Queen’s University is empowering outstanding students and faculty to enhance and strengthen Canada’s innovation agenda. The newly launched Queen’s Innovation Connector is a partnership of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Queen’s School of Business to encourage, enable and support the innovation activities of students, alumni, entrepreneurs and Canadian companies. More

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Making Your Mark: Lessons in Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship
Saturday, December 6 at 12:30pm - 2:00pm in EST
Old Wing Of Goodes Room 101

Take a break from studying for exams to eat some food, and listen to two phenomenal speakers!

Our first speaker for the event is Colin Lynch. Colin graduated from the Commerce program in 2007, and went on to work in investment banking for Morgan Stanley. Following two years of his experience there, he went on to get his MBA at Harvard University, and made a career shift to McKinsey and Company, where he is currently the Engagement Manager for the firm in Chicago. Colin, is also on the board of a couple of different initiatives, ranging from the Canadian Centre to the Student Voice Initiative. We are so excited to have Colin speak about intrapreneurship, and Disruption In The Corporate World, and look forward to hearing his thoughts on it.

Our second speaker of the event is Daniel Tisch. Daniel graduated form Queens with a degree in Politics and went on to get his MBA from Queens specializing in Marketing. Daniel now is currently the CEO & principal owner of one of Canada's largest independent public relations firms - Argyle Communications. Before this, Daniel had years of experience in the field of Communications and Public Relations, which earned him the position of Chair for the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communication Management. Daniel will talk about Creating an Icon: How to Manage, Lead, & Build. Again. We look forward to hearing what Daniel has to say about this topic!

12:20-12:30 arrival, seating, etc.
12:30-1:00: Colin Lynch
1:00-1:10: Questions from audience
1:15-1:45: Daniel Tisch
1:45-1:55: Questions from audience
1:55-2:00- Wrap up

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NOV 18

QIC fostering entrepreneurship
Established in 2012 by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC) provides a number of programs and resources to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship at the university. With Global Entrepreneurship Week being marked Nov. 17-23, Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll sat down with executive director Greg Bavington and Alix Murphy, Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative (QSII) co-ordinator, to talk about the work being done and what it means for the future of Queen’s and its students.
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This year, Everything is About to Change. QACE 2015 is an Entrepreneurship conference at Queen's University, and is hiring a new executive to help build their business from the ground up. There is no better time to join an entrepreneurship conference.

If you are passionate about growth, innovation, and change, and see this year as an opportunity to embody an entrepreneurial mindset and put your aspirations to work, QACE wants YOU on our revolutionary team. If you are tenacious in not letting what we want to build tomorrow be constrained by what we have today, there is no better conference for you.

Become inspired by our vision and join the revolution.

Executive Applications are due on November 9th and can be found here.


Queen’s Global Innovation Conference
The Queen's Global Innovation Conference happening November 14th-15th. Register by this Friday November 7th. Visit qgic.ca to get more info on our speakers, workshops, and innovation challenge.

Innovating for the next three billion…

The world population is expected to reach 10 billion in the next 50 years. Managing this global growth is going to require new approaches to problem solving, and cross discipline collaboration like never before.

QGIC hopes to ignite creativity & critical thinking, and to inspire delegates to become the innovators of tomorrow...

The $50 delegate fee includes:

  • 4 Keynote Speaker Presentations
  • At least 2 Workshops
  • A chance to win $1000 in the Innovation Challenge
  • 3 meals throughout the conference
  • A QIC/QSII discussion panel on entrepreneurship
  • Friday Night Social

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Queen’s Startup Summit
Internal Delegate Applications are due November 16th, 11:59 pm and External Delegate Applications are due November 21st, 11:59 pm. Best of luck to everyone, we can't wait to read about your ideas!
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OCT 27

Innovate Queen’s
Innovate Queen's is a new student led initiative aimed at creating an inclusive atmosphere for innovators and entrepreneurs at Queen's - regardless of their faculty, year, or experience. Our focus is to provide students a chance to interact with other students, speakers, and mentors who share a common interest in entrepreneurship, and provide the necessary resources for their success. Whether that be mentorship opportunities, financial support to go to competitions and hackathons, or merely a platform to discuss their ideas. Innovate Queen’s currently meets twice per week to watch and discuss the “How to Start a Startup” series.

