Businesses today are caught in the currents of disruption and transformation. Fortunately, technology has been improving steadily and favourably to give businesses that stronghold they need to stay afloat, but what else does it take to preserve sustainability today?
SME business owners and experts made up the crowd of 800 guests at Canon’s Think Big Leadership Business Series on the 18th and 19th of May 2017. Themed Transformation Now, SME business owners were treated to a host of speakers at Marina Mandarin’s Grand Ballroom, sharing insights into keeping up with today’s cosmopolitan times.
Just after their morning coffees and bites, the guests and speakers flocked into the Grand Ballroom and filled up the seats. The buoyant mood in the room came with the guests exchanging pleasantries and perceptions amongst fellow SME business owners, before Director & General Manager of Business Imaging Solutions, Canon Singapore, Mr. Vincent Low, got proceedings underway by delivering the welcome address.
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Ms. Sim Ann, was next to take the stage for her keynote address, where she emphasised on the necessity for SMEs to embrace digital transformation in today’s technological landscape.
The first day’s events included talks from Dr. Tan Khee Giap, Mr. Stuart Smith, and Dr. Wilson Chew, before the panel discussion on stage that focussed on just what it takes to make a difference to our businesses. Ms. Catherine Chong, Deputy Director of Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), reiterated on the importance of going back to basics amidst transformation, in a conversation that brought about many laughs and applauses amongst fellow panellists Mr. Ho Meng Kit, Dr. Tan Khee Giap and Dr. Wilson Chew, and indeed the audience.
Also on the itinerary was the unveiling and launch of the third generation of imageRUNNER-ADVANCE multifunction printers, and this was timely done with a symbolic button-pressing ceremony that took place on stage. Esteemed guests of honour for the launch included Mr. Kazuhiro Ozawa, Mr. Masayuki Murase, Mr. Melvyn Ho, and Mr. Vincent Low.
Mr. Masayuki Murase is General Manager of Office Imaging Products Sales Planning Division, Canon Inc., and was also part of the second day’s agenda. Mr. Murase delivered his welcome address, before presenting the audience with the launch video for the third generation of the Canon imageRUNNER-ADVANCE multifunction printers.
The Canon imageRUNNER-ADVANCE multifunction printers, including the latest third generation instalment, were all exhibited at the Technology Showcase area just outside the Grand Ballroom. The guests were given a walkthrough of the multifunction printers, along with Canon’s Business Imaging Solutions that were also on display.
To be future-ready will require you to be equipped with skills today that will allow you to seize opportunities that come tomorrow. This edition of Think Big Leadership Business Series 2017 proved to be a rousing success with our guests and speakers mingling and exchanging wisdom amongst each other over our speaker line-ups, and even over lunch.
Check out our event photo gallery, featuring the rest of our celebrated speaker lineup:
Stay tuned to our Think Big website and our Canon Singapore LinkedIn page for more post-event coverage, and see you at our next event of this series!