For many organizations, there is not a transparent and reliable process to allow employees to suggest and develop innovative ideas. Sometimes there is a process, but it falters with management decision-making.

Participants in this workshop will learn-by-doing the InnovationOne Group Innovation Acceleration Process, which is a seven-step process that includes empathy, definition, ideation, business case development, prototype, test and implement. Participants will engage in the first 4 stages, with the intention of developing a proposal with a business case to take back to their executive leaders for review. Participants will learn a group process and use tools for brainstorming, prioritizing ideas, developing a business case and for pitching an innovation proposal.

Key Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn the research behind what drives innovation in organizations including a review of new innovation-methodologies and digital technologies and the roles of leadership, culture, processes and systems and decision-making to accelerate the implementation of the best innovation projects. This review will include the Six Traits of Highly Innovative Companies.
  • Learn and use a group brainstorming process to improve innovation in the strategic areas for their organizations.
  • Use a group process to define categories for the ideas proposed, and then group those ideas into categories.
  • Conduct a return on investment analysis on innovative ideas to help determine which ideas to shelve, which ones need more analysis, and which ones to implement.
  • Develop project plans for their ideas that will define the opportunity statement, solution statement, related analysis, steps for implementation, expected outcomes, budget and resources to implement the innovation, and its estimated return on investment.
  • Prepare a presentation for a mock top-management pitch and receive development feedback on their performances.

Who Should Attend?

  • The target audience for this course is any employee or leader of an organization who is involved in an innovation process or project or any employee who is an “innovation advocate” or leader of an innovation or strategy team.Please note: Although not necessary, this approach/process works best when developed on a ‘team-basis.’  It is encouraged that a group of employees (two or more) from the same organization attend to learn and fully engage the process.



June 5, 2018 to June 6, 2018. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Program Fees

$995 plus GST. The fee includes course tuition, all teaching materials, meals and refreshments.

Profiles of Instructors

C. Brooke Dobni, Ph.D.

Brooke is the founder and a Managing Partner of InnovationOne. He is also a Professor of Strategy and has served as the Interim Dean and Associate Dean at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. Through his research, he has developed InnovationOne, an innovation culture assessment metric. InnovationOne has been used by over 3000 organizations across North America and continues to be referred to as one of the most comprehensive, holistic and reliable measures of innovation cultures in organizations.


Victor Assad, MA-HRIR

Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting and Managing Partner of InnovationOne. With over 25 years of experience, Victor has been an active member of executive business teams and leader of human resources organizations that are in fast growth, high-technology, global business.

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