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Message from the Minister

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has committed to resetting the innovation agenda in the province as part of its overall plan to strengthen and diversify the economy. The aim of a new Business Innovation Agenda is to expand the pool and capacity of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic wealth generators; innovation and growth-focused businesses.

Input and advice from the province’s innovation and entrepreneurial stakeholders will be critical to identifying and designing priority tools, resources and investments that enable the advancement of innovation in new (start-ups) and established small businesses. The private sector, industry groups, communities, academia, and governments of all levels play a role in impacting innovation performance in Newfoundland and Labrador.

There are a number of ways ecosystem stakeholders can meaningfully contribute to the Business Innovation Agenda development process: explore the web site; review the Discussion Document; participate in one of the discussion tables in your region; or simply download the discussion questions and submit your individual or group advice. The feedback submitted will be the foundation of our work to advance business innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

I am confident that our collective efforts will result in the right kind tools to help business innovation thrive in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

Minister Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore

Advisory Committee

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Discussion Document

IMPROVING OUR ECONOMY THROUGH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION A Discussion Document for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Innovation Agenda

Government Led Discussion Tables

BTCRD/RDC-hosted Sessions (6):
• 48 business and industry representatives
• 12 representatives from academia
• 8 community representatives
• 14 government partners

Location Date Time
Gander December 1, 2016 1-4 pm
Clarenville December 2, 2016 9-12 noon
Labrador City December 7, 2016 9-12 noon
Corner Brook December 12, 2016 1-4 pm
St. John's December 14, 2016 9-12 noon
St. John's December 15, 2016 1-4 pm

Additional Regional/Satellite Tables & one-on-one outreach:
• 64 businesses
• 8 community/aboriginal/municipal groups

Private Sector Advisory Committee
• 2 meetings to date

GNL Internal Sessions (3)


Stakeholder Led Focus Groups

• Minister Mitchelmore reached out to 31 industry groups

Written Submissions

• 16 received to-date

How to submit?

The deadline for written submissions from individuals and organizations has been extended to Wednesday, January 18, 2017.



Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Attention: Jonathan Hammond, Development Officer (Innovation)
2nd Floor, West Block
Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6






Privacy Notice: 

Any personal opinions collected in response to this discussion document in this form will be used for the purpose of developing a Provincial Business Innovation Agenda. This information is collected under authority of section 61(c) of the Access to information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. If you have any questions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information, please contact Jonathan Hammond, Development Officer (Innovation) as per the above contact information.


News Releases

July 31, 2017

Minister Mitchelmore Releases What We Heard: Business Innovation Agenda

Following public engagement to help reset the province’s innovation agenda, the Provincial Government today released What We Heard: Business Innovation Agenda, a compilation of the views from industry, academia, government and community stakeholders on how to help create the conditions for companies to grow, enabling firms to capitalize on new ideas, processes, methodologies, services or products.

January 4, 2017

Provincial Government Provides Update on Business Innovation Agenda Engagement Process

Province-wide stakeholder engagement sessions, hosted by the department in collaboration with the Research & Development Corporation, have now been completed.

November 22, 2016

Province Launches Business Innovation Agenda Engagement Process

Today, the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, launched the engagement process for the province's new Business Innovation Agenda.

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