The Innovation Bridge Series


Welcome to the 2023-2024 series that will help you discover many aspects of innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset.  The series is open to all students and postdoctoral fellows who want to explore how their skillset can open opportunities, whether it is to start a new initiative themselves or to assist other organizations in successful ventures.

Students and postdoctoral fellows are in a unique position - talented, creative, analytical, problem solvers, innovators - yet, they rarely rank themselves high in their business acumen. Having an entrepreneurial mindset has a far greater scope than starting a business that sells a product or service. Innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset are what is needed to create solid policies, develop new processes and establish best practices. These are the skills that graduate programs build and can be transferred to any organization.

The Innovation Bridge Series will take you on a journey of exploring questions that relate to the entrepreneurial mindset and will help you bridge your skills with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem that needs you.


Is a Career in Consulting for You?  (1 hour PD credit)

Date: January 31, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST
Open to all members of the campus community (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff)

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Overview: Have you ever heard, ″Why don't you become a consultant?″  As graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, you are developing skillsets in research and project management that could make you well suited to starting your own consulting practice, but there are many factors to consider in becoming a professional consultant. Julianna Cantwell, founder of JUNA Consulting Inc., will share some key insights about running your own consulting business, what it takes to be a consultant, and a few first steps to consider.  As a mentor for the University of Alberta's Threshold Impact Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) Program, Julianna helps entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses.

Presenter: Julianna Cantwell is the President of JUNA Consulting Inc., which is a strategic human resources consulting practice that helps organizations improve individual and group performance, operating for the past 17 years. Specializing in learning & development for almost 25 years and communications for more than 20 years, Julianna logs over 100 days a year speaking and facilitating learning through Canada, as well as in the US and Europe.

Julianna is a graduate from the University of Alberta, NAIT, and MacEwan University and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She is also a Past President of the Human Resources Management Association of Edmonton (HRMAE), a former Director on the Board of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), and also served as a Director on the Board for Little Warriors.

Julianna is currently a mentor in the University of Alberta's Threshold Impact Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) Program, which helps entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses. When she is not working, mentoring others or volunteering in the community, she enjoys travelling, hiking in the mountains, beach-combing at the ocean and riding the trails on both her
mountain and road bikes.

More sessions to be announced for 2024. Stay tuned...

Previous Presentations

Previous Presentations

  • October 28, 2020 What Is the World of Creativity, Innovation, and ET? with Drs. Deborah James and Tony Briggs
  • November 12, 2020 Now What? Developing Your Innovation with Luke Butterworth
  • January 27, 2021 Finding Your Place in the World of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Mark Benning
  • February 17, 2021 Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Building the Team and Network for Success with Sandra Spencer
  • March 17, 2021 Using Your Passion to Build a Sustainable Community Venture with Omar Yaqub
  • April 21, 2021 Is Consulting a Career For You? with Julianna Cantwell
  • May 5, 2021 Mitacs Entrepreneurship Accelerate Opportunity with Trevor Wiltzen, Dr. Eric Loo, Dr. Amirreza Sohrabi, and Dr. Matt Baron Anderson
  • September 29, 2021 Innovation for Emerging Scholars with Dr. Tony Briggs 
  • October 27, 2021 Making the World a Better Place with Matt Moreau
  • November 24, 2021 What do I do with my idea? With Manish Jha
  • January 26, 2022 Do you have the 'innovation" gene? with Jane Halford
  • February 3, 2022 Leading Within with Marian Gayed
  • March 23, 2022 Accelerators, Incubators, Scale-up and Seed Stage Start-Ups with Dr. Paramita Chaudhuri Basu
  • April 23, 2022 Building a Team for Success with Sandra Spencer
  • September 21, 2022  Innovation for Emerging Scholars with Dr. Tony Briggs 
  • October 19, 2022 Venture Capitalist Journey with Dr. Moein Giashi
  • November 23, 2022 Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer, and Another Piece of the Puzzle with Dr. Quang Tran
  • January 25, 2023 How to Raise Funds with Dr. Paramita Chaudhuri Basu
  • February 15, 2023 A Risky Path with Evan Hu
  • March 29, 2023 So You Want To Be a Consultant with Kristina Polziehn
  • April 26, 2023 Do You Want To Serve Your Community? How About Social Entrepreneurship? with Dr. Leo Wong 
  • May 24, 2023 How to get engaged in entrepreneurship? with Dr. David Bressler

  • September 27, 2023 Innovation for Emerging Scholars with Dr. Tony Briggs
  • October 18, 2023 Entrepeneurship, Innovation and the Library with Céline Gareau-Brennan and Patti Sherbaniuk
  • November 29, 2023 Start to Start-up with Dr. Mike Lipsett