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Robert Cooper to Deliver Keynote Address at GreenCentre Canada’s Sustainable Chemistry Summit - September 16 - 18, 2011 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

ANCASTER, ONTARIO, CANADA - April 13, 2011 - Stage-Gate International (SGI) today announces that Dr. Robert Cooper is delivering the keynote address at the Sustainable Chemistry Summit: From Lab to Market, hosted by GreenCentre Canada. This three-day event will highlight new directions in the emerging field of green chemistry and its potential impact on product innovation, research and global sustainability.

GreenCentre Canada brings together academic researchers and industry partners in developing less energy-intensive, clean alternatives to traditional chemical products and manufacturing processes. This summit will provide a forum for industry, government, and green chemistry researchers to meet, learn and collaborate, bridging the gap between academic labs and the marketplace.

Dr. Rui Resendes, Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada, states that, “We are privileged to have industry’s foremost expert [Robert G. Cooper] on new product development share his experiences with us as his insights have transcended sectoral boundaries to change the way that business in general, is done.”

Cooper, an award-winning author, researcher, and public speaker is set to release his fully updated and expanded Winning at New Products book. The book demonstrates why consistent product development is so vital to economic growth and presents field-tested game plans for achieving product success.

For speaker inquires contact:
Michael Booker, Solutions Manager, Global Solutions
T. 905-637-5545
E. michael.booker@stage-gate.com
W. www.prod-dev.com

About Robert G. Cooper

Dr. Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to his many groundbreaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate Idea-to-Launch Process. Now implemented by almost 80% of North American companies, it is considered to be one of the most important discoveries in the field of innovation management. He has spent more than 30 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3,000+ new product projects in hundreds of companies and has assembled the world’s most comprehensive research on the topic. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world making him one of the most sought-after speakers.

A prolific author, he has published more than 100 academic articles and eleven books, including the best selling Winning at New Products, 3rd Edition. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Dr. Cooper is a Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Technology Management at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA. Visit Stage-Gate International at www.stage-gate.com  for more on how to improve your approach to new product development.

Product Development Institute

Product Development Institute is dedicated to helping companies improve their approach to new product development and portfolio management. The Institute has conducted some of the world's most comprehensive research and best practices in new product development - research that has led to some of the most important discoveries in product innovation such as: the widely used Stage-Gate® system; the concept of New Product Portfolio Management; and the Innovation Diamond™ Framework.


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