School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

New Workshop: Setting ideas in motion: Launching from a PhD degree

Ellis Hall room 333, Tues, July 5th 1:30-3:30

Please join us for an informal, interactive and far ranging workshop on setting ideas in motion (innovation to impact), what this could mean for you, how you can use your graduate training as a springboard for creating initiatives, and how to identify and assemble the pieces that you need to make it successful. Along the way, we will talk about the Design Thinking approach championed by IDEO with its emphasis on observation and human-centred design, which has found success in social innovation and for profit ventures alike, and the business/venture model canvas, which can provide a useful way of recognizing and assembling the pieces required for success.

This will not be a talk on “tech transfer” or “IP transfer”, nor will it be about gadgets. It will be about something rather more organic and independent of technology - recognizing need, developing ideas, finding resources, and bringing initiatives to fruition and impact - drawing from the world around us.

Help create your own opportunities and have positive impact.

This is a workshop for everyone - regardless of program or department or faculty. Diversity of disciplines and the unique set of skills and knowledge that they bring is an essential ingredient for successful initiatives and ventures. 

To register, please go to the Expanding Horizons registration page(Log in or register and click on "add workshop")


Facilitator Bio:

Jim McLellan

Jim McLellan has been on faculty at Queen’s since 1990, and has been Head of Chemical Engineering since 2006. He is also cross-appointed to Mathematics and Statistics, and has held a cross-appointment in the School of Environmental Studies. He teaches in the Master’s of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at the Smith School of Business, and he helped found the Queen’s Innovation Connector in 2011, for which he is currently the Academic Director. Jim helped establish and has been very active in the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative, which has worked with students from across the university to create successful ventures in the social impact and entrepreneurial realms. Jim plays flute and piccolo semi-professionally with the Kingston Symphony, and is also active in jazz and classical music ensembles. He is passionate about innovation to impact, and in particular, helping students accelerate the pace at which they unlock their potential, create opportunities for themselves and others, and have a positive impact on the Kingston region and beyond.