Inclusive Innovation: Perspectives and Practices

About the event

Innovation has delivered great social and economic benefits. But innovation has also been a key contributor to the global environmental and societal challenges we are currently facing.

When innovation is conducted in a way that is inclusive of a diversity of people, it becomes easier to anticipate potential detrimental consequences and obstacles to commercialization. Truly inclusive innovation involves historically excluded groups and anticipates future exclusion following from innovation. Inclusive Innovation considers the broad range and converging types of innovation from technological through social and business to institutional innovations, and their multiple outcomes—social, economic and environmental. It also allows institutions to evolve to develop governance that can be trusted by all.

This vision of inclusive innovation may seem ambitious, but leaders across Canada and the world are showing that progress is realistic and possible.

Welcome Remarks

Rachèle Prud’homme
Elder, Medicine Wheel Path




Sylvain Charbonneau
Vice-President, Research, uOttawa




Monica Gattinger

Monica Gatinger
Director, ISSP and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, uOttawa




Janet King
Associate Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement




Sandra Schillo

Sandra Schillo
Co-lead, ISSP Inclusive Innovation Research Cluster and Associate Professor at The Telfer School of Management, uOttawa


Power Talks on Indigenous Innovation

Innovation and Reconciliation
Denise Anne Boissoneau
Legal Indigenous Policy Consultant



Innovation in Building a University
Rongo H. Wetere
Managing Director, ArrowMight Canada



Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jacques Pilon
Entrepreneur Resident, Launch Lab


Peoples Innovation Center and FabLab ONAKI
Celine Auclair
Co-founder, Peoples Innovation Center and Chief Executive of FabLab ONAKI

Power Talks on Inclusive Innovation Practices

Inclusive Biobased Innovations
Zoë Robaey
Assistant Professor, Ethics of Tech, Wageningen University and Research



Behavioural Science for Inclusion
Venus Rekow
Chief Behavioral Strategist, Neural Shifts



Analytics to Drive Innovations
Alan McCafferty
CEO, The Strategic Consulting Group



Design for Inclusion
Pauline Martin
Industry Executive, Government - Canadian Public Sector, Microsoft Canada

Closing remarks

Sandra Schillo

Sandra Schillo
Co-leader of the ISSP Inclusive Innovation cluster and Associate Professor at The Telfer School of Management, uOttawa


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