Monday, May 8th

Innovation Week Kickoff

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road, St. John's

Kicking off Innovation Week in proper style, we will introduce our partners, discuss the goals and vision of Innovation Week, and provide additional information on the incredible sessions we will be offering. Media are encouraged to attend.

Clean Tech Innovation Connector

Time: 1:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn

The Innovation Connector matches clean technology research across multiple sectors of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Economy with market opportunities and business needs.

The event helps discover local research expertise within our university and colleges with an eye to solving existing challenges or generating new business ideas and initiatives.

This event is part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Innovation Week, a province-wide celebration focusing on furthering growth and developing new opportunities in sectors that include information technology, ocean technology, oil and gas and the green economy.

The Innovation Connector will feature speakers from Newfoundland and Labrador’s university and colleges introducing the clean technology research they are involved in, and private industry businesses outlining the challenges they are facing which could be addressed with help from academic experts. Presentations will be divided amongst a number of key themes, and participants are encouraged to come and go from the sessions as they see fit.

Our connector room, where businesses and researchers will share information and explore opportunities, will be supported by the presence of agencies who can provide guidance and supports for partnerships between academia and industry.

Tickets for the Innovation Connector are $25 each, plus HST and an electronic payment fee. Your registration includes a buffet-style lunch, coffee, and nutritional snacks. You are encouraged to come and go from the event as the agenda interests you.

Visit the Innovation Connector website for further details and to register.

Learn more about NEIA at:

Igniting Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in NL

Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road

Interested in building a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. John’s and Newfoundland and Labrador?

Join the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem workshop with Startup Canada to learn more about the best practices from similar ecosystems in Canada and discuss how we can improve our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This engaging and informative workshop features a session on startup communities including the key tenets and approaches, and a panel discussion featuring startup community leaders from across Canada. Participants will also discuss the state of Newfoundland & Labrador’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and look forward to the startup community they would like to see in the province.

Entrepreneurs, university officials, economic development officers, investors, among others are encouraged to participate in this session to learn their role in creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in NL! Facilitators are Rick Spence and Renee Tavares from StartupCanada.

Click here to register.

Learn more about the organizing partners at: and

Sharing the journey: The many faces of social innovation and success

Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: The Loft- UC3013, Memorial University

Meet Dr. Julielynn Wong, MD, Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Medical Makers and 3D4MD! This interactive event is for anyone interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Julielynn Wong brings her lived experiences as a social innovator to St. John’s to inspire and guide budding innovators. Dr. Wong is a Harvard-educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life’s mission is to take technology to the extreme to benefit the world. She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions across diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare resources.

This session is catered to post-secondary students, but anyone is welcome to attend!

Click here to register.

Learn more about the Memorial University Centre for Social Enterprise at:

Tuesday, May 9th

Build a stronger entrepreneurial community at Memorial!

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: EN 4000, Engineering Building, MUN

Are you interested in contributing to a more attractive and creative entrepreneurial environment for students, faculty and staff within Memorial? This workshop is the place for you!

This session is facilitated by Richard Spence, Board Director and Renee Tavares, Programs Manager of Startup Canada. The workshop will inspire students and other stakeholders at Memorial to imagine the community they want to create on campus. Your opinions and ideas are valuable assets in making sure we build a community that is accessible and supportive for everyone involved.

Click here to register.

Learn more about MCE at:

Invest Atlantic Kickoff

Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Location: Bier Markt, 135 Harbour Drive, St. John’s

The Genesis Centre is hosting the 2017 Invest Atlantic conference here in St. John’s! We cannot wait to bring expertise and ideas from across Atlantic Canada to Newfoundland and Labrador. Please join us and fellow stakeholders in kicking off the excitement.

Get Collaborative. Get Innovative. Go Global.

You are invited to join our first fireside chat to share ideas on building a collaborative startup ecosystem that seeds innovation and prepares us for the global market. Please join Bob Williamson, Founder, Jameson Group; Craig Rowe, CEO, ClearRisk; Michelle Simms, CEO, Genesis; Chris Mathis, CEO, Springboard Atlantic, Jeff Harriman, Capital Markets Specialist, FCNB, and others.

Following the Fireside Chat, stay for the Lift-off Reception – Enjoy relaxing refreshment and get facetime with other stakeholders as Invest Atlantic gets lift-off.

Click here to register.

Learn more about the Genesis Centre at:

Innovation is a Buzzword (but it doesn’t have to be)

Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road

What is innovation? How do we practice it? How do we learn it? Explore the answers to these questions over a light lunch at Common Ground.

In the 2014 film Birdman, we hear the main character repeatedly ask “What are we talking about when we talk about love?” Ryan’s 2016 research asked a similar question – only he investigated innovation.

