SMEs face the permanent challenge of executing with speed and agility with limited financial and human resources. Effective collaborations and partnerships enable SMEs to leverage their own resources and achieve more with less. However, whether working with other companies or post-secondary institutions, it is critical that there be alignment on expectations and objectives. This session will discuss techniques and considerations for establishing an effective collaboration-oriented SME.
Relator: Mr. Carl ByersCo-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Contextere, Canada
Carl Byers applies thirty years of experience in modeling and simulation, virtual environments, and augmented reality to software applications that improve knowledge-based productivity enhancement and decision making in complex distributed organizations. Throughout his career, he has actively developed strategic relationships between companies and academic institutions to accelerate the development of new products and reduce the barriers to commercialization. As co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Contextere, Carl drives integrated R&D, product development, and collaborative partnerships that leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to empower the 21st century workforce. Carl holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Schülich School of Business in Toronto, a Master’s in Human Security & Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, and a Bachelor’s in Applied Science in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University at Kingston.