What Is a Culture of Innovation, and How Do You Get It?

With Joel Semeniuk, Imaginet Resources Corp.

Learning Consortium Webinar Series



Date: March 16, 2016

Organizations can’t limit themselves to operational excellence without expecting disruption. They have two options: disrupt or be disrupted. Yet innovation is not what most people think — it isn’t about “inventing the next new thing” or R&D. It’s about continuous experimentation. Today even older, large organizations are learning how act like start-ups. Agile and Lean are key ingredients in making this happen in the short, medium, and long term.

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Joel Semeniuk is a founder and chief innovation officer/incubation director at Imaginet Resources Corp., a Canada-based Microsoft Gold Partner and the number-one small- to medium-sized employer in Canada. Joel also served as the executive vice president of Innovation and Agile Project Management at Telerik. Joel has a degree in computer science and is also a corporate Microsoft regional director. Previously he was a Microsoft Most Valued Professional in the area of Application Lifecycle Management and Software Architecture.

With more than 20 years of experience, Joel specializes in bridging technology-to-business needs by applying "outside-the-box thinking" and passion to everything he touches across an extremely broad set of industries. Joel works to apply Lean thinking strategies to the delivery of customer value and business development.

Over the past 10 years, Joel has dedicated himself to the establishment of his unique approach to innovation and business development, drawing from customer development, Lean thinking, and growth hacking practices. He now works in emerging and new business development/consolidation. Joel worked as a mentor at AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s most successful start-up accelerator, and at Mach5 in Silicon Valley. Joel a serial entrepreneur helping to establish a number of start-ups.