Youth in Technology Conference

Organization: NATI and College of the North Atlantic

Date: Thursday, May 3rd

Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive Campus

This one-day session includes activities that will expose grade nine students to a wide range of careers in the technology sector and provide inspiration for their academic plans. Through this conference, NATI and the College of the North Atlantic aim to boost interest in the technology sector among youth. The conference will feature a series of speakers from the local technology sector. Each speaker will represent a different career option within the sector, so that students realize the full range of opportunity that exists.

This year we welcome Stu Saunders, Founder/Executive Director of Youth Leadership Camps Canada as our Keynote speaker!

Social Innovation Challenge

Organization: Centre for Social Enterprise, United Church of Canada, the Cochrane Centre

Date: Friday, May 11th – Saturday, May 12th

Time: May 11th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm and May 12th, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Cochrane Community Outreach and Performance Centre

The Social Innovation Challenge is a two day pitching competition focused on supporting social enterprises and driving social impact. The event is designed by the United Church of Canada with the goal of transforming communities and opening conversations on innovative solutions to persisting social problems.

Participants can range from high school and post-secondary students to members of the larger community. The local community is invited to attend the final pitching event at the end of the challenge.

Our societies are facing extraordinary challenges: increasing inequality, rising poverty rates, unstable economies, climate change, and a raft of other issues. At the same time, technologies are transforming the world in which we live, markets are undergoing massive change, and philanthropists are changing their practices. The speed of change is faster than ever, and the social and environmental need is reaching a frightening crescendo.

Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. Sometimes they emerge from a deliberate and rigorous process. Sometimes they are a response to an emerging or pressing need. And sometimes they just seem to appear out of thin air.

Social innovation projects all have a few things in common: they are emerging, involve incredible social entrepreneurs, and are positioned to make a real difference in the communities they serve. And they each address one of more key priorities: market transformation, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and systems change. Possible categories for projects includes:

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food & nutrition
  • Health
  • Human rights
  • Poverty
  • Technology
  • Water
  • Women’s issue


Innovation Week Launch

Organizations: NATI and Genesis Centre

Date: Monday, May 14th

Time: 10 am

Location: Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Elizabeth Ave, St. John’s


Cleantech Innovation Connector

Organization: NEIA

Date: Monday, May 14th

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: The Alt Hotel St. John’s, 125 Water St, St. John’s,

The Cleantech Innovation Connector matches environmental challenges and opportunities within key Newfoundland and Labrador industries with those interested in helping pursue solutions – researchers, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs within established innovative firms.

The event aims to help establish industry priorities and set the stage for the clean technology development right here in Newfoundland and Labrador – products and services that can then be exported through supply chains worldwide.

For firms with market-ready clean technologies, the Innovation Connector also features a special Cleantech Global presentation which will outline how firms can leverage a variety of different supports to engage in international business.

To register: Please visit


Driving Social Change from Inside the Kitchen: Learning from the Innovations at the Hungry Heart Café

Organization: Stella’s Circle and Centre for Social Enterprise, Memorial University

Date: Monday, May 14th

Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Hungry Heart Café, 142 Military Road, St. John’s

Experience social enterprise from the inside out! The Hungry Heart Cafe is a social enterprise of Stella’s Circle, used as a training opportunity for people who face many barriers from fully participating in their community. Now in its tenth year, this socially responsible neighbourhood café will be the site of an experiential learning activity. While at the Café, you will participate in concepts taught to participants in the kitchen and contribute to creating meals for the Café’s innovative Meals Squared program. You’ll also enjoy some tasty food from the Café and participate in a discussion by Stella’s Circle and the Centre for Social Enterprise about how to apply the lessons learned from this social enterprise to other settings.

Space is limited. Registration fee is $25. The Café is accessible.

To register: Cathy White at 738-7730 or


Resistance is Futile

Organization: St. John’s Board of Trade

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time 9:00 am-10:30 am

Location: TBD

Globally, labour markets are adapting to the impact of new technology, and the demand for skills is changing to match. Come out and chat with Patrick Snider from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce about the implications for training systems and skills development that will affect your company now and into the future.

  1. Who is going to be replace?
  2. How much might retraining all of those people cost?
  3. What is the upside of automation?
  4. How are we doing at giving people the skills they need so far?
  5. Will every group in Canada be able to acquire the skills needed?
  6. What kids of connections do businesses need to build to better manage the transition?

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Business Solutions Student Showcase

Date: Tuesday, May 15th -16th

Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Location: CNA Prince Philip Drive Campus

Every year at the College of the North Atlantic, graduating students must complete capstone projects that showcase the skills they’ve developed through working on an industry problem requiring a unique solution. The Business Solutions Student Showcase is designed to highlight the real-world solutions that College students are regularly providing for our industry partners through course projects, capstone projects, and college-managed applied R&D co-op placements. If you want to witness real-world impact on business operations, we invite you to join us for this event that showcases a number of projects from CNA students and recent graduates that are making a difference for companies in Newfoundland and Labrador. So, whether its automation, robotics, process optimization or logistics, come by and join us to see what student innovation looks like at College of the North Atlantic. Student presentations will be complemented by poster displays that will highlight (1) applied research and innovation projects across the College’s spectrum of programs including Engineering Technology, Business and Information Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Trades and Applied Arts and (2) novel program developments to address industry need.


