Criminnovation Update


Criminnovation Update

March 7, 2019


“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell

What a great weekend we had at the Criminnovation event, held at Laurier’s new Brantford campus. The last time I visited Brantford, I remember their downtown storefronts were boarded up and barren. Such a sad scene for the Great One’s hometown. But Laurier’s entrance into the city has breathed a new and vibrant life, with its effects surely to be seen for many years to come.

As much as Laurier has made a significant impact in the Brantford community, Laurier is also impacting the future with incredibly progressive programs like the User Experience Design (BDes) led by Dr. Abby Goodrum.

There were many great ideas coming out of the Crimminnovation event, but the students from the BDes program really stood out with their relevant and well-thought solutions. One sharp BDes student, Nithin Paul Elbin, took home the prize for his great social innovation idea. Stay tuned for a post on his idea.

During the dinner break, I was able to share with the students my 3 Principles of Analytics Success: 1. Know your stuff; 2. Think different; 3. Go with the flow. Through a story-telling journey of my career, paralleled with a tale of horse race betting, I demonstrated how following those three principles led to successful outcomes. I’ll share this with you in a future post.

If you ever get a chance to speak with students, don’t pass it up. They’re receptive to learning from your experience and are still eager in their desires to reach their potential.


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