In the first half of this session, you’ll hear about the results of Ryan’s research, where he synthesized some four dozen provincial, national, and international reports, strategies, and theories on innovation into a concrete, inclusive definition applicable to technology, social, scientific, and entrepeneurial pursuits – and beyond. You’ll also learn about the step-by-step process every innovation seems to follow. Finally, Ryan will share the skills of innovation: the kinds of talents we need to develop as individuals and provincially if we want to see our innovation system flourish.

Then, Ryan will walk the audience through an “innovation audit”: a simple self-assessment of your (or your organization’s) capacity for innovation leveraging the lessons from Innovation Education.

Finally, in a Q&A/discussion you’ll innovate on innovation itself (meta!) by critiquing Ryan’s research, offering your own response to the question “What are we talking about when we talk about innovation?”

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Meet and Greet

Time: 10:00am
Location: Fine Arts Atrium, Grenfell Campus  

This is a FREE networking opportunity featuring a special overview of the Fabrication Shop with guest speakers Mr. Todd Hennessey, Dean of Fine Arts, and Mr. Chris Mathis, President and CEO of Springboard Atlantic – Your Regional Commercialization Network. Free to attend – everyone is welcome. Refreshments provided compliments of Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre.

Wednesday, May 10th

NATI Knowledge Summit 2017

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00PM

Location: Sheraton Hotel, St. John's

Technology has changed the way we do business, and evolved our local market into a global marketplace. Understanding this change is key to success in the global business economy. To compete in today’s business world, it is necessary to operate with an innovative vision.

That’s what NATI’s Knowledge Summit is all about. It’s where you’ll learn how to use innovative technologies to achieve your corporate goals. It’s where you’ll see why continued investment in new technology and innovative skills is crucial. It’s where expert speakers will deliver insightful talks on how and why business needs to embrace innovation.

At the Knowledge Summit, key players and decision makers of the province’s technology community gather to learn from experts and share ideas. This year’s conference focuses on Accelerating Innovation. Join us at NATI’s Knowledge Summit and learn how your company can compete to win in a global economy.

The Knowledge Summit will feature Catherine Courage, VP of Product Design and Experience for Google Ads and Commerce at Google; Ken Singer, Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley & Chair of the European Innovation Academy; Director of Research, TMT, at Deloitte Canada Duncan Stewart; and Lyle Wetsch, Associate Professor of Marketing at MUN, as well as a Panel Discussion on “What is Innovation in a Global Economy?”

For more information on speakers and to register, visit

Learn more about NATI at

Manning Awards Atlantic Nominees Reception

Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s

Join uson May 10th immediately following the NATI Knowledge Summit from 4-6pm to celebrate the Manning Innovation Awards official nominees from Atlantic Canada for 2017. Come celebrate local innovators Kris McNeil of Solace Power, and Nicolas Katsepontes and Dr. Tina Sampalis of Semintha Nutraceuticals, as well as Gregg Curwin of TruLeaf in Nova Scotia, all of whom are in the running for $160,000 in cash awards from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation.

Since 1982, The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been creating a culture of innovation in Canada by discovering, celebrating and rewarding Canadian innovators of all ages. We tell the stories of Canadian innovators who are improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world through their commercialized innovations.    Nominees may be eligible for one of four Awards, from the $100 000 Principal Award to the $10 000 Innovation Award.

Click here to register.

Learn more about the Manning Innovation Awards at:

The Art of the Possible: Cognitive Technology and Precision Medicine

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts, 3 Cromer Avenue, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

The Excite Corporation is going to host an event designed to help build the Healthcare Economy in Grand Falls-Windsor. Dr. Landis-McGrath will give a presentation on The Art of the Possible: Cognitive Technology and Precision Medicine.

Dr. Alice Landis-McGrath is a member of IBM Watson Health Oncology and Genomics group, focused on improving efficiency through the use of cognitive technologies at the point of care.   In this role, Alice provides global clinical Subject Matter Expert support for Watson for Oncology, Clinical Trials Matching, and Genomics.   Alice joined IBM Watson Health from The Advisory Board Company where she was the Vice President in the Consulting and Management division, leading the Optimization service line. She has 15 years of clinical informatics experience, from electronic medical record implementation and optimization, business process and workflow redesign, clinical governance and adoption, reporting and analytics, to IT strategy.  During her career, she has worked with individual ambulatory clinics, small regional medical centers, large academic institutions, and integrated delivery networks. Alice received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her BA in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College.

Click here to register.

Learn more about Excite Corporation at

Social Ventures- Prospects and Pitfalls: Learning for the UK Experience

Time: 7:00- 8:30pm
Location: Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music, MUN

Join Dr. Neil Stott and Professor Paul Tracey for an interactive presentation and Q&A regarding social enterprise. Using their experiences from Cambridge Social Ventures, Dr. Stott and Professor Tracey will highlight how social enterprises relate to both the public and corporate sectors. They will describe the ecosystem necessary to support social enterprise development, giving illustrations from rural areas in the UK.

