Sam and Rohit of FreshWorks

Humility is a Core Value: Innovation Boulevard Interview with Samarth Mod of FreshWorks Studio

Entrepreneurs like Samarth Mod and Rohit Boolchandani are great examples of the potential that new immigrants bring to Canada. Both men left their homes in central India in 2012 and 2013 to seek new opportunities and enhance their post-secondary education in British Columbia, Canada. In 2014-15, they not only completed their MBA’s, they founded FreshWorks…

Executive Coaching

What is Executive Coaching Anyway?

Lately, we’ve had a few Innovation Boulevard clients ask us about executive coaching. They are working quite successfully with their EIR on their growth-oriented businesses, but want something different to develop their own skills and leadership approach. So, what is executive coaching anyway? Executive coaching is a collaborative dialog between a coach and a client…

Q&A with Innovation Boulevard CEO Louise Turner

Q&A with Innovation Boulevard CEO Louise Turner

Invest Surrey just published a great interview they had with Innovation Boulevard CEO, Louise Turner.   Check out the original article here. ________________________________ Earlier this year, Innovation Boulevard welcomed a new CEO, Louise Turner, to lead the organization into its next phase of growth and development. Louise has held senior executive positions in both the private…

Marketing Coop Student Hiring

So…you’re hiring a marketing co-op student?

I’ve had the privilege of being part of tech start-ups that understood the value of a senior marketing role in the early stages of a company’s life. From defining and verifying a target market, to developing and testing the value proposition, to the early stages of content development and sales education, to the formulation of…

Innovation Boulevard Funding Options

Funding, Grants, and More

Some businesses bootstrap it; some businesses take on debt; some go for outside investment; and many do all three. We also wanted to share with you a brief synopsis of a number of other funding sources that many of our clients have taken advantage of. Keep in mind that many of these programs change frequently,…


Surrey, BC – A Hotbed for Mental Health Innovation

In May 2018, during Mental Health Week,  Invest Surrey published a great article about Mental Health in Surrey, including highlighting some of the work Innovation Boulevard member companies are doing in this space.  Check out the original article here. “Mental health is an increasing challenge for Canadians, with one in five Canadians experiencing mental illness…

BC Business

BC Business Names Innovation Boulevard CEO as one of BC’s Most Influential Women

March 1, 2018 – BC Business Magazine provides their fourth annual celebration of the province’s top female influencers and salutes those making an impact in science, technology, engineering and math.  The publication interviewed a panel of STEM pioneers about the challenges still facing women in the field, but also shares “the good news: despite these…


New CEO Hired to Lead Innovation Boulevard

SURREY, British Columbia, January 16, 2018 – Innovation Boulevard is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Turner as its new CEO, effective January 2, 2018. Louise will be responsible for all operations while she leads Innovation Boulevard into its next phase of growth and development. “I’m delighted that we have attracted such a knowledgeable, experienced…

Innovation Boulevard HealthTech Accelerator

Innovation Boulevard Launched as Western Canada’s First HealthTech Accelerator

Pictured from left to right: Carl Anderson – President and CEO of British Columbia Innovation Council; Dr. Peter Payne – President and CEO of Innovation Boulevard; Honourable Amrik Virk – Minister of Technology, Innovation, and Citizen’s Services; Nathalie Le Prohon – Vice President, Healthcare Industry at IBM Canada; Dino Trevisani – President of IBM Canada…

Finance Minister

Canada’s Minister of Finance visits Innovation Boulevard to Learn about the Innovation Continuum in Surrey, BC

April 3, 2017 – Surrey, BC An announcement was made at the BC Tech Summit that Innovation Boulevard has been chosen to be BC’s only Health Technology Accelerator, dedicated to commercializing medical devices.Towards this, Innovation Boulevard is working with health authorities and the ministry to secure a technology adoption process for our companies so that…

IB Event at SFU June 29

“The Front and Back-End of Innovation”

June 29, 2016 SFU Surrey Over 200 people attended the Innovation Boulevard event ‘The Front and Back-End of Innovation: Competing on the International Stage.’ A key message from the health and industry leaders at the event was that for BC’s health technology sector to thrive, support must extend through the health system where evidence of…


New Partnership with France’s SATT Grand Centre

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizes a relationship between Canadian researchers and Societe d’Acceleration du Transfer de Technologies (SATT) Grand Centre, which serves as a key interface between its network of researchers and companies to promote innovation in four French regions. Read the SFU news release.