Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President and vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary
The #SheInnovates stories team sat down with Dr. Elizabeth Cannon to discuss the role of women in innovation. Get involved at She Innovates Global.
#SheInnovates Stories: Innovation is solving the world's problems. What problem are you solving?
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon: Creating an environment where entrepreneurial thinking thrives.
#SheInnovates: When did you realize your innovation was a breakthrough?
EC: When students and faculty across disciplines embraced the concept of entrepreneurial thinking.
#SheInnovates: What were some unexpected obstacles you overcame in the innovation process?
EC: Having people see entrepreneurial thinking as an opportunity, not a threat.
#SheInnovates: What inspires you to love your work?
EC: Working with students and being inspired by their energy and creativity.
#SheInnovates: What do you hope that young women coming behind you take from your work?
EC: Find a passion to make a difference and don’t set limits on what you can accomplish.
#SheInnovates: Why are women in innovation important?
EC: Women represent half of the population, so their own perspectives and experiences are key in shaping new innovations.
Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.