Innovation Week Kicks Off May 9-13, 2016 in Newfoundland and Labrador

Five Days of Ideas and Inspiration Aimed at Accelerating Innovation

St. John’s, NL – May 4, 2016 – The third annual Innovation Week will take place in St. John’s from May 9-13. The action-packed week features events, workshops and discussions with industry experts who share a common goal of finding new solutions and approaches to bring innovative ideas to market. With a theme of “Accelerating Innovation,” Innovation Week brings together startups, youth, business, and public partners in a creative forum to connect and exchange ideas that will contribute to the growth of the provincial economy.

Over five days, 16 partner organizations will roll out 17 events to kick-start creative thinking and collaboration in key sectors, including information technology, ocean technology, manufacturing and clean technology. The complete event schedule is available at

New to this year’s Innovation Week, and now sold out,[email protected] the first youth-focused TEDx event in the province. Designed for 12 to 18-year-olds, the event is poised to inspire curiosity, ignite new ideas and empower young leaders. Additionally, Export Development Canada’s (EDC)Vice-President and Chief Economist, Peter Hall, will be speaking about the global economy at the “Let’s Talk Exports” conference hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) on Monday, May 9.

The Newfoundland and Labrador division of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters will featureBob McDonaldfrom CBC’s Quirks & Quarks andDr. Ian Potter, Vice-President of Engineering with the National Research Council, at their “Demystifying Technology and Innovation” conference on Tuesday, May 10.  Midway through the week, NATI’s Knowledge Summit will showcase leaders in the technology sector including futurist,Jim Bottomley,and former Dragons’ Den Advisor,Dr. Sean Wise.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is contributing $38,279 to support the third annual Innovation Week.

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“Our Government is working with partners across the country to advance our vision for Canada as a centre of global innovation.  We are pleased to support NATI’s efforts to offer an array of events and initiatives that will bring together key innovators and entrepreneurs, and help drive growth in the dynamic advanced technology industry.”

–   The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“Innovation has a tremendous influence on our province’s social and economic development. Innovation Week brings together private and public sector partners to share ideas and advance the outstanding culture of innovation that has emerged in our province. Through continued collaboration within government, and among industry and academic partners, we will work together to develop a new provincial Innovation Strategy which will focus on business innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, to maximize benefits from private and public technology investments in all sectors of the economy.”

–   The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

“We’ve planned a week of exciting and diverse activities focused on innovation that brings people together. These events are meant to connect and empower a collaborative community partnership in the innovation ecosystem. NATI is proud to be a part of Innovation Week and we thank ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for their support.”

–   Ron Taylor, CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Association Technology Industries (NATI)


Monday, May 9

News Conference: Innovation Week Kick-off at Common Ground @ 10 a.m.

Let’s Talk Exports: Guest Speaker: EDC Vice-President and Chief Economist, Peter Hall

Tuesday, May 10

Youth in Technology Conference (Host: Stu Saunders, Youth Leadership Camps Canada)

An Event of Experiences – Innovation You Can Touch and Feel!

Demystifying Technology and Innovation: Taking Down the Barriers
Keynote Speakers: Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and Dr. Ian Potter, VP, Engineering, National Research Council of Canada

Industrial and Technological Benefits Bootcamp

Wednesday, May 11

NATI Knowledge Summit
Jim Bottomley, Entrepreneur and Futurist
Kathleen Kennedy, President, MIT Technology Review and President, MIT Enterprise Forum
Dr. Sean Wise, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Former Dragons’ Den Advisor
Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, TMT, Deloitte Canada
Lyle Wetsch, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Looking for Capital in Unexpected Places: The Myths and Realities of Going Public

Thursday, May 12

Pitch Camp with Kathleen Kennedy

Innovation Luncheon (Grand Falls-Windsor)

[email protected] (Sold out)

Friday, May 13

Futurpreneur Canada: Owners Wanted

Tales from Entrepreneurs! On Tap at Bitters

Integrating Intellectual Property into your International Business Strategy

Innovate x Conversate


Twitter:@InnovateWeekNL, #InnovationNL


Innovation Week Partner Organizations:

ACOA, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, NATI, TEDxStJohns, College of the North Atlantic, Genesis Centre, NEIA, ADIANL, CME NL, OceansAdvance, Propel ICT, Startup Canada, St. John’s Board of Trade, Common Ground, Excite Corp. and Futurpreneur Canada.


Media Contacts:

Libby Carew
Innovation Week (NATI)
[email protected]

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
[email protected]
709-729-4570, 693-1865

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