Day 2 Recap of Innovation Week Events in St. John’s

It’s difficult to get out to every single event that’s happening during Innovation Week. In case you missed some of the events, here’s the recap for Tuesday, May 9!

Invest Atlantic

The Genesis Centre hosted a kickoff event for the Invest Atlantic Conference 2017.  The event was held at the Bier Market and more than 40 people participated in a panel discussion about collaboration, innovation and globalization.  The panelists were Bob Williamson, founder, Invest Atlantic; Craig Rowe, CEO, ClearRisk; Michelle Simms, CEO, Genesis; and Jeff Harriman, Capital Markets Specialist, New Brunswick Securities Commission.

Invest Atlantic will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s from September 19-20, 2017 so mark the date in your calendar.  The conference will be chaired by Paul Antle, CEO of Pluto Investments with the theme of ‘Get Collaborative. Get Innovative. Go Global.’  As Atlantic Canada’s largest networking event for more than 300 start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors, Invest Atlantic is THE place to help you connect and grow your business.

We’re bringing some of North America’s most noted investors together with the region’s newest and fastest growing companies for two days of focused discussions on everything from raising capital and collaboration, to partnerships and succession planning.

We had a great kick-off event during Innovation Week and we want to keep the conversation going right up to the fall when Invest Atlantic takes place here. See you there!

Innovation is a Buzzword – Innovation Audits

Ryan Murphy is a Newfoundlander with a freshly minted Master’s degree from OCAD University in Toronto. He held a workshop at Common Ground about the meaning of the word ‘innovation’ and discussed the concept of an ‘innovation audit.’ Here are a few takeaways from Ryan’s session:

  • We think about innovation in technology and entrepreneurship, but innovation happens in all formats, scales, and contexts. An innovation is any deliberate change that improves the creation, delivery, or capture of value for someone.
  • Studying the innovation process gives us a framework to discover gaps and opportunities in how we innovate as individuals, organizations, and as a province. We can conduct an ‘innovation audit’ using the process to identify these key points of intervention.

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  • Most approaches to innovation focus on the enhancing the innovation environment, but we need to build our innovation skills. Ryan’s research unearthed 12 key learning domains and linked them to how innovation happens, helping educators, managers, and policymakers develop innovation capacity through skill development. These skill domains can be explored at Check them out.
  • Our focus on technology and entrepreneurship innovation may cause us to miss important opportunities in other industries.
  • Ryan’s research also unearthed innovation orientations: the different approaches to innovation that emphasize certain outputs and tactics, but fundamentally follow the same process and use the same skills. The first three Ryan identified were Technology & Science, Entrepreneurship & Commercial, and Social & Sustainability. The audience discussed several others, including Health, Indigenous, Arts & Cultural, Policy, and Activism.

The workshop ended with a lively discussion about how the language we use can reinforce or limit our innovative capacity.