Driving Innovation Conference & Workshop 2015

Evolve Your Business Thinking!

Manitoba’s Small and Medium

Business Innovation Conference & Workshop

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Looking to take your business ideas to new heights?

Do you want to accelerate your growth?
Are you facing tough technology and resource decisions?
Looking to create a culture of innovation in your company?

Join us at Manitoba’s first innovation conference focused on small- to medium-sized businesses. This conference & workshop will show you how your company can increase efficiency, reduce risk and embrace innovation. Together, we will explore how to keep abreast of new technologies, grow and expand new products or services, reach new markets and enhance business productivity. Learn how to engage your customers and employees in success, fund your ideas, and grow to be an innovation leader in Manitoba.

Conference and Workshop Presented by:
Innovate Manitoba
InVision Business Edge
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Conference Wednesday, FEBRUARY 11

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Help grow your business

Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses are the drivers that will keep Manitoba competitive, with the potential to inject significant capital into Manitoba’s economy. Innovate Manitoba, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and InVision Business Edge have partnered to deliver this conference and one-day workshop on innovation for SMEs.


It is Manitoba’s first innovation conference focused on SMEs. Take part in this two-day conference & workshop focused on how your company can increase the speed and reduce the risk of innovation. Together, we will explore how to keep abreast of new technologies and know-how that can drive your innovation, how to grow and expand new product development, new markets and new business systems. We will outline how to engage your employees in your success, how you can fund your innovation, and how we will grow and develop our innovation community in Manitoba.

  • Keep abreast of new technologies & know-how that can drive innovation in your business
  • Grow and expand new product development, new markets and new business systems
  • Access R&D resources you don’t have internally
  • Finance your innovation
  • Engage your employees in your success

Workshop Thursday, FEBRUARY 12

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The one-day Driving Innovation 2015 Conference is followed on February 12, 2015 by a one-day Innovation Engineering Workshop.

Innovation Engineering Workshops focus on:
  • Increasing the speed at which meaningfully unique ideas are created, while dramatically reducing the risk that comes with innovation.
  • Accelerating ideas for more profitable customers, markets, products, services and systems.
  • Transforming innovation from a random art into a reliable, scientific system for profitable growth.
  • Providing you and your team with a basic understanding of the Innovation Engineering system for increasing innovation speed while decreasing risk.
Confront Reality - Where is Your Business on the Life Cycle Curve?

This hands-on workshop will focus on identifying and addressing a Very Important Problem (VIP) or Very Important Opportunity (VIO) in your organization. By sampling a selection of IE tools, leaders can very quickly learn about ways to effectively restart the business life cycle. Participants will also assess their revenue streams in an effort to open the dialogue on products and/or markets that should be examined further in terms of their current and projected profitability.

Benefits - Why You Should Attend & What You Can Expect to Gain:

  • To obtain a pragmatic look at Innovation Engineering and learn more about this systematic, real-world approach to infusing any organization, regardless of industry, with a culture of innovation.
  • To learn about the methodology used in the Innovation Engineering process, including rapid cycles of learning and the online "IE Labs" learning community.
  • Hands-on experience with the only proven, world-class system for embedding a culture of innovation into your organization.
  • Learn about patents, including the importance of a patent to intellectual property.
  • To learn about IE directly from the CEO and founder, Doug Hall, as well as from the leader of the Canadian Innovation Engineering Network, inVision Edge.

Keynote & Guest Speakers

Doug Hall
Keynote Speaker

Doug Hall, Founder of Innovation Engineering “If You’re Not Meaningfully Unique, You Better be Cheap”

Professional Innovator, Adjunct Faculty Member, Academic Researcher, and Best Selling Author are only a few of the hats that Doug Hall has worn over the years.

Doug began his entrepreneurial career at age 12, inventing and selling magic and juggling kits. After earning a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine, he joined Procter & Gamble where he rose to the rank of Master Marketing Inventor - inventing and shipping a record nine innovations in 12 months.

Since, 1986, the Eureka! Ranch International team has helped corporations such as American Express, Nike, P&G and Walt Disney discover measurably smarter choices for growth while increasing speed and decreasing risk with innovation. It seems to work - the Ranch has a world-class 88% client repeat rate.

Today Doug is on a mission to bring his sustainable system for innovation to the masses. Innovation Engineering is a system that teaches individuals and companies how to increase speed and decrease risk with innovation. In partnership with the University of Maine's Foster Center for Student Innovation, Doug and his team have had the privilege of teaching over 1500 people in less then two years, Innovation Engineering.

Doug is the author of 4 best selling books and is a popular speaker on sales, marketing, creativity and innovation. He has hosted and starred on a wide range of network radio and television programs. He is a one-of-a-kind straight shooter who’s a life member of MENSA and the world’s leading expert on how to increase speed and decrease risk with innovation.

Michelle Rempel
Keynote Speaker

Honourable Michelle Rempel, P.C., M.P., Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada

Michelle Rempel was elected to the House of Commons in May 2011.

In July 2013, Ms. Rempel was appointed Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification). Previously, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment in May 2011.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Rempel was the Director of the University of Calgary's Institutional Programs Division. She has also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba, and as a managerial consultant in Calgary. Ms. Rempel has also volunteered with a number of organizations including the Children's Wish Foundation and the Northern Hills Community Association.

