ESEC 2019 – Keynote Address

January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Room 116, Wallberg Building

ESEC 2019 Keynote Address

The value of innovation: most companies value innovative thinking, but what is it and how do you actually do “innovation”?

Brett Huneycutt, Co-Founder and COO, Wealthsimple

These days, every company (and person) will tell you they are innovative. They are trying to cultivate more innovation at work. They deeply value innovative thinking. They invest in innovation. But how do we actually “do” innovation? What does it look like in practice? In this informative talk, Wealthsimple co-founder and COO Brett Huneycutt describes how truly innovative companies approach innovation like a process, not a product. It’s woven into the very DNA of a successful company. It allows it to constantly iterate, reinvent a sector, enter new markets, and solve problems. And it’s the core element that helps a company grow.

Biography:  Brett Huneycutt is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Wealthsimple, a leading financial technology company operating in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Wealthsimple launched in September 2014 and quickly established itself as a leader in Canada, and in under four years, it has grown to manage $3 billion for more than 100,000 clients.

Previously, Brett co-founded the Y Combinator startup 1000memories, which was acquired by in 2012. He began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York and Mexico City.

Brett holds a Masters in Economics with Distinction from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and an Economics and Math degree from Boston College.