Click here to register.

Learn more about Memorial University Centre for Social Enterprise at:

The Additive Impact: How 3D Printing is Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: AS2016 Grenfell Campus 

Facilitated by Reuben Menezes, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, this session will explore the advantages of using additive manufacturing technology, the different technologies available today and how industries are leveraging the capabilities of additive to solve tough engineering and manufacturing challenges. We will also take a look at some key opportunities for the technology, and take a glimpse into the future to see just how far we can push it. Free to attend. To register, please visit

Skills Apprenticeship Conference

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook

This conference is for CNA trades students and provides information on a new Entrepreneur program aimed at promoting education in the skilled trades as a pathway to Entrepreneurship. The Apprenticeship conference includes four learning sessions: Opportunity Identification, Skills Assessment, Business Planning, and Elevator Pitching, finished off with a panel discussion. Hosted by Skills Canada and CBDC.

Observatory Tours   

Time: 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm (must be 16+ years of age)
Location: Grenfell Campus

The Grenfell Campus Observatory is home to the only professional telescope in Newfoundland! Since it’s opening in 2012, there have been over 4200 visitors. As part of Innovation Week 2017, Dr. Svetlana Barkanova will be providing two tours (one hour per tour) of the observatory. Participation is Free but registration is required. To register for a tour, please email or call 637-6208.

Thursday, May 11th

Yarns and Networking

Location:Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre, Memorial University

OceansAdvance and the Genesis Centre are partnering to host John Risley of Clearwater Seafood and Brendan Paddick , Chair of the Nalcor Board for an exciting evening of “yarns and networking” as part of their Innovation Week activities.

These two prominent Canadian business men will tell the tale of how a kid from Grand Falls, NL who sold worms to a local sporting goods store and a guy from Halifax who sold lobster from a shop in the small town of Bedford, NS go on to form and then sell a Caribbean communications company for an impressive $4.4 billion US !

Please join OceansAdvance and the Genesis Centre on Thursday, May 11, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ Innovation Hall in the Bruneau Centre, Memorial University to hear the fascinating story of these two Atlantic Canadians and how their innovative idea’s, entrepreneurial spirits and drive made them the successes they are today.

Click here to register.

Learn more about Genesis Centre at:
Learn more about OceansAdvance at:

RDC Innovation Tour

Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Location: Bus Transportation Provided

Research and development (R&D) is critical to innovation, driving business competitiveness and long-term economic growth. RDC clients are working to solve industry challenges through R&D and as a result are developing cutting-edge technologies, processes and products. Join RDC for an exciting tour with three RDC clients whose R&D success has led to business growth across a spectrum of industries right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Featured clients are:

Virtual Marine Technology, a St. John’s-based company that develops simulation training for survival craft, fast response craft and high speed electronic navigation training.

Blue Ocean Satellite Systems, a St. John’s-based company that provides satellite data communication and monitoring systems for commercial and government sectors to improve operational visibility and efficiency for clients.

Gastops, a Canadian company that designs, manufactures and supports advanced machinery fluid sensing and analysis, focusing in the aerospace, energy, marine and defense industries.

Click here to register.

Learn more about RDC at:

World Leading “Smart” Technology in NL

Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Marine Institute’s Pilot Plant (Room W1039)

The next phase of digitization of the manufacturing sector is sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0. One of its features is advances in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as through robotics and 3D printing.

With funding support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Research and Development Corporation, a partnership of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, the College of the North Atlantic, the Marine Institute, and Ocean Choice International, has developed a robotic system for butchering crab, which includes 3D printed parts. The system represents the first use of robotics for processing fish anywhere in the world and is now being patented.

Join us at the Marine Institute’s pilot plant (Room W1039) at Ridge Road on Thursday, May 11 at 1 pm, where you will see a demonstration of this world-leading “smart” technology and how it compares with more conventional mechanical manufacturing technology. You can also learn about the collaboration between industry and academic institutions that led to creation of the system.

Click here to register.

Learn more about the Office of Applied Research, College of the North Atlantic at: and CCFI (Marine Institute) at:

Skills Work for Women Conference

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook

Skills Work for Women Conferences are designed to allow female high school students to explore the skilled trade sector through hands-on Try-A-Trade Demonstrations and mentoring sessions with female mentors.  Participants must sign up in advance with Skills Canada:

Get Online  

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab LC202, Grenfell Campus

Are you interested in becoming more active in social media but unsure of how to open accounts and create profiles? This session will offer participants an opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction on how to create your social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Participation is Free. To confirm your seat, please email

Online Video Production Workshop

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Greenwood Inn & Suites  

Hosted by Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador. Videos are a powerful way to capture attention and evoke emotions, and this online marketing tactic has been proven to positively impact viewer decision-making. Learn how to shoot in video format, the mediums for online video marketing, best practices and implementation for showcasing the incredible human experience that your Newfoundland and Labrador tourism operation offers. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or other mobile device to facilitate a hands-on learning approach. Fee of $100 (HNL Members) or $125 (General). To register, please visit

Friday, May 12th

Ideas with Impact

Time: 9:00-10:30 AM
Location: Deloitte Office, 5 Springdale Street

Join the St. John’s Board of Trade for an interactive session with Shelli Baltman, President and Founder of The Idea Suite, a Toronto based boutique Innovation Agency.