Ms. Rempel was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network for her senior level work in directing a large team of professionals in the field of research and development administration.

Ms. Rempel has a degree in economics and lives in North Calgary.

Gayemarie Brown
Guest Speaker

Gayemarie Brown, National Innovation Leader for Deloitte Canada

Gayemarie has held a number of leadership positions in consulting firms, including Deloitte, as well as in industry. She has a long history with innovation and emerging technologies, such as alternative trading systems, predictive analytics and collaborative platforms – most recently leading TD’s VoIP/Collaboration Program, a multi-million-dollar North American program. She has also delivered strategic consulting in areas of large-scale business transformation and crises communications around the world. She has a proven track record for providing strategic consulting to senior executives, for building new divisions, platforms and companies, and for providing the leadership necessary to develop people, processes, governance and partnerships.

Meet Our

Conference Co-Chairs

Michael Legary

MICHAEL LEGARY Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Seccuris Inc. and Chair, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

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Jodi Moskal

JODI MOSKAL Co-Owner, Moskal Electric Ltd. and Past Chair, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce


CONFERENCE Program (Subject to change)
7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast & Registration
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks Mike Legary, Conference Co-Chair Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Seccuris Inc. The Honourable Kevin Chief Minister of Jobs and the Economy Jodi Moskal, Conference Co-Chair Co-Owner, Moskal Electric
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation Doug Hall, Founder of Innovation Engineering “If You’re Not Meaningfully Unique, You Better be Cheap” During this dynamic and engaging presentation, Doug will define what it means to be “meaningfully unique”, why leaders should care, and what organizations stand to gain by approaching everything they do with a meaningfully unique perspective. Turning conventional business wisdom on its head, Doug will provide colourful examples that illustrate that if an organization isn’t meaningfully unique, it had better be cheap in order to successfully compete in today’s hyper-competitive market.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Session One Gayemarie Brown, National Innovation Leader, Deloitte Canada Emerging Technologies - Adopt & Adapt Technology for Your Business Innovation Companies increasingly understand that they need to adopt new technologies effectively or face obsolescence, but research shows many companies continue to find the process complex and slow and they struggle to realize the benefits. Some companies, however, have successfully developed the management and technology skills to achieve digital transformation. They have used digital technologies to enable major business improvements in one or more of better customer experience and engagement, streamlined operations, and new lines of business. How can you improve your digital intelligence so you can succeed in creating transformation through technology? Concurrent Session Two Doug Hall, Founder of Innovation Engineering Innovation Engineering - A Road Map to Driving a Culture of Innovation Innovation Engineering is about more than entering new markets or creating new products. It is about inspiring a true cultural shift in an organization that involves both leaders and employees. For leaders, Innovation Engineering provides a fresh perspective in what has often become a staid environment; the opportunity to explore new ways of thinking, engage more fully with colleagues, and break free of routines that have inhibited growth and development. Innovation Engineering empowers employees to generate ideas that not only impact the bottom line but stimulate a sense of pride, engagement, and focus on the success and sustainability of the business.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break & Sponsor Displays
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Funding Innovation Moderator: Jan Lederman, President, Innovate Manitoba James Blatz, Associate VP Research, University of Manitoba • Leveraging Federal R&D Funding Supports Todd Habicht, Founder & CEO, HD Petroleum Inc. • Combining Non-Dilutive and Risk Capital to Fund Early Stage Innovation Michael Legary, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Seccuris Inc. • Funding an Ongoing Innovation Program
12:00 noon - 1:20 p.m. Winnipeg Chamber Luncheon and Keynote Presentation: Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada Seizing Canada’s Moment: The West’s Importance to Our Continued Economic Success
1:30 - 1:50 p.m. Innovation from a Board Perspective: What, Why, How Jan Lederman, President of Innovate Manitoba
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Session One Emerging Technologies - Adopt&Adapt Technology for Your Business Gayemarie Brown, National Innovation Leader, Deloitte Canada Concurrent Session Two Innovation Engineering - A Road Map to Driving a Culture of Innovation Doug Hall, Founder of Innovation Engineering
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break & Sponsor Displays
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Driven by Innovation – Manitoba Companies Share Their Journeys Moderator: Dave Angus, President, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Bob Toews, CEO, TruckDown Inc. • Using Technology to Create New Business Opportunities in Trucking & Fleet Management Grant Shaw, Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy & Culture, National Leasing Inc. • Driving a Culture of Innovation
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Closing Call to Action Jodi Moskal, Conference Co-Chair Co-Owner, Moskal Electric
Workshop Program (Subject to change)
9:00 - 11:45 a.m. Workshop Part 1
11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 3:30 p.m. Workshop Part 2

Please contact info@drivingsmeinnovation.com

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Event Registration & Fees

Registration is available online for the one-day conference, one-day workshop or the two-day full pass (conference and workshop). Reduced workshop fees are also available for two or more employees from the same company.

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Our Generous Event Sponsors

Foundation Sponsor
Government of Manitoba
Media Sponsor
Winnipeg Free Press
Gold Sponsor
Networking Break Sponsors
Community Sponsors
Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology A Decade of Applied Research - RRC New Media Manitoba
Luncheon Sponsor
Magellan Aerospace