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Integrating Technology and Innovation @ the Summit!
The popular Tech & Innovation Showcase will be expanded and embedded throughout the 2022 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit this year.
The Tech & Innovation Showcase will feature four 90-minute sessions with presentations from 12 companies covering the topics of Food Systems, Climate Solutions, Health Care Technologies, and Business Model Innovation. Each presenting company will deliver a 5-minute pitch with 15-20 minutes of audience participation, led by relevant moderators and subject matter experts in a fireside chat format.
The Showcase is being presented by the Innovation Island Technology Association, Premier Sponsor for the 2022 Economic Summit. As a longstanding contributor to the Summit, as presenters, moderators and hosts of the popular Tech Showcase, Innovation Island is partnering with VIEA to raise awareness of the importance of innovation in our transforming economy.
“A real highlight of my year, over the past several years, has been hosting the Tech Showcase at VIEA’s Economic Summit. Aside from certain industry-based events, most Startups are working hard behind the scenes, rarely having the opportunity to tell their stories to a broader audience. Technology and Innovation are fully embedded into our economy so we’re thrilled to kick this up a few notches at this year’s Summit” – said Graham Truax, Executive Director and EiR at Innovation Island.
The Summit program features several streams of interest:
If you are interested in Food Production…
  • sessions include Food Entrepreneurs sharing their vision, Food Industry Experts identifying opportunities, The Future of Finfish Aquaculture, Food Systems Tech & Innovation;


If you are interested in Climate Solutions…

  • sessions include Our Forests, Our Climate, Low-Carbon Entrepreneurs, Climate Solutions Tech & Innovation;


If you are interested in Health Care…
  • sessions include Mental Health & Addictions, Communities Creating Health Care, Health Care Technologies;


In all, the Summit includes eight ‘meet and greet’ opportunities with organizations such as PacifiCan, Export Development Canada, Pacific Seaweed Industry Association, delegation of trade partners from Mexico, Island Coastal Economic Trust; four keynote presentations featuring Stuart Bergman of EDC, Dr. Darrell Bricker of IPSOS Public Affairs, Susan Mowbray of MNP presenting VIEA’s 8th annual Economic Report; and twenty topical sessions on Housing Affordability, Labour Shortage, Wood Industries, Recreational Manufacturing, etc..

“As our economy transforms, opportunities abound for innovation. The Summit is a meeting place for ideas where decision-makers can connect for insights leading to results.” – George Hanson, Senior Advisor and former VIEA President
Heed the call. Are you developing a cool new life-changing technology? Do you consider yourself an innovator in the areas listed above? Do you know anyone who is? If so there are a few remaining openings for presenting companies. Please contact, and give us your pitch!


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Darrell Bricker, National/International Trends Expert, Keynote Speaker at the Economic Summit

Gain an invaluable peek into the future from demographic trends speaker Darrell Bricker at the 16th Annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit, October 26 and 27.

As the CEO of the public opinion research firm IPSOS Public Affairs, Darrell has his finger on the pulse of Canada. He co-authored Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Declinea cautionary tale about looming worldwide demographic shifts and the impact they will have on our economy, social programs and government.

His virtual presentation will demonstrate how organizations will be dramatically affected by changes to the consumer and labour markets. 

Darrell is more than a numbers guy. An engaging and relaxed business speaker, he analyzes complex data and shares his powerful insights to forecast upcoming demographic trends.

With more than 20 years of experience in the public opinion sector, he has gathered and analyzed the views and data of Canadians from coast to coast. As the CEO of IPSOS Public Affairs, Darrell provides strategic advice to clients within the public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Previously, Darrell worked within the Prime Minister’s Office as the director of public opinion research. Darrell has co-authored several bestselling books on public opinion

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