WHEN: Every Wednesday from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Goodes Hall Classroom 305
WHAT: http://startupclass.samaltman.com/
WHY: Bring together people of all different faculties who are interested in entrepreneurship, hold each other accountable, and have a place for discussion and collaboration.
**Free food at every event**
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OCT 15

The 6th annual Queen's MBA Innovation Summit
Do you want to be inspired by leaders who practice Innovation as part of their corporate DNA? Do you want to learn about how innovation can create a successful future for you?

If you answered “yes”, then you take part in of the largest student run event of its kind in Canada - The 6th annual Queen's MBA Innovation Summit

What: The Summit aspires to be a thought leadership platform for future leaders, through three key pillars:

When: November 7th & 8th, 2014
Where: Goodes Hall, Queen's University
Who: This year's speakers include:

  • Sam Kolias, Queen's parent, President, CEO & Trustee for Boardwalk Rental Communities, Calgary
  • Bryan Pearson, MBA'88, President and CEO Alliance Data (Loyalty One Group- The Blue Air Miles Card), Toronto
  • Dr. David Weiss, President and CEO, Weiss International Ltd.

A total of 35 panelists from companies such as:

  • RBC
  • Deloitte
  • Philips
  • Trindent Consulting

They will be here to discuss:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Social Innovation

How: To purchase tickets for the summit, go to www.qsbis.com or email qsbis@business.queensu.ca

Ticket Price: $50

Queen’s receives $900,000 to support innovation and entrepreneurship
The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, announced today that $900,000 from the Government of Ontario’s Campus-Linked Accelerator program (CLA) will be allocated to support innovation at Queen’s University.
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QSII win a boost for young entrepreneurs
After four months of planning, preparation and development, the students in the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative (QSII) made their final pitch presentations to a panel of judges. Mosaic Manufacturing won the top prize of $40,000 to further build their business.
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JUN 25
QSII Guest Speakers - July
QSII is pleased to host a variety of guest speakers during the month of July. Please see below for a current list of upcoming speakers and dates/locations for their talks - all are welcome to attend!

Anthony Tessarolo
Director, Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences
Friday, July 4th
8:30 - 10am
Dupuis Hall Room 215

Andrew Shaughnessy
Partner, Torys' Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice
Tuesday, July 8th
1 - 2:30pm
Chernoff Hall Room 117

Andrew Stewart
Chairman, Venterra Realty
Tuesday, July 22nd
1 - 2:30pm
Chernoff Hall Room 117

Brad Tipler
CTO, telmedx
Wednesday, July 30th
10:30am - 12pm
Dupuis Hall Room 215

MAY 22
QSII Guest Speaker - Dr. John Burge
The Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative is underway, and the first talk of the summer will be given by Dr. John Burge of the Queen’s School of Music.

Dr. Burge is a Juno-award winning classical composer, and was awarded the Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research and Scholarship in 2013. Additional biographical details can be found at http://www.queensu.ca/music/faculty/burge.

Dr. Burge will be talking about creativity in a music composition context. If you would like to join us for this seminar, the details are provided below:

Ten Approaches to Creativity: A Canadian Composer Works with a Snowdrift
Professor John Burge
Queen’s University School of Music
Monday, May 26
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Dupuis Hall Room 217

QIC Announces Sponsorship of QSII from Queen’s AMS
QIC is pleased to announce that the Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS) has sponsored the 2014 Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative. We are grateful for their contribution and recognition of the value that the QSII program brings to all Queen’s students.

3 Steps to Launch a Successful Startup
Ever think about launching a startup? Interested in the idea of entrepreneurship? Join us on Saturday, February 8th for a workshop you won't want to miss! QSA presents "3 Steps to Launch a Successful Startup". An opportunity to get all your questions answered and to meet other people who share the same innovative and driven mind set as you. Our three experienced and honorary guest speakers will layout everything you need to know in order to be a successful entrepreneur step by step. Register to reserve your spot today!
When: Feb 8, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Goodes Hall
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Why Innovate?

QSII 2014 Pitch Competition Winners

Hear what students have to say about QIC’s inaugural program, the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative.


Innovation Corner

Innovation has always been on Greg Bavington’s mind. Since graduating from Queen’s Engineering in 1985, QIC’s executive director has led the $700 million modernization of GM’s car final assembly plant in Oshawa; was President and CEO of the largest vertically-integrated rubber recycling, tier 1 automotive company in North America; and was exposed to several high-profile projects, including the English Channel Tunnel and the SkyDome roof.