Adam Chambers is the head of technology at Digital Surgeons, a consultancy that accelerates business growth through experience design, creative marketing, and digital business model innovation. Put simply, we design demand through digital experiences.
Alan Bernstein has been President & CEO of CIFAR since 2012, responsible for developing and leading the institute’s overall strategic direction. He is one of Canada’s leading scientists and was an early champion of women in science and young scientists.
Alec Fischer is an award-winning content creator based in Minneapolis. As a Dalai Lama Fellow and founder of Fischr Media, he aims to use storytelling as a catalyst for change.
Alex Cohen is the founder of TwentyTables, an award winning social enterprise solution for tokenized commerce within discrete, customizable micro-markets. In 2019, TwentyTables received SXSW Pitch's coveted "Best Bootstrap Award", and in 2020 TwentyTables was again recognized on the national stage when it received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's "Best Corporate Steward Award."
Alexander Szecsy is the Business Development Manager at Memory Express. Recently they developed and launched Bitcoinmarketplace.com, a multi-portal ecommerce platform centered around cryptocurrency.
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.
Alice Reimer is a successful technology entrepreneur and dedicated community leader and mentor.Currently, the CEO of Fillip, a start-up innovating in the fuel and convenience industry and the Site Lead of Creative Destruction Lab Rockies.Alice is a co-founder and director of The51, a financial platform for democratized access to female capital for female led businesses, serves on the board of Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, Syantra Diagnostics Inc. and is the former Board Chair of Startup Calgary and The A100.
Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.
Serial entrepreneur and angel investor finding and creating sustainable solutions that improve agriculture’sprofitability, animal welfare and the environment. A passionate advocate for advancing women in STEM andAgriculture.
Alison Thompson has stood on both sides of what sometimes seems like a deep divide between renewable and fossil energy production. As a geothermal policy alchemist, Canadian projects are accelerating.
Chief Solution Architect and Co-CEO at SparkOrange, a Salesforce Silver Strategic Implementation Partner. Passionate about advocacy, working with non-profits, and Women in Technology initiatives.
With a passion for community, Andrew has been on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial movements around the world. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
A galvanizing force between team members, stakeholders and mentors, Angela Kouris draws on over fifteen years of collaborative, international work and research experience to actualize Synergia Biotech’s technology commercialization.
Angelo Del Priore
Investor and Advisor, focused on AI/Data Science, Gaming and AR/VR, including two from Canada (AdHawk Microsystems and ArisMD)
Anna is a facilitator and community builder based at the University of Pennsylvania, and works with students and social impact leaders around the world to unlock shared connections and improve access to knowledge and resources for social good.
Anoush Poursartip is Director of the Composites Research Network at UBC, and Co-Director of the Composites Knowledge Network, a Canada Networks of Centres of Excellence – NCE.
Apoorv is a co-founder and CEO of Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT), a Carbon Tech company commercializing a process to convert CO2 emissions into performance enhancing fillers for concrete, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and batteries.
Arnold Drung is President of Conestoga Meats, located in Breslau, Ontario. He joined Conestoga in 2002 as General Manager and has been in his current position since 2009. Prior to joining Conestoga, he held positions with J.M. Schneider Inc., McNeil Consumer Products and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, primarily in the marketing and business unit management areas, and he also worked in the consulting field.
Benny Sarnelli has been a Bitcoin enthusiast since 2015. His passion for decentralized finance led him to a career with Bitcoin Well, sharing his expertise with team members and customers.
Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, TechStars Startup Weekend, Tech London Advocates, European Innovation Council, WEF), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognized this) and as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). She is deeply inspired by entrepreneurship and is the founder of a Boutique Advisory Firm, bindi ventures, focused on advising and connecting across four core Innovation pillars (Corporate, Startup, VC Managing Partners, Government) for commercial success.
Callie Chamberlain is committed to health, health care, and well-being for all. She is a community builder with a belief in the power of intercultural, inter-religious dialogue.
Cailee Ellis joins us from Lafarge Canada Inc. in her role as Head of Sustainability and Environment of Western Canada. Cailee brings 15 years of diverse experience across government and private enterprise to Lafarge. Over the past 6 years Cailee has held a variety of Director appointments in Government agency, leading strategic organizational initiatives related to governance, innovation / clean technology and climate. Prior to this, Cailee developed extensive experience in operations and regulatory/environmental affairs working in consulting, and with upstream and midstream oil and gas companies.
