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The Brock University Effect: How Thousands of Students and Millions of Dollars Energize the Economy of Niagara Communities 9:00 am
The Brock University Effect: How Thousands of Students and Millions of Dollars Energize the Economy of Niagara Communities @ Brock University - Pond Inlet
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Brock University Effect: How thousands of students and millions of dollars energize the economy of Niagara communities, is a report on the economic impact of Brock University. Dr. Jeff Boggs (Geography) and research assistant Lauren Peddle will present their findings in an open forum on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 am, at Pond Inlet. The report will be released that day as part of the NCO policy brief series, #36. A panelist discussion, followed by an open Q&A will follow. Please RSVP to cphillips3@brocku.ca. This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory.
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Application Deadline: Social Enterprise Pitch Competition
Application Deadline: Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ Online
Oct 19 all-day
Innovate Niagara’s Social Enterprise Pitch Competition is in partnership with the ONE Social Enterprise Partnerships – Southwestern Ontario. A panel of industry experts will review the applications and select the top five Social Enterprises. The selected enterprises will have the opportunity to present at the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition on November 27, 2018 in front of a panel of judges and live audience for a chance to win the grand prize of $2,500 or the people’s choice prize of $500. Click here to access the online application form. This competition is administered by Innovate Niagara.
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Building a Modern, Sustainable Ontario Government: Fireside Chat with Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy 11:30 am
Building a Modern, Sustainable Ontario Government: Fireside Chat with Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy @ Royal Niagara Golf Club
Oct 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Restoring trust and accountability in the province’s finances is at the core of the mandate of the Doug Ford provincial government. As part of that goal, Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, recently announced the results of EY Canada’s line-by-line review of government spending. Managing Transformation A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario examined government spending and brought forward new ideas to do government differently. The work will support the broader expenditure management exercise underway, and will support finding innovative ways of administering government services while ensuring that funding is directed to those who need it most. As we approach the Fall Economic Statement, Minister Bethlenfalvy will be sharing his vision for building a modern, sustainable, government in the digital age. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
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Small Business Month Luncheon 11:30 am
Small Business Month Luncheon @ Club Roma
Oct 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join the GNCC for Small Business Month Luncheon! Featuring small business success story by Tonia Jahshan, Founder, Steeped Tea Followed by a panel: The Next Year in Small Business: What You Need to Know Regulatory Laws: Cannabis in the Workplace Labour Laws: Update on Bill 148 Federal Tax Cuts This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
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Building a Modern, Sustainable Ontario Government: Fireside Chat with Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy @ Royal Niagara Golf Club
Oct 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Restoring trust and accountability in the province’s finances is at the core of the mandate of the Doug Ford provincial government. As part of that goal, Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, recently announced the results of EY Canada’s line-by-line review of government spending.

Managing Transformation A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario examined government spending and brought forward new ideas to do government differently. The work will support the broader expenditure management exercise underway, and will support finding innovative ways of administering government services while ensuring that funding is directed to those who need it most.

As we approach the Fall Economic Statement, Minister Bethlenfalvy will be sharing his vision for building a modern, sustainable, government in the digital age.

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Oct
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Small Business Month Luncheon @ Club Roma
Oct 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join the GNCC for Small Business Month Luncheon!

Featuring small business success story by Tonia Jahshan, Founder, Steeped Tea

Followed by a panel:
The Next Year in Small Business: What You Need to Know

  1. Regulatory Laws: Cannabis in the Workplace
  2. Labour Laws: Update on Bill 148
  3. Federal Tax Cuts

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

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Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Diversification for Prosperity

The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration. Participants from academy, senior ranks of government, economists, organizational leaders and business owners explore the importance and opportunities presented by diversification.

Topics:

A Blueprint to Attract New Industries
A series of initiatives offered by experts to enhance our economy, leveraging partnerships and specialized resources. This bottom-up effort turns regional feedback on local economic needs into a catalyst for economic growth.

1+1=3: Together, We Are More
Exploring the synergies between private, public and non-profit organizations and their opportunity to be a force for the good of all.

Tomorrow’s Reality – Trends to Watch For
Analyzing contemporary global demographic and economic trends and considering their implications for Niagara, most importantly their effects on our competitiveness in the global market.

