Event Info

Introducing the W21C Innovation Academy keynote speaker: Aaryn Flynn


“What the Games Industry can Teach Others about Innovation”

Join us from 1:10-2 p.m. for Aaryn Flynn’s keynote address.

Aaryn Flynn spent 17 years at BioWare, a world-renowned computer game developer based out of Edmonton. After joining as a computer programmer, he went on to lead technical teams and eventually manage the studio as the General Manager in 2009. He eventually expanded his responsibilities to include BioWare’s teams in Montreal and Austin, Texas. He has helped contribute to award-winning games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the Mass Effect Trilogy, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, which was heralded as 2014’s Game of the Year by hundreds of industry publications.

The global computer games industry now generates more than $100B annually in revenue and is the most dynamic in all of entertainment. No industry evolves, or gets disrupted, faster or more frequently. Over his career, Aaryn has learned how to keep up by embracing innovation that allows organizations to lead, while staying true to the organization’s core values.

Aaryn has undergraduate degrees in Computing Science and Genetics from the University of Alberta, and MBAs from Cornell University and Queen’s University.

Please register if you are planning to attend: http://bit.ly/2xSvtMM

Register for the 2017 W21C Innovation Academy

Registration is now open to attend the 2017 W21C Innovation Academy on November 1 in Calgary, Alberta.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please register to secure your spot!

The third of its kind, with previous academies hosted in 2013 and 2015, this event fosters innovation to contribute to the improvement of safety and quality of care. Join us as we connect health care professionals, entrepreneurs, and community members to nurture ideas that have impact.

The top competitors from international partner sites—including Calgary, Toronto, Hong Kong, and Switzerland—go on to complete at a global pitch competition. The winners from this year’s event will go on to compete at the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy, which will take place August 29-30, 2018 in Hong Kong.

Submit an Abstract to Compete

We are now accepting abstract submissions to compete in the November 1st event in Calgary, Alberta.

New for this year’s competition – commercial and social innovation competition streams!

Anyone with an innovative health idea is encouraged to apply. Read the Call for Abstracts to Compete for more information.

Submit an abstract to compete in the W21C Innovation Academy and tell us about your new technology, pioneering approach, radical process improvement, energizing educational program, or transformative quality improvement initiative!

Abstract Submission Deadline is August 7, 2017 (11:59 PM MDT)


Save the Date

Our next W21C Innovation Academy is scheduled for November 1, 2017.

Be sure to mark your calendars, and let your innovative friends know that we will be opening the call for abstract submissions very soon.










Call for Applications: Wildcard Competition

Calling All Health Innovators!

The Global Healthcare Innovation Academy has an extra spot for a wildcard entry from any jurisdiction to partake in the competition in Calgary, Alberta on August 25 & 26, 2016.

Do you have a health or healthcare innovation? Have you started a new program, revamped an old one, or fundamentally changed the way you do things? Have you invented a new product, device, or service?

Please review the Wildcard Competition Call for Applications and apply to compete today!

Submission Deadline is June 1.

For more information on the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy visit: www.ghiaevent.com.



Save the Date


Coming to Calgary, Alberta on August 25 & 26th, 2016 at TELUS Spark, is the next round of this scientific and business pitch competition.

The winning teams from Hong Kong, Switzerland and Canada will compete with their health innovations.

Visit GHIAevent.com to stay updated and for all the latest news.