Innovation Week Official Launch

Innovation Week 2019 will officially launch with numerous planned events to engage and inspire participants to create opportunities to accelerate innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Events will be hosted by Innovation Week partners including NATI, Genesis Centre, College of the North Atlantic, Excite Corp, NEIA, NLOWE, Stella’s Circle, and more with the support of ACOA, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Location: St. John’s Convention Centre

Tech Transformation Summit

Technology transcends across all industries providing exciting new opportunities for greater competitiveness, increased market reach, and growth of local talent.

Join NATI as we explore how technology is transforming industry and the economic landscape in Newfoundland and Labrador!


  • The Exponential Technology Revolution – Futurist, Nik Badminton
  • Ocean Supercluster Update – CEO, Kendra MacDonald

Panel Discussions:

  • Accessing Global Markets
  • Digital Transformation in Key Sectors
  • Closing the Talent Gap

Time: 9:30 am -1:30 pm

Location: St. John’s Convention Centre



Diversity, Inclusion & You = Innovation

Research shows that high diversity and high inclusion results i high innovation. This workshop discusses barriers that can prevent innovation and focuses on how YOU can become more inclusive in your day to day interactions as well as organizationally to create more opportunities for innovation.

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Johnson Geo Centre – Celestial Gallery

175 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s


Innovation – The Key to Women Entrepreneurs’ Growth and Sustainability

A casual, networking lunch with keynote speaker Patsy Tremblett, President and CEO of Prima Information Solutions Inc.

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: NLOWE Head Office– 84-86 Elizabeth Ave, Regatta Plaza II – 2nd Floor

Debate YYT

Following the success of last year’s event, Genesis and the Harris Centre would like to present Debate YYT as a part of Innovation Week 2019! Debate YYT aims to tackle a tough question with well-formed arguments, witty banter, and passionate debaters. This year’s debate: open concept versus traditional office space!

Two teams of debaters will go head to head- Debate YYT not only seeks to be thought-provoking, but an encounter that also engages the local community. Audience participation is vital to the event’s festivities, as the audience will have the opportunity to dictate the outcome! A networking reception will follow the debate.

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Masonic Temple



Cleantech Innovation Connector 

NEIA’s 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. 

2019’s event is following a new format where industry needs and research interests will be presented to small targeted groups carefully cultivated to maximize the potential for discussion and collaboration.

Time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Location: Signal Hill Campus, St. John’s 



Social Enterprise at the Hungry Heart: Through the Eyes of a Stella’s Circle Participant

This special event is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Hungry Heart Café to experience the kitchen from the perspective of students who are trained at the social enterprise.  Attendees will be guided in creating and packaging a meal for the Hungry Heart Café’s innovative Meals Squared program. Meals Squared is a program that enables our restaurant customers to add $2 to their bill, which directly funds the production of a well-balanced, delicious meal for a Stella’s Circle participant.

Attendees will get to experience the kitchen from the perspective of our Hungry Heart student trainees, who are often involved with the production of food for Meals Squared. Once meals have been cooked and packaged, attendees will sit together in the café and enjoy the meal they have just prepared. Stella’s Circle staff will be available to lead the discussion and answer any questions about the Café or Stella’s Circle social mission.

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Hungry Heart Café, 142 Military Road, Rawlins Cross

Register: Please email or call Cathy White: or 709-738-7730.


Youth in Tech Conference

NATI, in partnership with the College of the North Atlantic, present Youth in Technology, an exclusive conference for grade nine students promoting advanced technologies as a rewarding career and academic choice!

Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive Campus, St. John’s

Scratch 2019 Competition 

Brilliant Labs and NATI are partnering to host a virtual scratch competition for grade 4 to 9 students across Atlantic Canada! This annual competition celebrates the creativity and innovative imagination of youth throughout our region. Students will have an opportunity to win prizes including prizes for Best Overall, Best Technical, and Best Artistic Design.

Location: Virtual event



Social Innovation Challenge

Memorial’s Centre for Social Enterprise, the United Church of Canada and the First Light Friendship Centre are hosting the Social Innovation Challenge, a one day pitching competition focused around social enterprise and impact. This 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.

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Cochrane Centre, 42 Bannerman St, St. John’s, NL A1C 3M6


TEDxStJohns 2019   

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxStJohns, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxStJohns event, TED Talks video and live, local speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in our community.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019

Time: Doors 6:00 pm; Show 6:45 pm 

Location: St. John’s Community Market

Registration: Tickets on Sale March 27 @