Innovation Impact

The Challenge of Showing Innovation Impact

It’s not enough to know that innovation matters, we need to be able to prove it, show it and make it relevant to citizens and businesses.

Download the conference presentation – MiC2017 – The Challenge of Showing Impact

Helaina Gaspard, Ph.D.
Director, Democratic Institutions
Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD), University of Ottawa.
Helaina’s work, at the intersection of politics and public money, focuses on the state institutions that incentivize and govern behaviour, ultimately, influencing the performance of organizations and public policy outcomes. Helaina has led a number of key research initiatives focused on the development, sustainability, evaluation and performance of fiscal institutions, public policies and public administrations, in Canada and abroad, in countries such as the United Kingdom and Myanmar. Read Skills and Innovation: Where’s the money?

Kristofer Kelly-Frère
Innovation Lead for Civic Innovation YYC and the City of Calgary.
Their work is about building the foundations for open and innovative government. Kris works with teams to tackle wicked problems, prototype innovative initiatives and craft systemic change. After earning a Master’s degree in Architecture he worked in the Science center and museum field. Kris was part of the core team that designed, built and ran Canada’s newest science center; TELUS Spark. He oscillates between coach, facilitator, program developer, strategist and designer. His work also includes an active art practice, community leadership and critical writing. He has a husband (Mackenzie) and a 2 year old daughter Elizabeth. They inspire him to work to be a better ancestor. In another life Kris was a tap dance instructor and can’t stop drawing.

Joseph Bou-Younes
Data Executive-In-Residence, Canada’s Open Data Exchange
Currently Joseph is the Data Executive in Residence at Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX). ODX is a public-private partnership that creates innovation, jobs and growth with open data. Joseph also leads program development for the new Communitech Data Hub in Waterloo.

Helen Kerr
Co-President, KerrSmith Design
Helen leads product and system development with a focus on research and strategic innovation. From the complex realm of city building and healthcare, to relevant sustainability issues, and the intimate study of how we eat, her insights and design direction guide clients to realize business ideas as fully integrated solutions. For more than 25 years, Helen has collaborated with her team to deliver complete brand experiences. She is an Associated Professor in graduate studies at OCADU. She has applied her foresight capabilities to government policy both federally and provincially and is often sought as a lecturer, juror and conference speaker. She has been recognized at the highest level by IDSA and Phaidon Press and was inducted into the The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2016.

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