Carlin is a three-time founder and startup operator. He is cofounder and COO of X Genesis, a startup studio helping entrepreneurs turn wicked problems into massive opportunities.
Carrie Fanai, P.Eng, Program Lead, Enterprise Technology at Suncor Energy has a transformational mandate to unlock value in bitumen processing technologies and bitumen beyond combustion. Carrie is an enterprise connector leveraging her diverse experience in technology development and innovation culture.
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Charles is a resourceful impact founder with 5+ years of diverse experience in emerging environments. He is building an interactive platform that helps farmers realize instant earnings from regenerative agriculture.
Charlton Cunningham serves as the Ecosystems Program Manager at HBCUvc, an organization dedicated to bringing more diversity into the venture capital industry.
Confident, enthusiastic, and energetic clinical researcher and healthcare professional with 10+ years of cumulative clinical, research, project management, and clinical trials experience. With a hope to bring diversity and inclusion to the clinical trials space to create a healthier future for all.
As a “change rebel for good”, Chris lives at the intersection of strategy and design to explore/imagine novel ideas to improve the health & happiness of fellow humans.
Chris Shipley is the author of The Adaptation Advantage and partner at CR Strategy Partners collaborating with companies to develop and implement digital transformation strategies at startup speed.
Chris joined TELUS in 2001 and has held a number of different roles, leading teams in operations, product management, process improvement, and systems delivery. In his role today, Chris and his team are focused on verticalizing TELUS’ technology and expertise into agriculture, building solutions that support the industry from primary production and Agri-Businesses, through to Agri-Food and end consumers.
Co-Founder + CEO of Granville Biomedical - specializing in the design of women’s health anatomical simulation models to enhance healthcare training, advance patient education, and innovate device demonstration.
Christine started her career as an engineer in the energy sector. Pivoting through an MBA at UBC, she now works with startups, specifically focused on venture financing.
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.
My passion lies at the intersection of co-creation and innovation. Futurism, cultural dexterity, and an experience lens define my unorthodox approach to strategizing, directing creative projects, and designing for humans.
"Originally from Durban, South Africa, Darryl settled with his family in Edmonton over twenty-five years ago. Since then, he’s enjoyed a career that’s touched on many facets of manufacturing. He has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and is a Journeyman Machinist with Red Seal and Blue Seal certifications. He’s performed manual and CNC machining with a wide variety of equipment and launched lean thinking within a large international energy equipment manufacturer. In 2011, he started Catchball Consulting, specializing in lean manufacturing and productivity improvement. Later that year, he bought Karma Machining and Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturer helping innovators realize their dreams, from prototype to production. Since then, he and his partner have since grown the business three-fold, with no end in sight. Karma has been diversifying into new markets and recently launched Karma Medical Products to help support the Rehab Medicine community. KAR/MED is set to launch an upper extremity rehab product that strengthen and evaluate therapy. The FEPSim device will evolve into a TeleHealth device to ensure remote communities have access to therapy. From Idea to Concept, Prototype to Production Karma continues to help entrepreneurs and companies. Darryl and his wife enjoy all that the West has to offer, including camping, photography, motorcycling, and travel."
David Knight Legg
A proven leader in foreign investment and international trade, David brings more than 20 years’ of experience in the private and public sector to his role as the inaugural CEO of the Invest Alberta Corporation
"Deborah Yedlin was appointed President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce effective July 5th, 2021. She takes on the role of stewarding the 130 year old organization in addition to her current responsibilities as the University of Calgary’s 14th Chancellor. Deborah comes to her current position with a resume that includes working on Wall Street and Bay Street, and more than two decades covering and commenting on the nexus of business and politics for a wide array of news media outlets in Canada. Since moving to Calgary in 1992, Deborah has been very active in the Calgary community, serving on the boards of a number of arts and community organizations and is currently a director on the boards of the Canada West Foundation and Library and Archives Canada. She is also one of three co-chairs for the $250 mm Calgary Cancer Centre fundraising campaign."
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.
Eli is co-founder of the Investors of Color Network, a U.S. network of Black and Latinx accredited investors focused on closing the racial funding gap in early-stage capital.
