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Peter Merrill

Speaker on Innovation

Peter Began is one of North America's foremost authorities on Management Systems. He is also published author and a coloumist for Quality Progress. He is a coveted keynote speaker, who spoke in major cities around the world and is the founding chair for ASQ Innovation division and chair of the Canadian national committee. His leading knowledge on innovation and his corporate background has helped many companies prosper.

Dr. Min Basadur

Speaker on Innovative and Creative Thinking

Dr.Min Basadur is a Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, published author and the Founder of Basadur Applied Creativity. He is a recognized world leader in innovation and has consulted many companies and even government, healthcare and education institutions. He received 3 U.S. patents and earned an award winning PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His Simplexity Thinking™ system and the Basadur Innovation Profile™ are used globally.

Dr. Robert Cooper

Speaker on Next Generation Stage to Gate Framework

Dr. Cooper is an expert in the field of new product management and the father and creator of the Stage-Gate® system which helps drive products to market. He is one of five Crawford Fellows of the Product Development & Management Association. Cooper is a published author of many books and has published articles in leading journals.

Dr. Andrew Maxwell

Speaker on Entreperneurship and Behavior Frameworks

Andrew has been dedicated to developing and enhancing many of the tools offered by the CIC such as the CFA and InnoGate. His research is developed from his direct experiences in working with client companies, these companies ranged from start-ups to established companies to governmental policies and universities. He is a sought after speaker and appeared on a TED talk series.

Dr. Alexander Osterwalder

Speaker on Business Model Canvas

Dr. Osterwalder is a leading author, entrepreneur and in-demand speaker. He was ranked #4 of the top 50 management thinkers worldwide and holds the Thinkers50 Strategy Award. He also invented the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, and Business Portfolio Map together with Yves Pigneur.

Dr. John Bessant

Speaker on Crisis-Driven Innovation

John Bessant, chemical engineer, a published author of a number of books and articles, as well as he is an Emeritus Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Magnus Penker

Speaker on Business

Magnus Penker has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an MBA and is an internationally-renowned thought leader on innovation, sustainability, and business transformation. He has been honored with the Business Worldwide Magazine award as the ‘Most Innovative CEO Sweden 2016’ and appointed as a Global Top 100 CEO by CEO Monthly. Magnus developed InnoSurvey®, a leading methodology and global innovation database.

Dr. Kate Hammer

Speaker on Innovation Framework

Kate is a corporate innovation catalyst, ICF-accredited coach and a published author. She teaches and designs university courses and is an expert with postgraduate seminars and lectures. She helps complex organizations and start-ups in understand trends and to develop the front-end-of-innovation process and creative climate.

Dr. Michael Eugene Porter

Speaker on Innovation and Competitiveness

Michael Eugene Porter is an American academic known for his theories on economics, business strategy, and social causes. He was one of the founders of the consulting firm The Monitor Group, a social impact consultancy. He is credited for creating Porter's five forces analysis, which is instrumental in business strategy development today.

Dr. David Weiss

Speaker on Design Thinking Framework

Dr. Weiss, Ph.D., ICD.D is President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd. David has provided consulting for major companies and organizational projects, has delivered many conference presentations and has written a number of journals and articles. He is a published author and co-author of books, one of them being featured by CBC News as a “top 5 business book” in the year it was published.

Lee-Ann McAlear

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Lee-Anne McAlear is an award-winning facilitator, educator, consultant, and speaker. She is Program Director at the Centre of Excellence in Innovation Leadership at The Schulich School of Business, York University and has been a sought after lecturer and instructor. Lee-Anne is also the founding partner of the Toronto-based innovation and leadership house, CURRENT, and a Director of the International Association of Innovation Professional.

Tony Ulwick

Speaker on Jobs-to-be-Done Framework

Tony Ulwick is the pioneer of jobs-to-be-done theory and the inventor of Outcome-Driven Innovation®, which is a powerful innovation process. Tony has been granted 12 patents for his game-changing innovation practices. Tony is a published author of many books, as well as additional articles on ODI. His work is cited in hundreds of publications.

Braden Kelley

Speaker on Design Thinking

Braden Kelley has an MBA from a top-rater London business school and is an experienced leader of projects and programs. He is the published author and has written for numerous online publications. In addition, he has written commissioned white papers.

Dr. Noam Wasserman

Speaker on Framework for Entrepreneurs

Noam Wasserman is the dean of Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, before that he was a professor of entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and a chaired professor and founding director of a centre at the University of Southern California. He has written two bestselling books that have won international awards and had his research published in the top academic journals. He has also written multiple features and columns for the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Inc. magazine.

Helen Leighton

Speaker on Innovation

Helen Leighton is a highly experienced HR and business leader, leadership and organizational development professional, collaborative and strategic partner, and executive coach. Known for developing and implementing practical solutions that yield improved results, she is a trusted advisor able to work with senior leaders through building high-trust and productive relationships across organizations, functions, and levels.

Dr. Shlomo Maital

Dr. Shlomo Maital, emeritus professor, and is also the head of the Zvi Griliches Research Data Center. He was the academic director of TIM-Technion Institute of Management. He was summer Visiting Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management's Management of Technology M.Sc. program. He is the published author, co-author and/or editor of numerous books that were translated into multiple languages. He was also the co-founder of SABE-Society for Advancement of Behavioral Economics.

Langdon Morris

Speaker on Innovation

Langdon Morris is an award-winning innovator and world-renowned innovation consultant, best-selling author, and acclaimed keynote speaker. He is Senior Partner at InnovationLabs LLC, where he leads the firm's global innovation consulting practice with a wonderful variety of clients in business, government, and non-profits. He is an author or co-author of acclaimed books on Innovation and Strategy.


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