Friday, June 6, 2008 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 4:55pm
Bennett Lecture Hall

Friday, June 6, 2008

9:00am - 5:00pm

Bennett Lecture Hall
Reception to follow in the Rowell Room

Flavelle House, 78 Queen's Park
Faculty of Law University of Toronto

Agenda as of May 6, 2008

9:00-9:15 – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Andrea Slane (Executive Director, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy)
Michael Eisen (Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Canada)

9:15-11:00 – Panel #1: Education Policy and Curriculum Reform: Educating for the Technological Present and Future:
Moderator: Clare Brett (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto)

Shaheen Shariff (Education, McGill University)
Public Policy, Justice and Legal Issues Relating to Concerns Over Internet Use Among Students

Michael Peters (Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois)
Education and the Culture of Openness: New Architectures of Collaboration

Charles Ungerleider (Sociology of Education, University of British Columbia)
The Impact of Technology on Education: Do We Need Educational Policy and Curriculum Reforms?

Tina Besley (Educational Psychology and Counseling, California State University San Bernardino)
Girls, Social Media and Education

11:00-11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 – Panel #2: Immigration Policy and the Knowledge Economy
Moderator: Valerie Preston (Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), York University)

Michael Trebilcock (Law, University of Toronto)
Competitive Immigration Policies in International Talent Markets

Les Oxley (Economics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
Knowledge Workers and the Changing Pattern of Global Migration: Some Experience from New Zealand

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard (Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics)
Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy

12:45-1:30 – Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 – Panel #3: Information Economies:
Moderator: David J. Phillips (Information Studies, University of Toronto)

Avi Goldfarb (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)
Economic Geography and the Internet

Sergio Sismondo (Philosophy/Sociology, Queen’s)
Pushing Knowledge in the Drug Industry

Tal Zarsky (Law, University of Haifa, Israel)
Information Flows in Online Social Networks: Promises, Threats and Some Solutions

3:00-3:15 – Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 – Panel #4: Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Economy: The Circulation of Culture and Scientific Knowledge
Moderator: Abraham Drassinower (Law, University of Toronto)

Katherine Strandburg (Law, Depaul University, Chicago and Visiting Associate Professor of Law, New York University)
Homo Scientificus and User Innovator Community Norms

Sam Trosow (Law and Information Studies, University of Western Ontario)
Constraining the Flow of Knowledge in Post-Secondary Education: Copyright as Impediment to Teaching, Learning and Research

Ariel Katz (Law, University of Toronto)
Collectivizing Rights; Privatizing Taxation: The Unarticulated Function of Copyright Collectives

4:45-5:00 – Closing Remarks

Reception to follow

This event will be open to the public, and free of charge.
You may register by email to
Questions may be directed to the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy
at 416-978-3724 or

Microsoft Law and the Information Society Project