Inventures 2021 and COVID-19
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January 26, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm MST
Our world is changing rapidly. The rising cost of healthcare, an aging population and evolving consumer expectations are driving the demand for new models of care in Alberta and beyond. Harnessing the power of digital health technologies can accelerate improvements across the system and establish the foundation for more affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare.
Join us on January 26 to hear directly from thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators on the future of healthcare.
The half-day live stream event will feature world-class leaders discussing key digital health themes:
The Digital Health Summit is a must attend event for healthcare professionals, innovators, industry leaders and policy makers.
Michael Houghton is a Professor at the University of Alberta and Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Applied Virology. He served as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Virology from 2010 to 2018. He was recently named the 2020 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine along with Harvey Alter and Charles Rice for the discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus. Dr. Houghton has received numerous international prizes for his work including the 2000 Clinical Lasker Award and the Canadian CLF-CASL gold medal in 2012. His passion is the application of biomedical research to prevent disease.
Dornoosh holds a PhD in AI in medical imaging with more than 12 years of experience in leading clinical research. She is CEO and co-founder of MEDO and a member of the Gov of Canada’s Advisory Council on AI.
Xinjie Cui has over 25 years of experience in supporting policy decisions through data, analytics, and research. She has a deep understanding and knowledge in areas of data sharing and linkage, information privacy and governance, policy making processes, and research using health and non-health administrative data. She was instrumental in establishing the Child and Youth Data Lab that linked and analyzed data from multiple provincial ministries on over 20 health, education and social services programs. Currently as the Chief Analytics Officer of PolicyWise for Children & Families, she leads a team of scientists and data analysts to provide data analytics support to various clients from the public as well as the nonprofit sectors. Xinjie holds a Bachelor’s degree in medicine, a PhD in psychology and a MBA.
Heather Chalmers is President and CEO of GE Canada, and President of GE Healthcare Canada. She heads partnership initiatives with business and government leaders to reposition Canada’s economy for the future with a focus on climate change, digital, AI and Additive Manufacturing. Heather holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business. She serves on the boards of the C.D. Howe Institute, Ontario Brain Institute and St. Elizabeth Health Foundation. Heather is also a member of the Business Council of Canada and the Rotman School of Management’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Council.
Ryan Van Wert, MD is a co-founder and CEO of Vynca. Dr. Van Wert is also a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University.
Dr. Verna Yiu is a longtime front-line care provider and healthcare administrator who serves as President and CEO of Alberta Health Services, Canada's first and largest province-wide health system.
Dale's healthcare career spans 24 years, 15 of those years in operational healthcare (Intermountain Healthcare, Northwestern University, Cayman Islands National Health System) and nine of those years as chief technology and product officer at Health Catalyst (NASDQ: HCAT). Prior to healthcare, he spent 14 years in the space and defense sector. He currently serves as an Executive Partner at Ardan Equity, a private equity firm specializing in healthcare-centric software and big data investments and acquisitions. He also serves as a Board member for HealthTree, a patient/physician community and data portal, pursuing a cure for multiple myeloma, ALS, and other rare diseases.
Thin Air Health Lead at Thin Air Labs, founder & board member at BranchOut Neurological Foundation, former national level speed skater, dog lover and MS patient advocate.
Connect with entrepreneurs, startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking partners, advisors and capital. Inventures is a one-stop opportunity to assess fast-growing players and discover investment gems!
Access investors, thought leaders and fellow entrepreneurs through keynotes, panels, pitch competitions and informal networking opportunities. Come pitch the pros!
Inventures provides multiple programming streams for discovery, sharing and deeper learning in emerging and transforming industries. This is your front-row seat to innovation!
Showcase solutions for the startup, scale and spread of networks that tap into and feed the exponential growth of the global innovation knowledge hub. Be where the future is!
Priscila Chaves has worked at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and impact for over 15 years, collaborating with multinationals and startups in North & Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. She's a technology ethicist, impact entrepreneur and keynote speaker on topics related to the future of our society.
Mara Lewis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and was previously the Managing Director at the Start Co. accelerator. In 2016 Mara co-founded ID8, a corporate innovation and CVC consulting firm. ID8 works with some of the world’s most recognized companies to help them pursue strategic partnerships, invest capital in startups, and overcome innovation hurdles. Mara sits on the Board of the Consumer Technology Association (producers of CES) and is the Chairman of the CTA Investment Committee, overseeing a $100M venture capital fund.
Jilliane Yawney has helped over 1000 people get onstage to share their story. She is a Story Coach and the creator of the Core 7 Stories for Business™ framework.
Charlton Cunningham serves as the Ecosystems Program Manager at HBCUvc, an organization dedicated to bringing more diversity into the venture capital industry.
Alfredo is Co-CEO of US Market Access Center, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator that helps international startups with global market expansion via Silicon Valley. Since 2011, more than $1.5 billion in funding has been raised by 224 startup alumni.
Senator at World Business Angel Investment Forum; Serial Entrepreneur.Angel investor ,VC; Founder/ Partner of Invert UP a Seed Capital fund registered at the National Stock exchange, Costa Rica www.invertup.com; Founder and CEO of Parque Tec an accelerator and Business incubator specialized in ICT, Costa Rica, ,www.parquetec.org; Founder / Partner of the first financial newspaper in Costa Rica : El Financiero.www.elfinancierocr.com; Co founder of the First Financial newspaper in Panama: Capital Financiero.www.capitalfinanciero.com; Founder of the Costa Rica Business Angel Network Link Inversiones
Ebrahim is the President & Co-Founder of Patronicity, a civic & community crowdfunding platform built to inspire growth and change in placemaking throughout cities and towns, both urban and rural, across the country. Growing Patronicity to be more than just a civic crowdfunding platform, he has led Patronicity to change the way grants are administered and how communities come together to envision, build and create more sustainable and impactful projects meaningful to them.
P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS is a scientist, author, food personality, and entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to researching and communicating what we eat and why it matters, from farm to fork. An internationally recognized expert on plant-based diets and disease prevention, she refocused her career on science communication in 2012 to bring evidence to today’s food and nutrition conversations and launched Food Matters Multimedia, LLC, in 2019.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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 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.
For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. WD aims to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development.
Calgary is an economic force and a catalyst for today’s trailblazers. This is a diverse city that embraces change and change-makers, and supports and sustains its communities and its people. There is opportunity here – to start a business, start a new life or start an adventure. And everyone is welcome to be part of the energy.
Learn more at calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com
Since Alberta Enterprise Corporation (Alberta Enterprise) was created by the Government of Alberta in 2008, we have connected Alberta inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentors – by fostering a thriving venture capital (VC) industry in our province. We manage a fund which, via our venture capital partners, invests into technology and innovation companies.
Learn more at alberta-enterprise.ca