Dr. Coker obtained her first degree in Computer Science from the University of Jos in Nigeria. She then went on to complete her Masters Degree in HC Organizational Management, as well as her PhD in Business Administration, at Cyprus International University. Dr. Coker research focus is on population and organizational human resources - specializing on healthy and safe workplace. Her future research interests include developing a healthy working population in Alberta; focusing on mental health and other correlated variables. She has presented her research findings at several conferences, and has publications in peer-reviewed journals, social science citation index journals, and IEEE.
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.
Erin co-founded wearwell after working for a media platform that serves the global development community, where she had the opportunity to build and lead their partnerships division. During that same time in her life, she earned her Masters in Social Enterprise and focused on sustainable supply chains in the fashion industry. She loves the work she does at wearwell because a more sustainable fashion industry has the power to positively impact the lives of so many. Other things she loves: daily yoga, the Trader Joe’s cheese aisle, reading, hot cocoa, and her pup, Ruby.
Erin Lamberty is a Director of Strategy at The Design Gym where she leads innovation programs that unlock creative potential in people and teams. She lives in Boulder, CO.
Ethy is the Co-Founder of the Bridge Hub, based in Wagga Wagga and Israel, a global agrifood tech innovation hub helping entrepreneurs and researchers validate and commercialize their technologies globally. Through their extensive networks in Australia, Latin America and Israel, they accelerate the commercialization of agrifood tech research and startups. Ethy has been involved in the tech and innovation space for almost 20 years both in Israel and overseas. Ethy was also posted in Australia for five years as Israel's Trade Commissioner.
George “Buzz” Kenney
Dr. Kenney is a proud Nova Scotian, serial entrepreneur since grade school, privileged to have attended MIT where he later led two R&D Centers, loves competing and learning anything new.
Ginna Baik is CDW’s Senior Care and Aging Technology Strategist. She serves as a trusted advisor to Senior care organizations to best care for their residents and differentiate themselves with the use of technology.
Dr gwynn sturdevant is interested in delivering data differently. Currently, many data visualizations are not accessible to the multitudes of visually impaired throughout the world or to those that lack education. I am interested in developing methods that can communicate basic data to anyone regardless of ability and education.
Hadi is Director of New Ventures at SE Futures. Hadi leads new venture development, investments, and acquisitions. He also leads SE Health’s caregiver platform for family caregivers and their employers. A biochemist by training, he most recently led strategy, investments, and partnerships at RBC Ventures, and the Ministry of Health’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, as their industry lead. Hadi is a co-founder of the Hacking Health, a global health innovation movement.
How to achieve impact from public investment in research and innovation? How to measure and demonstrate that impact? How to ensure that the different actors, including firms, are optimally inter-connected in a national innovation system and, are both outward and forward looking and robust in the face of uncertain futures? Such questions have been the leitmotif for Helena’s work over the last 25 years.
Hermes Huang is a Bangkok-based, purpose-driven entrepreneur, design thinking expert, and researcher. He is a co-founder and managing partner at InsightPact and Viajai Learning Studios.
Hussam Tungekar is the team lead for Futurpreneur Canada’s Alberta team. He has a passion for nurturing economic empowerment in our community. His experience is centered around communication strategy and organizational governance in both corporate and non-profit organizations. Hussam loves working with startups; observing and learning in an ever evolving business landscape.
Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. By combining insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted approach to leadership he is now Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, where he is responsible for all technology development and strategy.
"Irene Yang is the Director, Business Development & Innovation, and a member of BASF’s Canadian Executive Leadership Team. She is responsible for BASF Canada’s growth strategy and implementation, which includes driving new business with local sales and marketing presence. Additionally, Irene oversees innovation and strategic partnerships across Canada, including with start-ups and universities. Prior to this role, Irene worked for BASF in Asia Pacific and the U.S. Before BASF, she held Director of Product Management and Strategic Partnership roles in the technology sector and was a consultant with McKinsey. Irene holds an MS Engineering and MBA from MIT, and an Engineering & Management degree from McMaster University."
Ivan has 10+ years of experience in Training and Development. He adds value by using Gamification and Game Design to develop organizational culture, improve learning, increase engagement, and change behavior.
