New Ideas, Bold Solutions, and Exploration.
This is what The Future of Innovation is.
This 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're giving you the opportunity to connect virtually with thought leaders, businesses, and students about the ideas that will help us adapt and overcome the new challenges we are facing globally.
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 challenges and opportunities facing 2021.
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.
Thank you to our incredible 2020 speakers!
Adrienne is the Executive Director of the McKenna Institute for Digital Transformation at the University of New Brunswick. Adrienne has more than 25 years' experience in senior management positions in the public, private and NFP sectors.
She currently serves on the Board of Assumption Life, is the Chair of the UNB Facility of Management Advisory Board and a member of the Advisory Board for GreenEconomy NB.
For over thirty years Riel has been pioneering advances in the theory and practice of ‘using-the-future’ as a means to improve management and public policy, with a focus on transformational experimentalist leadership. He is a practitioner-researcher who has designed hundreds of projects around the world, deploying innovative ways of ‘using-the-future’ in order to change what people see and do. In all his projects Riel walks-the-talk of co-creation, harnessing the collective intelligence of everyone, from CEOs and Prime Ministers to shop-floor workers and children. He is an experienced and innovative educator, a pioneer of the field of Futures Literacy and the Discipline of Anticipation.
In 2012 he joined UNESCO as Head of Foresight.
Riel’s unflagging ambition is to find ways to put the richness of complex emergence at the service of humanity's capacity to be free. Most recent publication: Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century
Jessy Wang (pronouns: she/her) is a community builder, strategic communicator, and SheEO's Director, Activator Growth. Since 2016 Jessy has led the growth of the global SheEO community for 500 Canadian women Activators to 7000+ around the world, and oversees the full Activator journey and experience: recruitment, on boarding, communications, programming, and community engagement.
Prior to joining, SheEO Jessy managed social media for one of China's largest media production companies, consulted for non-profits in Detroit as a Challenge Detroit Fellow, wrote speeches for a Canadian diplomat, led student residence communities, and studied Psychology and International Development at McGill University.
Dr Olga Palazhchenko is a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Her research is in the area of nuclear engineering and materials chemistry, with a focus on computational modelling. Olga teaches several of the technical electives in the Nuclear Power option program in Chemical Engineering, including Intro to Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemical Processes, and Corrosion Processes. She is a strong proponent of multidisciplinary research and collaboration with industry toward a clean, nuclear energy future. Outside of work, Olga enjoys hiking, her two cats, and strong coffee
Seun is a technology enthusiast with a background in Computer Science and a masters’ degree in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship.
He has been involved in a number of startup ventures, from his first investment business back in high school to building an analytics platform aimed at improving customer service. He holds a patent for innovation around a medical device to help asthmatics better manage their condition.
‘Seun is currently a Business Analyst under Deloitte’s Cloud Engineering practice with certifications in AWS and Azure Cloud technologies. He is passionate about business and cloud transformation, product design and development.
A highly energetic leader with an uncompromising passion for building sustainable and successful businesses to increase shareholder value by accelerating growth, constantly challenging the status quo, building empowered teams, networking, and quickly adapting to change
Jonathan Calof is the UNESCO co-chair on anticipatory systems for innovation and venture creation. A full professor of International Business and Strategy at the University of Ottawa; extraordinary professor at North-West University in South Africa, Leading Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick, and honorary professor and Yunnan Normal University in China. In recognition of his contribution to practice and academe in market insight, foresight, anticipitory systems and competitive intelligence he received a fellow's award from the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals and lifetime achievement award for Frost and Sullivan. Jonathan has authored an co-authored over 250 publications and has given over 1000 speeches, seminars, and keynote addresses around the world
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