Fresh Innovators Waterloo Region

Flipping Mindsets. Taking Risks. Sparking Change. 

That’s what Fresh Innovators Waterloo Region is all about. 

Once a way for organizations to set themselves apart, innovation is now a necessary survival skill for organizations. Whether you look at government, non-profits, tech, education or healthcare, innovation is all around us in Waterloo Region. 

Fresh Innovators is where you will hear directly from those in our community making change happen. You’ll hear about the high points and the successes, but you will also learn about the lows, and how local leaders overcame the obstacles and challenges they met along the way. 

Attending Fresh Innovators Waterloo Region means that you might just:

  • Flip your perspective and learn to look at challenges from different angles and viewpoints.
  • Spark new ideas and start thinking outside the box and create a culture of creativity.
  • Leap into action and overcome the inertia of uncertainty and view failures as learning opportunities.
  • Team up and collaborate and discover how working collectively with others can yield greater impact.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, be curious, and start innovating.


Fresh Innovators Speaker Series - Dates announced! 

The Fresh Innovators format has shifted to a series of four networking and learning events hosted live and in-person! We see this as an opportunity to dive deeper into leadership learning and to reconnect with our community in a meaningful way. Each of the Fresh Innovators Speaker Series will feature a different presenter and topic! We promised you great experiences and stories, and that’s what you’ll get from our amazing line-up. The sessions will include time for networking and a moderated Q&A. 



September Speaker Series -  Entrepreneurship for those who don't feel like Entrepreneurs 

Date - Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring: Folake Owodunni - Emergency Response Africa

Thanks to everyone who attended! 


October Speaker Series -  B CORP: It's not just a business 

Date - Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring: Dan Vandermolen - CHANGE Lifestyle & Apparel

We will also be announcing the winner of the annual Fresh Innovators Awards!

November Speaker Series -  Friendlier: Throwing away throw-away culture 

Date - Thursday, November 24, 2022

Time - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring: Jacquie Hutchings - Friendlier

We will also be making the draw for a BBQ sponsored by Enbridge!

December Speaker Series -  Waterloo Region & Refugee Settlement: A community discussion.

Date - Thursday, December 8, 2022

Time - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring: Featuring Dan Vandebelt - Immigration Partnership, Emma Jennings - Reception House and Wajma Attayi, Centre for Family Medicine FHT






No Leader Left Behind

We believe that everyone should have the ability to learn and grow their leadership skills regardless of the financial situation. A special block of tickets have been made available to anyone who would like to attend, but can't. Perhaps your employer is unable to support, you are unemployed, or even if the cost of attending is just not feasible at this time, whatever the reason, we've got you! Tickets are available one per person, and can be accessed by sending a message to our Ticket Requests e-mail. All you need to do is introduce yourself (we don't need to know your situation - no judgement!) and we will send through what you need to attend! 


Thank you to our incredible sponsors!

Lead Sponsor

Fresh Innovators Award Sponsor




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