Industry Applications for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Location: CNA Prince Philip Drive Campus

College of the North Atlantic took possession of its new Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometer (LIBS) machine in February 2018 – the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada. LIBS is an incredibly fast and efficient analytical technique for trace elemental analysis in gases, solids, and liquids. At CNA, we are particularly interested in its applications for the mining industry to assist us in characterizing drill core samples, but the applications of LIBS technology are legion. From metallurgical analysis to food safety to archaeology, LIBS is a powerful tool to help us better understand the composition of the world around us. We invite you to visit us, see the machine in action, review work conducted to date and discuss with us how we may work together to explore LIBS applications to address your challenges. *Please note that participants to this event are limited to 12 people per tour.


Seeing the World in a New Light- The Specim IQ Portable Hyperspectral Camera

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: CNA Prince Philip Drive Campus

Everything in the world has its own unique light signature. One major problem, however, is that the human eye only has three colour receptors (blue, green and red). Bees have four colour receptors allowing them to distinguish 100 million colours – ten times the number of humans.  But powerful devices – hyperspectral imagers – have been created that allow us to “see” billions of “colours” and, therefore, let us know the full composition of what we are viewing. Historically, these machines, unfortunately, have been large pieces of equipment that were limited to laboratories where samples are sent for characterization. To address this limitation, Specim has invented what is billed as the world’s first portable hyperspectral camera -the Specim IQ – that provides instantaneous hyperspectral imaging. Come and visit us at College of the North Atlantic where we will share some of the novel applications we are exploring with this technology, our experiences with the Specim IQ camera and for a conversation with the public on how it can be applied to your world.


The Industry Innovation Challenge

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Prince Philip Drive Campus

Businesses are continually challenged by the need to implement product, process and/or organizational innovations and to solve ongoing operations challenges that impact productivity and competitive advantage. The industry innovation challenge is designed to harness the incredible problem-solving power that can be leveraged by bringing students from various program areas together to help an industry client find potential solutions to a real problem they are facing. An industry client will present an ‘Innovation Challenge’ by overviewing a business operations challenge, providing a framework for a viable solution to student groups, and then tasking these groups to find possible solutions. Student groups guided by facilitators brainstorm and document potential solutions to the Innovation Challenge and then present their proposed solution(s) to the industry client. An evaluation panel comprised of representatives from the industry client, CNA’s Office of Industry and Community Engagement, and public funding agencies will select the solution deemed most worthy of further exploration and development.


Innovation in Rural Canada

Organization:  EXCITE, The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor hosting a special Innovation Week Luncheon in Grand Falls-Windsor

Date:  Tuesday May 15th

Time:    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Corduroy Brook Building

Keynote Speaker: Paul Chipperton

Paul Chipperton, BSc, MBA is an award-winning serial entrepreneur in the Technology & Innovation sector. Currently he serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) at Genesys Capital Partners, looking to deploy capital from their new C$ 125M Life Science fund.

Prior to that Paul was co-founder and CEO of Profound Medical Inc. (tsxv: prn), a company developing a unique, non-invasive, MR-guided approach to the treatment of Prostate Cancer, where he also negotiated and initiated clinical trials in Canada, Germany and USA. Under his leadership the company was anointed “2010 Ontario Premier’s Catalyst Award for Best Start-up” by Dalton McGuinty.

Paul earned his BSc, Applied Chemistry from Northumbria University in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and subsequently an MBA with a double concentration in Strategy & Marketing from McGill.

He also serves as a co-founder, or on the board of directors of several entities, including: SWFTCharge, Intronix, and Angel Investors Ontario.


Lunch with a Rocket Scientist- Innovating Success

Organization: NLOWE

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Greenwood Inn & Suites, Corner Brook

Natalie Panek is a rocket scientist, adventurer, and advocate for women in technology. As a Member of Technical Staff at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, Natalie works on the next generation of Canadian space robotics and space exploration programs. She seeks to pursue the road less travelled while working towards her dream of becoming an astronaut.

Innovating Success

As a child, Natalie dreamed of traveling to space, avidly following her heroes, astronauts, as they explored and pushed boundaries.

Drawing from personal experiences, Natalie promotes the value of embracing experiences outside of your comfort zone.

Through her experiences and lessons learned, Natalie has established some key foundations for success: perseverance, living a life of peak moments, perspective, harnessing unfamiliarity, life-long learning, and mentorship.

Registration Fees:

  • Students: $25 +HST
  • Members: $30 +HST
  • Innovation Week Partners

(with code): $30 +HST

  • Non-Members: $45 +HST

Deadline to register: May 11

Space is Limited.

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Debate NYYT

Organization: Genesis Centre and Harris Centre

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Location: Geo Centre, St. John’s

As part of Innovation Week 2018, the Genesis Centre and the Harris Centre have partnered up to host Debate NYYT!

