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If an entrepreneurial mindset drives innovation and can change the world, what can it do within government?

The University of Calgary’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the School for Public Policy have launched a two-part online discussion on the barriers and benefits to entrepreneurial thinking in government.

The first part of the event took place on Tuesday, September 22, and featured an online discussion with Mariana Mazzucato, a global thought leader on innovation. In addition to founding the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), she holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at the University College London (UCL). Her highly-acclaimed books have been shortlisted on countless lists and her 2018 release, The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, won her the 2018 Leontief Prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought.

The discussion explored how entrepreneurial public officials can work to ensure strategic innovation-led growth and economic value creation to solve big global problems.

“Mission-oriented innovation policy responds to these ‘grand challenges’ by identifying and articulating concrete problems that can galvanize production, distribution, and consumption patterns across various sectors,” said Mariana Mazzucato.

In part two of the series, on October 1, Calgary Economic Development will join the conversation as Jason Ribeiro, Director of Strategy, Calgary Economic Development, joins the panel. The panel will present concrete ideas on how the public sector, private sector, and policy innovators can work together to help spur a value-added economy in a tough climate of low oil prices and post-COVID recovery. As a Ph.D. Candidate and SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar at the University of Calgary researching cross-sector partnerships, Ribeiro brings great depth to this important conversation.

“Innovative solutions will be required to address some of our world’s most vexing challenges – and to do so, we must expand the frame for collaborative investment between business, government, and community partners. At Calgary Economic Development, that is literally our mandate,” said Jason Ribeiro.

Ribeiro is set to highlight the mission contained within our community’s economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy, and how the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) is an example of innovative financing aimed at catalyzing economic growth, retention and diversification, employment growth, and increases to the property tax assessment base.

The panel which runs from 12 to 1 p.m., will also feature:  

Dan Wicklum, President and CEO, The Transition Accelerator (Moderator)

Jim Dewald, Dean, Haskayne School of Business, and Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Calgary

Carol Ann Hilton, CEO, The Indigenomics Institute

Marcia Nelson, Board Member, Alberta Blue Cross, and Executive Fellow, Haskayne School of Business and School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Registration for the event can be found here.

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