Photo: Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, kicks off the Waterloo Innovation Summit 2016 at the University of Waterloo.

A national partnership of citizens and governments is needed to see Canada’s innovation entrepreneurs outperform the world

That was the vision offered by Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, to more than 600 entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics and invited guests at the opening of the Waterloo Innovation Summit 2016, co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and Communitech.

The University’s Humanities Theatre was the venue for presentations on Thursday, September 15, that included greetings by Summit Chair David Fransen, University President Feridun Hamdullahpur, and host Bloomberg North journalist Amanda Lang, with keynote speeches from Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Washington-based policy group the Aspen Institute, and U.K. serial entrepreneur Emma Sinclair.

Both Isaacson and Sinclair shared insights and observations about the entrepreneurial culture in their respective countries; but it was Bains who set the tone for the day.

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