Technology and Innovation – Why the Hype? 

The Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade and the NL Workforce Innovation Centre present an Innovation Week kick-off event with keynote speaker Paul Preston, CEO of NATI.

Technology and innovation are critical ingredients for all advanced economies around the world, including Newfoundland and Labrador and cities like Corner Brook. Yet there is often confusion toward emerging technologies and innovation, and their impact on people, organizations,
and society. Paul will explore the state of technology and innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador, dispelling common myths and what it means to be a “tech company”. In comparing the province to others in Canada and to countries around the world, he will highlight factors that drive, shape and encourage innovation opportunities, and will discuss policies and business decision-making that can improve performance across business, economic, and societal measures.

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Quality Inn, Corner Brook

Registration: Please register with by April 25th, 2019

$35 for Members, $45 for General Admission
Student discount rate available

Innovation Week Launch Luncheon

The Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, in partnership with NL Workforce Innovation Centre and NL

Association of Technology (NATI), will be hosting a special luncheon presentation to officially launch

Innovation Week 2019 in Corner Brook. Guest speaker for the event – Paul Preston, President, NATI – will be discussing the state of technology and innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador, dispelling common myths and what it means to be a “tech company”. In comparing the province to others in Canada and to countries around the world, he will highlight factors that drive, shape and encourage innovation opportunities, and will discuss policies and business decision-making that can improve performance across business, economic, and societal measures. Advance registration is required.

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Quality Inn, Corner Brook

Registration: Please contact the GCBBT office at 634-5831 or email Cost to attend is $35 (GCBBT Members), $45 (General Admission). Student rates available. Please indicate any dietary restrictions at time of registration.


Navigate Small Business, in partnership with the United Church of Canada, will be hosting a two-day Social Enterprise Challenge in celebration of Innovation Week 2019. The social enterprise challenge is a collaborative competition where people come together to create social impact in their community.

Anyone with an idea can participate, all that is required is that a core element of the idea works towards

achieving social or environmental good. Over the course of the challenge, participants spend time with

mentors to develop their business ideas, and craft a compelling pitch. The challenge will close with a pitch competition where each team of participants presents their idea to a panel of judges. Judges select the winners, and award up to $4,000.00 in prize money to start/grow their social enterprise! Food will be served at the event during meal times. To help with quantities, we ask that those wishing to attend register via Eventbrite.

Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook



Navigate Small Business, in partnership with the United Church of Canada, will be hosting a two-day Social Enterprise Challenge in celebration of Innovation Week 2019. After participants have spent time with mentors and crafting a compelling pitch, they will present their idea to a panel of judges as the event concludes. Winners of the event will receive up to $4,000 in prize money to start/grow their social enterprise! Food will be served at the event during meal times. To help with quantities, we ask that those wishing to attend register via Eventbrite.

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook


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!

Time: 9:30 am -1:30 pm

Location: St. John’s Convention Centre


Morning Keynote with Futurist, Nik Badminton on The Exponential Technology Revolution 

Accessing Global Markets Panel 

Digital Transformation in Key Sectors Panel 

Closing the Talent Gap Panel 

Lunch Keynote on Ocean Supercluster with CEO, Kendra MacDonald



Diversity, Inclusion & You = Innovation

Research shows that high diversity and high inclusion results in high innovation. This workshop will help you create an inclusive culture that will foster 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


Celebrate Innovation Week with NLOWE

Join us for a casual networking lunch and hear from Sandy Hung of ImpackHub and Jamie McCabe of Clay Café as they discuss how innovation is the key to success and sustainability as women entrepreneurs.
This session is free, however registration is required.
Space is limited.

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: NLOWE Training Room
84-86 Elizabeth Ave.


Pitch & Pick

The amazing companies in Genesis’ intensive Evolution program have completed eight weeks of hard work, and the top start-ups have been selected to compete in this edition of Pitch & Pick. After they pitch, you pick! First place receives a cash prize of $500, second place $300, and third place $200.

We want to give our awesome entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their idea to a room full of representatives from the local tech scene, public and private funding agencies, and academia. If you’re interested in hearing more on our local start-ups, join us on April 30th! Free food and a drink ticket will be provided.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Masonic Temple 

Registration: Space is limited, RSVP today!

Mentorship Training Workshops

The Genesis Centre, YMCA Enterprise and Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship are collaborating to provide world-class training and professional development to help potential mentors acquire the skills necessary to effectively help their mentees succeed.

Business generalists in:
• Sales
• Business Development
• Marketing
• HR

Industry experts in the following industries:
• ICT (Information and Communications Tech)
• Ocean (and Ocean Technology)
• Environment (and Clean Technology)
• Education (and Tech)
• Health (and Tech)
• Finance (and Tech)
• B2C Experts
(Online & Retail Sales, Brick and
Mortars Operators)

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: E&Y Boardroom at the Ches Penney Family YMCA on 35 Ridge Road 

Apply here:

Diversity and Social Innovation in Changing Communities

Focusing on the theme of diversity and social innovation in changing communities, the Association for New Canadians is hosting its regional launch event for the new documentary, “HOME: Stories of Newcomers to Newfoundland & Labrador”. The event will include a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion that will bring together participants featured in the film and others who worked behind the scenes on the project. 

The 25-minute documentary features firsthand accounts of arrival, integration, and settlement in St. John’s, Gander, Corner Brook, and Labrador City. Nine newcomers appear on screen to discuss the opportunities and challenges of adapting to life in the province from the perspectives of student, parent, worker, professional, refugee, and new Canadian.

