use to drive innovation and new product development and commercialization in Canada, including partnership with other companies, customers and post-secondary institutions.

Input received from the discussion will be used to work with governments and service providers to strengthen supports for the growth of your company.

Please RSVP by emailing Bonnie Scott at

If you have any questions or require more information, contact David MacLean at (780) 965-4691.


Additional Information

Location: BDO Canada LLP, 903 8th Avenue Southwest, Suite 620
Time: 7:30 a.m. - Light breakfast will be served

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