Inspired to innovate: Lessons from the art of entrepreneurship

Knowledge at DeGroote (Burlington)Join Burlington’s top executive network for our discussion on how entrepreneurial thinking can revolutionize business.

Research from The Conference Board of Canada shows our country is under-performing when it comes to innovation – and innovation is an essential component of high-performing economies. Leaders can make an impact by fostering more entrepreneurial cultures in their organizations.

Register to learn valuable lessons about helping your company innovate, grow, and succeed.

Topics of discussion:

  • Fostering a culture of intrapreneurship
  • Attracting and retaining entrepreneurial employees
  • Leveraging perspectives of different employee demographics to fuel innovation
  • Insights from female entrepreneurs on risk and relationship building

This event is open to alumni, business community members, and students.

Event Details

When: November 4, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Ron Joyce Centre-McMaster University, 4350 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON, Canada
Cost: $25.00 Inc tax, Lunch and parking included.
Contact: Kristine Leadbetter

Ron Joyce Centre-McMaster University, 4350 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON, Canada

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12:00-12:30 p.m. Registration, networking, lunch
12:30 p.m. Introductory remarks
12:35 p.m. Keynote Presentation
1:30-2:00 p.m. Optional networking

Panel Moderator:

Benson Honig, Professor, HR & Management, DeGroote School of Business

Benson Honig is a global scholar of entrepreneurship whose research interests include nascent, transnational, transitional and social entrepreneurship, professional ethics and social capital. He has published over 80 articles and books in leading academic journal and the media, serves on six editorial boards. He is co-winner of the 2009 Grief Research Impact Award for the highest impact paper in the field of entrepreneurship and holds the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at the DeGroote School of Business.


Clare Beckton, Founding Executive Director, Carleton University Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership

Clare Beckton is currently Founding Executive Director of the Carleton University Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership. From April 2007 to July 2009, Clare Beckton served as the Deputy Head of Status of Women Canada and played a key supporting role in the creation of the Canadian Board Diversity Council. Beckton received the 2008 Woman of the Year Award from the Federated Press for “exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership by a Canadian woman” and has been selected by the Women’s Executive Network for a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in both 2008 and again in 2012. She is also the recipient of a Canada 125 Medal. She has been recognized by Women of Influence as a Canadian diversity champion.

Tom Jacques, CEO and President, Hickory Dickory Decks

Tom Jacques has always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. While studying Commerce at McMaster in 1984, he launched a door-to-door fire extinguisher sales company called Safe Home that quickly developed into one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the region. Jacques had 45 students in his employ and thousands of fire extinguishers to area homeowners and for a time outperformed major retailers such as Sears and Eaton’s. He spent seven months at IBM before striking out on his own once more. In 1987, Jacques founded a small construction firm he playfully dubbed Hickory Dickory Decks. He’s served as President and CEO of that company for nearly three decades and his ambitious startup has grown to become the largest custom deck builder in Canada and second-largest in the world. Hickory Dickory Decks currently operates 60 successful franchises from coast to coast.

Kristen WoodKristen Wood sm, CEO, THE TEN SPOT Beauty Bars

Kristen Wood is the CEO + Creator of THE TEN SPOT®. As CEO, Kristen’s main focus is on brand oversight, development and expansion – she has her hands in everything; from developing new service protocols to designing collateral and wining and dining all our new franchise partners. Kristen was named one of PROFIT/Chatelaine Magazine’s top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada in 2016 and has landed THE TEN SPOT® on PROFIT 500’s fastest growing companies in 2016. Since its first opening THE TEN SPOT® has grown exponentially across Canada with plans for the US of A! When Kristen is not in the office she is swooning over her young son and enjoying weekly date nights with her Hubby.

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