Bridges to Success - Driving Arctic and Ocean innovation through collaboration in Newfoundland and Labrador

Organized by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University, UArctic and Univeristy of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway 13. September 2017

Industry, governments, and academia all have a role to play in innovation; however, they don’t always work together, sometimes leading to mistakes and missed opportunities. 

Saturday, October 14, 08:00 - 09:00

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to a number of unique examples of ‘bridging institutions,’ organizations that support collaboration between the various stakeholders, and ensure that innovative research and technology is developed collaboratively, enhancing effectiveness and the likelihood of implementation. These organizations, including Memorial University’s C-Core, Office of Public Engagement, and Marine Institute work with industry, government, and community partners to turn ideas into solutions, bolster industry-led R&D and form the heart of successful sectoral clusters. This session will highlight examples of Newfoundland and Labrador’s collaborative approach to advancing innovation for solutions-based impacts, involving government, academia, and industry to address key issues of the North.


  • Honorable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry & Innovation, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Glenn Blackwood, Vice President, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Isabella Pain, Deputy Minister of the Nunatsiavut Secretariat, Nunatsiavut Government, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada


  • Rob Greenwood, Executive Director, Public Engagement and the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada