Dr. Jacqueline Wash is the vice-chair InnovateNL, an initiative of the provincial government to foster greater innovation and accelerate business growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
InnovateNL, through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, will be a single-window for the delivery of provincial innovation programs and services to clients in a seamless and more efficient manner.
InnovateNL will support government's approach to working smarter and more collaboratively. It will also streamline client access to government supports; leverage research and innovation resources; extend innovation programming province-wide; provide a full continuum of supports for clients from idea to market to internationalization; ensure other non-funding business supports are provided to clients and available in a timely manner; focus research and technology investments to projects/clients with global reach; and, build on priorities of The Way Forward.
Dr. Walsh, assistant professor, business administration at Grenfell Campus, is an expert in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.
"As a member of the academic community, I am so pleased to join my industry colleagues on the InnovateNL Board," she said. "Together we can leverage research resources to advance innovation, commercialization and internationalization of new and existing enterprises in our province. A focused approach to creating economic and social prosperity through research, investment and collaboration wll benefit the entire province."
To guide the priorities of InnovateNL, a new board of directors has been created including Memorial University's Lynn Morrissey, assistant professor, business administration, Memorial University and faculty advisor Enactus and Carey Bonnell, head, School of Fisheries at Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
"InnovateNL will accelerate business growth in Newfoundland and Labrador," said Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. "It will result in improved service delivery, better alignment of programs and services and increased collaboration and greater opportunity to leverage funding from federal and industry partners. I look forward to working with the new InnovateNL board, as well as our industry partners to support all regions of Newfoundland and Labrador."
The provincial government launched an engagement process for its new Business Innovation Agenda in November 2016. The agenda is expected to be launched in September. During the engagement sessions, stakeholders identified a need for one-stop coordinated advice, integrated service delivery and routing matched with employer needs as well as better linkages to various sources of capital required.