On November 8, we will be highlighting our 30th anniversary with a day of celebrations on the theme of Once upon a time, innovation.
Renowned speakers, networking, and a few surprises will be part of the event. Don’t miss this event hosted by journalist and broadcaster Marie-Pier Élie, during which the following acclaimed speakers will talk about how innovation manifests itself in their daily lives:
Partner and optical architect at Microsoft
Dr. Bernard Kress has made significant scientific contributions to the world of optics and photonics as an engineer, researcher, associate professor, consultant, instructor, and author. Dr. Kress has played an instrumental role in developing numerous optical sub-systems for consumer electronics and industrial products and transferring technological solutions to industry. He holds more than 30 patents and is especially involved in the field of wearable technologies, micro-optics, holography, and nanophotonics.
Bernard Kress joined Google [X] Labs in 2011 as the business’s principal optical architect. He now works as a partner and optical architect for Microsoft, where he focuses on developing the next generation of augmented reality devices as part of the HoloLens project.
A glimpse of future optics; this is what Dr. Kress promises to offer through an overview of applied optical technologies and of the revolution of virtual and augmented reality.
Rector of Université Laval
Ms. Sophie D’Amours is the first woman to be elected Rector of Université Laval. As a faculty member at Université Laval’s Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1995, Ms. D’Amours has extensive experience in higher education, research, and university management in Québec and abroad.
She chairs the board of the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and has also authored more than 130 scientific publications. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was recently named International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. She has received prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada and the Brockhouse Canada Prize. She also received the Henri-Gustave-Joly-de-Lotbinière Award from the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec for her contribution to the Québec forestry sector.
Ms. D’Amours will explain to event participants her vision of innovation as a driving force behind our ability to adapt to structural changes, and her vision of the roles that research and development centres play in achieving innovation for the industry.
Brigadier-General and Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East)
Brigadier-General and Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East) Jennie Carignan is the first woman to command Canada’s infantry. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in engineering, BGen Jennie Carignan has held several command positions throughout her career, including that of Commander of 5th Combat Engineer Regiment, Commander of Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, and Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, in addition to participating in overseas missions to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan.
BGen Carignan has received numerous honours, including the Order of Military Merit, the Meritorious Service Medals, the Major-General Hans Schlup Award, and the prestigious Gloire de l’Escolle Medal awarded to illustrious graduates of Université Laval. In 2011, she was named one of Canada’s top 100 most influential women.
During her lecture, BGen Carignan will demonstrate how innovation is at the heart of the Armed Forces’ successes. She will provide an overview of the main obstacles to innovation before presenting the Armed Forces’ vision of the future and the organization’s future needs.
President of the ReWired Group and co-architect of the “Jobs to be Done” innovation theory
Bob Moesta is president of the ReWired Group and is an adjunct fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for breakthrough innovations. He is one of the principal architects of the JTBD (Jobs to be Done) theory, which aims at making innovation more predictable and successful.
Mr. Moesta has created, developed, and helped launch more than 3,500 new products, services, and businesses over the course of his 30-year career. He has worked in nearly every industry, including defence, automotive, consumer goods, software, health care, web services, financial services, and education.
In recent years, Mr. Moesta has focused on applying Jobs to be Done to Lean innovation projects and to the development of new products that are more cost effective and that get the job done more quickly. It is from this angle that he will approach the topic of innovation during his lecture. A highly interactive presentation is to be expected!
A lunch and cocktail paying tribute to INO spin-offs will be offered. Come celebrate this key anniversary with us.