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Innovation Skills for Competitive Advantage

Date:   Nov 08, 2017 - Nov 08, 2017
Time:   8:30 AM (EST)
Location:   SCMAO
2704-1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

Far from old-style “brainstorming” and the tired exhortation to “think outside the box,” Innovation has emerged as a structured, disciplined business process that is a must for today’s organizations to be competitive and deliver value to customers and stakeholders.  Rapidly being adopted in all sectors, this is your chance to learn the fundamentals and contribute within your portfolio to the innovation agenda your organization's leadership doubtless has in its sights.

This workshop has two main objectives:
1) to build understanding of the nature and role of innovation toward organizational success
2) to apply concepts, tools and techniques for effective innovation.

This seminar will provide insights and practical tips based on experience as well as the introduction of several tools to highlight key points and facilitate application within your own organization.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the nature of innovation and different kinds of innovation
  • Learn about and apply practical innovation tools and techniques for:
    • defining the problem or opportunity
    • generating ideas
    • selecting the most promising ideas for further work
    • initial development and testing of ideas
  • Acquire an appreciation of the role of failure in innovation
  • Gain an understanding of the culture of innovation, innovation literacy and sustaining innovation


Workshop Outline:

What do we mean by innovation and why is it relevant?

  • Defining innovation
  • The innovation cycle
  • Innovation as applied to products, services, processes, organizational design, business models…
  • Incremental versus disruptive innovation
  • The messy and iterative nature of innovation
  • ACTIVITY: Individual Innovation Skills Self-Assessment

Defining the problem or opportunity

  • Is there a problem or opportunity? Is there a JTBD?
  • Framing the problem or opportunity
  • Scoping and diagnosis
  • Forming and preparing the team
  • ACTIVITY: Introduction and application of selected tool(s)

Ideation, Observation and Discovery / Idea Ranking, Evaluation and Selection

  • Introduction to ideation, observation and discovery
  • ACTIVITY: Introduction and application of selected tool(s)
  • Introduction to idea ranking, evaluation and selection
  • ACTIVITY: Introduction and application of selected tool(s)

Prototyping, Piloting and Applying / Culture of Innovation

  • Introduction to prototyping, piloting and applying
  • Building acceptance and adoption
  • Role of failure
  • Innovation literacy, culture of innovation and daily practice
  • ACTIVITY: Introduction and application of selected tool(s)

This workshop has been designed for supply chain management professionals, subject matter experts, process or business analysts, project managers and others who have an interest in applying innovation within their own organizations or in collaboration with clients, suppliers and others.

Facilitator: Haig Baronikian, Ph.D., PMP, P.Eng.

Haig is founder, President and Senior Consultant at eFuel Partners Inc. He has over 35 years of experience in the eLearning, eHealth, telecom and information technology fields. He has held leadership positions in corporate strategy, marketing, R&D, sales engineering, systems integration and software development with Bell Canada. For the past 15+ years, as a management consultant, project leader and innovation instigator, he has led a range of eFuel consulting engagements. He has worked in the private, public, educational as well as charitable sectors.

Haig is the co-author of the textbook, Leadership in Project Management: Leading People and Projects to Success.

Haig holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. He also holds the M.Ed. Degree from OISE (focusing on adult education and eLearning) and Degrees in engineering from the University of Waterloo and McGill University. Haig currently teaches project management, strategy and innovation topics at the University of Toronto and elsewhere, including in the supply chain management sector. He has developed and delivered corporate training for a range of clients and is active as a professional speaker.

This one-day seminar is worth 5 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Maintenance credits.


Seminar Cost:

  • Members $495.00 + HST (13%)
  • Non-members $595.00 + HST (13%)

Seminar Cancellation/Refund Policy: A full refund will be issued on cancellations received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the seminar/course start date. An administration fee of $150.00 is applicable if notification is received between three and nine days prior to start date. Thereafter no refund will be available. Substitutions and transfer of registrations is permissible when received in writing three business days before the seminar/course start date. Please note that credits to be used for future offerings are valid for 12 months from the date of initial payment and will expire if not used in that time frame.


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