By applying concepts from the fields of science and technology, organizations can foster cultures of innovation to stay ahead of the game

Think Like a Scientist was an engaging half-day immersive business experience at the Taylor Institute, where leaders from our community discussed the challenges of scaling innovation in their respective organizations. Hosted by the University of Calgary in collaboration with local innovation consultancy JFIVE, ATB Financial, Imaginea Energy and Google - this was a unique opportunity to learn how organizations cultivate cultures of experimentation that endure, thrive and innovate in challenging markets.

 

Event Speakers

Dr. David Cramb, Head of Chemistry, University of Calgary By literally taking us back to university, Dr. Cramb demonstrated how curiosity and a scientific approach can provide any organization with a mindset for problem solving, and a logical way of testing assumptions to remove causal effects and organizational bias. The scientific method is largely responsible for rapidly increasing our understanding of the natural world, yet it has been slow to enter the world of business.  Dr. Cramb believes that as innovation leaders such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon continue to exploit the benefits of data science and experimentation, the scientific method will become more pervasive and common.    

Dr. David Cramb, Head of Chemistry, University of Calgary

By literally taking us back to university, Dr. Cramb demonstrated how curiosity and a scientific approach can provide any organization with a mindset for problem solving, and a logical way of testing assumptions to remove causal effects and organizational bias.

The scientific method is largely responsible for rapidly increasing our understanding of the natural world, yet it has been slow to enter the world of business.  Dr. Cramb believes that as innovation leaders such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon continue to exploit the benefits of data science and experimentation, the scientific method will become more pervasive and common.  

 

Lorne Rubis, Chief Evangelist, ATB FINANCIAL Lorne shared how creating a culture of experimentation is fundamental to instilling innovation at ATB. Experimentation requires support from leadership, and Lorne is at the centre of harnessing the full idea and innovation potential of the entire workforce at ATB, creating, monitoring, and improving the team's dynamic culture. Lorne joined ATB as Chief People Officer in 2012, with the mandate to make ATB The Place to Work. The constant in Lorne’s diverse career is his ability to successfully lead organizations through significant change, including his time at the LA Kings Hockey Club where, as VP of Business Operations, he improved operations and oversaw the development of Staples Center and its innovative premium seating strategy.  

Lorne Rubis, Chief Evangelist, ATB FINANCIAL

Lorne shared how creating a culture of experimentation is fundamental to instilling innovation at ATB. Experimentation requires support from leadership, and Lorne is at the centre of harnessing the full idea and innovation potential of the entire workforce at ATB, creating, monitoring, and improving the team's dynamic culture.

Lorne joined ATB as Chief People Officer in 2012, with the mandate to make ATB The Place to Work. The constant in Lorne’s diverse career is his ability to successfully lead organizations through significant change, including his time at the LA Kings Hockey Club where, as VP of Business Operations, he improved operations and oversaw the development of Staples Center and its innovative premium seating strategy.

 

SUZANNE WEST, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, IMAGINEA ENERGY  Suzanne is reinventing the Oil and Gas industry. After attending a leadership retreat at Necker Island hosted by Richard Branson, Suzanne wrote a manifesto named Project Stepup.   In her keynote, she delivered an inspiring call to action for more collaboration and commitment to share best practices, ideas to develop and ultimately switch energy sources “rather than just wait for the eventual end of fossil fuel use and no longer have viable companies.

SUZANNE WEST, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, IMAGINEA ENERGY 

Suzanne is reinventing the Oil and Gas industry. After attending a leadership retreat at Necker Island hosted by Richard Branson, Suzanne wrote a manifesto named Project Stepup.  

In her keynote, she delivered an inspiring call to action for more collaboration and commitment to share best practices, ideas to develop and ultimately switch energy sources “rather than just wait for the eventual end of fossil fuel use and no longer have viable companies.

AFshIN SHAMS, GOOGLE canada Afshin is responsible for helping Canadian customers scale their businesses by helping customers from the public and private sectors leverage the best of Google Cloud.    In his talk, Afshin shared details about the infamous Google X lab where engineers go to work on new ideas, everything from self-driving cars to Google Glass.  Afshin also spoke in detail about Google's innovative workplace culture and digital tools, where employees are encouraged and enabled to search and experiment with new ideas.

AFshIN SHAMS, GOOGLE canada

Afshin is responsible for helping Canadian customers scale their businesses by helping customers from the public and private sectors leverage the best of Google Cloud.   

In his talk, Afshin shared details about the infamous Google X lab where engineers go to work on new ideas, everything from self-driving cars to Google Glass.  Afshin also spoke in detail about Google's innovative workplace culture and digital tools, where employees are encouraged and enabled to search and experiment with new ideas.

 

EVENT THEME: INNOVATION STARTS WITH EXPERIMENTATION

For most organizations, innovation is often seen as a risky and costly endeavour fraught with uncertainty and no clear return on investment. At the same time, we’re told if we don’t innovate we’ll be left behind. Faculty and students at the University of Calgary are conducting leading research in the fields of cancer medication and nanotechnology. Research, like a business, is bound by constraints. Yet, breakthroughs in science, medicine and technology are accelerating at an unprecedented rate.  By starting with experimentation, organizations can begin to strike a balance between the risk taking that’s necessary to innovate, and the structure required to deliver certainty.

 

THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: Event Details

Think Like a Scientist at the University of Calgary on Wednesday June 14, 2017 from 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Event Schedule

Welcoming Keynote & Lunch 
How to Think Like a Scientist Keynote with Dr. David Cramb.

Experimentation Workshop Activity
Event participants will take part in an interactive team-based activity, emphasizing the importance of experimentation.

Innovation Spotlight
TEDx style speakers will highlight stories of innovation and experimentation.

Closing Remarks

Taylor Institute for Learning

Taylor Institute for Learning

 

Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning

434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Parking: Lot 10 and 11 are recommended for this event.  The parking rate in these two lots is $7.00/entry.

See map (below) for directions.

 
Please use Lot 10 or Lot 11 for this event.  The parking rate in these two lots is $7.00/entry.

Please use Lot 10 or Lot 11 for this event. 

The parking rate in these two lots is $7.00/entry.

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Registration

Release Your Inner Scientist is an initiative designed to inspire innovation in businesses, government, and non-profit organizations, while creating greater awareness for leading research taking place at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Science. All event proceeds will go towards event venue and administration costs.

 

Event Sponsors

Corporate sponsors for the Release Your Inner Scientist event will have the opportunity to showcase their brand to leaders from Calgary's university, business and non-profit communities.

Contact john vardalos at john.vardalos@jfive.ca to request future sponsorship details.

 

Confirmed Sponsors