2012 TAC conference & Exhibition
Photo: Department of Tourism and Parks, New Brunswick
October 14-17 ~ Fredericton, New Brunswick
Transportation: Innovations and Opportunities
LION’S DEN - Innovating Ideas into Reality
Monday, October 15 – 14:15-17:00
Have you ever thought of implementing an innovating concept or process in your organization? Have you ever witnessed a colleague introduce a novel idea that was rejected by an organization unwilling to accept change?
Innovators are dedicated people who want to turn their vision into reality. They use the latest science, tools and technology at their disposal to bring their ideas to life. Witness how innovative ideas in the transportation industry are introduced to the Lion’s Den! A panel made up of industry leaders judge and assess innovations that are relevant to your industry. Witness how decisions are made related to innovative ideas from beginning to end and hear the Lions debate and proclaim their verdict. Join us for this exciting interactive event!
INSIDE THE LION’S DEN
The Lion’s Den features four key groups of participants: Innovators, Lions, Audience Members, and you the viewer.
Innovators will pitch their ideas to the lions. Their objective is to obtain support (testing, resources or guidance) in the desired format needed for implementation in their organization. The innovators can achieve their goal by striking a deal with a member, or all members of the Lion’s Den.
Lions evaluate the proposed innovations on behalf of each organization. They may choose to support the proposal or reject it. The jury’s final decision can be made independently or as a team. Their objective is to engage the innovators by evaluating if concepts should be implemented at an organizational level.
Audience members will witness the exchange between these two groups and have an opportunity to provide feedback after each presentation. They can help innovators recognize their current attitudes towards accepting risk through innovation to promote change at an organizational level.
You! Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for each innovator in real time by the use of an electronic audience response system to confirm your thoughts of the innovation.
Winners were determined by the following criteria:
Brief explanation of idea
Relevance to conference theme
Trial or implementation stage, and required implementation steps
Resources and support required for implementation
Value to transportation agency
Benefits and return on investment – monetary or otherwise
Potential for broader use and ease of knowledge transfer
Degree of risk and management plans
After much deliberation, The Lion’s Den Review Committee selected the following innovators to appear on TAC’s very first “Lion’s Den”:
Paul Tessier, Chief Executive Officer
Craig Speirs, President and David Mills, Software Engineer
EZ Street Canada (part of the Mainroad Group of Companies)
Christopher Hunt, National Manager
The Honourable Claude Williams, Minister, New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Al Humphries, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Transportation
Helena Borges, Assistant Deputy Minister, Program Group, Transport Canada
Steven Damp, Senior-Vice President, EllisDon Corporation
THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS
Doug McNeil, Deputy Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
Steve Cripps, Executive Director, Provincial Highways Management Division, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario
His Worship, Brad Woodside, Mayor of the City of Fredericton
Michel Gravel, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada
YOU - OUR VIEWERS!
Remember, you must pre-register to attend the Lion’s Den as space is limited. As a conference delegate, don’t miss your opportunity to be in the first group to take part in this interactive event. Vote as you see fit! Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided.