Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
May 14, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation:

Celebrating Innovation Week in Newfoundland and Labrador

Mr. Speaker, today I was pleased to join with the province’s business, start-up and technology communities as well as representatives from the Federal Government to launch the fifth annual Innovation Week.

With more than 20 events, Innovation Week brings together businesses, communities, investors, partners, students, and others to help promote opportunities for innovation across all sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, through The Way Forward, our government has made innovation a priority. Through our Business Innovation Agenda we are helping local innovation and growth-focused firms accelerate business growth. We are helping businesses identify and seize new opportunities, to enable them to be more productive, competitive, and international. The Business Innovation Agenda is playing a major part in our government’s commitment to create economic opportunities in all regions of our province.

The agenda is also playing an important role in achieving the development targets outlined in Technology Sector Work Plan – one of which is to support the scaling of 20 firms in the technology sector per year.

In an effort to create a single-window for a more efficient delivery of provincial innovation programs and services, our government created InnovateNL. Members of the NL Innovation Council continue to work with the Provincial Government and its partners continue to implement the Business Innovation Agenda as well as advancing other priorities such as coding in schools.

I ask all Honourable members to join me in recognizing Innovation Week in our province by celebrating the success of our partners, and continuing to work together to foster continued growth.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2018 05 14                              2:00 p.m.