Speakers - Inventures

Arielle Gross Samuels

Head of Global Business Strategy and Engagement, Facebook

Arielle Gross Samuels

Arielle Gross Samuels has held a number of roles at Facebook since 2013, and has achieved many personal and professional successes, including being named one of 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. She holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and founded the Arielle Gross Engineering Visionary Scholarship Fund at her alma mater to accelerate the diversity of engineering students.

Bobbie Racette

Founder and CEO, Virtual Gurus

Bobbie Racette

Bobbie Racette is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Gurus, a Talent as a Service Solution platform that connects businesses with fractional administration support using a proprietary matching algorithm.

Cara Wolf

CEO/CTO, Ammolite Analytx

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.

Carrie Fanai

Program Lead, Bitumen Value Chain Optimization, Enterprise Tech, Suncor

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.

Dawn de Lima

Chief Shared Services Officer, TransAlta Corporation

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

Co-Founder, Producer/Director, Kino Sum Production

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.

Jennifer Koury

Co-Chair, SHE INNOVATES Alberta

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.

Kelly Chambliss

Managing Partner, Global Business Services - Americas, IBM

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.

Kendra Kincade

Founder and Chair, Elevate Aviation

Kendra Kincade

Honorary Colonel and Air Traffic controller Kendra Kincade is the Founder and Chair of Elevate Aviation, an organization that promotes aviation to women and creates real change for the industry.

Laura Hartwell

Vice President, Enterprise and Public Sector - West, IBM

Laura Hartwell

Laura Hartwell is a member of IBM Canada’s executive team and is responsible for IBM’s sales in Western Canada and the Caribbean.

Laura Kilcrease

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

Laura Kilcrease

As CEO of Alberta Innovates, including its subsidiaries InnoTech Alberta and C-FER Technologies, Laura Kilcrease brings 25+ years of experience commercializing technology to forge an innovative, healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for Albertans.

Mary Tidlund

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author

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.

Sandi Gilbert

CEO, InterGen

Sandi Gilbert

Sandi is involved with several ventures focused on supporting entrepreneurs as they navigate through start-up to scale-up. She is the founder of Crowd Capital, the fintech company behind DealPoint, a SaaS technology that securely automates the execution of private placements in a compliant and efficient manner. She leads InterGen Connect, a not-for-profit that matches expert retired and transitioning business talent with scaling companies exiting the start-up phase and she is the Managing Partner of InterGen Capital, a private venture fund that invests into innovation driven companies that are positioned to rapidly scale their businesses. Sandi is also the Chair of NACO, Canada's community of angels, incubators and accelerators.

Shannon Bowen-Smed

CEO, BOWEN Group

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.

Shannon Pestun

Founder & CEO, Pestun Consulting Inc.

Shannon Pestun

Shannon Pestun is the Founder & CEO of Pestun Consulting Inc., a company that focuses on closing the entrepreneurial gender gap. Specializing in gender finance and financial inclusion, Shannon works in collaboration with all levels of government, industry, civil society and education to identify existing barriers and create systems that promote the enhancement of women's economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.

Shelley Kuipers

Co-Founder , The51

Shelley Kuipers

Shelley Kuipers is building the world she wants to live in. As an activist in business, entrepreneurship and investment, she is hell bent on defeating the status quo one project at a time, and replacing it with options that are more equitable, feminist, corporately and ecologically sustainable; revolutionary options that drive greater value for both business and consumer.

Terri-Lynn Duque

Director, Strategic Innovation, ENMAX Power Corp

Terri-Lynn Duque

Terri-Lynn Duque is the Director of Strategic Innovation at ENMAX Power where she leads a team that has created a platform for innovative ideas and new technologies to transform the utility. This past year, TL launched a novel electric vehicle charging pilot project and was named a 2019 Young Women in Energy Award winner.