The 2020 Nordic Innovation Study Tour is a chance for senior Canadian executives to learn about the innovation ecosystems of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

During this week-long tour, participants will:

  • Discover how Nordic countries approach anchor institutions, key policies, supporting infrastructure, and workforce skills to build a culture of innovation.
  • Identify key lessons from how Nordic countries build world-class innovation value chains—including how they manage talent development, support new ideas, and drive economic success.
  • Understand how Denmark, Norway, and Sweden form partnerships with industry, academia, government, NGOs, and other nations to build their innovation capacity.
  • Grasp how national innovation policy and investment in information and communications technology supports Nordic innovation clusters.
  • Generate strategic and policy recommendations to help Canada successfully build its own innovation capacity and leverage the resulting economic benefits.

Practical take-aways:

By joining us on this study tour, you will engage in a unique and dynamic forum for examining groundbreaking developments in innovation.

  • See innovative companies (start-ups and scale-ups) use next-generation business models and technologies (IoT, 5G, AI) in action.
  • Visit research centres that are exploring issues in Industry 4.0, ocean technologies, and more.
  • Network with and hear from experts working at the forefront of circumpolar green solutions.
  • Meet with government and private sector organizations to talk about what goes into making regional innovation ecosystems—including building mutually beneficial collaborations, ecosystem-wide partnerships, and more.

Agenda

Sunday, April 19

  • Arrival into Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Welcoming meeting, networking dinner, keynote speaker

Monday, April 20—Denmark

  • Site visits and presentations
  • Group networking dinner and keynote dinner speaker

Tuedsay, April 21—Denmark

  • Site visits and presentations
  • Travel to Oslo, Norway
  • Group networking dinner

Wednesday, April 22—Norway

  • Site visits and presentations
  • Group networking dinner and keynote dinner speaker

Thursday, April 23—Norway

  • Site visits and presentations
  • Travel to Stockholm, Sweden
  • Group networking reception, dinner, and keynote speaker

Friday, April 24—Sweden

  • Site visits and presentations
  • Group networking dinner

Saturday, April 25

  • Individual travel home

Sunday, April 19

Arrival into Denmark
4:00 p.m.
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

5:00 p.m.
Mette Præst Knudsen

Mette Præst Knudsen

Professor and Head of Research, Centre for Integrative Innovation Management, Department of Marking & Management, University of Southern Denmark

6:30 p.m.
Networking dinner

Monday, April 20

7:30 a.m.
Meet in lobby for travel to site visit
8:30 a.m.
Site visit

MADE is the Danish national initiative for collaboration, innovation, and research in manufacturing. Their vision is to make Denmark the world’s leading manufacturing nation.

Launched in 2014, MADE helps Denmark compete globally and create employment locally by developing innovative world-class manufacturing solutions. As a European digital innovation hub, it is part of a large network of innovation hubs and helps Danish companies find partners and opportunities internationally.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and travel to site visit
1:30 p.m.
Site visit

Denmark’s maritime cluster is referred to as Blue Denmark. Directly and indirectly, Blue Denmark creates jobs for approximately 110,000 people and supports Danish maritime companies that account for approximately one-fourth of Denmark’s total exports. One of Blue Denmark’s strengths is strong cooperation on everything from developing policy to finding solutions to the challenges of the future.

5:00 p.m.
Adjournment
5:15 p.m.
Return travel to hotel and Free Time
7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a casual group networking dinner.

Tuesday, April 21

7:30 a.m.
Meet in lobby for travel to site visit
8:30a.m.
Site visit

Located on the Copenhagen harbourfront, BLOX is part of the city’s cultural circuit of venues that have a role to play in a new urban economy. BLOX promotes sustainable urban development in a broad sense and thus forms the setting for activities aimed at the general public, as well as defined professional networks.

