CEO, BridgePoint Effect
Janice Francisco is the CEO of BridgePoint Effect, a Canadian-based firm that helps managers and their teams solve the mystery of what it means to be innovative, and teaches them how to use creativity to get innovation done.
Operating at the intersection of learning, change, creativity and innovation, Janice brings clarity and decisive navigation to innovation for organizations that are struggling to define and bring action to their innovation initiatives. She helps her clients transform their teams into “innovation champions” who understand the value innovation brings to the organization, and have the eagerness, confidence, skills and creativity to drive results.
As a specialist in building innovation cultures in the government, non-profit and private sectors, Janice speaks internationally on applied creativity and innovation management. She is the inventor of the ThinkUP Innovation Framework, an integrated, agile and repeatable process applied in real work settings to achieve change and sustainable innovation.
Janice holds a Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership, is the Chair of the Conference Board of Canada's Council on Innovation and Commercialization, and a FourSight LLC Preferred Partner and Master Trainer.
Founder & Chief Experience Officer, Roll Out Innovation
As Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Roll Out Innovation, Deborah draws on 20+ years of experience in adult education, creative problem solving, sales & marketing, entrepreneurship and management consulting. She is a graduate of the Queen’s Innovation and Design Thinking Program and is recognized by the Creative Education Foundation as a Master Facilitator of Creative Problem Solving, innovation and team building. She is dedicated to influencing workplace culture by building on her experience in business and her passion for innovation to contribute further to the national dialogue on Building a Creative and Entrepreneurial Canada.
Deborah has achieved market success as a business owner in the transportation and adult education industries. As a principal in management consulting, she’s helped numerous clients win impressive sales, awards and reputations. She is also certified on psychometric assessments and The Confident Coach™, an ICF-accredited coaching program.
A popular presenter, Deborah has spoken at the national conferences of the Municipal Innovators Community, Institute for Performance and Learning, Retail Council of Canada, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Mindcamp, The North West Company, Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) and Women in Leadership and Business.
Managing Director of Courage Co-Lab Inc. & Founding Law Partner at Wakulat Dhirani LLP
Robert is the Managing Director of Courage Co-Lab Inc., where he connects corporate partners to creative processes. He is a Founding Law Partner at Wakulat Dhirani LLP, a professional services firm embedded at the Centre for Social Innovation, where he focuses on supporting social entrepreneurs working to alleviate social or environmental challenges.
Robert is highly sought after to lead workshops on corporate law and enterprise structure across the GTA with community-based organizations, the Toronto Public Library and post-secondary institutions such as Ryerson University’s Social Innovation Zone. This includes recurring guest instructor roles with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Toronto Artscape’s Launchpad program for creative entrepreneurs.
Robert loves exploring provocative questions and often co-hosts “Kitchen Table Conversations” on topics that pique his personal and professional interest.
Obsessive Community-Builder & Facilitator
Denise is the Creative Director of Courage Co-Lab Inc., where she oversees design strategy and facilitation. She is a board member for MABELLEarts, a community-based arts practice which transforms public spaces, and a volunteer for the StopGap Foundation, a charity focused on improving the accessibility of local communities all across Canada. Denise teaches Urban Studies at the University of Toronto, and frequently mentors students at the Institute Without Boundaries.
In 2016 she was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Foundation for her years of work as Executive Director of the international Jane’s Walk project, connecting neighbours face-to-face in 226 cities worldwide. In her spare time, Denise hosts events about placemaking and peacemaking.
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