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Message from the Minister

As committed by our government in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, I am pleased to present Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Innovation Agenda: Accelerating Business Growth. The goal of this agenda is to help grow the number of new innovative firms as well as the capacity of individual firms to pursue innovation-driven business growth and global expansion.

This agenda is a result of an engagement process with industry, academic, 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. This is a living document which will continue to evolve with the changing business environment. We will be flexible in our approach and adapt to needs as they arise.

We have not waited for this agenda to be finalized before implementing priorities. On July 20, 2017, our government announced the creation of InnovateNL in response to stakeholders identifying a need through the engagement process for one-stop coordinated advice and access to financial and non-financial supports. We look forward to consulting with the NL Innovation Council on the implementation of the Business Innovation Agenda.

This agenda identifies four priorities:

  • Product Development and Commercialization;
  • Productivity;
  • Growth and Internationalization; and,
  • Workforce Skills and Talent.

I would like to thank all of those that played a role in the development of this agenda, including members of the Private Sector Advisory Committee as well as all participants of the engagement process. Your ideas will continue to be welcome as we work to reset the innovation agenda. It is through a collaborative effort and by working together that we will ensure a more innovate and prosperous province.

The Business Innovation Agenda will help firms accelerate business growth and strive for business excellence by removing critical barriers and identifying new opportunities to become more productive, competitive, and international. I look forward to what we can achieve in the coming months.

Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

Business Innovation Agenda

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

TCII-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 Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
Attention: Bill Woolridge, Manager, Business Growth
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

November 8, 2017

Provincial Government Launches Business Innovation Agenda

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today launched the Provincial Government’s Business Innovation Agenda.

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 Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, launched the engagement process for the province's new Business Innovation Agenda.

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