Queen’s MBA students to host Spark Innovation Summit

Posted on May 9, 2012

KINGSTON, March 9, 2012 – More than 30 experts in the field of innovation will descend on Goodes Hall to speak to more than 200 eager students, alumni, industry members and citizens on March 9 and 10.

Originally the first event of its kind in Canada, the third iteration of this annual student-organized Innovation Summit features thought leaders on innovation and creativity from leading companies, institutions and think tanks from across North America. Speakers will discuss the best way to use innovation to create sustainable competitive advantage.

“The Canadian and world economies are at a crossroads,” says Christina Waters, MBA’12 Co-Chair of the Summit. “Strategies used in the past will not necessarily work in the future. That’s why this year’s Summit focuses on how innovation is a key strategic tool for future personal, corporate, and societal success.”

“Spark” was chosen as the Summit’s theme to address the question, ‘How can individuals ignite the spark of innovation around them?’ By focusing on how to transform ideas into developed business innovations, participants will gain an understanding of how to create those elusive ‘eureka’ moments.

This year’s lineup of speakers includes representatives from 3M, Bombardier, RBC, Xerox, IBM, Exxon, Industry Canada, National Research Council (NRC), PARTEQ and Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Summit participants include business and government leaders, alumni, and students in Business, Law, Engineering and Policy Studies. Visit www.qsbis.com or follow the Summit on Facebook or Twitter@qsbis.