Wine Down Wednesday: Driving Innovation through Intrapreneurship


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Wed, December 01, 2021





Zoom details will be sent 48 hours before meeting date.


When:Wednesday, December 1, 2021
6:00PM (US Central)

United States

Presenter:Irene Sterian, PEng, REMAP Founder, President & CEO; Director of Technology & Innovation, Celestica

Contact:Karlie Severinson
+1 952-920-7682

Online registration is available until: 12/1/2021

*This meeting is exclusively for SMTA Members

Meeting Outline 

There is a need for both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

1. To cultivate a culture of intrapreneurship you must work from and celebrate failure, allow for big risk and big reward, and have your employees undergo education and training.

2. Businesses need more than one department or one employee to drive innovation, it must be pervasive throughout the company and be fostered at an individual level.

3. The current pandemic presents an opportunity for intrapreneurs to experiment, fail often and fail fast, and develop new business models.

4. Call to Action: There is an intrapreneurship gap between multinationals and SMEs. The government should provide the same benefits, resources and talent to SMEs that they provide to multinationals, which would enable SMEs to pivot to new sectors, adopt new technologies, export to new markets, create resilient supply chains and innovate without fear of failure.


About our Speaker, Irene Sterian

Irene Sterian, PEng
Founder, President & CEO, REMAP
Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica

Irene is a strategic technology leader with over 30 years of experience in electronics. Irene has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a driving force in the future of manufacturing in Canada. Irene presents significant accomplishments in engineering management & pioneered environmentally safe, sustainable manufacturing technologies. Irene is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and holds a patent in high density, high performance memory circuit packaging.

As a successful engineering executive, Irene has demonstrated incredible creative vision with the ability to forge successful large-scale, cross-sector partnerships. Her work has resulted in unprecedented investments in Canadian commercial R&D in electronics manufacturing. These investments support start-ups and small-tomedium enterprises (SMEs) in the healthcare, energy, ICT and aerospace sectors.

Irene continues to give back to the engineering community as a regular contributor to global manufacturing standards at international associations through several board membership and steering committee appointments, including Canada's first advanced manufacturing supercluster, NGen Canada. Irene is a regular contributor to the World Manufacturing Forum Report and many other industry publications.

As a frequent industry expert and conference speaker, Irene co-hosted the 2018 Ontario Economic Forum (Future of Work) and was a Canada 2020 Future of Work panelist. Irene delivers "Smart Manufacturing for a Connected World" seminars and workshops from coast-to-coast to increase the adoption of Industry X.0 in Canada - a strategy for Canadian businesses to navigate the digital economy, accelerate growth, and increase global competitiveness.

Key accomplishments
• Three-time GOLD winner at the 2020 Stevie® International Business Awards
• Innovator of the Year
• Executive of the Year (Manufacturing)
• Executive of the Year (NFP)
• 2019 Medal for Management, Ontario Professional Engineers
• Architect and Founder of a $50M Business-Led NCE with over 400 participants, reaching upward of
• 10,000 mentoring hours
• Managed large 50+ engineering teams (Thailand, Malaysia, China, United States & Canada)
• Led an engineering team to implement first 5 SMT / flip chip assembly lines
• Leveraged the Ontario Green Energy Act legislation for new solar factory in region



Wine Down Wednesday Information:

Wine Down Wednesday Organizers:

Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation
Priyanka Dobriyal, Intel Corporation
Marie Cole, IBM Systems
Michelle Ogihara, Seika Machinery, Inc.
Tanya Martin, CMP, SMTA
Jessica Molloy, ZESTRON Americas
Sherry Stepp, KYZEN Corporation
Karlie Severinson, SMTA

Mission Statement:

“Wine Down Wednesdays, sponsored by the SMTA Women's Leadership Program, is held for women and male allies from diverse backgrounds to gather, share knowledge and exchange experiences in order to support women in the industry by providing solutions and guidance.”


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