The Innovation NetworkInnovation in the Peace Country … Bridging the Gap A Project of PREDA A presentation to the Grimshaw Rotary ClubStatement of Purpose: 22 June 2004 Tuesday,To assist Peace Region entrepreneurs in developing innovative,commercially viable products and services. researched and written by Gary ChristophersonThe Vision:The Innovation Network will assist entrepreneurs and businesses In collaboration with:by increasing regional innovation capacity, providing clientservices and by developing a culture of innovation within thePeace Region. 5
The solution ? Client Services • limited •relocated to Grande Prairie – SMEs •discussions with College begin2005 – 2007 Keeping it together Part-time – no office Coming together is a beginning / Keeping together is progress
1. Centre for Research & Innovation Vision The Center for a Network of regional researchers and innovators; and The Model for Rural Innovation Mixed staffing model • Employees • Contracted consultants • Volunteers (ambassadors) Funding (2010-2011 $2.4 m Revenue vs. $2.1 m Expenses) • Operating Funds: AET/AI-TF & RADF & clients • Research Funds: Industry / NSERC – CCI / CFI application • Project funds (IRAP, PREDA, others)The Centre of a Network of Regional Researchers and Innovators
2. Culture of Innovation Regional Entrepreneurs & Innovators • ~40% patent requests from 5% population (2005) • More patents per capita than half of Canadian Provinces • Grande Prairie #1 in Canada for entrepreneurship (2010) [was #2 – 2009] Innovation Awards Awareness Programs • Advertizing campaign • Destination Imagination (schools)‘. . . The Model for rural innovation
So . . . What is working? Rural Service Model – service first GPRC: Fairview College Campus Peace River Community Futures Peace Country GPRC: Grande Prairie Campus Centre 2000 Chamber of CommerceWorking together is success “One-stop-shop for SMEs”
3. Innovation ServicesInventor management services 1. Intellectual Property Assessment and Management 2. Prototype Development Our Model 3. Idea Assessment and Management 4. Investor Readiness 5. Mentoring/Coaching 6. Workshops (eight topics) 7. Market Analysis GPRC: Fairview College Campus Regional Service Points Centre 2000 Peace River Chamber of Commerce Community Futures Peace Country GPRC: Grande Prairie Campus ‘one-stop-shop’ for SMEs
3. Innovation Services Centre for Research & Innovation Client Summary as at March 31, 2011 Clients Inquiry IP Workshops Celebrations TotalApril 2007-June 2008 41 0 7 19 0 67July 2008-June 2009 65 0 66 50 43 224July 2009-June 2010 73 8 72 458 111 722July 2010-March 2011 26 62 45 95 72 300 205 70 190 622 226 1313 GPRC: Fairview College Campus Centre 2000 Peace River Chamber of Commerce Community Futures Peace Country GPRC: Grande Prairie Campus
Innovator & entrepreneur services Principles: • Do not tell clients what to do EXCEPT IP • Do not market clients’ products for them • Ensure we maintain climate of non- disclosure and confidentiality • Avoid conflicts of interest (self and among clients) • Use a variety of models and approaches
Innovator & entrepreneur services Models: Sirolli Model (2003) Timmins Model (2009) • Production – ‘Making the product’ • Marketing Innovator Entrepreneur – ‘Selling the product’ • Business Management – ‘Keeping the books’ Creativity Promoter Manager Business Skills
Programs: 1. Idea Assessment and Management • work with clients to help them define problems, filter ideas and create solutions. CRI staff works with clients to assess new product development & innovation-based business strategies, clarify ideas and develop work plans designed to move their ventures forward. • CRI’s strength is its knowledgeable path- finding services and contacts into local and regional networks offering marketing, engineering, investment readiness and management expertise.Innovator & entrepreneur services
Innovator & entrepreneur services Programs:1. Idea Assessment and ManagementAssessment Tools The Webtool (2003) • Idea • Will it Work? • Is it Feasible? – prototype • Is it Viable? – financial • Implementation Productivity (2009) • Productivity AB tools
Innovator & entrepreneur services Programs: 2. Intellectual Property 3. Investor Readiness Assessment and • advises innovators, entrepreneurs and Management SMEs on accessing money for the • help clients assess and development of their new product manage their intellectual development ideas and innovation- property inquiries. based company growth plans. • The CRI uses both internal • The CRI works with clients to assist and external expertise (IP them on how to “prepare the pitch” Lawyer) to work with clients. and offers them access to an Investment Readiness group for Thompson Woodruff investment feedback and potential introductions to investors.