Failure will play an essential role if the province of Newfoundland and Labrador plans to engage itself in the business of innovation. The question then arises whether the province is ready to embrace the culture of failure or does the province find itself intolerant to this seemingly unpopular outcome. Debate NYYT aims to tackle this question with well-formed arguments, witty banter, and passionate debaters.

A team of two debaters will go against another team of two, in an evening that promises to bring both insight and compelling drama. Debate NYYT not only seeks to be thought provoking, but an encounter that also engages the local public. Audience participation is vital to the evening’s festivities, as the audience will have the opportunity to dictate the outcome! Join us for a reception following the debate.-Link to register for the event:


NATI Knowledge Summit

Organization: NATI

Date: Wednesday, May 16th

Time: 8:00 am -3:45 pm

Location: Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, St. John’s

Innovation is what drives the technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s the key ingredient to success in the competitive global market. This is what the Knowledge Summit is all about. Come learn how to use innovative technologies to achieve your corporate goals. Hear how investing in new technology and innovative skills can drive your company to new heights and give you that competitive edge. Our expert speakers will engage, inform and inspire you with insightful talks on how you can achieve your business goals by harnessing innovation.

Keynote speakers include:

  • John Weigelt | Chief Technology Officer from Microsoft Canada
  • Duncan Stewart| Director of Research, TMT, Deloitte Canada
  • Lee-Anne McAlear| Program Director, Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management, York University, Consultant, Facilitator, Speaker and Training Specialist
  • Jim Harris | Disruptive Innovation Speaker, Management Consultant and Best-Selling Author

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Accelerando: Sing Your Heart out About Social Innovation!

Organization: Stella’s Circle

Date: Wednesday, May 16th

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: 114 Cabot Street, St. John’s

Description of event: Studies indicate that isolation and loneliness can exacerbates illness. Creating community is one way to combat loneliness. Join an innovative social community–the Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir—at a regular Wednesday night rehearsal. Participate in vocal warm-ups and sing with us! At the end of rehearsal, join in for our choir meal prepared by the Hungry Heart Café. In addition to seeing first-hand the therapeutic benefits of singing, experience why there’s growing evidence that singing in a group has social and other benefits that surpass participation in team sports. This event will also have application for employee wellness and team building. A fee of $5 or Pay What You Can.

To register: Cathy White at 738-7730 or


Women in Technology Lunch & Learn with Kelly Hoey

Organization: Genesis Centre

Date: Thursday, May 17th

Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Junior Commons Room, Gushue Hall

Moderated conversation (90 minutes with audience Q&A).

Join the Genesis Centre for Innovation Week as we host a very special guest, Kelly Hoey, to the Genesis Centre Women in Tech (WIT) Peer group! Limited seats available, lunch will be provided.

See you there!

Women in Tech Session with Kelly Hoey

The press has deemed her everything from: “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” to “100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter” and “100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need To Know”. Kelly is an advisor to NZTE and mentors startups in the Canadian Tech Accelerator program. She regularly appears as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch, is an columnist and hosted the first two seasons of the BroadMic podcast. In this session Kelly Hoey shares her investment journey from angel investor to co-founder of a startup accelerator to limited partner in two venture capital funds. Understand why she got off the investment sidelines (and why she thinks more women need to as well) and why she is vocal (and bullish) on investing in women.

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Screening of Code Girl Movie

Organization: NLOWE

Date: Thursday, May 17th

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Rotary Arts Centre, Corner Brook

Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary.

By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.

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How to Build Your Dream Network

Organization: Genesis Centre

Date: Thursday, May 17th

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: The Rooms, St. John’s

Author and columnist, Kelly Hoey, will be doing a fireside chat on how to build and better utilize your networks. Reception to follow.

***The first 50 to register will receive a FREE copy of Kelly’s book- Build Your Dream Network!

How to Build Your Dream Network

You’ve hit the circuit of industry happy hours, meetups and endless networking receptions, but do you have a powerful business network? In this program, Kelly Hoey who has built a powerful web of connections from tech to finance to media to government to fashion to law will share her insights and personal experiences on building and managing professional connections. Her common-sense approach to networking stands apart from traditional or random ‘event’ networking and focuses on making valuable connections with the right people, organizations and opportunities, in the right way (and is applicable whether you’re seeking app downloads, crowdfunding your venture or trying to navigate the startup ecosystem).

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The Innovative Approach of Art Therapy

Organization: Stella’s Circle

Date: Friday, May 18th

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Just Us Women’s Centre – 142 Military Road, St. John’s

In the current climate of increasing awareness of mental illness and reduction of associated stigma, innovative approaches to health and overall wellness are being embraced and encouraged in many different sectors of our community. Art therapy is an innovative form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

This two-hour, hands-on, art workshop is for everyone! Learn how art therapy is an innovative alternative to traditional talk therapy and how everyone can benefit from this insightful experience. The art instructor and social worker who will lead this session have delivered art therapy to women in a correctional facility and will speak to their experiences of how art therapy has been effective. There will be a fee to attend this event and space is limited. Registration fee of $25.

To register: Cathy White at 738-7730 or



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