A Conference About Innovation in Business

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Innovation is the key to business success. Profit x Design is bringing together the best business minds, designers and investment gurus in the country, to give you the tools, skills and strategies you need to drive a more innovative and lucrative enterprise.

Profit x Design will send you back to your business, knowing:

  • - How top companies drive product innovation
    - The best practices in developing an integrated product/service system
    - How to build an effective product or service innovation team
    - How to apply design thinking to business and strategy challenges
    - Leadership methods that catalyze creative thinking
    - Case studies of successful product and service innovation

This event is a unique opportunity for business leaders to engage with top designers, market leading companies, and investors who know how to profit by design. Creative Led Innovation is now a key driver for business success: by convening design and business leaders in a series of interactive workshops and stimulating presentations, Profit by Design will help you connect with the business models, thinking and leaders that will drive innovation in your company. Join us for two exciting days and discover how you can Profit by Design.

03 Feb 2012

Speaker Announcement – W.Brett Wilson

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For the past three years, Brett has been a popular panelist on the reality show Dragons’ Den – one of Canada’s most watched television programs. He has used this platform to promote entrepreneurship and innovation to audiences throughout Canada. He is also host of Risky Business TV, which profiles unique opportunities for investment and entrepreneurship. He has founded the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, promoting entrepreneurship among all disciplines, with a vision for becoming one of Canada’s pre-eminent centres for entrepreneurship.

Find out more HERE.

15 Jan 2012

Speaker Announcement – Mike Volker

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Mike VolkerMichael Volker is a high-technology entrepreneur and investor involved in the development of technology-based businesses. He is the current  Director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office and President and Founder of WUTIF Capital (VCC) Inc – the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund and Greenangel Energy Corp.

Mike is a Past Chairman of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and founded and continues to manage the Vancouver Technology Angel Network (VANTEC). Mike is very active on the B.C. high tech scene, serving on the non-profit boards of New Ventures BC, Canadian Listed Companies Association and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Councilas well as various private company boards.

In 2009, Mike was named Canadian Angel Investor of the Year by the National Angel Organization as well as B.C. Angel of the Year by the B.C. Angel Forum.

16 Dec 2011

Speaker Announcement – Research In Motion

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Research in MotionProfit By Design is pleased to announce Todd Wood and Brian Paschke both of Research In Motion as speakers at the Profit By Design Conference.

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day.

Todd Wood, Senior Vice President of Design will share his thoughts on how RIM has leveraged innovation from the boardroom to the factory floor to create and maintain the BlackBerry® brand

Brian Paschke, Senior Industrial Designer will lead one of our Advanced Innovation Workshops to be held on Saturday February 25th.


01 Dec 2011

Speaker Announcement – Bombardier Recreational Products

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Profit By Design is pleased to announce our first presenting organization, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). BRP is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of motorized recreational vehicles and powersports engines.
Built on a 70-year tradition of excellence and headquartered in the Canadian town of Valcourt, Québec, BRP owns manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Finland, and Austria, and has a total workforce of more than 6,000 people.

Ettiene Guay, Director of Design & Innovation and Christopher Rudwal, Senior Designer will present how BRP sees design and innovation as a key contributor to the continued growth and success of the company. Highlights will include anecdotes on the development of the CAN AM Spyder Roadster – Winner of a 2011 Catalyst Design Case Study from the Industrial Designers of America (ISDA) .

Please visit our Speakers page for more information on BRP.

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