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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:

Building our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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

Interested in building a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. John’s and Newfoundland and Labrador? Join this 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 workshop is organized by the YMCA Enterprise, Futurpreneur, Genesis Centre, Propel ICT, Common Ground and Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship.

More details and registration information coming soon!

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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

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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:

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 $1.85 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:

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:

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:

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:

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