Innovation Collective

The Innovation Collective, which will be managed by the City’s Business Development, Culture and Tourism Department and supported by an Innovation Collective Operating Committee, will look to streamline processes and support to make it easier and more accessible for local and regional entrepreneurs to participate in and grow their business through the innovation economy.

Innovation collectives create and support new ideas, products, and services. The goal of the Innovation Collective is to attract and support entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experiences to collaborate, explore and implement digital technologies that create new solutions to solve existing challenges and problems, which results in innovative economic growth. This type of environment fosters creativity, experimentation and risk-taking, which are all essential components of innovation.

Operating Committee Information

The Innovation Collective will be supported by an operating committee consisting of members from Lakehead University, Orillia Area CDC, Georgian College, Simcoe County, the City of Orillia and two innovation experts from the local community. Orillia Council will provide its support through a liaison team of Mayor Don McIsaac and Coun. Whitney Smith. The liaison team will also include an additional business leader within the community who will be responsible to report back to Council semi-annually with progress updates on the objectives and outcomes of the Innovation Collective.


See information on the Innovation Collective Operational Committee Expression of Interest.

Information & Resources

News Release - March 1, 2023: Orillia to launch Innovation Collective

Council Report - February 28, 2023: Innovation Collective

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