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The PNWER Innovation Working Group provides policymakers and governments with ideas and advice in support of a regional innovation ecosystem. The competitive landscape of the global economy, coupled with worldwide environmental challenges, is creating unprecedented demand for scientific discovery and application.

 Working Group Co-Chairs:
Sen. Mia Costello, Alaska State Legislature
Nirav DesaiSenior Partner, Moonbeam Exchange

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Innovation ecosystems: Building a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem
Showcase of how Saskatchewan works with local startups and fosters innovation. Learn from leading experts on how the province is Building a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem
Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director, Co.Labs
Aaron Genest, President of SaskTech, Mentor Graphics (A Siemens Company) (formerly Solido)
Kari Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Saskatchewan

Overview of Innovation Cluster mapping project conducted by the University of Washington Master of Arts Applied International Studies (MAAIS) project
Innovation is crucial to the economic development of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The project identifies recommendations for underleveraged innovation clusters in the region.
Nirav Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam Exchange
Michael Farber, Managing Partner, Ratio Companies

Facilitated design thinking session
The PNWER Innovation Co-chairs will moderate a design thinking session on Innovation ecosystems and economic diversification with all session participants
All Participants

More details here

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Nirav Desai

CEO; Innovation Working Group Co-chair, Moonbeam Exchange
Nirav S. Desai is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategist who integrates technologies to enable the next wave of computing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Desai has consulted with clients in the technology, health, manufacturing/logistics, and government sectors – helping... Read More →
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Sen. Mia Costello

Legislator; Innovation Working Group Co-chair, Alaska State Legislature
Senator Mia Costello is a lifelong Alaskan representing West Anchorage in the Alaska Legislature. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, and Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee. Mia’s legislative focus is on innovation and developing... Read More →
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Jordan Dutchak

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Co.Labs
Jordan Dutchak is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s Technology Hub. Co.Labs’ mission is to work with high potential and high performing founders to take their technology from idea to $1M in annual revenues in under 3 years and with a smart cap tab.So... Read More →
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Aaron Genest

President, Sasktech
Dr. Aaron Genest serves as the President of SaskTech and the representative for Mentor, a Siemens Company. SaskTech, founded in 2018, is an industry advocacy group of more than 80 organizations and businesses with corporate offices in Saskatchewan. Their goal is to address the technology... Read More →
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Michael Farber

Managing Partner, Ratio Companies
Michael Farber provides executive leaders with in-depth analysis and advice to maximize their business return on IT investments.  Michael specializes in edge, emerging and disruptive technologies — current focus areas include distributed sensor networks, artificial and machine... Read More →
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Kari Harvey

Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Saskatchewan
Kari Harvey is COO of Innovation Saskatchewan where her responsibilities include working with community partners to nurture an environment that supports the success of start-up tech companies in the province, and with the research community to ensure Saskatchewan research and commercialization... Read More →

Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am PDT
Bess Terrace Lounge