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By Saadia Muzaffar

Yesterday, you were introduced two of the four panelist for Innovator Idol – taking place on June 15th . The remaining two panelist that will listen to the pitches and provide their commentary are:

Jan Holland is a prolific investor with a career that spans over 25 years in Capital Markets, Corporate Governance and Risk Management. Jan is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Directors Education Program at Rotman School of Business, U of T.

Jan is currently a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Willowgrove Hill DHA/EPA Omega-3 Premium Pork, a functional food business established in 2008. He is also a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Tricycle Asset Management, a Commodity Pool Operator established in 2000.

Since 1986, Jan has overseen several family holding companies in the manufacturing, investment banking and real estate sectors.

Probal Lala is a founding executive of About Communications a national provider of voice, data and internet communications solutions to small to medium-sized businesses.

An accomplished Senior Telecommunications Executive with over 20 years of broad Industry experience , Probal has been retained to provide executive leadership to a variety of companies ranging from privately held High Tech Start-ups to publically traded telecommunications firms.

A passionate believer in the role of entrepreneurs as well as youth in our economy, Probal spends much of his spare time on the promotion and development of young leaders and entrepreneurs.

He is a founding member of the Toronto based Maple Leaf Angels organization and he currently sits on the board of Youth-In-Motion, a national not-for-profit organization.

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Saadia is the Operations Coordinator at RIC Centre, responsible for building and execution of activities that fulfill RIC’s mandate. She has several years of relationship management, corporate communications and operations experience mainly from the financial services industry.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Saadia Muzaffar

This year’s Innovator Idol – taking place on June 15th – will host four exciting and experienced panelists ready to take on pitches of the finalists!  There is a diverse range of expertise on the panel:

Paul Morgan, the Managing Director for mid-market corporate finance at RBC Royal Bank has 10 years of experience in the field, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, buyouts, raising capital and succession planning.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has been given the corporate finance specialist designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Benj Gallander is best known for his well-read column in The Globe & Mail titled The Contra Guys.  He is a regular guest on the Business News Network and has authored several publications, including The Canadian Small Business Survival Guide, The Uncommon Investor, and The Contrarian Investor’s 13. Benj is the president of the Contra the Heard Investment Letter, which has a 10-year annualized return of 19.6%.

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Saadia is the Operations Coordinator at RIC Centre, responsible for building and execution of activities that fulfill RIC’s mandate. She has several years of relationship management, corporate communications and operations experience mainly from the financial services industry.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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Part 3 of the highlights from OCE Discovery 2011  

By Saadia Muzaffar

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery, which brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.

One of the panel discussions I attended touched the urgent need of a collective communal vision that will shape the innovation pipeline in Ontario for years to come.

The discussion addressed the need to encourage innovation as part of our extracurricular and academic programs at elementary school level instead of being introduced in a very formal context at universities. The experts in the panel urged to view innovation as a thought process that seeks creative solutions in all aspects of our lives, starting at a very young age, and not something that is restricted to the realm of post-secondary institutions and research-based careers.

Here are two exciting organizations that foster innovation at a grassroots level in Ontario:

Let’s Talk Science – an award-winning, national, charitable organization delivering science learning programs and services that turn children and youth on to science and then keep them engaged.

 Youth Science Ontario’s mission is to empower regional organizations across Ontario to increase youth interest in inquiry-based science and innovation. The programs could reside under the umbrella of the local schools and community centres and libraries.

The panel convincingly illustrated the need for each of us to be a steward for change in our respective community programs, to ensure that we have resources available for youth to explore science much the same way as they have availability of sports or arts programs.

The key message is to work together to build a talent pipeline that supports Ontario’s innovation ecosystem with the help of Ontario-based organizations that help run programs designed to engage, educate and inspire.

–  Saadia Muzaffar, from the Innovation Seminar at OCE Discovery 2011.

Saadia joins the RIC team as the Operations Coordinator responsible for building and execution of activities that fulfill RICC’s mandate. She brings several years of relationship management, corporate communications and operations experience mainly from the financial services industry.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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