Innovation is on the boardroom agenda like never before. Everyone is talking about it, but what is the point of innovation if you cannot transform it into sustainable commercial success?
Join James & Wells, Innovation Council, Waikato Innovation Park and a host of Kiwi innovators as they travel the country sharing their stories on how they’ve turned their innovation into gold.
With the spotlight on New Zealand’s changing innovation landscape, our panellists will share how to maximise innovation in today’s fragmented and challenging business world, successfully commercialise innovation and build channels to market.
Jon Bridges, Author, TV Presenter and Producer
After an extensive 20-year career in the media, Jon Bridges has now stepped behind the scenes as producer of TV3’s award-winning comedy programme, 7 Days. After earning a Master’s degree, Jon went on to appear in TV shows such as Away Laughing (1991), ground-breaking youth programme IceTV (1995-2000) and Would I Lie to You.
He’s had a diverse media career; from regular Listener columnist, breakfast radio DJ for Channel Z, and blogger for Stuff.co.nz to author, having published four books. His most recent being 2014's best-selling No.8 Rewired – 202 New Zealand Inventions that Changed the World. Co-authored by David Downs, the book celebrates New Zealand inventions while also examining how our number-8 wire mentality may actually be holding us back from making innovation pay in the 21st century.
Ceri Wells, Foundation Partner, James & Wells
Ceri is an experienced attorney and outspoken champion of innovation. With a career spanning 30 years in the intellectual property space, Ceri has grown James & Wells from a one-man band to the internationally recognised firm it is today. He’s passionate about New Zealand and committed to ensuring Kiwi’s don’t miss the opportunities their ideas generate.
Ceri’s experience has given him a great deal of insight into what is limiting New Zealand’s economy. Sharing his views on the challenges Kiwi innovators face, Ceri will explain why he believes dealing in innovation is this country’s next big revenue stream.
Louise Webster, CEO and Founder, NZ Innovation Council
Established in 2009 as a direct response to customer demand for a national business networking group and an innovation-driven community of practice, the NZ Innovation Council has grown to reach 2.6 million people both here and abroad. In 2016, its Founder and CEO, Louise Webster, successfully negotiated a partnership between the Innovation Council with global accountancy and business advisory firm, KPMG. Louise sits on the NZ Innovation Council Advisory Board and leads a team dedicated to helping companies innovate, connect and grow.
With knowledge into New Zealand’s innovation economy and its diverse industries, sectors and business types, Louise will share her insight on the key components enabling Kiwi businesses to grow.
Rob Heebink, Research and Development Executive, Gallagher
The Gallagher story is one of New Zealand legend, and acts as inspiration to innovators understanding how to grow a clever Kiwi idea into a successful, diversified, global business.
With a role instrumental in developing a culture of innovation which has lifted the capabilities of Gallagher to the next level, Rob Heebink, Research and Development Executive, will explain how Gallagher turned the invention of the electric fence into gold. Rob's vision is extremely clear – "Innovation is not an R&D activity; it is a core business activity that delivers value to its customers and creates sustainable growth for the business.”
Andrew Smith, CEO, Prolife Foods
Brands such as Alison’s Pantry, Mother Earth, Donovan’s, Haddrells of Cambridge, Value Pack and Scoop&Weigh are household names in New Zealand. They’re also all key brands in leading food manufacturer and marketer Prolife Foods’ portfolio.
Andrew Smith, CEO of Prolife Foods, will discuss Prolife Food’s journey over the past 8 years, detailing the role of smart, strategic acquisitions in building its brands portfolio – and how it can complement a strong organic growth program.
Darrel Hadley, Director and Co-Founder, Good George Brewing
Founded just four years ago, Good George is a craft brewery with an award winning family of beer and cider (particular credit should be paid to its biggest selling IPA and the award winning Doris Plum Cider). From small beginnings in Frankton, its beer and cider is now sold throughout New Zealand in over 150 bars and more than 500 retail outlets
Co-founder Darrel Hadley will share Good George Brewing’s story on how they have leveraged their hometown “Hamilton-ness” and strategically worked with other local companies to turn collaboration into marketing and commercial gold.
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