2017 W21C Innovation Academy

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HRIC Atrium Foothills Centre

3230 Hospital Drive Northwest

Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6


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Health care is one of the world's largest industries; the potential for improvement through innovation is immense. Attend the 2017 W21C Innovation Academy to connect with those seeking to transform health care.

What is the Innovation Academy?

The W21C Innovation Academy is a fast-paced scientific and business pitch competition taking place at the University of Calgary’s Foothills Campus on November 1, 2017. The third of its kind, with previous academies hosted in 2013 and 2015, this event fosters innovation to contribute to the improvement of safety and quality of care. Join us as we connect health care professionals, entrepreneurs, and community members to nurture ideas that have impact.

The top competitors from international partner sites—including Calgary, Toronto, Hong Kong, and Switzerland—go on to complete at a global pitch competition. The winners from this year's event will go on to compete at the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy, which will take place August 29-30, 2018 in Hong Kong.

Event Details

The Innovation Academy is FREE to attend and open to the public. It will be a full day of engaging activities, including the pitch competition, networking events, and talks.

12 – 1 PM Registration/Lunch/Poster viewing

1:10 – 2 PM Keynote from Aaron Flynn, Former General Manager, BioWare

2:15-3:10 PM Business Pitches (Commercial Innovations)

3:10 – 3:40 PM Business Pitches (Social Innovations)

3:40 – 3:55 PM Break while adjudication begins

3:55 – 4:45 PM Mini-talks from Adam Crutchfield, PwC; Dr. Jay Cross, College of Discovery, Creativity & Innovation, UCalgary; and Alice Reimer, Chaordix

4:45 – 5 PM Award Ceremony & Closing Remarks

5 – 6 PM Reception

Parking & Transportation

The event will take place at the University of Calgary’s Foothills Campus at 3230 Hospital Drive NW, in the HRIC Building. Map:

Public parking is available in the TRW underground parkade for $4.50/hour to a max of $18.00/day. To access the HRIC building from the parkade, take the elevator to the ground floor and once you have exited the elevators, turn right and walk towards the atrium at the east end of the building. Follow the signs indicating the HRIC building.

For information on additional public parking at the Foothills, please visit the Alberta Health Services website. Click here for a map of parkades.

For Calgary Transit, the #91 bus from Lions Park/Brentwood stops in front of both the HRIC and TRW buildings.


The Lot 6 and TRW parkades have designated parking spaces available. If you require hearing assistance, or have any other accessibility queries, please contact W21C at prior to the date of the event.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, anyone is able to attend.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email the event organizers at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a list of registrants at the registration table where you can check in.

Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 W21C Innovation Academy, please e-mail

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