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Sun, April 5, 2020

Inventures 2020 Rescheduled to 2021

Due to concerns for the health and safety of our participants, staff and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inventures team has rescheduled this year’s event to 2021 and announced new, virtual programming. Click here for updates.


Clyde Hutchinson

Through Journey Partners, Clyde leads several international innovation and startup programs in Aviation/Travel, including Propeller Shannon and Viva Air Labs.

Emmanuel Adegboye

Emmanuel is the managing partner of Utopia Lagos and is leading Utopia's emerging efforts across Africa. Utopia is an urban innovation group that aims to build the urban ecosystem for emerging cities and their slums across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Jen Riedel

Jen Riedel is the program manager for Techstars Boston. Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through Jen's work, she is accelerating some of the highest-profile early-stage and growth companies in the world.

Leigh-Ann Buchanan

Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq., is the founding executive director of Venture Cafe Miami.  Under her leadership, VCM's innovation programming has attracted over 45,000 participants, resulting in content partnerships with 1,000+ organizations and 1,600+ free educational sessions.  Leigh-Ann leads initiatives designed to increase inclusion, access, and greater connectivity within Miami's innovation and entrepreneurial community through high-impact partnerships and programs.

Priscila Chaves

Pricilla is an advocate for the ethical use of technology to benefit the planet and humanity. Her work is around the risks and opportunities the future presents. She has worked at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and impact for over 15 years, collaborating with multinationals and startups in North and Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.

Scott Resnick

Scott is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of a 50,000-sq.-ft. innovation hub in Madison, WI. He is a serial entrepreneur who bootstrapped a company to eight figures in revenue and has built products for organizations like FedEx, American Family Insurance, and Coleman Campers.

Sweta Chakraborty

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist. She is recognized as an expert communicator who helps household decision-makers better understand existing and emerging risks to be better prepared to thrive on a rapidly changing planet. She is the U.S. Representative for We Don't Have Time, a solution-oriented social network for the climate crisis.

Yuval Yarden

Yuval Yarden is with The Keystone Podcast and Jolt.io.

All Speakers



Adaptation at the pace of innovation is deepening human to humanoid interaction through automation and machine learning.


Advancements in genomics and real time sensor data, combined with the far-reaching zero waste movement, is driving a wholesale redesign of food production and processing systems.


Combined with machine learning, AI is creating new predictive capabilities, solving industry challenges and enabling breakthroughs in drug research, bio-industrial materials and more.


Sensor technology, predictive data models, advanced algorithms and robotics are at the heart of the transformation in how health care is designed, delivered and received.


Climate-resilient, resource-efficient communities are emerging on a foundation of smart electricity grids, regenerative utility systems, 3-D construction technologies and sustainable materials.


There are an estimated 20 billion active IoT devices in use. This is driving monumental leaps in blockchain, quantum computing, fintech and an augmented analytics market.

Previous Keynotes

In just two years we’ve had over 400 speakers on our Inventures stages. We’re planning to outdo ourselves for 2020.

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.

Creating the Future for Energy Resources

The future of energy production and consumption is at the forefront of global conversations. Through innovation, tremendous opportunities can be created for new uses of conventional energy resources, including Bitumen Beyond Combustion and Blue Hydrogen. These and other energy transforming technologies will be explored at Inventures 2020 through a special series of sessions sponsored by Alberta Innovates in conjunction with industry partners.

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Inventures is for…


Connect with entrepreneurs, startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking partners, advisors and capital. Assess fast-growing players through pitch competitions. Find the investment gems!


Access investors, thought leaders and fellow entrepreneurs through keynotes, panels, pitch competitions and informal networking opportunities. Come pitch to 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!


Inventures is 72 hours of uninhibited creative collisions. From keynote presentations and curated sessions, to startup pitch competitions and Hackathons. Plus the Base Camp Trade Show, a new place to explore the world of leading-edge startups ready to scale the summit.

 The energy keeps flowing afterhours with Ignight, where Inventures spills into the streets of Calgary, Alberta. Art, fashion, music and science bring people together in unforgettable ways.


The perfect backdrop for networking and dealmaking? Calgary, Alberta! We’re talking the ideal mix of western hospitality, memorable events, and culinary wow. And for the encore—the Canadian Rockies on our doorstep. Our welcome mat has your name on it.
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