The panel discussion will explore the realities of living as a newcomer in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador, how to harness growing cultural diversity to spur innovation in various industries and institutions, and the positive impact that diversifying communities are having on the overall social and economic fabric of modern day Newfoundland and Labrador.

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Grand Falls-Windsor – Arts and Culture Centre



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 


Lunch & Learn: Funding Opportunities Through Innovative Solutions Canada


A PERFECT FUNDING STORM!Innovative Solutions Canada – a new SBIR-like program by the Government of Canada – has launched. Through this small business innovation program, 20 federal departments must spend a combined $100M by launching challenges for Canadian SMEs to solve. Innovators who apply can have their proofs of concept funded up to $150K. And if the departments like what they see, they could receive up to $1M in funding to develop a prototype! Innovators keep the IP and departments get their hands on cutting-edge products/services. Budget 2018 announced that the Build in Canada Innovation Program is merging into Innovative Solutions Canada. Come learn more about what that means for Canadian Innovators!

We need you, Canadian small businesses and innovators, to develop novel solutions to these challenges. Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, we’re partnering with eligible Canadian small businesses and facilitating the early development, testing and validation of prototypes, as well as preparing a pathway to commercialization.

Buffet style lunch will be included in ticket price!

Time: 12:00 pm -2:00 pm

Location: Emera Innovation Exchange

100 Signal Hill Road

St. John’s


Fast Forward

Entrepreneurs. Innovators. Ideas.

Join us for an exciting panel discussion on Collaborating for an Innovative Economy. We’ll be discussing how businesses of all sizes can drive innovation in the workplace as well as the role of grassroots collaboration in the community. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities, snacks, and refreshments to enjoy. Plus, special announcements from the City of Mount Pearl – you won’t want to miss this event!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Panelists TBA.

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Location: Mount Pearl City Hall

Centennial Street

Mount Pearl, NL A1N 1G4



Join the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade for a casual networking event with local business owners, operators and young entrepreneurs. This event is a great opportunity to meet and exchange information and ideas in a casual setting. Cash bar service. No registration required. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and join us!

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Newfound Sushi, Corner Brook


C-CORE Innovation Update

Innovation is C-CORE’s primary mandate: we develop smart solutions for challenging environments 

Whether supporting northern communities in keeping the waters of the NWT safe and clean, ensuring that the global resource development and transportation sectors have access to leading-edge environmental monitoring and protection technology, improving our government’s ability to monitor Canadian waters for unauthorized activity or creating low-footprint space-based solutions to environmental monitoring challenges on Earth,  C-CORE innovates to support safe, sustainable activity in some of the world’s most fragile, dynamic and challenging ecosystems. 

We want to highlight our work at CCORE, informing the community about the variety of R&D we are doing, with partners across the planet, hopefully fostering relationships and collaborative sharing with partners in our home province.

Time: 8am-2pm

Location: Johnson Geocentre

Registration: Registration by invitation


The City of Corner Brook will be hosting an inspiring half day seminar followed by lunch and networking in celebration of Innovation Week 2019. Topics will include traditional skills and cottage craft-based businesses, value added products from local natural resources, and incorporating technology into tradition. 

Time: 8:30 am -1:30 pm

Location: Civic Centre, Corner Brook

Registration: Tickets are available on the Civic Centre website: $20 Early Bird Admission, $30 after April 25th. For more information, please contact Annette George at 640-4651 or email

Social Enterprise Pop-Up

What better example of business innovation than social enterprise? This pop-up brings together local social enterprises (established and up-and-coming) to highlight their work addressing social, cultural or environmental issues and demonstrate the diversity of the social enterprise marketplace.

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Avalon Mall, St. John’s 

The Digital Health Revolution: Patient Perspectives of Digital Health in Newfoundland Labrador

The Office of Professional and Educational Development, Memorial University, NATI and the EXCITE Corporation, Grand Falls-Windsor, invite you to attend a public engagement and networking forum on digital health applications in rural communities.

The forum will explore and discuss community perspectives around the various uses of digital technologies for health education and wellness in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, with a particular focus on aging populations. The event will connect multidisciplinary researchers, academics, and health care professionals to policy-makers, representatives from community-based non-academic organizations, and the general public for an enhanced discussion around patient perspectives of digital health applications in rural communities.

Time: 5:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Location: Corduroy Brook Nature Centre, Grand Falls-Windsor

Registration: Limited Enrollment,  please contact

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

Registration: 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.

Scratch projects must be submitted by April 19th! Winners will be announced on May 3rd.

Location: This is a virtual competition. 



Social Innovation Challenge

The Social Innovation Challenge is 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. Social Innovation Challenges are gatherings that inspire local social innovators to collaborate and launch their social ideas. These are hugely impactful as social innovators become part of an ecosystem and are supported by local collaborators through their time, advice, and connections.

Focusing on proposals that have financial sustainability, positive social impact, an environmentally friendly focus, or are spiritually grounded, the winning ideas will have the support of mentors from across the business world, receive start-up funding, receive ongoing support, and create connections with many other like-minded people from around the local community.

Time: 8:30 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.

Time: Doors 6:00 pm; Show 6:45 pm 

Location: St. John’s Community Market



Pitch to the Puffins

Canada’s first investment marketplace that connects everyday backers to financial opportunities from small growing businesses. It  is the first live community-based funding campaign in Canada, and it’s happening right here in St. John’s.

Powered by ImpackHub’s crowdfunding platform, Pitch to the Puffins is a new way for you and me to power up the growth of our local businesses. Individually, we might not have enough capital to support a business’s growth initiative. As a cohesive community, however, we can pull together small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance (back) a growing business venture.

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Verafin
18 Hebron Way