Community Partnership Showcases Local Knowledge, Talent and Innovative Community Development

Showcasing student talent, community-academic partnerships and local community economic development sums up the Community Innovation Forum: Knowledge & Talent in Action Showcase (CIF:KTIAS) held April 4th, 2013, at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.

The third annual CIF: KTIAS, sponsored by Bell is co-hosted by Sir Sandford Fleming College, Trent University, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and the Trent Centre for Community Based Education (TCCBE).

The forum showcased over 98 students from Trent University and Fleming College, working in partnership with local non-profit, private and government sector groups and organizations on their community-inspired social, business, and research projects. Students displayed their work for representatives of the local community and were judged on innovation, professionalism, commercial value and presentation.

Over 350 attendees from the academic, industry, not-for-profit, and government sectors streamed through the day long event, which included a visit from 150 high school students. Attendees participated in an afternoon panel discussion “Breaking Down Barriers to Thrive in Peterborough,” highlighting real life scenarios from social entrepreneurship, small business, and manufacturing perspectives. The evening partnered with the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation’s (GPA EDC) Creative Cocktail, beginning with Student Awards for applied projects. Following awards, attendees enjoyed an evening Keynote Fireside Chat “Giving, Learning and Innovation: How foundations and post-secondary institutions can help revitalize local economies” with guest speakers, Dr. Steven Franklin, President & Vice Chancellor, Trent University; Dr. Tony Tilly, President, Sir Sandford Fleming College; and Stephen Huddart, President and CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the evening ended with “sneak peak” presentations by the Bear’s Lair Finalists. .

“The Community Innovation Forum is great example of community partnerships that showcase Fleming College and Trent University engagement with the community through their programs and students projects. It demonstrates the innovative ways people look at the community, their businesses, and local organizations to drive the region’s economic development.” said Danielle Rocheleau, Executive Director, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.

The CIF:KTIAS is annual event, designed to engage the community in innovation and provide talented and motivated students with visibility in the local business, public sector and not-for-profit communities.