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What drives innovation?

Join us for a dynamic discussion with a panel of creative entrepreneurs as we discuss how collaboration is the key component that drives artistic, scientific, technological, and business innovation.

Alumni, students, professionals, partners and friends of the University are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Social Sciences Building (FSS), room 4007 – uOttawa


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The event is free, but space is limited.


Our panelists:

Isabel Gan

Isabel Gan, Product Manager Intern at Shopify

Isabel is a goal-driven creator that loves getting her hands dirty by working on new projects and implementing new trends. She is currently a product manager intern at Shopify, where she has exercised her project management, roadmap development, and analytical skills extensively. She is also a freelancer specializing in website redesign, offline marketing, content writing and community marketing. She was Director of the Legacy Conference 2016 to 2019, growing the conference from 600 to 850 attendees, and a current MISA student in the Telfer School of Management.


Devon MacDonald

Devon MacDonald, CEO at Mindshare Canada

BSocSc ’95 (Political Science)

With an extensive background in the media, creative and technology worlds, Devon has worked on high-profile brands in leadership roles across virtually every category on a local, North American and Global Scale. He thrives on the challenge of change and loves to learn about new clients, problems and solutions. Devon is also a proud recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work in the community.


Jason Martin

Jason Martin, CEO of iotum inc.

BA Arts ’94 (Religious Studies)

In 1988, Jason cofounded Navantis and led growth as President for thirteen award-winning years. Navantis was sold to Datavail in 2017. Jason has served boards for several North American private companies, and he chaired one public company. He advocates for entrepreneurial spirit in young people and has mentored or taught for the University of Toronto, Queens University and for NEXT Canada. He has been an active member of YPO since 2004 and was YPO Toronto Chapter Chair 2015-2016. Jason’s business articles have appeared on and in Inc. Magazine.


Maxine Patenaude

Maxine Patenaude, Experiential Marketer at Shopify + Host and Lead Organizer at CreativeMornings Ottawa

BA Arts ’11 (Communication,Psychology)

At Shopify's, Maxine’s work involves creating real-life interactions and experiences between the brand and its partner ecosystem to drive value for its growing base of 800K+ merchants. Maxine is also the Host and Lead Organizer of CreativeMornings Ottawa, a global breakfast series with over 200 chapters around the world. CreativeMornings is about giving Ottawa's creative community a place to call home – to gather each month to get inspired, support each other, forge relationships and collaborate.


Franco Varriano

Franco Varriano, Leading Innovation and Product Discovery at WorkshopX

BSocSc ’14 (International Development and Globalization)

Franco Varriano is a technologist and entrepreneur. He has launched several podcasts interviewing hundreds of founders, CEOs, venture capitalists, creatives and other industry leaders from companies like: Uber, Facebook, Adobe, Shopify, Union Square Ventures and more! His podcasts have been downloaded more than 500,000 times on Apple Podcasts alone. Franco is currently leading Innovation and Product Discovery at WorkshopX. He builds and runs lean product experiments to ensure the company is putting resources into well-vetted initiatives and shortening the ROI on product investments.


Elena Valenzuela

This event will be hosted by Elena Valenzuela, Professor at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Social Innovation Option at the Faculty of Arts.


Each year during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Faculty of Arts presents ARTS INNOVATION, an event that encourages arts students to forge their own career paths and make a difference in our rapidly changing world.

This event is powered by the Faculty of Arts and presented in collaboration by:

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