Innovation Quick Start – Southern Manitoba

  • Innovation Quick Start - Southern Manitoba
    September 21, 2022 - September 22, 2022
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Innovation Quick Start

Southern Manitoba is a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. Over 40 people from leading organizations in Southern Manitoba have already taken innovation training, and we’re seeking to radically increase those numbers to breathe even more life into the innovative spirit that already exists in the Pembina Valley. 

Learn the fundamentals of a proven, repeatable process that enables you to innovate with confidence

Through the Innovation Quick Start program you will learn to apply a proven, repeatable innovation system to address the challenges of the day.


The Innovation Quick Start program is for individuals or organizations looking to leverage a proven, repeatable system for innovation to seize opportunities and overcome challenges.


  • We have all experienced disruption to our work
  • We need new solutions to new problems
  • We need to learn the skills to keep up to and lead change
  • We need to invigorate a new economy with meaningful innovations

Everyone talks about innovation as the key to company (and career) success in this rapidly changing world. Few have had an opportunity to learn a front-to-back system to innovate – until now.


You will learn a proven, repeatable system for innovation that will accelerate your organization’s growth, while building the skillset required to quickly respond to emerging challenges or opportunities. Skills you will learn include: 

  • How to create ideas and problem solve (with methods 8x more effective than brainstorming)
  • How to use proven tools and techniques to grow your innovation skillset
  • How to develop, communicate, test and validate ideas to show return on investment
  • How to take an idea from inspiration to launch – FAST


This two-day intensive program is delivered in person in Winkler, featuring live facilitated training and engaging group work. After the two days are complete, participants must submit practical application assignments to complete their certification. 



Classes run all day on September 20th and 21st. Additionally, group coaching sessions are offered afterwards for those looking for support to complete their assignments. 

Program Modules

Module 1: Reframe

Innovation shouldn't be a buzzword in your vocabulary, it should be a system that you harness. Learn how taking a systems-thinking approach to your next project can provide clarity throughout the project and maximize your ultimate impact.


Learn how to use a Blue Card to clearly communicate your innovation challenge and elicit meaningfully unique ideas that are in direct alignment with your strategic goals.

  • Skill 1 — Meaningful Uniqueness
  • Skill 2 — Strategy Activation - Blue Card

Module 3: Generate Ideas

Meaningfully unique ideas don't just land in your lap—they are crafted by fusing smaller half-formed ideas into a single gem. Learn how to leverage the power of stimulus and diversity to create large quantities of ideas to drive innovation.

  • Skill 3 — Stimulus & Diversity
  • Skill 4 — Exploring Stimulus
  • Skill 5 — Create Session


Communicating your ideas is as important as communicating your challenges. Learn how to write with clarity and focus by including what is necessary and cutting the rest. Then take it one step further by including useful numbers that support your ideas.

  • Skill 6 — Concept Alignment - Yellow Cards
  • Skill 7 — Concept Improvement
  • Skill 8 — Estimating Concept Value

Module 5: PLAN, DO, STUDY, ACT

Get smarter without wasting your time, energy, or resources. Ideas start off as a loosely interconnected network of thoughts. Through Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles, those ideas are refined into fully-formed paths forward. Learn how to identify critical risks associated with your idea and land at a well-formulated business case for implementation.
  • Skill 9 — Plan, Do, Study, Act
  • Skill 10 — PDSA Best Practices
  • Skill 11 — PDSA Concept Prototypes
  • Skill 12 — PDSA Functional Prototypes


Kathy Andrew

Kathy’s energy and experience supporting strategy and innovation projects are invaluable when working with teams and organizations. Her focus on collaboration brings an intuitive approach to the work when facilitating innovation programs, strategic planning engagements, and breakthrough workshops.

With 10 years of experience driving cross-departmental strategic initiatives for the Government of Manitoba, Kathy has a passion for team alignment, and clarity of expectations. Kathy brings an academic understanding of human cognition, which allows her to blend theory with experience to ask tough questions that propel teams forward. Together these experiences make Kathy a dynamic trainer who brings learners along quickly for maximum impact.

Rhonda Honke

Rhonda’s commitment and drive for innovation stems from her passion to help organizations and their employees ‘win’. Her innovation certification (Black Belt – Innovation Engineering), along with executive level experience in functional areas such as Human Resources, Information Technology and Customer Service, means she is well equipped to support teams on their journey from challenge/opportunity identification through idea generation, concept testing, and solution implementation.

A certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, Rhonda is a systems thinker who supports clients with project work as well as integration of the Innovation Engineering system with existing business systems (ex. Lean, Agile/Scrum, and Stage-Gate) to maximize their results. She is often sought out as a coach to support practitioners and leaders driving for transformation in their respective organizations.

Ryan Ramsdale

Ryan is a highly motivated, results oriented people developer who engages teams and individuals with enthusiasm. With a talent for gathering teams around a compelling vision, he is passionate about facilitation of group discussions that include innovation, the improvement of systems, gains in efficiency and increased employee engagement.

With 10 years in Operational Leadership in Telecommunications, Ryan has led multiple transformation initiatives. His teams lead the country in quality and productivity contributing to multi-million-dollar revenue growth while consistently improving employee engagement.

As a facilitator and coach Ryan is talented at providing clear learning expectations and setting challenging goals. He blends humour with a clear focus on outcomes and a passion for execution on strategy.

Working with inVision Edge

Innovate Faster

Learn to apply reliable processes that foster innovation at all levels of your organization.

Powerful Yet Simple Systems and Tools

You will come away with access to many innovation-focused systems and tools you can use to accelerate innovation in your organization.

Great Things Guarantee

If you're not satisfied with your training, you get your money back. Guaranteed.


Details Price Qty
Regular Pricingshow details + $3,200.00 (CAD)*  
Group Pricing (Group of 4)show details + $2,450.00 (CAD)*  

* price does not include taxes

Scroll to Top