Programs:4. Prototype Development Services• assists inventors/innovators, “The CRI are an understanding entrepreneurs and SMEs with their group that understand the needs prototype development and testing and requirements of a start-up across a wide range of industry company and channel activities sectors and technical areas. in appropriate ways.”• The CRI uses both internal and -Paul Dagesse, Founder and CEO external expertise for designing & Rhinokore Composites Ltd. developing prototype systems, processes and products, and analyzing & testing new technologies.Innovator & entrepreneur services
Innovator & entrepreneur services Programs: 5. Mentoring/Coaching • provides clients with assistance "I only wish that Id run into and advice on various aspects of CRI earlier. Theyre a their innovation-based business tremendous ally!" endeavors. • CRI uses internal expertise and -David Forseth, President brings together experienced Cataflow Technologies Inc. industry leaders to provide valuable input to clients as needed.
Innovator & entrepreneur services Programs: 6. Market Analysis • works with clients by providing advice on marketing, sales and distribution of new innovation products and services. • CRI uses internal and external expertise to access intelligence and contacts through a network of Market Intermediaries in the region and beyond.
Innovator & entrepreneur services Programs: 7. Learning Opportunities • engaged in a host of learning opportunities via applied research, business training and demonstration projects on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. • CRI topics include for example: Idea to Implementation: The Innovation Workshop; Researching Products and Markets; Critical Marketing Techniques; Investment Capital; Intellectual Property 101; Inventors Workshop; Market Intermediaries, Foresight Scenario Planning. • Hosted topics include: SR&ED, AMFI, AB Government program information sessions
Jim Letersky – former CRI Adjunct Staffwith Murray Smith – Long-time CRI Client
Client Quotes• “Your team (at the CRI) has provided our business with more support than we could have ever imagined! Thank you so much!" - Julie Boucher NordicPac Ltd.• The innovation voucher program helped us to establish our new brand (The WoodPad Inc.), create a marketing plan, develop a number of our glulam timberframe product designs and drawings complete with engineering sign-off. Julie Boucher, President The WoodPad Inc.
Client Quotes• The CRI has been instrumental in helping me network with the right people in the industry to challenge some of my thought processes, develop my ideas from paper to prototype to patent “pending” and of course fund and assist funding. Richard VanderZee – OnTrack Supplies & Equipment – Grande Prairie AB.
Client Quotes• “The CRI and its staff have proved themselves invaluable to us, business owners and inventors, time and time again. Without their passion, dedication and knowledge we would not be in the position we are today; Ready to market. We at Golden Sheep whole heartedly thank the staff at the CRI for all their hard work”. - Golden Sheep Power
Client Quotes• "Through the CRI with the Innovation Voucher Program, Endeavour Equipment was able to take our conceptual design to a prototype stage. The CRI had the services, network & expertise to ensure this challenging transition was handled efficiently & professionally while meeting our requirements with a personalized approach. I recommend the CRIs professional innovation services to business of any size & any field of work..." Adam Corfe, VP, Endeavour Equipment Inc.
