WATERLOO, ON, April 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and
BlackBerry Co-Founder Mike Lazaridis will headline a University of
Waterloo-hosted conference aimed at building a plan for economic growth
and prosperity for Ontario and Canada - with Waterloo's model for
innovation at its heart.
The Leadership Innovation Conference, taking place April 22 and 23,
brings together leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academics
and policy-makers from across North America that will help shape
Canada's economic future. The conference will explore new approaches to
supporting entrepreneurial ventures that are key drivers of economic
prosperity in Canada.
"International competition faced by Canadian companies is at an all-time
high. The need for innovation in this country is critical," said
Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "We
believe that we have created an ecosystem in Waterloo Region that mixes
basic research, entrepreneurialism and venture capital successfully.
Waterloo's Leadership Innovation Conference will look for ways in which
we can sustain this vibrant ecosystem and use it as a model for
Premier Wynne will deliver a keynote speech on the first day of the
invitation-only event. Sukhinder Singh-Cassidy, CEO of JOYOUS, will
join her with a keynote speech addressing the challenges of
hyper-growth and Kevin Lynch, chairman of the Waterloo's Board of
Governors, will review the Ontario Prosperity Report.
Mr. Lazardis, inventor of the smartphone and co-founder of the recently
announced Quantum Valley Investment Fund, headlines a second day
session that reviews the model for innovation that has become the
engine for the Quantum Valley in the Waterloo Region. As part of the
session, experts explain why the selection of quantum information as a
focus gives the region a unique opportunity to be one of a handful of
centres globally that will lead the coming quantum technology
"I believe Ontario and Canada, as a whole, have tremendous potential for
economic growth through technological innovation. In history there are
many examples where brilliant minds have been brought together to
collaborate on a specific area of focus. Breakthroughs and
opportunities for innovation and value creation almost always follow,"
said Mr. Lazaridis, speaking about the conference. "The investments
that we have made in this region to establish the world class
capability in quantum information science is based on this historically
proven model for innovation."
Other speakers at the conference include:
Anamitra Banerji - Partner, Foundation Capital
Alfred Lin - Partner, Sequoia Capital
Jon Gertner - Editor, Fast Company
Tom Jenkins - Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, OpenText
Prashant Pathak - Managing Partner, ReichmannHauer Capital Partners
Bill Tatham - CEO, NexJ Systems
Amar Varma - CEO & Co-Founder, Xtreme Labs
Helge Seezten - CEO, Tandem Launch
Research, entrepreneurialism and venture capital all have a vital role
to play in fuelling economic growth and prosperity for Ontario, Canada
and the world. The Leadership Innovation Conference promises
high-impact analysis and policy-relevant ideas from top-tier thought
Full details of the conference including a full list of speakers can be
found at: http://uwaterloo.ca/leadership-innovation-conference/
Media who wish attend the event should contact Nick Manning, University
of Waterloo Media Relations, on 226-929-7627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant
to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about
Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
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