The 2021 Nordic Innovation Study Tour is a chance for Canadian business leaders to learn about the innovation ecosystems of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Hear from Nordic leaders in innovation such as Danish Technological Institute, Innovation Fund Denmark, GCE Ocean Technology.

For three weeks in June, participants will:

  • Identify key lessons from how Nordic countries build world-class innovation value chains, including how they manage talent development, support innovation, and drive economic success.
  • Understand how Norway, Denmark and Sweden leverage partnerships with industry, academia, government, NGOs, and other nations to build their innovation capacity.
  • Understand how Nordic countries are leveraging innovation to address goals and objectives related to climate change.
  • Understand the roles that national innovation policy and investment in information and communications technology play in supporting the development of innovation clusters.
  • Generate strategic and policy recommendations to help Canada successfully build its own innovation capacity and leverage the resulting economic benefits.
  • Learn how COVID-19 has affected innovation culture, processes, and priorities.

Featured speakers

All speakers

Jeanette Andersson

Jeanette Andersson

Ingelin Drøpping

Ingelin Drøpping

Anne Kjersti Fahlvik

Anne Kjersti Fahlvik

Marco Giertz

Marco Giertz

Torgny Gunnarsson

Torgny Gunnarsson

Nina Kopola

Nina
Kopola

Håkan Nordkvist

Håkan Nordkvist

Haavard Oestensen

Haavard Oestensen

Harry Sharma

Harry
Sharma

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Antti Vasara

Antti
Vasara

Jens Peter Vittrup

Jens Peter Vittrup

Agenda

Please note: Times are provided in Eastern Daylight Time first, then local time.

Denmark (June 8)

  • Presentation
    Danish Technological Institute
  • Presentation and discussion
    Innovation Fund Denmark

Finland (June 10)

  • Presentation
    Smart Kalasatama
  • Fireside chat and discussion

Norway (June 15)

  • Presentation
    Konsberg Digital
  • Discussion
    City of Oslo: The European Green Capital

Norway (June 17)

  • Presentation
    GCE Ocean Technology
  • Fireside chat panel discussion

Sweden (June 22)

  • Presentation
    Kista Science City
  • Fireside chat and discussion

Sweden (June 23)

  • Presentation
    IKEA
  • Presentation and discussion
    Minc
11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. CEST
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

11:15 a.m.
5:15 p.m. CEST
Presentation

Danish Technological Institute (DTI) is a leading research and technology company. It helps customers convert the newest knowledge and technology into value. With more than 70 laboratories and over 1,000 specialists, DTI is considered an expert in production, materials, environmental technology, business, energy, agro technology, meat research, and more.

Anne-Lise Høg Lejre

Anne-Lise Høg Lejre

Executive VP, Production and Innovation
Danish Technological Institute

12:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. CEST
Presentation and discussion

Innovation Fund Denmark helps entrepreneurs, researchers, and businesses develop solutions to society’s challenges, including new climate-mitigating solutions, healthier food, more effective health care, start-up journeys—and much more.

Jens Peter Vittrup

Jens Peter Vittrup

Senior Adviser
Innovation Fund Denmark

1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. CEST
Adjourn
11:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m. EEST
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

11:15 a.m.
6:15 p.m. EEST
Presentation

Smart Kalasatama, a brownfield district in Helsinki, is a smart city development that is being used as an experimental innovation platform with a goal of creating smart and clean urban infrastructure and services. More than 25 innovative infrastructures and building projects are on-going. Smart Kalasatama partners with start-ups who work alongside the residents in the district to develop innovative solutions to their core mission. In spring 2017, Kalasatama kicked off a number of climate positive pilot projects relating to resource efficiency and energy consumption. Five individual pilot projects examined topics such as green solutions, electric cars, parking, local solar power production and reducing the overall carbon footprint using a real-time calculator within households.

Kerkko Vanhanen

Kerkko Vanhanen

Programme Director
Smart Kalasatama

12:15 p.m.
7:15 p.m. EEST
Nina Kopola

Nina Kopola

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Business Finland

Antti Vasara

President and Chief Executive Officer, VTT and President of EARTO

1:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. EEST
Adjourn

June 15

11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. CEST
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

11:15 a.m.
5:15 p.m. CEST
Presentation

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

Haavard Oestensen

Haavard Oestensen

Vice President, Growth
Konsberg Digital

12:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. CEST
Discussion

The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. 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.”

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Project Manager, Oslo Green Capital 2019
City of Oslo

1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. CEST
Adjourn

June 17

11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. CEST
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

11:15 a.m.
5:15 p.m. CEST
Presentation

GCE Ocean Technology is an industry-driven initiative with more than 120 partners and members. With it’s international members, it develops and supplies innovative ocean technology within a wide range of applications, including subsea oil and gas production, marine renewable energy production, marine food production, and marine mineral resource exploration.

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer
GCE Ocean Technology

12:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. CEST
Svein Berg

Managing Director and CEO, Nordic Innovation

Ingelin Drøpping

Division director of regional business and development, Innovation Norway

Anne Kjersti Fahlvik

Executive Director, Business Development and Innovation, Research Council of Norway

1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. CEST
Adjourn

June 22

11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. CEST
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

11:15 a.m.
5:15 p.m. CEST

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

Marco Giertz

Marco Giertz

Chief Executive Officer
Stockholm Discovery

12:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. CEST

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.

Torgny Gunnarsson

Torgny Gunnarsson

Vice-President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
Combient

1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. CEST
Adjourn

June 23

11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. CEST
Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology
The Conference Board of Canada

11:15 a.m.
5:15 p.m. CEST
Presentation

To meet the challenges of a changing climate, IKEA is taking ambitious steps toward a more sustainable future. In 2019, IKEA announced that it would be investing $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure. The company is targeting to make their entire supply chain climate positive by 2030.

Håkan Nordkvist

Head of Sustainability Innovation
INGKA Group

12:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. CEST
Presentation and discussion

Minc was established in 2002 by the City of Malmö as one of Scandinavia’s first start-up incubator programs to fuel innovation. Hundreds of start-ups have gone through the Minc incubator program, involved in everything from developing facial recognition technology for Apple to uncovering the Panama Papers. The Malmö region is now one of the most innovative regions in the world, surpassing both Oslo and Helsinki in rounds of raised venture capital.

Jeanette Andersson

Jeanette Andersson

Chief Executive Officer
Minc

1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. CEST
Adjourn

Register

Learn about leading-edge ecosystems from senior executives leading innovation.

$495

$395

Early Bird Price
Until May 14, 2021

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