This summit is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend @ Brock University
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm

Form a team… build an idea… and develop your entrepreneurship skills… all in one weekend!

Based on the famous “Start-Up Weekend”, from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4, 2018, Brock University BioLinc and Niagara College ncTakeOff are hosting the Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend. This event provides superior experiential education for entrepreneurial youth. Participants will create working startups, collaborate with like-minded individuals, and make new friends.

On Friday night and Saturday, teams will form and learn from industry leaders. Between Saturday and Sunday, teams will develop demos and pitch presentations, and receive feedback from local entrepreneurs along the way. If you’re looking for a co-founder, to apply your business skills, test an idea or take steps towards launching your own start-up – Kick-Off Weekend is the perfect environment! On Sunday, teams will pitch their start-ups and our panel of judges will select a winner to receive the “Kick-Off Weekend Prize Package” (stay tuned for details of the prize!). A detailed agenda will be emailed to all registered participants before the event.

Participants must be between the ages of 18-29 years old to participate in this event.

Cost: $15 (includes materials, meals & brain fuel.) If cost is a barrier to your participation, we can work out a sponsorship plan.

This event is hosted by Niagara College ncTakeOff, Brock University BioLinc, and Brock Innovation Group.

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Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

Niagara Connects is pleased to invite you to save the date to attend the 5th annual Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), which will be held in Niagara Falls! The Summit is THE annual event bringing together open data leaders from across Canada, to share best practices and local experiences, learn from top international experts, and grow the community strategically and collaboratively.

Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, will focus on making it easier for people and business to interact and engage with their government through the power of digital technologies.

Confirmed panel topics include:

  • Digital Rights
  • Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data (with participation from Dun & Bradstreet, The Weather Channel, Teranet, Thomson Reuters)
  • Community Open Data Portals
  • Open projects (open data, software, code, standards & project management tools)
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part One
  • Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Data
  • Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part Two
  • Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through intergovernmental collaboration

Annually, the Canadian Open Data Summit draws a diverse range of individuals from:

  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Technology/Startup Community (including Civic Tech)
  • Academia
  • Non-Profit
  • Communities
  • Media

GREATER THAN THE SUM – A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION

2018 SUMMIT STREAMS INCLUDE:

  • Easing Collaboration: Standards, Precedents, Mutuality
  • Effective Collaboration: Impactful, Fruitful, Authentic
  • Excellent Collaboration: Innovating, Trend-Setting, Thought-Provoking

Visit the Canadian Open Data Summit website to view the full program.

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Datathon 2018 @ Brock University
Nov 10 all-day

Spend the day with industry experts and learn the basics of data analytics and data visualization at one of the workshops. Workshops will include introductions to Excel, R, and Tableau.

Anybody can attend the Datathon. You don’t need any prior experience with programming or data analytics.

You will have the opportunity to learn concepts from the ground up, and those with experience will be able to further develop their skills.

Datathon 2018 is scheduled to follow the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS) 2018, which is being held in Niagara Falls on November 7 to 9.

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Innoweave Impact Accelerator: Niagara Falls @ Spark Niagara
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Since its launch in 2012, Innoweave has leveraged social innovation tools to help hundreds of organizations advance their mission and generate greater impact. They have used that experience to develop the Innoweave Impact Accelerator, a mini-workshop that helps organizations and collectives clarify the impact they are working to achieve. A clear impact focus helps organizations and collaboratives more easily identify which social innovation approaches (such as developing a social enterprise) they can leverage to achieve and accelerate their impact.

The Impact Accelerator will:

  • Provide leadership teams and collectives an opportunity to step away from their day-to-day activities and think critically about the impact they are trying to achieve through their work.
  • Guide organizations and collectives through activities that will help them translate their aspirational mission into specific achievable impact goals. The session also introduces Theory of Change: a clear and actionable hypothesis of how an organization will achieve its intended impact.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to engage with and learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented social innovation tools to achieve their impact.
  • Highlight supports available through the Innoweave process, including opportunities to access coaching funding through Innoweave.

Organizations and collectives are encouraged to bring a team of 2-3 people to the workshop (e.g., members of their leadership team, members of their collective, board members, and in some cases key stakeholders/advisors).

This event is hosted by Innoweave in partnership with SPARK Niagara and Niagara Region.

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