Print Page

Business Innovation Summit 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Innovate Together

Monday April 27 - Wednesday April 29 2015 Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario

JOIN US for Business Innovation Summit 2015!


Business Innovation Summit 2015 is the premier event to connect, network with, and learn from Canada’s top innovators!

The Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation is hosting its annual Summit to help businesses and entrepreneurs accelerate the pace of their innovation and commercialization efforts – to reach markets faster and more profitably, in Canada and around the world.

Join hundreds of key players from Canada’s innovation eco-system—including startups, entrepreneurs, corporate business leaders, accelerators, investors, academics, and government—to exchange ideas, share innovation experiences, discover best practices that give you an edge in the market. Find partners to speed up the commercializing of your innovations and reach new markets!

Summit Overview

Today, Canadian businesses need to innovate to stay competitive, yet they are often faced with unique challenges that are difficult to overcome on their own. Business leaders excel at generating new ideas—but often struggle to commercialize them—and spur new innovations.

Business Innovation Summit 2015 is featuring some of North America’s leading innovators to share their candid advice and insights on how you can navigate the innovation-commercialization stream, commercializing your ideas faster, seizing market share, and driving sustainable and continuous innovation over time.

Interactive delegate-expert sharing sessions with speakers and peers provide you with the latest thinking and best practices on:

  • accessing funding and capital markets
  • managing the innovation process
  • finding sales and marketing partners and collaborators around the world
  • creating a collaborative culture of innovation
  • dealing with risk and failure
  • measuring and benchmarking results

What Can You Expect?

Gain Insights and Candid Advice from Expert Speakers, Leading Innovators, and Peers

Get the right answers to your innovation questions and challenges! Interactive panel discussions, learning workshops, and plenty of networking time provide multiple opportunities to ask the questions that matter most to you—and get the insights you need to advance your innovation results.

Practical Takeaways that Can Be Implemented Easily and Affordably

Expert speakers will share the latest strategies, tools, and techniques to increase the speed in which new ideas, products, services, and processes are generated—and turned into profit. Learn to access capital, manage the innovation process from concept to commercialization, measure and analyze innovation performance, promote innovative thinking skills among employees, build an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture, and more.

Build Your Network of Innovation Connections

Connect with leading innovators and major innovation players from across North America. Network, ask questions, and build relationships with—serial entrepreneurs, leading startups, investors, sales and marketing partners and collaborators, government granting agencies, accelerators and incubators, and universities and colleges. Expand your network of innovation connections and take your performance to the next level!

Speak with our Innovation Mentors

Gain candid advice from our Innovation Mentors! Join dynamic roundtable discussions with some of Canada's leading innovators, investors, and experts. Meet with Mentors to pick their brain and learn the insights they have gathered throughout their careers.

One-on-One Meetings

Use the Summit app to connect and meet with peers and speakers one-on-one. Build strategic relationships that can help you now and in the future.

Summit Themes

Business Innovation Summit 2015 will focus on the following themes:

  1. Sharing Best Practices for Collaboration, Innovation and Commercialization—showcasing the latest thinking, corporate best practices, strategies and tools to drive continuous collaboration, innovation, and commercialization inside Canadian firms.
  2. Funding Innovation—accessing capital markets and learning to talk like an investor to increase your innovation capacity through better funding.
  3. Developing Human Capital—creating a culture of innovation and collaboration, and developing innovators and teams to achieve innovation results.
  4. Measuring Firm-Level Innovation—using effective metrics and measurements to help improve your corporate innovation results.
  5. Informing Public Policy—providing recommendations to enhance public policy and government programs that fund, encourage, and affect firm-level innovation.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsor for their contribution to this event.

Symcor logo

IBM Canada Ltd. logo

Digital Media Zone, Ryerson University logo

Marketing Partners

Alberta Council of Technologies logo

Association of University Research Parks logo

BC Innovation Council logo

BC Technology Industry Association logo

Canada—United States Business Association logo

Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association logo

Canadian Business Strategy Association logo

Centre for Social Innovation logo

First Angel Network logo

German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research logo

Go Productivity logo

Hatchery Engineering logo

Information and Communications Technology Council logo

Innovate Calgary

Innovation Initiatives Ontario North logo

Interactive Ontario logo

International Society for Professional Innovation Management logo

ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada) logo

Manara logo

MaRS Discovery District logo

National Angel Capital Organization logo

NORCAT—Innovation Mill logo

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre logo

PDMA—Toronto Chapter logo

RIC Centre logo

Small Business BC logo

Startup Niagara logo

TechAlliance logo

The EDGY Empire logo

University of Toronto—UTEST logo

Women's Enterprise Organizations of Canada logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

Optional Workshops

This event features two concurrent 
pre-conference optional workshops on April 27th. Don't miss out!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Business Innovation Summit 2014 Sponsorship cover Download the Business Innovation Summit Sponsorship Opportunities Package (PDF)

Centre for Business Innovation (CBI)

2014 Event

Last year’s Business Innovation Summit took place May 27–29, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Social Media

Twitter @CBoC_Events

View Our Sponsors’ Websites

IBM Canada Ltd.
Digital Media Zone, Ryerson University

Marketing Partners

Alberta Council of Technologies
Association of University Research Parks
BC Innovation Council
BC Technology Industry Association
Canada—United States Business Association
Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Canadian Business Strategy Association
Centre for Social Innovation
First Angel Network
German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research
Go Productivity
Hatchery Engineering 
Information and Communications Technology Council
Innovate Calgary
Innovation Initiatives Ontario North
Interactive Ontario
International Society for Professional Innovation Management
MaRS Discovery District
National Angel Capital Organization
NORCAT—Innovation Mill
Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre
PDMA—Toronto Chapter
RIC Centre
Small Business BC
Startup Niagara
The EDGY Empire
University of Toronto—UTEST
Women's Enterprise Organizations of Canada