12:00 p.m.
Depart BLOX for Copenhagen Airport
2:25 p.m.
Depart Copenhagen for Oslo, Norway
3:35 p.m.
Arrival into Oslo, Norway
4:00 p.m.
Depart airport for hotel
6:30 p.m.
Group networking dinner
9:00 p.m.
Adjournment and return to hotel

Wednesday, April 22

7:30 a.m.
Meet in lobby for travel to site visit
8:30 a.m.
Site visit

Oslo Science Park is a unique hub that strives to contribute to economic growth, the commercialization of science, and to be a catalyst for new companies in Norway. Many of the organizations they work with have global ambitions in communications technology, biotechnology, health and medical technology, and energy and the environment. Clusters include Norway Health Tech, the health incubator Aleap, the lab-incubator for biotech start-ups ShareLab, and StartupLab’s more than 80 members.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and travel to site visit
1:30 p.m.
Site visit

Kongsberg Digital delivers software and solutions that enable the world’s industries to harness the power of digitalization. Their solutions optimize operations that help anticipate and protect against future challenges while increasing safety and efficiency.

4:30 p.m.
Adjournment
4:35 p.m.
Return travel to hotel and Free Time
6:30 p.m.
Group networking dinner
8:00 p.m.
Keynote dinner speaker
(to be confirmed)
Svein Berg

Svein Berg

Managing Director and CEO
Nordic Innovation

8:45 p.m.
Adjournment
9:00 p.m.
Return travel to hotel

Thursday, April 23

7:30 a.m.
Meet in lobby for travel to site visit
8:30 a.m.
Presentation

The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. During this visit, participants will hear first-hand the measures the city is taking against climate change, including promoting green mobility, transitioning to a circular economy, planning sustainable urban development, and becoming a “blue and green city.”

12:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:15 p.m.
Depart for Oslo Airport
3:50 p.m.
Depart Oslo for Stockholm, Sweden
4:45 p.m.
Arrival into Stockholm
5:15 p.m.
Depart airport for hotel
7:00 p.m.
Group networking dinner
8:00 p.m.
Keynote dinner speaker
(to be confirmed)
Ibrahim Baylan

Ibrahim Baylan

Minister for Business, Industry, and Innovation
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden

9:00 p.m.
Adjournment and return to hotel

Friday, April 24

7:30 a.m.
Meet in lobby for travel to site visit
8:30 a.m.
Site visit

Kista Science City is the leading information and communications technology cluster in Europe. The cluster is home to some of the world’s most famous communications companies, such as Ericsson and IBM, as well as a range of exciting start-ups and leading universities of Stockholm. Kista is also an arena for future technology—their testbed at this site, Urban ICT Arena, is where 5G and IoT technologies are being tested.

Kista Science City is built on the triple helix model—a collaboration between businesses, the public sector, and academia.

12:00 p.m.
Travel to Canadian Embassy
1:00 p.m.
Presentation and discussion

Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency. They help build Sweden’s innovation capacity, contributing to sustainable growth.

2:30 p.m.
Break
2:45 p.m.
Site visit

Combient is the leading cross-industry collaboration network in the Nordics. The network collaborates under a joint non-disclosure agreement across boards, management, and business units. Together with Combient’s team of specialists, as well as an ecosystem of top universities and start-ups, they have created an out-of-the-ordinary space for shared assets and rapid growth.

4:00 p.m.

An opportunity to participants to share their key learnings throughout the week.

5:00 p.m.
Adjournment and Free Time
7:30 p.m.

Please join us for a casual group networking dinner.

Saturday, April 25

Individual travel home. Safe travels!

Itinerary

We are still finalizing our schedule, but site visits will include organizations such as:

Register

Non-Members

$7,995

Members

$6,500

Interested in becoming a member?

Please contact us to learn more.

Event details

The price to attend covers all meeting-related expenses, including:

Speaker fees

Site access, visits, and tours

All group ground transportation (i.e., Denmark to Norway to Sweden)

All group meals: Lunches and dinners.

Individual travel, accommodation, breakfasts, and incidentals are not included.

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