Shelli Baltman is the President and Founder of The Idea Suite, a Toronto based boutique Innovation Agency. In 2010, she founded & built Hotspex Innovation and turned it into a multi-million dollar business delivering over 100 innovation projects for clients as diverse as Loblaws, Nestle, Mars, Catelli, RBC, Clover Leaf, and Constellation Brands. With The Idea Suite, she’s worked with clients building global brands and launching new products.

During this interactive 90 minute session, Shelli will focus on innovation strategy, capability and culture interventions – applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, industry or lifecycle stage.

Click here to register.

Learn more about the St. John’s Board of Trade at:

The Social Innovation Challenge

Time: 5:00-10:00pm Friday and 8:00am-4:00pm Saturday
Location: Johnson GeoCentre

Do you have an idea for a business/initiative that will have a positive impact on the community? Develop your concept, discover new partners, and compete for a chance to win start-up funding!  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. Click here for more information and to register!

Learn more about Memorial University Centre for Social Enterprise at:

GCBBT Luncheon Presentation

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Corner Brook Civic Centre

A special luncheon presentation by Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada, will feature important infrastructure announcements for the region. Cost to attend is $40 (Chamber/Board members) or $50 (General Admission). Event registration is required – deadline to register is May 10th. To register please email

Saturday, May 13th


Time: 6:00-8:30pm | Doors Open at 5:30pm

Location:DF Cook Recital Hall, MUN School of Music

In the spirit of ideas and talent worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, volunteer-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers and performers combine to spark deep discussion and connection for a small audience. TEDxYouth are a variant on this model that priorities the ideas and talents of leaders under 30. TEDxStJohns is proud to present TEDxYouth@StJohns on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 for its second live event! Designed for youth aged 12-25, the event is poised to inspire curiosity, ignite new ideas, and empower young leaders through the mission of TED: ideas worth spreading.

Everything about us, and around us, is constantly shifting and evolving. We are in flux. A fragile state of “settled” is nothing new to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians — it is our personal, political, and economic reality.

Join us at TEDxYouth@StJohns as we challenge the stability of the present, as what was certain yesterday cannot be assumed today. Together, we will relentlessly push boundaries and navigate the spectrum between settled and unsettled.

Click here to get your ticket.

Learn more about TEDxYouth at: and @tedxyouthstj

National Girls Learning Code Day: Storytelling & Animation

Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: NOCLand, 187 Kenmount Road

On May 13th, 2017, Girls Learning Code is hosting its fourth annual National Girls Learning Code Day. On that day, hundreds of Canadians girls and their parents will come together to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: digital storytelling & animation!

Together with their parents, girls will:

– Discover a passion for learning about technology
– Experience the satisfaction that comes from being a builder of technology
– Create an animated story using coding tools and concepts
– Build confidence and develop a willingness to try new things

From Saturday morning cartoons to blockbuster films, animating has the power to inspire, educate, and entertain. Traditionally, animation involves drawing several pictures, sometimes thousands, then playing them in sequence to create the illusion of movement.. Today, we have digital tools that help us create animations more easily by letting us control characters, backgrounds, and even sounds with code.

This experience offers girls the opportunity to express their creativity in a super fun environment, and learn about the different elements of a story, as well as character interaction and basic design principles. Each Animating with Scratch workshop has the same flow, but different activities. Come and create a new animation every time!

Using Scratch, a beginner level programming environment, girls will create interactive stories through animation. Girls will also be introduced to Scratch’s amazing online community, sloganed: “Imagine, Program, Share,” where they will have the opportunity to upload their stories for others to enjoy!

Click here to register.

Learn more about Ladies Learning Code at:

Science Rendezvous

Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Location: Science Building, MUN

Science Rendezvous is a FREE all-ages event at Memorial University on May 13th from 11:00am – 3pm. Participants will get a chance to do fun and safe hands-on science activities. It’s fun for the whole family. Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals; explore microscopic pond life; make slime; and solve puzzles. There might even be an explosion or two! Plus, there’ll be a marine animal touch tank. Come and see what scientists are up to at Memorial University.

Science Rendezvous is the marquee event of Science Odyssey, a 10-day series of science-based activities and events taking place across Canada May 12-21 and led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Learn more about Science Rendezvous online at Get your hands on science!

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