Research, Innovation & Entrepreneur Showcase

Main Content

Join us to celebrate a year of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at GBC! 

startGBC and the Office of Research are proud to be collaborating in hosting the George Brown College Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase.
When: June 25, 2024, 10 am–3:30 pm
Where: GBC Waterfront Campus  |  51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON M5A 1B6

Open to industry partners, students, alumni and community members, we invite you to register today to join us for an exciting day of panel discussions, knowledge sharing, networking opportunities and a showcase of successful innovative research projects and entrepreneur support services.  

See the schedule below and the link to register.  

Event Schedule

Main Stage Schedule

10:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

11:00 a.m. Research Panel Discussion

This panel will break down the project that created Citronino, a sustainable alcoholic beverage! George Brown College and Reids Distillery joined together to create a spirit using food waste from Chef School. Learn all about the process that made this product a reality. 

11:30 a.m. #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Panel Discussion

Martin Reid representing Reid's Distillery 

Dianne Finnigan representing The Dirty Seahorse

Hanson Wong representing Plastic Flux

Deborah King representing Global Measure 

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m.  Roadmaps to Digital Transformation 

The Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Ontario Museums project is a collaborative project between George Brown College, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA), and the Toronto History Museum with support from Environics Analytics. This research explored ways to help museums to use a strategic, inclusive, evidence-based approach to plan for digital transformation that goes beyond simply 'being online.' Join Karen Sinotte, a professor in the Centre for Business, as she explores the lessons of the project. 

1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Stage B

1:00 p.m. 'Diverse Entrepreneur Supports' Panel Discussion

- Business in the Streets

- Black Entrepreneur Alliance

- Rise

- Access Capital Community Fund

- Desjardins

- City of Toronto Small Business Centres

1:30 p.m. 'Understanding the Investment Flow Journey' Panel Discussion

- Futurpreneur

- Ontario Centres of Innovation

Angel Investors Ontario

- Canadian Venture Capital Association

2:00 p.m. Entrepreneur Speed Mentoring 

Tony Orsi  representing Bereskin & Parr - Top tips for 'Protecting Your IP'

Chelsea Armstrong representing Digital Main Street - Top tips for 'Creating a Website'

Nicole Gallucci representing In Good Company - Top tips for 'Creating a Life Strategy'

Christa Lochead representing GBC Library Learning Commons - Top tips for 'Secondary Research'

Sarah Pick representing Futurpreneur - Top tips for 'Crafting an Investment Ready Business Plan'

Anne Marie Aikins representing Curious Public - Top tips for "Attracting Public Relations

Rahavy Sivarajasingam & Arlin Alex representing Wave Apps - Top tips for 'Bookkeeping Basics'

Kate Tomen representing Angel Investors Ontario - Top tips for 'Preparing Yourself for Investment'

3:30 p.m. Close

Accessibility and Photography/Recording


We value inclusion and access for all participants and are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations for this event. Don't hesitate to contact to make a reasonable accommodation request. Requests must be submitted by June 11, 2024. This event is wheelchair accessible.


Event Photography

This is an event where photography, audio and video recording may occur. By registering for this event and entering the event premises, you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, and website inclusion. 

Images and audio may be broadcast, reproduced and/or made available in print publications, online or on mobile devices. 

How to Get There

By car: Daily parking is available at 51 Dockside Drive, operated by Green P. Visit Parkopedia to explore additional parking options around the Waterfront campus.
By public transit: All our campuses are serviced by the Toronto Transit Commission.
By bike: We offer dedicated bicycle parking at all our campuses.