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Business Innovation Summit

2015 Event

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2014 Event

The 2014 Business Innovation Summit explored the real-life challenges and opportunities for innovation within firms and tangible solutions. Industry professionals and expert speakers took part in delegate-expert sharing sessions, giving participants the insights and tools to increase the speed at which their organizations can generate new ideas, products, services, and processes.

Delegates had the opportunity to partake in a consultation session to identify key challenges, issues, and barriers facing Canadian innovators that informed future public policy related research activities for the Centre for Business Innovation and potential solutions. The Summit focused on four key themes: sharing corporate best practices for innovation and commercialization; funding innovation; developing human capital; and measuring firm-level innovation.

Featured Speakers from the 2014 event

photo of Menelaos Argiropoulos

Menelaos Argiropoulos
Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement
Public Works and Government Services Canada

photo of Alan Barrell

Dr. Alan Walter Barrell
Professor, Entrepreneurship
Cambridge University
United Kingdom

photo of Doron Ben-Meir

Doron Ben-Meir
Chief Executive Officer, Commercialisation Australia
Department of Industry

photo of Alph Bingham

Doron Ben-Meir
Founder and Board Member

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Dr. Michael R. Bloom
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

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Eugene Bomba
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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Cameron Chell
Chief Executive Officer
Business Instincts Group

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Dr. Sorin Cohn
Leader, Innovation Metrics, Centre for Business Innovation
The Conference Board of Canada

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Mélisse Craig
National Research Council, Concierge Service

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Marcus Daniels
Managing Director
Extreme Startups

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Dr. Scott J. Edgett
Chief Executive Officer
Stage-Gate International

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Barry Gekiere
Managing Director
MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

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Bruce Good
Executive Director, Centre for Business Innovation
The Conference Board of Canada

photo of Gary Goodyear

The Hon. Gary Goodyear
Minister of State
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

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Ashley D. Good
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Fail Forward

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Siobhán Gibney Gomis
Vice-President, Pacific Northwest and Global Non-Profits

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Michael Grant
Research Director, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

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Pat Horgan
Vice-President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations
IBM Canada Ltd.

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Dr. Stephen A. Hurwitz
Senior Counsel
Choate, Hall and Stewart LLP
United States of America

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Nitin Kawale
Cisco Systems Canada Co.

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Matt Knight
Senior Director, Client Services
Productivity Alberta

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Jennifer Lee Koss

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Prof. Janusz Kozinski
Founding Dean
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

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Shawn Mandel
Vice-President, Web Channel

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Brennan McEachran
Chief Executive Officer
SoapBox Innovations Inc.

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Bernadeen McLeod
Mentor Works Ltd.

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Tom Moir
Independent Researcher and Consultant

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Dr. Daniel F. Muzyka
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada

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Brandon Nussey
Chief Financial Officer

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Dr. Hossein Rahnama
Director, Research and Innovation Digital Media Zone
Ryerson University

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Alexander N. Rink
Chief Executive Officer

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Kiko Suarez
Vice-President, Communications and Innovation
Lumina Foundation

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Douglas Watt
Director, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

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Doug Williamson
Chief Executive Officer
The Beacon Group

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Antoni Wisniowski
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

cover of 2014 Agenda


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

Symcor Ltd. logo

Cisco Canada logo

IBM Canada Ltd. logo

Celestica logo

InnoCentive logo

Sustainable Development Technology Canada logo

  Ontario Centres of Excellence logo

ICICI logo

Epilogger logo

Kinetic Café logo

In Partnership With

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and National Research Council (NRC) Concierge Service logo

Marketing Partners

ACCT Canada logo

Canada—China Business Council logo

Canada—India Business Council logo

Canada—United States Business Association logo

Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association logo

Canadian Fluid Power Association logo

Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC) logo

Centre for Social Innovation logo

Community Futures Network of Canada logo

Digital Nova Scotia logo

Driven Accelerator Group logo

Extreme Startups logo

First Angel Network logo

Innovate Calgary logo

Innovation Factory logo

Innovation Initiatives Ontario North logo

International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) logo

Invest Ottawa logo

Mentor Works Ltd. logo

Multiplicity logo

Network of Angel Organizations—Ontario logo

Productivity Alberta logo

Schroeder & Schroeder Inc. logo

Small Business Association logo

SoapBox logo

Startup Canada logo

Tech Alliance logo

The Next 36 logo

University of Waterloo logo

Wavefront logo

Centre for Business Innovation (CBI)

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“An excellent event. I learned a lot. Congratulations on allowing so much good question/interaction time. Chairman/moderators were excellent.”

“Enjoyed the day and looking forward to tomorrow. Hope you turn this into an annual event.”

“Outstanding presentations!”

“Truly enjoyed insights from practitioners. The closing panel was excellent.”

“What a great day! Amazing speakers, valuable information. Feeling so energized & inspired about the opportunities for innovation.”

“High quality presentations and speakers. Very practical and useful tools!”

“Excellent speakers. Very knowledgeable about innovation. Good insight into key issues. Well organized event.”

“Excellent plenary sessions. Thought provoking & inspiring.”

“Appreciate the time conference organizers spent putting the schedule of speakers together on this subject. Innovation is not easy to achieve. Glad to know there’s more support out there than I thought. Quality of speakers is #1.”