Open Doors, Open Knowledge
Big ideas for better business
Open Doors, Open Knowledge is an annual, nation-wide event led by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Events are held across the country and this year’s theme is Big Ideas for Better Business.
In line with this theme, the University of Manitoba is hosting an event which speaks to the mutually beneficial partnerships that can be nurtured between industry and research endeavours. Research and technology play an integral role in helping businesses succeed and vice versa. The partnerships drive innovation, create jobs, enhance the economy and promote successful business in our province.
The two-part event begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12 with an open house and light lunch at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. The second part of the event takes place at the Pinnacle Club in Investors Group Field, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a keynote speech from Paul Soubry, President and CEO of New Flyer Industries and University of Manitoba alumnus. Soubry’s address will be followed by a panel discussion between U of M researchers and industry leaders. Panellists will share their experiences and insights on how the two fields work together.
“Combining the ideas of academics with what industry needs to succeed, powers and boosts innovation for everyone’s benefit,” said panellist, Dr. Peter Jones, Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. “We are more than the sum of our parts.”
Zach Wolff, the founder and CEO of Exigence Technologies is another panellist taking part in the Open Doors, Open Knowledge discussion. He agrees that when industry and research combine forces they become more powerful.
“The researcher, the engineer, and the business person all have complementary skill sets and must collaborate to create an effective, functioning product in the workplace, our homes, or our hospitals,” said Wolff. “This collaboration is natural, necessary, and benefits our institutions and our economy at large.”