About the Centre for Research & Innovation… “Wow what can we say... we met you (CRI) when we had hit 2nd Base Originals a brick wall. We had a great is a web based business idea and followed it through as offering creative & far as we could and then stalled because we had no idea how tofashionable accessories for proceed. Left to our own, we breast cancer survivors. may have given up… You provided us with sound professional advice on marketing and production and patenting. You encouraged us to harness our enthusiasm and believed in us which still carries us through this new adventure. - Katherine Fleming Co CEO 2nd Base Originals
Intel Energy Systems Ltd.Intel Energy SystemsIntel Energy Systems providesrenewable energy generation systemsfor homes, commercial, industrial andpublic sector. Their hybrid solar windgeneration system can provide greaterthan 100 per cent of the electricityrequired to run a house or acommercial building. CRI Service provided: innovation voucher Sam Perera
The most reliable, economical, ‘start it & forget it’ Heat Trace System on the market! The Cataflow system is a flameless, self-powered hydronic heating system, designed to operate away from the power grid. Perfect for flow lines, pipelines, well heads and BOP’s."I only wish that Id run into CRI earlier. Theyre a tremendous ally!" - David Forseth, President Cataflow Technologies Inc.
A number of different sources and surveys tell us that innovation in the Peace rates near the highest per capita in all of Canada. That is a “warm and fuzzy” statistic to know, but since I have lived here most my life, it seems quite normal to me. I have always known someone who is tinkering with something to come up with a better way. Why wouldn’t we look for a better way? It may make life easier and besides, exploration is fun!Recent CRI Client – Kim Kinderwater with his prototypes
Pollutants to Products (P2P)Concept – Reframes waste from a problem to a useful resource andturns pollutants into industrial productsThere are currently 20 major industry and 5 government partnersTotal funding of $3,500,000Major researchers Dr. Weixing Tan – Principal Investigator Dr. Melissa Day – Research Coordinator Dr. Bruce Rutley – Director of CRI Mr. Langji Lin – Research Engineer GPRC Faculty members – Dr. Phil Johnson, Dr. Les Rawluk, Dr. George Ding, Dr. Ali Al- Asadi, Dr. Georgia Goth, Mr. Rick Scott, Ms. Audrey Wells GPRC Students - various
Turning Air Pollutants into Microalgae • Microalgae are aquatic plants that need CO2 to live • Flue gas from a boiler is pumped to the algae • Algae then remove most of the CO2 from the gas Project partners ConocoPhillips, NSERC, EnEco Systems Inc, Woodmere Nursery, Rheaume Engineering, Pond Biolfuels, ConvertedChlorella vulgaris: Carbon Technologies Pilot Plant - algae tubes;Pilot Plant algal species artificial light
Wastewater to Industrial Fiber (poplar) • Wastewater contains nutrients trees can use (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus) • Wastewater is used to fertilise hybrid poplar trees • Reduces need for storing/extreme treatment of wastewater and (hopefully) increase tree growth Hybrid Poplar Project partnersClairmont site County of Grande Prairie Aquatera Ainsworth Eng LLP NSERC Canadian Forest Services
Hardening of White Spruce • Arrival of spring is not consistent year to year • A late spring frost can cost forestry industry millions in mortality • Seedlings are ‘hardened’ prior to planting as a method to prevent/reduce frost lossesWhite spruce Project partners Evidence of frost Manning Diversified Forest Products, Tolko Industries, Vanderwell Construction, Weyerhaeuser, CANFOR, PRT Nursery, NSERC
Winter Planting – Wetland Reclamation • Resource companies must reforest • Wetlands in northern Alberta cannot be reforested in spring (too soft for heavy machinery) • Winter planted black spruce (<95% survival rate)Black spruce (8 months old) Project partners OSLI; Nexen, Global Winter planting: high hoe Restoration Alberta, Alberta making mounds for seedling Environment, Sustainable Research Development, Next Generation; Centre for Resource Excellence
Centre for Research & Innovation Contact: Center for Research & Innovation Grande Prairie Regional College DIRECTOR and APPLIED RESEARCH 780-539-2054 INNOVATION SERVICES 780-539-2807 Toll Free: 1-877-539-2808 40