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Western Innovation Ambassador Launch
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University

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At Western, we strive to foster and support a culture of creativity and innovation. As a vital part of this community, you are invited to register for our Western Innovation Ambassadors Launch event.

Innovation Ambassadors are self-identified researchers from across campus who have experience and expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization. The purpose of the ambassador program is to provide peer-to-peer networking, peer-to-student mentoring, advice to senior leadership on program or ecosystem initiatives and recognition and acknowledgement of achievements in this area.

Learn more about entrepreneurship at Western and how you can get involved by checking out the newly launched website.


08:30 a.m. - 09:00 a.m. | Name Tags & Continental Breakfast
09:00 a.m. - 09:15 a.m. | Welcome & Opening Remarks by Eric Morse, Executive Director, Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship
09:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Keynote Speaker, Jesse Hirsh
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Break
10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. | Innovation Spectrum Videos
11:05 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. | Roundtable Discussions with Facilitators
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Wrap Up & Closing Remarks by Lorraine Davies, Associate Professor and Associate Vice-Provost
12:00 p.m. - 01:00 p.m. | Buffet Lunch


The Future of Authority and the Role of Education in Innovation

Jesse Hirsh – Futurist and Technology Columnist

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Who we listen to and who we trust is changing, and this is having a massive impact on education and innovation. In a world of "alternative facts" where anyone can broadcast to a global audience, the ability to provide a signal amidst that noise directly influences who has authority and why.

Innovation in this context is a combination of critical thinking, creative ideas, and intellectual property. None of which is easy when attention is fleeting and distractions abound. Therefore, the future of education involves a large element of entrepreneurship, and many post-secondary institutions are embracing incubators, accelerators, and hands-on learning that engages and empowers students and faculty alike. Therefore, how do we approach both innovation and education, that combines the need to operate at the velocity of the global marketplace with the need to reflect and produce original critical research? With the rise of artificial intelligence, automation, and robots, these issues are not just about innovation, but broader social and political issues that place innovation at the forefront of public policy.

We are sorry, the deadline for registering for this event online has passed. Please email alumnirsvp@uwo.ca or call 1-800-258-6896 and press 2 if you are still interested in attending. Please leave your name, email, phone number, the name of your guest and specify which event you will be attending.














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