Professional Ski Mountaineering Athlete-6x National Ski Mountaineering Champion-World Record Speed Traverse across the entire Alps range in 36 consecutive days-Many First Female Ski Descents-Mother of two-Mindset Performance Coach
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Janet Hemingway is the CEO of iiCON and a Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Professor Hemingway is also a former Director of LSTM.
Jeanine Vany is an APEGA registered professional geologist with a career spanning 20 years in the oil and gas / geothermal industries. Her experience ranges from reservoir characterization, drilling and operations to full field delineation strategies and acquisition.
Jeremy Jensen is an entrepreneur, speaker, and mountain sports athlete - passionate about helping people lead authentic and intentional lives, rich with experiences that make them feel alive! His interests lie at the intersection of flow science, lifestyle design, and action/adventure sports.
Jillian is currently the VP of Sustainability at Ketchum. She has spent much of her career advocating for both human and planetary health centered around solutions like sustainability, regenerative agriculture, plant-based diets and soil health. Previously she was appointed in the Obama Administration at the United States Department of Agriculture where she served as Chief of Staff for Civil Rights.
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.
I am an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator and change maker thrilled to be at the core of the transformation of our city and the world. Published author of Tip of the Spear and an active speaker.
Joyce is a Strategic Doer, Philanthropreneur and Change Agent with strong IT experience, including Senior Executive Service at the federal cabinet level.https://www.linkedin.com/in/joycehunter/
Jocelyn Arem is a GRAMMY, ASCAP, and Library of Congress Award-nominated storytelling producer, artist, and owner of creative studio Arbo Radiko in Brooklyn, NY. She collaborates and consults with visionary media companies, brands, institutions, organizations, artist estates, and celebrity figures across the arts to support creative work and engage audiences by reimagining archival catalog media as inspiring marketing content. Her work in catalog reimagining as a content creator and curator working across both print and digital projects shines a light on hidden voices, drives new multi platform revenue streams, introduces creative legacies to new generations of fans, and forges a more inclusive future. Her projects are featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, NPR, GRAMMY Week, and PBS. Her clients and collaborators include the GRAMMY Foundation, Sony Music, the Library of Congress, the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, Narratively, and BRIC Arts Media. She has been invited to speak at South by Southwest, MusiCares, Experience Music Project, the American Folklife Center, Creative Capital, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. She is a touring and recording artist under the name Rabasi Joss.
Joseph Lewis is a leader with diverse corporate and not-for-profit experience who has risen above personal and professional challenges in developing and implementing sustainable diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Vice President Technology & Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited. Joy has worked in steel, iron ore, coal and oil and gas. She joined Canadian Natural in 2001 to develop the Horizon Oil Sands Project. Joy is currently President of the Clean Resource Innovation Network and Vice Chair of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada. Joy is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, an inductee of the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame and a past member of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council for Canada.
"Julian is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate, Chairman of Bitcoin Well and a Director of the CFA Society Calgary. Julian has been featured in some of the world’s top financial and business media including Bloomberg, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BNN, Business Insider and The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the book Reminiscences of a Hedge Fund Operator and host of the Absolute Return Podcast."
Justin has been with the It Gets Better Project since 2014. His proudest achievement is It Gets Better EDU that helps educators and students introduce LGBTQ+ stories in their classrooms.
Co-Founder & Partner at 2C, a global indie network powering the future of work. Previously: NASA & co-founder of re:3D to tackle human-scale 3D printing. Designer & entrepreneurship advocate.
Kaveh develops and facilitates transformative educational experiences using trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and equity-centered pedagogies. He co-founded University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy, where he still serves as an Adjunct Professor. Today, Kaveh leads undergraduate course strategy at 2U and continues to develop programming for several high-impact organizations, including the Obama Foundation and the Aspen Institute. Through his work, Kaveh has trained over 6,000 impact-driven leaders, and the online programs he’s designed have reached over 150,000 learners to date.
Keri believes in the power of entrepreneurial thinking to transform lives and economies. At the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, she is dedicated to connecting and growing the university's entrepreneurial thinking and innovation community to ensure students from all disciplines have the skills and experience to succeed in the next economy and that UCalgary is creating the ventures of the future. Previously Keri was the inaugural Managing Director of University of Toronto Entrepreneurship, where she led strategic initiatives for the university’s eleven entrepreneurship incubators/accelerators. In 2017, she launched ONRamp, a 15,000-square-foot community and co-working space for the entire University of Toronto innovation ecosystem, supporting 50+ startups and other innovation partners.
