Bringing academic and business leaders together to create opportunity

Posted on October 28, 2010

The Monieson Centre, Queen’s School of Business launches another innovative seminar series

Building on last spring’s successful public seminar series on the creative economy, The Monieson Centre at Queen’s School of Business is launching a new series aimed at getting academic, business and community leaders to do some creative thinking around new business opportunities. Called Monieson Ideas, these seminars address a broad range of subjects including rural broadband, medical technologies, energy alternatives, international development, and cultural tourism. The series starts Wednesday October 27th with a seminar entitled “Rural broadband – the pipe stops here” and will run monthly until next May.

Each seminar will feature professors from Queen’s School of Business and other Queen’s departments, business experts, and community leaders. Following brief remarks from the panel members, the floor will be opened for a wide–ranging discussion on what works, what doesn’t and why.

“The seminars help to bridge the gap between the academic and the business worlds,” says Dr. Yolande Chan, Director of The Monieson Centre. “This is another example of how business can gain from academic research, and how researchers can discover what businesses need to grow and prosper. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from one another.”

The first seminar, “Rural broadband – the pipe stops here” looks at ways to overcome the challenges to e–commerce caused by the lack of broadband in rural areas. It features Dr. John Pliniussen from Queen’s School of Business, Dr. Hossam Hassanein from Queen’s School of Computing, Mark Henry, co–owner of Fields on West Lake in Prince Edward County, David Fell, CEO of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, and Kathy Wood, CEO of Natural Capital Resources Inc.

The seminar takes place Wednesday, October 27, 2010: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Room 302, Goodes Hall, Queen’s School of Business, 143 Union St., Kingston. An optional discussion session will follow.

More information about Monieson Ideas can be found at

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Barrett

Research Officer, The Monieson Centre

Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University

613 533–3088