On the surface, there is a huge gap between innovation ambitions and actual impact in most if not all organizations.

In his research as shared on stage at Innov8rs Paris earlier this year and summarized in this blog, Chris Beswick found that 7 out of 10 CEO’s admit their companies are too reliant on fading revenue streams.

Another 7 out of 10 CEO’s say fast changing market conditions are forcing their companies to reinvent themselves quicker than ever before.

And 9 out of 10 CEO’s say their long-term success is dependent on their ability to innovate.

But at the same time, 6 out of 10 CEO’s say that bureaucracy is stopping innovative ideas before they reach fruition.

And 6 out of 10 CEO’s admit that their leadership team fails to understand their customers

Moreover, 6 out of 10 CEO’s claim innovation is difficult because most people in their organization think in the same way

In reality, it takes most corporates just as long to get new solutions to market now as they did five years ago.

So, is all of this innovation talk really just theatre?

Not so fast.

Beyond that surface, things are happening. Innovators are innovating.

Innovators, who recognize that same issue as their CEO’s and take action- despite and often right through the red tape.

Innovators, who actually find out what would make a difference in their customers’ lives.

Innovators, who think differently, show up differently, and find different ways to make it work.

At Innov8rs Vancouver, you’ll hear from 20+ innovators who are pioneering across industries, charting the course for their companies to stay relevant.

There is not a better opportunity this fall for you to hear so many real-life stories and learn so many battle-tested approaches from so many innovators like yourself – from a variety of industries and backgrounds, yet all in the trenches actually getting sh#t done – all under one roof.

Here’s a taster of what to expect: eight innovators featured on stage at Innov8rs Vancouver, pioneering with a purpose.

Understanding Human Movement: Tom Walker – SVP Whitespace at Lululemon

We’ve long-assumed that sportswear design should be dependent on your general size and what you’re doing, as opposed to who you are.

But led by Tom Waller, SVP Whitespace and sports technology scientist, Lululemon’s innovation lab has discovered that the way you move is entirely unique to you, much like a human fingerprint.

With extensive data collected through their ‘sensory immersion lab’, they’re planning an antidote to a post-athleisure industry that is drowning in sportswear. By understanding the signature movements of people worldwide via a sensory treadmill, Lululemon is designing for a new paradigm in personalized comfort.

Tom Waller tells the story of the Whitespace team, born as a way to strengthen and rethink Lululemon’s innovation capacities.

They’re heavily invested in solving real problems – sometimes even problems which customers don’t realize they have: this means that Tom’s team needs to look not only through the lens of incremental innovation – seasonal styles, new products, fresh concepts – but ask themselves ‘which wider competitive forces might challenge Lululemon?’

By working in a hands-on environment and testing how athletes behave in near-real-life context, Lululemon’s innovation lab can rethink and redesign what products could mean for their wearers.

Reducing Risk in Mining: Arthur Gooch – Director of Innovation at Andritz

At Andritz, a start-up approach to product development has seen the creation of a world-leading mining tool, enabling operations across the sector to reduce risk and save considerable costs.

It’s driven by artificial intelligence, to condense many engineering equations into a single software wrapper and simulation, which prevents inevitable human mistakes from being made.

From concept to prototype, to winning Goldcorp’s 2019 #DisruptMining contest, Arthur Gooch, Director of Innovation at Andritz, shares his experience in spearheading a structured intrapreneurship model to make it all happen.

With a background in mechanical engineering, control system configuration, and commissioning, Arthur now uses his industry understanding to shape the future of industrial control, through AI and simulation.

Reclaiming Identities: Mike Brown – Director of Product Innovation at ATB Financial

If data is the new currency, we’re all going broke. With the security of personal data front-of-mind, this was the fundamental challenge posed to ATB, who are busy turning our deluge of data into a product which helps people to embrace, rather than reject, digital transformation – the world’s first truly decentralized, cross-sector digital identity.

This digital identity takes credential issuers, verifiers, consumers, and a behind-the-curtain army of blockchain engineers, cryptographers, and policymakers, bringing them together seamlessly to help give citizens of Alberta power over their information.

Who’s the profile behind the profile? Mike Brown, Director of Product Innovation at ATB Financial. By leveraging his computer science and engineering expertise, Mike brings a pragmatic and agile approach to both leadership and the creation of groundbreaking new blockchain technologies.

Reducing Passenger Wait Times: Linda Schucroft – Director of Innovation at Vancouver Airport

Bringing the power of self-service to border control with its solution BorderXpress, Vancouver Airport has been awarded PwC Canada’s 2019 Vision 2 Reality (V2R) award.

