Open AIR Events

What Could a Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy Mean for Africa?

25 October 2017 | Ottawa, Canada

TIME: 5:30-7:30 pm A panel discussion with Mariam Diallo (founder of the Malian NGO Femmes, Leadership et Développement durable), Ketty Nivyabandi (Nobel Women’s Institute) and Jane Parpart (Adjunct Professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University) chaired by Marcia Burdette. The presentations will be in English; however, questions and comments in both languages are welcome. Bios: … Continue reading What Could a Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy Mean for Africa?


Distinguished Speaker Series: The Traditional Knowledge and IP Protection in US Tribal Codes

4 October 2017 | Ottawa, ON

Time: 11:30 AM – 13:30 PM Native American nations in the United States have a long history of fighting for their treaty and other rights as they relate to the ownership of land and mineral resources. This is something that has impacted their relationships with the US Federal regulatory structures such as the Environmental Protection … Continue reading Distinguished Speaker Series: The Traditional Knowledge and IP Protection in US Tribal Codes


The Walrus Talks Africa’s Next Generation

26 September 2017 | Ottawa, Ontario

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events about Canada and its place in the world. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.


The Africa Study Group Presents: “The Nollywood Phenomenon: open innovation and creative entrepreneurship”

26 April 2017 | Ottawa, Canada

Chidi Oguamanam is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, advi​sor to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and a founder of ABS Canada and Open AIR (African Innovation Research). His presentation will give preliminary findings from his case study: The Nollywood Phenomenon: Open Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship at the Grassroots, which goes beyond Nollywood’s focus on pop culture and on “the social and cultural forces of the local” to showcase the realities of the everyday lives of ordinary West Africans as a kind of openness worthy of interrogation.


Maker Movement Research: Gauteng, South Africa

31 March 2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Open AIR South Africa researchers Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Dr. Chris Armstrong made a presentation at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) outlining their findings on the maker movement in South Africa’s Gauteng Province. In their presentation to faculty and PhD students at the UJ Department of Economics and Econometrics, Kraemer-Mbula and Armstrong highlighted their findings on maker collectives’ approaches to innovation, skills development, collaboration, and outreach.


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Distinguished Speaker Series with Ibrahim Safadi

10 December 2016 | Cairo, Egypt

Mr. Ibrahim Safadi is the CEO of Luminus Group and Luminus Education. Luminus Education aims to create a scalable model which could be replicated in the MENA region, addressing the mismatch between the skill sets of youth and the labor market needs.


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Reconciling Traditions: A legal workshop on access and benefit sharing, indigenous traditional knowledge, and biodiversity

25 Oct 2016 | Ottawa, Canada

As a range of stakeholders turn to Aboriginal TK and genetic resources to develop new products and adopt strategies for sustaining biodiversity and protecting the environment, a number of important questions emerge.


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Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Abia State Commissioner of Education.

Distinguished Speaker Series with Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji

28 Sept 2016 | Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Abia State Commissioner for Education, spoke on “Intellectual Property Rights and Public-Sponsored Internships in Private Spaces: Lessons from the E4E (Education for Employment) Program in Nigeria”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society.


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Dr. Anthony Kakooza, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Uganda Christian University.

Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Anthony Kakooza

9 July 2016 | Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Anthony Kakooza, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Uganda Christian University, spoke on “Dealing with Trans-Border Quasi-Intellectual Property”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and Strathmore University.


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Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) 2016 Conference

Conference – 1-3 June 2016 | University of Calgary, Canada

Open AIR’s Jeremy de Beer, Chidi Oguamanam (via a video message), and Victoria Schorr, led a CAAS 2016 Conference roundtable session entitled “The Open African Innovation Partnership: A New Approach to Canada-Africa Relations for the 21st Century”.


Open AIR researcher Hani Morsi of The American University in Cairo (AUC).
Open AIR researcher Hani Morsi of The American University in Cairo (AUC).

Beyond openness: Investigating the success factors of open approaches to collaboration and innovation

8 May 2016 | A2K4D, The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt

Open AIR Post-Doctoral Fellow Hani Morsi, of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) in Cairo, gave a seminar entitled “Beyond Openness: Investigating the Success Factors of Open Approaches to Collaboration and Innovation”.


ABS Canada Ottawa Focus Group

ABS Canada’s Ottawa Focus Group

Workshop – 5-6 May 2016 | Ottawa, Canada

ABS Canada held the second of three scheduled capacity building workshops and focus groups on Access and Benefit Sharing with Aboriginal communities from Central Canada. The forum’s objectives included awareness-raising, capacity building, and identification and discussion of issues relating to ABS in Canada from Aboriginal and other stakeholder perspectives.


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Bio Piracy, Access and Benefit Sharing and Aboriginal Peoples

31 March 2016 | Ottawa, Canada

An interactive session on access and benefit sharing with Aboriginal Peoples. Chidi Oguamanam is a member of the Open AIR Steering Committee and Freedom-Kai Phillips isan Open AIR Fellow.


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The Open African Innovation Partnership: A New Approach to Canada-Africa Relation for 21st Century

2 March 2016 | Ottawa, Canada

Professors Chidi Oguamanam and Jeremy de Beer presented at the International Law Speaker Series, hosted by the University of Ottawa and sponsored by the International Law Group. The talk was entitled “The Open African Innovation Partnership: A New Approach to Canada-Africa Relations for the 21st Century”.


Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu, Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University.
Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu, Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University.

Distinguished Speaker Series with Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu

9 February 2016 | University of Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu (J.D., LL.M), Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University, spoke on “Redefining Intellectual Property Progress”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Her presentation argued for the use of human development as a metric for intellectual property policy in African countries.