Kirk Zembal is the co-founder of Blindman Brewing out of sunny Lacombe. He is also an MBA student and a Venture Analyst with the Creative Destruction Lab.
Kristina is the President and CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corporation and oversees the management of the Alberta Enterprise Fund with its 21 venture capital fund investments and the underlying portfolio of more than 200 technology companies.
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.
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I am the CEO and Founder of cannabis tech start-up Hi-Curious. Hi-Curious enables digital business for content creators and cannabis entrepreneurs.
Dr. Schmeisser is a scientist with expertise in environmental challenges, and a passion for understanding climate change. She solves complex systemic problems with a spectrum of tools and interdisciplinary teamwork.
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq. is a writer, strategist, and a facilitator. She supports leaders and communities bridge systemic gaps in access, inclusion, opportunity and racial equity, with a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems. She has advised and provided technical support to innovation and technology leaders at Fortune 500 companies including Google, Facebook, Delta, P&G Ventures, AirBnB, HSBC and UBS.Leigh-Ann currently serves as the President of aīre ventures and is the Founder of Nyah Project. She has launched ventures from concept to scale and raised seven figure philanthropic investments.
Lili Liu is dean, Faculty of Health, University of Waterloo, and professor in the School of Public Health Sciences. She examines innovations in technologies and policies for older adults.
engineer with over 20 years of technical and business development experience. Ms. Mueller began her career with a role in the space sciences on a NASA project then moved into the commercial arena by founding and growing a manufacturing company. Most recently she served as Senior Business Development Manager of Infrastructure at Shell Canada and President & CEO at Epoch Energy Development. Lisa joined Razor Energy in 2017. As the energy complex is undergoing a massive change to include green energy, a new subsidiary was formed, FutEra Power Corp. Lisa will lead this new entity with the intent to build a standalone company with a broad, sustainable power mandate.
Madison Savilow is Chief of Staff at Carbon Upcycling Technologies and Venture Lead for Expedition Air. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a BComm in Accounting and a BA in Sociology. She studied abroad at the University of Glasgow for two semesters and interned at the US Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC. She spoke at TEDxYouth@VictoriaPark on the importance of maintaining hope during the climate crisis. Madison is the Curator of Global Shapers Calgary, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
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.
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
Mark Gustowski, Managing Director, is an experienced investment executive and has worked with innovative, fast-growth businesses for over 20 years.
"Mary Haynes, RN, MS, MSN, CNHA President and CEO of Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2011, Ms Haynes is an active advocate for innovation in long term care and began Kentucky’s first dementia support properties. The two Nazareth Homes are each 5 Star skilled nursing home ranked among the nation’s top 10% of communities. Haynes is a founder of the Louisville Value Network and the Innovators Alliance serving on the initial board of the Thrive Center, an innovation hub. A frequent thought leader presenter and a Louisville Business First ‘leader to watch,” Haynes most recent frontier is the promotion of a better understanding of palliative care."
Matt is a cofounder and the CEO of Future Fields, a biotechnology company developing cost-effective and scalable growth factor solutions for the cellular agriculture industry.
Ambulance medic turned medical researcher and then entrepreneur - As CEO of Forest Devices, he had led the company from the first product conception in 2015 to pivotal trial in Alberta
"With an award-winning career in wealth management, Melissa Allen began her professional career as a digital marketing expert, first interning at Foreign Affairs Canada in Paris, France, and then working with major technology brands, such as Torstar Digital and Google. In 2018, Melissa graduated from the Female Funder’s Angel Academy accelerator program. After becoming a first-time VC investor and Limited Partner in 2019, Melissa began lending her expertise as an advisor to FinTech startups."
Melissa is a partner in the Business Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, advising clients ranging from start-ups to large publicly-listed entities in a variety of industries including technology, mining and manufacturing.