By attempting to tackle both a local and universal problem, Vancouver Airport has designed an efficient two-step process to expedite border clearance and reduce passenger wait times by more than 60%. It’s also built to scale; BorderXpress provides full access for those with disabilities and is configurable in 35 different languages.

Linda Schucroft, Director of Innovation for Travel Solutions at Vancouver Airport, shares how she has helped build and sustain the innovation culture, and development program, that brought products like this to life. With over a decade of experience in finance, technology, and innovation, Linda has learned that fostering creativity and multi-disciplinary collaboration are the ways she can help change the aviation industry.

Reinventing Banking: Fatema Pirone – Senior Director, Enterprise Innovation

It takes a true changemaker to shake up the world of banking – particularly in the face of legacy systems, regulatory slowdowns and simultaneous pressure to keep pace with an open, customer-driven ecosystem.

For CIBC, reinventing banking has meant more than being perennial winners of fintech awards. After all, they were the first bank in Canada to introduce a 24-hour cash dispenser. For CIBC, this means boldly putting customer relationships at the forefront of everything they do, delivering on the promise of the digital bank time and time again by releasing features like opening an account via your phone, voice commands for basic transactions, and fully digitizing the mortgage application process.

Fatema Pirone challenges the status quo to take banking at CIBC beyond its own regulated walls. As Senior Director, Enterprise Innovation, Fatema’s contributions to banking have spanned a multitude of areas – from business development to product management, landing her finally at the frontier of innovation, where she continues to deliver and launch numerous high-scale projects to shape CIBC’s place in the future.

Opening Up Retail: Scott Emmons – CIO at Memomi

Today’s retail corporations make meaningful innovation nearly impossible. This is the belief of Scott Emmons, CIO at Memomi and Brand Ambassador at Powerfront, who pioneers an open innovation model – from evaluating and designing through to testing and piloting – to drive customer-centric change in an industry riddled with politics and slow decision-making.

And Scott would know; he was the founder and head of Neiman Marcus iLab, one of the first and leading innovation labs in the world – whose notable disruptive products include the memory mirror, 4k touch table lookbooks and store associate IoT communicators.

Stopping Smoking: Michal Nalepka – Corporate Innovation at Philip Morris

Philip Morris International (yes, the tobacco company), is focusing on directing current smokers towards its burgeoning portfolio of smoke-free, risk-reduced products.

These products are designed to create a flavorful nicotine-containing vapor, without burning and smoke, significantly reducing the levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarette smoke.

This is a bold switch in mission made by Philip Morris (PMI) to go against a longstanding, already-successful business model, and replace it with the unknown… a suite of products the company has invented themselves to try and overcome the overwhelming lack of customer acceptance which has met previous smoke-free sales attempts.

They’ve done it because they now believe in achieving a smoke-free future, and it’s working: from 2016-17, the contribution of smoke-free products to PMI’s total net revenues jumped to 13%.

Michal Nalepka leads Commercial Organization Development and Corporate Innovation at Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., a Canadian affiliate of Philip Morris International Having spent the last 2.5 years building an innovation ecosystem and shaping a mindset around achieving these ambitious smoke-free goals, he joins us at Innov8rs Vancouver to share his long-list of successes and learnings so far.

Smarter and Sustainable Baggage Handling: Esther Kersten – Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Vanderlande

Vanderlande baggage systems move more than 10 million pieces of luggage each day. With more people travelling more, airports will keep on growing, yet their infrastructure is fixed.

Vanderlande’s Director of Strategy & Sustainability Esther Kersten at some point realized that even though Vanderlande’s business is doing well today, that by itself doesn’t guarantee it will still be around in the future.

That’s how FLEET started: a start-up within Vanderlande. By utilizing intelligent autonomous vehicle technology, Fleet replaces the need for fixed conveyors and sorting systems. Each individual vehicle carries a single bag and determines the optimal route through an airport.

In addition, Fleet consumes up to 50% less energy compared with traditional baggage handling systems. Its design also means that vehicles can be recycled, which contributes to a circular economy. Real-time track-and-trace of individual bags can also be facilitated.

Last year, FLEET already received a Red Dot design award. But that’s just the start. Now that the product has shown to be a success and is ready for a further rollout, Esther and her team are now focused on keeping the startup spirit whilst FLEET is being embedded back into the business.

Want to know more? Hear from and connect with Tom, Arthur, Mike, Linda, Fatema, Scott, Michal and Esther at Innov8rs Vancouver. Click here to download the brochure for more information