Innovation Week to Highlight Advances in Multiple Sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador from May 19-22, 2015

Innovation Week to Highlight Advances in Multiple Sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador from May 19-22, 2015

18 Events to Take Place Over Four Days

St. John’s, NL – May 19, 2015 – The second annual Innovation Week is set to take place in St. John’s from May 19-22. Innovation Week is a 4-day series of events that will bring together entrepreneurs, innovative businesses and youth, with private and public partners. The goal is to forge new connections and to explore opportunities for driving innovation in a variety of industry sectors. This year, new events will take place in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. All events are listed at

With a theme of “Propelling Innovation,” 22 partner organizations have organized an action-packed week of workshops, conferences and guest speakers to shine a spotlight on information technology, ocean technology, manufacturing and the green economy. The events are expected to attract over 1,200 participants and include a special “Innovation and Leadership Luncheon” on the final day at the St. John’s Board of Trade, and TEDxStJohns on Friday evening.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), has provided funding of $39,760 to NATI to organize and deliver a series of events and programs during 2015, including this annual conference.


“Our Government recognizes the impact of science, technology, and R&D in growing business productivity and competitiveness in all parts of Canada. That is why we are committed to working closely with organizations such as NATI, which encourage more industry collaboration by connecting key leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador’s advanced technology sector.”  – The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (ACOA)

“Innovation is a vital element in Newfoundland and Labrador’s path toward success. By fostering innovation amongst the province’s young people, small and medium-sized businesses, and traditional industries, government is making important investments in the future of our province. 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.  I wish all participants an exciting and productive Innovation Week.”- The Honorable Darin King, Minister of Business, Culture and Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

“To tap into the potential that Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer, we’ve planned a week of exciting and diverse activities focused on innovation that bring people together.

These events are meant to connect and empower a collaborative community partnership in the innovation ecosystem. The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (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 of NATI

Innovation Week Event Highlights:

Tuesday, May 19

  • Innovation Week kick-off at Common Ground – News conference
  • Propel ICT Selection Camp – Applicants are interviewed and vetted for a spot in the program.
  • Startup Canada’sFinance Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs
  • Transportation Forum – How can we improve transportation in Atlantic Canada?
  • Pitches and Pitchers at Quidi Vidi Brewery – Pitch your idea to an expert panel.

Wednesday, May 20

NATI Knowledge Summit- Learn how your company can compete in a global market. Guest speakers include:

Natalie Panek – Rocket Scientist & Advocate for Women in Technology
Fab Dolan – Google Canada
Terry Stuart – Chief Innovation Officer of Deloitte
Jesse Hirsh – Media personality & Futurist
Erin Bury – Technology Journalist & Marketing Magazine’sTop 30 Under 30

Thursday, May 21

  • Oceans Innovation Day – “Innovation Across Nations”
  • Innovation Engineering Workshop – only 70 seats available
  • “Tales from Entrepreneurs” at Bitters Pub – Startup Canada will be live broadcasting.
  • Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) – Federal Government Program tests new products and services internally before going to market.
  • Innovation in the Healthcare Sector – Grand Falls-Windsor location

Friday, May 22

  • The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, speaks at a St. John’s Board of Trade luncheon.
  • Youth in Technology – 400 grade 9 students check out 3D printers and drones.
  • TEDxSt. John’s – at BMW St. John’s
  • Manufacturing Productivity Conference
  • Enterprise Olympics
  • Owners Wanted – Futurpreneur Canada and TD Bank host How to Start Your own Business
  • It is Easy Being Green – Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook


Web Links:

Innovation Week Schedule:
NATI Knowledge Summit:
Startup Canada Finance Bootcamp:


Innovation Week: @InnovateWeek

Partner Organizations:

ACOA, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, NATI, College of the North Atlantic, Genesis Centre, NEIA, ADIANL, CME NL, Propel ICT, Startup Canada, St. John’s Board of Trade, Common Ground, OceansAdvance, Conference Board of Canada, Futurpreneur Canada, Entrepreneurs Forum, Research & Development Corporation (RDC), Community Business and Development Corporation, Startup NL and YMCA of Northeast Avalon


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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