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Join Alberta Innovates and SHEInnovates on September 15, 2020 as we bring women to centre stage sharing insights and unique stories on how they bring innovation into their workplaces. Women Leading Innovation is an engaging morning of panelists and speakers who are at the top of the innovation game in their industries.  


Facebook’s Arielle Gross Samuels to Give Keynote Address

SHEInnovates and Alberta Innovates are proud to present our keynote Arielle Gross Samuels, Head of Global Business Strategy and Engagement at Facebook. At Facebook since 2013, she has held a number of roles at the company and has achieved many personal and professional successes, including being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing and Advertising, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, and serving as a Representative on the United Nations Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change.

Join us on September 15th for this virtual Inventures Unbound experience on Women Leading Innovation.



Jennifer Koury

Jennifer Koury has more than 35 years of professional experience including C-suite leadership roles and international experience. Currently, Jennifer sits on a number of public and not-for-profit boards in Canada. In September 2017, Jennifer was appointed Co-Chair of the first public/private partnership for the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a branch of the United Nations. Jennifer leads the New York-based GICC which is a group comprised of 25 global companies and institutions supporting and empowering women and girls in innovation. Jennifer is also Co-Chair for SHEInnovates Alberta, the first official pilot Chapter for UN Women.

Carrie Fanai

Carrie Fanai is a biological engineer and innovation culture enthusiast. She is searching for the next big thing in bitumen processing at Suncor Energy Inc. where she is creating value as an intrapreneur. In her role as Program Lead for Bitumen Value Chain Optimization, Enterprise Technology, Carrie is bringing her knowledge of the innovation ecosystem and technology development to support the team’s transformational mandate. Her 3-dimensional career experience, including oil sands, technology accelerators, environmental government approvals, bio and agri-food product commercialization, business development and business ownership, provides a fresh perspective when it comes to tackling multifaceted problems.

Mary Tidlund

Mary Anne Tidlund is an award-winning oil and gas entrepreneur and global philanthropist. She is a founder and board member of public corporations and not-for-profits, as well as an inspirational speaker, author and advisor.

Kelly Chambliss

As Managing Partner of IBM Global Business Services Americas, Kelly Chambliss leads a business unit which provides consulting, systems integration, business process outsourcing and application management services across the United States, Canada and Latin America. The business she leads is focused on helping organizations and companies become Cognitive Enterprises, enabled by Hybrid Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation. She also serves on the CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR) board as an Independent director. Kelly lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two young children.

Cara Wolf

Cara Wolf is the Founder and CEO of Ammolite Analytx, a boutique incubator and advisory firm specializing in business ventures related to technology innovations, machine learning and cyber security for global companies, government and private sector clients.

Shannon Bowen-Smed

Shannon Bowen-Smed was born an entrepreneur. Her mother, Laverne Bowen, founded BOWEN Group in 1974 and Shannon grew up in the business. In 1996, Shannon became BOWEN Group's CEO. With more than 36 years of experience in the recruitment industry, she has guided BOWEN Group to its place as the leading Canadian recruitment and contractor management firm. Shannon serves on the board of the YWCA, Calgary Zoo, Calgary Economic Development and Women’s Executive Network, and was named a SHEInnovator by the United Nations earlier in 2020.

Dawn de Lima

Dawn de Lima is Chief Shared Services Officer at TransAlta Corporation. Dawn is the Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement Canada and co-chairs SHEInnovates Alberta, a not-for-profit organization that highlights women-led innovation in Alberta.

Gillian McKercher

Gillian McKercher is a filmmaker and co-founder of Kino Sum Productions. She directed the feature film, Circle of Steel, and is currently producing a feature-length documentary for CBC.

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Temple Grandin

Honoured in 2010 by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Temple has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals.

At two years of age, Temple showed all the signs of severe autism, and worked tirelessly through intensive teachings and speech therapy to learn to speak. Since then, she has earned a lengthy list of achievements, including a New York Times best-selling book, Animals in Translation, and numerous recognitions, such as the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute.

Currently, Temple is a professor at Colorado State University, where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.

Dr. Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine at Singularity University since SU’s inception, and founded and is chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.

Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children’s Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford. He has multiple patents on medical devices, including immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco.

Arlene Dickinson

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the toughest of economic times, sharing backstage stories from “The Den,” or giving audiences a look into her personal story of success, Dickinson’s experience and expertise always shine through.

Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the CEO of District Ventures Capital a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors.

Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den, an investor on The Big Decision, and a judge on Recipe to Riches. She is the author of two bestselling books — Persuasion, and her most recent bestselling release, All In.

Her success and leadership have been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as being recognized with PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners Awards.

Dickinson is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Concordia University, Saint Mary’s University and NAIT. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal. She also sits on numerous public and private boards and is dedicated to giving back to her community and country.

Michelle Romanow

Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. Michele brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage, including as a co-founder of Clearbanc, which gave entrepreneurs more than $100 million in funding, just this year alone. Named in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada,” awarded Angel Investor of the Year by the Canadian Innovation Awards, and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’s “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele is a prolific angel investor who has also co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage more women entrepreneurs.

Guy Kawasaki

Guy is an expert on entrepreneurship, social media, and marketing. He is the chief evangelist of Canva, a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, and an executive fellow of the HAAS School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Alex Miller

Alex Miller is president and founder of Esri Canada, which provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions to Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors. He founded Esri Canada in 1984 and has led the company through more than three decades of growth. With about 400 employees, the company serves more than 12,000 customers in various industries. In 2015, Esri Canada became a Gold Standard winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and in 2016 was named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

Mr. Miller has long supported the Canadian technology sector and a wide variety of technology-based businesses, startups and nonprofits. As a thought leader in the world of location analytics, he has delivered many keynote speeches and presentations at international and local conferences. He has often consulted with industries and the Government of Canada, on how location analytics can help them cope with the fast-paced nature of change currently disrupting their environments. He was a member of the Open Government Advisory Panel and recently has been advising on the creation of the Federal Geospatial Platform, being used by government ministries.

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys skiing, cycling and photography.


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