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  • TechConnex- IBM Innovation Space 3600 Steeles Avenue East Markham, ON, L3R 9Z7 Canada (map)

Ever wonder if obtaining government funding for your innovation, research or team member is possible? Ever try and figure out what funding you are eligible for? Accessing government funding options may seem to be a daunting task. During our final Innovation Peer Group of the season, Brian Cookson, President of RDP Associates, will help us explore the most critical concepts to be aware of when considering government funding, including how to funding programs, projects well-suited for funding, and how successfully approach the application process.   

Session Outline:

  • The distinct types of government funding available for your business/start-up

  • Funding for hiring and training new hires

  • Research funding

  • Assistance in accessing foreign markets including expanding to the USA

  • Specialized regional grants

  • Key to success in grant filing


Brian Cookson, Managing Director, has specialized in assisting companies fund innovation including government grants, R&D and innovation tax credits for over 25 years in Canada, UK, Europe and the USA. In addition, Brian oversees innovation management services provided to the clients including ideation, customer feedback, product development and strategy. As Managing Director of RDP Associates, Brian has worked with small to large companies, including many of the top companies in the world, in all types of industries. He has lectured and written extensively on R&D tax credits, government grants and innovation management and participates in government/practitioner meetings. Brian is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked for Ernst & Young from 1979 to 1987. In 1987, RDP Associates was established in Canada, and has since grown internationally. 

Who Should Join?

Presidents, CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, Business Unit Leaders, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs who are responsible for taking their innovation efforts to the next level. Leaders who are looking to de-risk and quicken their technology innovation processes, and have faced some sort of disruption from competitors and/or losing market share will benefit the most from this peer session. 

Facilitator: Jonathan Landon, President & Founder of Connectiv Innovation


We hope you can make it!


Connectiv Innovation






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