Your Canadian Community of Practice (CoP) of Innovation Labs

The CaNeoLabs Experience

The CaNeoLabs Experience is the first national gathering of Canadian Innovation labs organized by The Laboratoire en innovation ouverte (LLio: Open Innovation Lab), in collaboration with Social Innovation Canada (SI Canada), with the participation of the Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS) and the financial support of the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations Canadiennes (SQRC). 

This year’s event will take place in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, on October 26 and 27, 2022.

The CaNeoLabs Experience offers a space for managers, facilitators, and researchers, among others interested in the Living Lab approach and participatory and collaborative methodologies, to: 

  • Strengthen your connections;
  • Encourage cross-learning;
  • Have access to peer support; 
  • Define and co-create the next steps for the CoP

Call for Practitioner Participation in the CaNeoLabs Experience

Would you like to get involved in the first CaNeoLabs meeting?

We invite you to share your experience and send a proposal for a contribution related to the following topics:

  • Equity, reconciliation, inclusion, social justice 

To address this theme, we invite practitioners to share methodologies, approaches, experiences, cases, and tools to tackle current and emerging challenges to facilitate equal access to tangible and intangible resources and social capital for all individuals and communities. 


  • Ecological transition 

This theme invites practitioners to specifically share methodologies, approaches, experiences, cases and tools to address current and emerging challenges to promote climate change mitigation as well as new models of socio-economic and territorial innovation practices, among others.

  • Public sector innovation

Proposals in this track focus on practices, methodologies, approaches, experiences, cases, and tools to address current and emerging challenges to foster innovation in processes, products, or services, administration, and governance in the public sector.


  • Other topics

Applicants may also suggest another topic in their proposal.

How will your proposal be evaluated?

Proposals will be evaluated by the CaNeoLabs evaluation committee based on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Quality and impact of the idea 
  • Relevance of your theme to the objectives of the CoP
  • Added value for the participants 
  • Adaptability of the proposals to different contexts 

What happens if your proposal is accepted?

Accepted proposals will be presented at the CaNeoLabs Experience in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, on October 26 and 27.

The selected participants will receive an amount to cover part of their travel and accommodation expenses upon presentation of invoices and according to the reimbursement policy of the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in sharing your significant experience with CaNeoLabs, then please feel free to participate and apply via this form.

The call for participation for the CaNeoLabs Experience is open.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2022.

Please feel free to contact us at, if you have any questions.

Discover the highlights

of the needs assessment survey that took place during April 2022

Discover CaNeoLabs!


CaNeoLabs aims to co-construct a community of practice to bring out the needs of the various Canadian innovation labs and to promote the sharing of visions, methods, tools, and expertise. A community of practice as a lever to continuously mutualize knowledge and skills to improve and evolve, across Canada, the best collaborative practices focused on people.


  • With an empathetic attitude to better understand your needs, expectations, and challenges, in order to co-construct a customized community of practice.
  • By prioritizing together, based on the data collected, the topics, themes and formats to be prioritized for the community.

For whom

  • Managers, facilitators, and researchers, among other members of Living Labs (LL), Social Innovation Labs, and other Canadian Labs.
  • All organizations and individuals that are interested in the Living Lab approach and participatory and collaborative methodologies.
  • Experts in LL, social innovation, participatory approaches, and open innovation, among others.


To forge an additional link and increase connectivity and exchange between existing labs and those that have emerged over the past 10 years. CaNeoLabs wants to empower practitioners to:

  • Share challenges overcome and to come;
  • Compensate the limitations of some, with the strengths of others;
  • Encourage the implementation and scaling of innovative and structuring solutions;
  • Integrate the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity into the practice;
  • Encourage the adoption of means and strategies to increase your potential impact.
Jean-Francois in reflection on the community of practice

What is a community of practice?

It is a group of people with a concern or problems on the same subject or a common interest, who regularly exchange to learn from each other, share ideas and thus improve their expertise, find solutions, and co-construct new knowledge (Wenger et al., 2002).

2022 Calendar

APRIL : Needs assessment survey

MAY  : Virtual meetings

JUNE : Call for participation in the CaNeolabs Experience

FALL 2022:  The CaNeoLabs Experience in Rivière-du-Loup

The CaNeoLabs Experience

Let’s meet in Rivière-du-Loup, to : 

  1. Strengthen our connections;
  2. Encourage cross-learning;
  3. Access to peer support; 
  4. Define together the community’s next steps.

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