Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Innovation - The most frustrating and rewarding experience you will EVER have

The process of seeing a problem as an opportunity, gaining a fundamental understanding of the nature of the problem/opportunity, having an idea for a better solution, and then building a business that will deliver that solution is fraught with great challenges and rewards. It is not for everyone. It will always require persistence, creativity, and openness to learning new things regardless of how many times you do it. And it is completely worth it. Successful innovations impact lives. There are ways to understand the value of opportunities and increase the likelihood of success. We will talk about the innovation process and some examples and how to increase your chances of a successful career in innovation.

Speaker: Lynn Leger
After completing a degree in Chemistry and an MBA, Lynn joined DuPont’s Automotive Coatings business where she held a variety of business, marketing and technical positions. Lynn then changed market focus and led new initiatives in Food Safety for DuPont including responsibility for leading major R&D initiatives in breakthrough disinfection technology. Lynn joined GreenCentre Canada in 2010 as a Director of Commercial Development and worked with universities across Canada to commercialize greener technologies. Lynn is a named inventor on 13 patent applications in technologies representing each of the different businesses with which she has been associated. She is a frequent speaker on innovation and green chemistry and will be chairing a session on commercialization of Green Chemistry at the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute meeting this summer. Lynn is currently starting a new business, ALCERECO, that will develop and commercialize new Advanced Materials in a number of markets.

Date and Time: March 14, 2013; 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: Boardroom MC 2014, Minto Building, Carleton University Campus
This is an Ottawa-WISE event.