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BOLD SOLUTIONS

New Ideas, Bold Solutions, and Exploration.

This is what The Future of Innovation is.

The Future of Innovation Conference is an annual RBC Leadership conference, hosted by the J Herbert Smith Centre, sparks new conversations about cutting-edge solutions for problems that are persistent throughout Canada and the world.

This year, we are providing the opportunity to connect both in-person and virtually with thought leaders, businesses, and students about the ideas that will help us prepare for the future of work.

We have brought speakers from around the world to help enrich the community and foster discovery. The goal is to explore the frontiers of innovation and insight inspiration while we discuss the changing landscape of the working economy.

 
October 19, 2022
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK
CANADA

About J Herbert Smith Centre

The J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (TME) was founded in 1988 to cultivate new ideas, creative thinking, and an entrepreneurial spirit for careers in the ever-changing world of technology. Over the past 30 years, TME has aided countless startups to move from ideation to early startup and equipped them with the skills they need to apply their expertise in a business environment.

 

2022 Speakers

Keynote Speaker 

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CHRIS VELIS

 

Gravitational leadership exists when an individual’s passion, determination and forward movement attracts a loyal and broad following. Christopher Velis creates such a wake. His magnetism does not arise from a charging presence, but rather deep intellectualism, an innate ability to listen and unlimited capacity to care — a trait he developed at a young age watching his father succumb to cancer.

 

Chris’s quiet confidence masks his relentless drive. Be it racing cars, martial arts or investment banking, his commitment to mastery is hard to refute. Yet it was during his tenure on Wall Street, working on healthcare mergers and acquisitions, that he realized what he could achieve to save lives and reduce suffering. From there, he never looked back.

 

Over the past three decades, Chris has become a world-renowned medical technologist. Companies he has worked on have set the industry gold standard for motion preservation, regeneration of cartilage and soft tissue through the use of novel peptides, tissue regeneration using DNA pairs, and stem cell and PRP technologies for use in regenerative medicine. Throughout his career, Chris has represented more than 150 medical device companies in a variety of business transactions including licensing agreements, joint ventures and M&A.

 

Chris reinvented surgical robotics with the founding and eventual $5.75 billion total exit of Auris Health. He has now turned his sights on revolutionizing the way we battle infectious disease, inventing surgical robots that can do what human hands cannot, and bringing technologies aimed to optimize human performance to the world.

 

Chris attributes his success to his passion for entrepreneurial science, a differentiated approach to venture investing, and the ability to assemble the top minds to tackle a problem into teams that push to the cutting edge of performance. His friends credit his ability to manifest a market advantage like no other to his badger-like ability to unearth, and subsequently nurture, relationships with off-grid research departments that invest hundreds of millions in new technologies.

CHRIS VELIS

Panel: 5 Myths of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

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MARK FULLER

Mark Fuller is the Chairman and CEO of Rosc Global, a firm providing merchant banking and advisory services to governments, corporations and nonprofits. Mark also sits on a number of for profit and nonprofit boards including the Asian Institute of Management, Teach for All, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, RevJen, and the South Asia Initiative of Harvard University.

 

From 1983 to 2010, Mark was the founding Chairman and CEO of Monitor Group, an international consulting and investment firm. Under Mark’s leadership, Monitor developed world leading consulting units covering Strategy and Uncertainty, leadership and organization, Innovation, Economic Development, Marketing Pricing and Sales, and Social Action. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, teaching courses in strategy formulation, implementation, and industry and competitive analysis. He is the author of more than two hundred books, articles and teaching cases. Mark is a graduate, with High Honors, of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

MARK FULLER

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BOB MCDONALD

 

Bob McDonald served Procter & Gamble for 33 years with the last four as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure as CEO of P&G, he helped to expand the footprint of the company brands such that one billion people became new customers of a company product. Following his career at P&G, he was selected by President Obama in 2014 to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. While at the helm of the VA, Bob was able to help transform the agency into one that truly delivered better care for our Military veterans.

 

Bob is Chairman of the Board of Rally-Point Networks, Inc.—an online community of active duty military members and Veterans—and serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, Audia International, Inc., the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy, the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation, Quotient, and the McCormick Research Institute in Orlando, Florida. He and his wife, Diane, are the founders of The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at West Point—an annual gathering that brings together the brightest young minds from the best universities around the world and partners them with senior business, nongovernmental organization, and government leaders in a multi-day interactive learning experience.

 

Bob graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the top 2 percent of the Class of 1975. He served as the Brigade Adjutant for the Corps of Cadets and was recognized by The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce as the most distinguished graduate in academics, leadership, and physical education. In 1978, he earned his MBA from the University of Utah. An Army Veteran, Bob served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Jungle, Arctic, and Desert Warfare training. And he earned the Ranger tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and Senior Parachutist wings. Upon leaving military service, then-Captain McDonald was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

BOB MCDONALD

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BUD SORENSON

Bud Sorenson is the Managing General Partner of the Sorenson Limited Partnership. He was the 7th President of Babson College, serving from 1974 to 1981. Under his tenure, Babson College’s entrepreneurial program became the America’s premier entrepreneurial program, a position it continues to hold today. From 1981 to 1989 he was the chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of Barry Wright Corporation. He has also served as dean of the College of Business at the University of Colorado and as a professor at the Harvard Business School.

 

He formerly served on the board of Whole Foods Market, Inc. and currently serves on a number of private company boards in which the Sorenson Limited Partnership has investments. Bud is a life trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, where he served as Chairman of the Board, and a trustee of the Colorado Nature Conservancy, where he serves as Colorado's representative to the Conservancy's National Trustee council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Asian Institute of Management. He earned his BA from Amherst College, his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School. In 1985, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Babson College.

BUD SORENSON

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CHRIS VELIS

 

Gravitational leadership exists when an individual’s passion, determination and forward movement attracts a loyal and broad following. Christopher Velis creates such a wake. His magnetism does not arise from a charging presence, but rather deep intellectualism, an innate ability to listen and unlimited capacity to care — a trait he developed at a young age watching his father succumb to cancer.

 

Chris’s quiet confidence masks his relentless drive. Be it racing cars, martial arts or investment banking, his commitment to mastery is hard to refute. Yet it was during his tenure on Wall Street, working on healthcare mergers and acquisitions, that he realized what he could achieve to saves lives and reduce suffering. From there, he never looked back.

 

Over the past three decades, Chris has become a world-renowned medical technologist. Companies he has worked on have set the industry gold standard for motion preservation, regeneration of cartilage and soft tissue through the use of novel peptides, tissue regeneration using DNA pairs, and stem cell and PRP technologies for use in regenerative medicine. Throughout his career, Chris has represented more than 150 medical device companies in a variety of business transactions including licensing agreements, joint ventures and M&A.

 

Chris reinvented surgical robotics with the founding and eventual $5.75 billion total exit of Auris Health. He has now turned his sights on revolutionizing the way we battle infectious disease, inventing surgical robots that can do what human hands cannot, and bringing technologies aimed to optimize human performance to the world.

 

Chris attributes his success to his passion for entrepreneurial science, a differentiated approach to venture investing, and the ability to assemble the top minds to tackle a problem into teams that push to the cutting edge of performance. His friends credit his ability to manifest a market advantage like no other to his badger-like ability to unearth, and subsequently nurture, relationships with off-grid research departments that invest hundreds of millions in new technologies.

CHRIS VELIS

Agenda

OCTOBER 19

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

9:12 AM

10:00 AM

10:32 AM

10:40 AM

11:17 AM

11:47 AM

12:20 AM

12:30 AM


 

Networking

Welcome


Keynote Speaker - Chris Velis

Immigration Panel

BREAK

The Myths of Entrepreneurship Panel

Fire Side Chat: New Work

Rural Growth & Development Panel

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Book Launch

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Previous Speakers

Speakers Hosted:

Steve Blank

Ann Makosinski

Bibop Gresta

Spencer Boyer

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Devesh Bharadwaj

Gaëtan Thomas

Muthu Singaram

Madhu Verma

Allison McCain

Pasumarthy Seshu

Janine Darling

S. R. Mahadeva Prasanna

Sandy Bird

Kevin McCracken

 

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