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Dr. Ted Hewitt

HewittDr. Ted Hewitt, our luncheon keynote speaker is the Executive Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Ted came to SSHRC from Western University, where he served as vice-president, research and international relations, from 2004 to 2011.

He has served as public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and as professor of sociology at Western University.

A leading Canadian authority on Brazil, his work has appeared in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals, including Cities, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Developing Areas, Third World Quarterly, and Habitat International. In 2002, he was named commander of the Order of Rio Branco by Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Ted’s recent research has focused on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the roles played by universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in the 21st-century economy. He is the academic representative on the Canada-Brazil Science and Technology Joint Committee, and a member of the boards of International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Ted holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.