Queen’s MBA Students Host First Annual Innovation Summit

Posted on March 9, 2010

KINGSTON, ON, – To combat the misperception that Canada lags behind other world leaders when it comes to innovation, MBA students at Queen’s School of Business have designed an Innovation Summit to be held in Kingston, ON, on March 20, 2010.

The first event of its kind in Canada, the student-organized Innovation Summit brings together thought leaders on innovation and creativity from leading companies, institutions and think tanks across North America to discuss the best way to use innovation to create sustainable competitive advantage.

“Canada does have extensive innovative and creative capacity waiting to be tapped,” said Jameel Lalji, MBA’10 and Chair of the Innovation Summit. “We just need to do more to support and enhance it, and that is exactly where the Innovation Summit can help.”

Today innovation is a key component of business strategy. Summit participants will learn how to build innovation capacity through out-of-the-box thinking and by adopting an enterprise-wide innovative culture. Participants will also learn how successful innovation can boost competitiveness, increase productivity, lower costs and increase benefits of a project or a strategic initiative regardless of size of company or industry.

The Summit offers three streams – The Concept of Innovation (Theories and Perspectives), Building Innovation Capacity, and Managing Innovation & Innovation Success Stories – as well as sixteen speakers, seven panelists and three moderators, all of whom are innovators in their fields. Selected sessions will center on how to strategically support innovation through public-private partnership investment and research.

Event organizers are marketing the event to business and government leaders, graduate students, alumni and undergraduates in the faculties of Commerce, Law, Engineering and Policy Studies. For more information on the Innovation Summit or to register, please visit www.qsbis.com.