Michael Rabkin is the Head of Institutional Sales & Global Partnerships at DV Chain. Previously, Michael was the President & Founder of SigOne Capital, an institutional Over-The-Counter digital asset trading platform which was acquired by DV Chain in December 2019. Previously, Michael was also a Founding Team Member at Shorcan Digital Currency Network, a wholly owned-subsidiary of the TMX Group (TSE: X) focused on brokering Bitcoin and Ether OTC trades. Combining his past experience in the traditional financial world with his present day role in the crypto asset ecosystem allows Michael to effectively bridge the two worlds together
Newsha Ghaeli is President and Cofounder of Biobot Analytics, the first company in the world bringing wastewater epidemiology to market. Biobot’s customers include federal, state, and local governments, Fortune 100 companies, and International Aid Organizations. In North America alone, Biobot has worked with over 500 communities generating data to help better track and manage COVID-19.
Noel is a recognised figure across the UK health system, with a strong background in digital technology transformation across several industries. He is the former Chair of NHS Digital (4 years), Chair of Healthcare UK (5 years) and a Non Executive Director of NHS England (7 years) and he was also a member of the UK Government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board and the Accelerated Access Review.
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.
Paolo is a formally trained PhD chemist with previous experience in consulting, a materials start-up company and now at Alberta Innovates as a co-lead of the Bitumen Beyond Combustion portfolio.
Patrick Lor is a managing partner at Panache Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that will invest in over 100 Canadian startups over the next 3 years.
"Over the last seven years, Penny Rae has been leading the Information Technology department at Alberta Health Services (AHS), as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to that role, she was the Senior Vice President Capital Management, responsible for the physical infrastructure that supports Alberta’s health care system. Also a professional engineer, Penny has held senior leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, auditing, negotiations, consulting, and staff management."
With 25 years of international experience in research, innovation and industry, Peter applies a unique understanding of regions and enterprises in delivering widespread benefits arising through science and technology.
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.
Reilly is a Founding and Managing Partner of GAN Ventures, an early stage VC fund that invests in startups in and around the GAN, a global community of founders, accelerators, startup studios, and corporate partners. The GAN community graduates ~1500 startups each year from over over 120 independent accelerators, many of which are not in cities typically deemed to be tech hubs. GAN Ventures is built to provide catalytic capital for these everywhere else founders.
ob Niven is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CarbonCure Technologies, the global leader in carbon dioxide (CO₂) removal technologies for the concrete industry. Rob has the simple goal of making concrete sustainability both profitable and easy for industry. Under his direction, CarbonCure and its partners are achieving their mission to reduce 500 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually by 2030.
A lifetime entrepreneur, Robert has been sought for his agriculture expertise from the likes of Bill Gates, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, The International Fertilizer Association and most recently the UN_FAO Committee on World Food Security. A sought after keynote and author of “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future”, Robert has leveraged his passion for innovation to found and lead many organizations in the areas of farming, ag retail, fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, consulting, precision agriculture, data management, and robotics. As Founder of Agri-Trend/Agri-Data (now Trimble) and as CEO of DOT Technology Corp (now Raven), Robert has a unique ability to identify and address “white space” he sees in the agricultural sector. Now, as Founder & CEO of AGvisorPRO, his team is creating a global connectivity channel to increase agriculture sustainability, farm profitability and enhance global food security.
Ryan Michaluk brings over 30 years of accounting and finance experience, including 10 years as CFO of publicly traded companies. Ryan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan
Scott is a serial entrepreneur and serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence of StartingBlock, a startup hub in Madison, Wisconsin. He previously held elected office and co-founded Hardin Design & Development.
Scott leads the venture investing and in-store partnerships team for Whole Foods Market, leveraging 20+ years of enterprise formation and growth, and a love for the entrepreneurial quest to nurture people and the planet.
Seyi is a model, speaker, and content creator and behind The Daily Seyi, a lifestyle, style, and beauty brand focused on encouraging the black millennial woman to live their absolute best life in all areas. She graduated from American University with her Masters of Business Administration degree in 2016 and has significant knowledge in the digital and social media marketing space.
What inspires me? Creating, living, leading a data science-driven value system, and being the change I expect around me. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. –T.S. Elliot.
