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Conference Presentations

Conference Presentations

Chair and Research Assistant Present at ISPIM Conference

April, 2019

Dr. Jon Thomas, BC Regional Innovation Chair and his student research assistant, Jordan Evans (UFV CIS), presented research papers on “University Entrepreneurship” and “Innovation in the Fraser Valley”, at the ISPIM Connects Conference in Ottawa earlier this month, April 2019.

ISPIM is the International Society for Professional Innovation Management formed in Norway in 1983 with members in over 70 countries, and ISPIM Connects Ottawa is an international peer-reviewed conference attracting leading innovation researchers and practitioners from across the world. The event was particularly notable for Jordan as it was his first conference presentation and he was the only undergraduate student, with other presenters being professors, innovation practitioners or graduate students.

Dr. Thomas is also engaged in discussions with Indian companies interested in exploring opportunities in Abbotsford. He has met with the senior management of these companies which would like to collaborate with UFV on research and student co-op opportunities.

First ‘Research Encounters’ Series a Success

November, 2018

The inaugural set of ‘Research Encounters’ series co-presented by the UFV offices of Advancement and Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies featured one UFV faculty member and one guest lecturer from India.

Dr. Jon Thomas, who holds the BC Regional Chair in Canada-India Partnership Development at UFV and is a faculty member in the School of Business, spoke on Tues, Nov 20. Dr. Thomas discussed Building an Innovation Ecosystem.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly important in a rapidly changing world,” he notes “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform existing industries and create new ones. How can universities, firms, governments, and individuals be better prepared to benefit from this transformation?”

BC Regional Innovation Chair Dr. Jon Thomas Lucerne Talk

November, 2018

Dr. Jon Thomas, the Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Partnership Development at UFV presented at the Lucerne Talks 2018 International Leadership Seminar in October, 2018. Jon’s talk was titled “Canada-India Business Trade.”