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September 2015

From Liberal Arts BA to Energy Start-up CEO: Lessons for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneur

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This event has passed. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location:Room N124, Bow Valley College, Calgary, AB -AND- Wednesday, October 28,  2015 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location:  UofL Markin Hall Atrium, Lethbridge, AB The University of Lethbridge AGILITY Innovation Series Presents: Steve Cloutier, CEO, Skyridge Capital Corporation Steve Cloutier is an entrepreneur with thirty years of experience in the law, investment and upstream oil and gas industries. After relocating to Calgary, Cloutier began his career in oil and gas, ultimately participating in the starting up of seven oil and gas companies, leading teams of up to 200 employees. He has more than $2 billion of direct experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. On October 27 and 28, 2015, Cloutier will speak in Calgary and Lethbridge to share his experiences as a serial energy start-up entrepreneur. Cloutier will walk you through real world case studies that will…

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AGILITY Innovation Series

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The University of Lethbridge is home to AGILITY, an experiential learning program that fosters entrepreneurial ambition and helps students bring their ideas to life. As part of the AGILITY program, the University of Lethbridge is proud to introduce the AGILITY Innovation Series. The inaugural season features a highly engaging set of lectures and workshops that showcases industry experts with a track record of innovation and entrepreneurship across a range of sectors, including agribusiness and agri-tech, energy, small and family-owned businesses, and public service.

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Canada’s small market no excuse for a poor grade in innovation – The Globe and Mail

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The Conference Board of Canada’s announcement this month that Canada only merits a C grade when it comes to global innovation, ranking it ninth among 16 peer industrial nations, should be a wake-up call that all is not as it should be. While the announcement noted improvements in entrepreneurial ambition and access to venture capital, it also chided Canada for falling behind in areas such as information technology investments, corporate research and development, along with patents and productivity

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Putting Innovation in Context

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What is innovation? The Conference Board defines innovation as a process through which economic or social value is extracted from knowledge—by creating, diffusing, and transforming ideas—to produce new or improved products, services, and processes. Although attention is often focused on radical innovation—such as breakthrough technologies (e.g., 3-D printing, quantum computing), new products (e.g., smartphones), or services (e.g., Uber)—incremental innovation is just as important. For example, substantial productivity gains can be achieved through the adoption and use (rather than creation) of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) or by implementing a more efficient approach to knowledge management. These sorts of incremental process innovations benefit firms and economies without necessarily being on the global frontier of radical innovation. 

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