As the Managing Director of the Exponential Medicine Conference, Shawna works with the pioneers integrating robotics, 3D printing, drones, AI, blended reality, voice recognition, digital humans, big data and sensors into our health solutions and lifestyles. Her various roles have taken her across the world and given her an unusually broad understanding of the impact technology and policy have on health systems, professionals, and populations. Butler is the energy behind the global EntrepreNURSE movement and host of SEE YOU NOW, a podcast project of Johnson & Johnson and the American Nurses Association, highlighting nurses as drivers of health innovation.
Shelley Kuipers is building the world she wants to live in. As an activist in business, entrepreneurship and investment, Shelley is hellbent on taking the status quo, and transforming to more equitable, feminist, corporately sound and ecologically sustainable options.
Sheri Rose is the CEO of the Thrive Center, a nonprofit innovation center focused on wellness and aging. Sheri previously held positions with AT&T, as Director of Sales & Regulatory. She serves on the Board of New Directions Housing Authority. She was named by Louisville Business First as “Top 20 People to Know in Aging” and was recognized by HealthTech Magazine as one of women to know in health IT. Sheri holds a B.A and M.Ed. in Psychology from the University of Louisville.
Shizu is the Founder & CEO of Apothékary, a plant-based farmacy that offers natural alternatives to drugs and OTC beauty products. Previously, she was the Founder & CEO of JRINK, a cold-pressed juice brand that she exited in 2019 and before that at Goldman Sachs.
Sigalit is a General Partner at Grove Ventures, an Israeli early-stage VC focused on deep-tech investments. Sigalit has over 20 years of global experience in setting the foundation for start-ups and transforming them to large and successful companies. Experience covers all corporate aspects including operations, customer services, technology infrastructure, business systems, marketing and BD. Sigalit holds a Bachelor of Economics and Management (BSc) from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.
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Behavioral scientist known for communicating clear, credible, and timely science; TV news contributor on global risks ranging from climate change to COVID-19; correspondent for multiple publications; book author
Professor Tali Sharot is a leading expert on decision-making and emotion. Sharot combines research in behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience to reveal the forces that shape our decisions and beliefs. Her award-winning books - The Influential Mind and The Optimism Bias - have been widely praised, including by the New York Times, Forbes and more. She has written for top publications including TIME magazine and the New York Times. Professor Sharot has been a repeated guest on CNN, MSNBC among others and co-presented BBC’s Science Club. She held prestigious fellowships from the British Academy and Wellcome Trust. Professor Sharot is on the faculty of MIT and University College London where she directs the Affective Brain Lab. Her TED talks have been viewed over 12 million times.
Entrepreneur and community-builder working for climate justice with a special focus on water conservation and protection.
Troy is the Co-Founder of gener8tor. gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, musicians, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships. gener8tor operates more than 40 accelerators annually across North America, working with more than 200 startups per year.
Twasiima is a feminist writer, lawyer and activist working to shift public perception of minoritized people in Uganda. She has an LL.B. from Makerere University and an LL.M. from Georgetown University – Law Center.
Tzipi Avioz, the EVP of Customer Success at Mirakl, has over 20 years of experience in executing large digital transformation programs and data analytics digital-customer focused in retail and financial services.
Vanessa is the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy in the Clean Resources Division at Alberta Innovates; where she builds on her practical energy experience and contributes her positive energy to the innovation ecosystem.
Early-stage investor and board member, Vivek Soni manages TiE Boston Angels, an active investment group that invests in emerging technology businesses. He is advisor to numerous startups and is deeply engaged in Boston's entrepreneurial community.
Wamite is a digital transformation consultant, founder & podcast host of Career Safari. She brought together a global community to share career stories, guidance and coaching to multicultural.
Weixing Chen has completed a number of projects on the fabrication of carbon fibers using asphaltenes-based feedstocks.
Yina is a Principal at Saltagen Ventures and led early-stage deals internationally (Europe, Australia, North America and Asia). She specialised in cross-border financing structuring and localizing operation in Asia.
Yohana Tesfamariam Tekeste
Yohana Tesfamariam Tekeste is from Eritrea has a Masters in Biotechnology from Columbia University. She is currently working at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. She is focusing on weather-based index insurance, particularly on tool developments empowering stakeholders and decision-makers with climate information.
Zac Cogley is Director of Customer Success at Balto Software, the leader in real-time guidance for contact centers powered by AI.
Data science, algorithmic trading, agent-based modeling