Winning and Losing at the Innovation Game

Photo of Sean Silcoff, keynote speaker

 

So many businesses try to bring innovation to reality. So few succeed.  Why?  Using the RIM story as a backdrop, we’ll look at the challenges, opportunities and realities of nurturing and commercializing innovation.  

 

Sean Silcoff, keynote speaker and local author, is co-author of Losing the Signal, the best-selling book of the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (now BlackBerry). Sean is also a respected business writer with The Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. 

 

Moderator Mark Freel, Professor for the Commercialization of Innovations at the Telfer School of Management, will join Sean in a conversation about commercializing innovation.  
Join us for an evening that includes networking over light refreshments.
 

Moderator Dr. Mark Freel is the Royal Bank Group Professor for the Commercialization of Innovations at the Telfer School of Management. He is also a professor of entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School in the UK. Originally an economist, he has over 20 years’ experience researching and consulting in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of a best-selling textbook on entrepreneurship and small firms and has published widely in leading academic journals.

Keynote Speaker Sean Silcoff is co-author of Losing the Signal, the best-selling book of the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) and a business writer with The Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. During his 23-year career in journalism and communications, he has covered just about every area of business, from agriculture to the credit crisis, toys to airplane manufacturing and steel to startups. He previously worked at the National Post as well as Canadian Business Magazine, where he oversaw publication of the inaugural edition of the Rich 100, the magazine’s annual survey of Canada’s wealthiest people. Sean is a two-time winner of each of the National Newspaper Award, the Montreal Economic Institute Economic Education Prize and the Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists. He and co-author Jacquie McNish won the 2015 National Business Book Award for Losing the Signal. Sean has a business degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and a journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He lives in Chelsea, Qc. with his wife and three children.

Losing the Signal is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling book about the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) under the leadership of long-time co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis. The book, co-written by veteran Canadian business journalists Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, grew out of a major feature investigation by the authors published in September 2013 in the Globe & Mail about the downfall of the Canadian company. The piece won a National Newspaper Award and was named one of the best business stories of the year by Longform. Losing the Signal won the National Business Book Award in Canada and was shortlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. It was named one of best business books of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BloombergView(Mohamed El-Erian), Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, Strategy + Business Magazine, Irish Times, Irish Examiner and Vancouver Sun.

  • This is first-class reporting that reads like a juicy novel, with one amazing story after another. A terrific book. - Howard Green, broadcaster and author of Banking on America
  • The best business book I have read for years. - Australian Financial Review columnist Tony Boyd
  • A good old-fashioned insider’s business narrative, the kind we don’t see enough of these days, and it should scare the pants off most CEOs. - Barbarians at the Gate co-author Bryan Burrough
  • [McNish and Silcoff have] produced a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare's attention... Even as you read, with a kind of shiver of schadenfreude, about BlackBerry's vicissitudes, there's plenty of food for thought here about what this means on a much broader stage. ―Yahoo! Finance

This event is co-hosted by uOttawa Telfer School of Management and Ottawa Public Library during Global Entrepreneurship Week.