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BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business

Apr27

A TERRY O'MALLEY INSPIRED EVENT PRESENTED BY INNOVATE NIAGARA & FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

We have an impressive lineup of entrepreneurial talent that can offer a lot of insight and inspiration; they have all done incredible things

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

April 27, 2017

BIG THINKERS: INNOVATION IN BUSINESS
INSPIRED BY TERRY O’MALLEY
PRESENTED BY INNOVATE NIAGARA & FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

St. Catharines, ON, April 27, 2017 - On May 18, 2017, the Niagara business community will assemble at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre for the first-ever BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business event. BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business will bring together some of Niagara’s most accomplished entrepreneurs for an afternoon of inspiration, leadership, networking and business-community building in Niagara.

After a marché lunch, BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business will kick off with a keynote presentation (exciting details to come). The first panel will feature entrepreneurs who have great success on the global stage while maintaining their operations in the Niagara region. Entrepreneurs who have grown their business and sold to global companies will discuss their experiences and insights gained during the second panel discussion.

Jeff Chesebrough, CEO of Innovate Niagara, expresses his excitement about this event and its guest speakers, “We have an impressive lineup of entrepreneurial talent that can offer a lot of insight and inspiration; they have all done incredible things.” BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business will be one of Innovate Niagara’s largest events this year. “We are pleased to partner with FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to host this event because with an event like this, we had to think big,” says Chesebrough.

EVENT DETAILS:
BIG Thinkers will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The $50 admission fee includes a networking marché lunch, keynote presentation, two panel discussions, and a post-event networking with live music and appetizers.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at:
www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca

PROGRAM:
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Registration & Networking Marché Lunch (Algoma Central
Lobby)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation (Cairns Recital Hall)

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion:
You CAN make it in Niagara - Local Entrepreneurs in
Global Industries

  • Darren Cranford & Clint Green, Keyframe Digital Productions
  • Mihai Raducanu, No Limit Performance
  • Richard Slingerland, Pilliterri

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion:
I made an exit - Entrepreneurs that $old to Large
Corporations

  • Josh Finlay, Founded Link Wireless
  • Hugh Scholaert, Co-founded Aastra Technologies
  • Sherry Shannon Vanstone, Co-founded TrustPoint Innovation

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Networking with beats and bites - Sponsored by FirstOntario
Credit Union

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Media Contact:
Catherine Rice-Strati
Outreach & Communications
Innovate Niagara
P: 905.685.3460 ext.211
E: crice-strati@innovateniagara.com

Sara Palmieri
Programming & Marketing Manager
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
P: 905-688-5601 ext. 3606
E: spalmieri@stcatharines.com

ABOUT INNOVATE NIAGARA:
Innovate Niagara connects innovators to the people and programs required to bring their innovations to market through a suite of in-house programs, resource partners, and network of incubation facilities. Whether you are a startup or established business, we offer resources and support to help you start, grow, and succeed.
www.innovateniagara.com

ABOUT THE FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE:
The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000-square foot cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues that host a signature presentation of international and local performing artists. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre plays a vital role in the renaissance of downtown St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in thoroughly modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara Region’s diverse cultural cluster.
www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca