Speakers - Inventures

Adam Danyleyko

Adam is a passionate supporter of startup founders. As the Product Owner Startups at Amii, his team is building programming to help startups explore, build, and deploy ML & AI Technologies.

Adam O’Brien

As the Founder & CEO of Bitcoin Well, Adam O’Brien is a leading advocate for education, consumer protection and empowering a financially sovereign society.

Alan Bernstein

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

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

Co-Founder & COO Urvin.Finance; Founder TwentyTables; Recipient 2020 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Best Corporate Steward Award; Winner 2019 SXSW Pitch Best Bootstrap Award; Named 2020 Top DC Innovator and Disruptor; 10+ yrs at Skadden Arps; Humanitarian, Builder, Teacher.

Alex Walk

30 plus years of carbon fiber experience with leadership positions ranging from Operations, Research, Business Development, Sales and Engineering. Mechanical Engineer from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Alice Reimer

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.

Alina Turner

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.

Alison Sunstrum

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

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.

Amber Scott

Amber is a compliance geek and technology enthusiast. She helps keep financial services companies out of trouble.

Andrew Hyde

With a passion for community, Andrew has been on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial movements around the world. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Angela Kouris

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.

Anna Dausman

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.

Anne Snowdon

Dr. Anne Snowdon is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Scientific Director of SCAN Health, an International Knowledge Translation network at the Odette School of Business.

Anoush Poursartip

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 Sinha

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

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.

Ashif Mawji

Ashif is a serial entrepreneur, social impact investor, venture capitalist, philanthropist and community builder who is also a Henry Crown Fellow and former Canada's Top 40 under 40 recipient.

Ben Glenn

Benjamin Glenn is a strategist, patent attorney, speaker and coach based in Silicon Valley focused on helping entrepreneurs and innovators within regulated industries identify, develop and maintain competitive advantage.

Benny Sarnelli

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 Karia

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.

Bonnie Kaplan

Metabolic Dietary Solutions (MDS) Program

Brad Slessor

15+ year industry professional

Bre Loughlin

How do you prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at homeless shelters starting with a utility trailer, no budget, and a volunteer staff? By democratizing health technology.

Brenda Beckedorf

Brenda Beckedorf was selected as Executive Director of Alberta IoT on August 1st, 2019 by the Alberta IoT Board. In her role as Executive Director, Brenda’s focus will be to increase government and local industry awareness of Alberta IoT through dialogue, events, and social. Investing in our IoT business community by highlighting their skills and building a community that can support and grow together will be part of her mandate.

Brianna Stratton

Brianna, Founder/President of DeNova, a biotechnology company commercializing sustainable microbial protein, has a diverse background including investment management and entrepreneurship, with a passion for business that creates a healthy planet.

Callie Chamberlain

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

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 Gettliffe

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

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.

Charles Nan Kwarteng

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

Charlton Cunningham is an Ecosystem Builder and Community Consultant focused on helping companies take a community-first approach to building their business.

Chris Kupchenko

Chris Kupchenko is a corporate development professional with a background in commercial upstream E&P development and a mission to elevate the scope and scale of CCUS activity in Canada.

Chris McCarthy

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

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 Terris

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.

Christiana Manzocco

Christiana strives to develop the venture capital and tech industry in Alberta and invest in high-quality venture funds. She is the Lead of the Start Alberta Deal Flow Platform.

Christine Goudie

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 Somerville

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.

Christopher Owttrim

Christophe Owttrim is a Senior Business Partner, Clean Technology with Emissions Reduction Alberta. In his role, Christophe works to develop and implement ERA’s Calls for Proposals, contributing to elements such as program scope, technical focus, project selection criteria, and evaluation process. He also supports ERA applicants and funding recipients as they develop and execute their projects. Christophe holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and has previously worked with conventional/renewable power generation and hydrogen fuel cells. He is passionate about clean technology solutions including renewable electricity, energy storage, clean transportation, carbon conversion, industrial energy efficiency, hydrogen, and methane management. As a member of the ERA team, Christophe works to identify and accelerate technology solutions that will help Alberta and Canada succeed in the energy transition and the global shift towards a future with zero GHG emissions.

Clyde Hutchinson

Dr Clyde Hutchinson, General Partner at TEAM ABC and Partner at Journey Partner. Clyde is committed to global innovation and entrepreneurship having worked across 5 continents. At Team ABC , he is investing in early stage startups in air, land and sea transportation focusing on sustainability and digital transformation.

Cole Fouillard

A highly motivated military veteran and entrepreneur focused on merging the physical with the digital supply chains and deliver efficiency, security, and risk mitigation by leveraging IoT systems, A.I, and blockchain technologies

Craig Elias

Craig’s first startup won a global billion-dollar pitch idea competition and was twice chosen by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising startups in North America. Craig is now a Startup Mentor for the, B2B focused, Alchemist Accelerator, a Scaleup Mentor for the GrowthX Academy, on an advisory board for SXSW and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bow Valley College in downtown Calgary.

Crystal Phillips

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.

Darryl Short

"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."

Dave Bradley

One of Canada's early Bitcoin pioneers, Dave has become a leading expert in both blockchain and Bitcoin technology.

David Layzell

David Layzell is leading the hydrogen economy initiative of the Transition Accelerator by building on the work he is doing in CESAR as a professor at the University of Calgary.

Dave Waldbillig

Dr. Dave Waldbillig is Director, Advanced Manufacturing at Exergy Solutions and leads Exergy’s Additive Manufacturing group. He holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA. He has more than 15 years experience in materials and coatings R&D, technology development and product commercialization and is passionate about pushing AM’s boundaries to bring in new materials and AM capabilities into Alberta. Exergy Solutions is Alberta’s largest additive manufacturing company with industrial scale AM equipment including FDM, SLA, SLS and HP MJF polymer printers and a Renishaw metal printer, production scale depowdering and vapour smoothing and CNC machining. Our AM team develops solutions to AM’s toughest technical and design challenges. Exergy works with a wide range of partners including universities and colleges, start-ups, SMEs, and Alberta’s largest companies. The company currently leads a NGEN supercluster project in partnership with a major oil sands producer to use AM to develop new technologies to improve reliability and reduce the environmental impact of oil sands production. Exergy’s mission is to accelerate innovation for current Alberta industries and to support the growth of clean technology companies and AM is a key enabler of this mission.

Deborah Yeldin

"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."

Dennis Yu

Former search engine engineer turned digital marketing trainer. Spent $1 billion on Facebook and Google ads. CEO of BlitzMetrics.

Dornoosh Zonoobi

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.

Elizabeth Coker

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.

Ethy Levy

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.

Frank Hepworth

Frank helps companies using cryptocurrencies prepare for regulatory registrations, financings, and listings on Canadian exchanges.

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.

Gideon Marks

"Gideon Marks brings more than 30 years perspective from his successful track record,leading technology companies in financial, business and corporate development roles. During his tenure he took three companies public on NASDAQ and led four other companies to successful acquisitions. He has also been involved in building numerous companies from scratch to various stages of maturity. Gideon worked with growth initiatives, achieved funding from venture capital funds and the public. In addition Gideon invested as an angel in companies like DoorDash, Tipalti, Alteon Web Systems and others. Currently a mentor at Google for Startups, Plug and Play, USMAC, Mind the Bridge and other organizations."

Grace Kittell

Grace is leading an eFleet pilot funded by Emissions Reductions Canada (ERA), a critical step towards electrifying 35 per cent of ENMAX Power’s fleet by 2025.

Gwynn Sturdevant

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 Salah

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.

Haitao Yu

Dr. Yu is the lead researcher of Landmark’s efforts in industrializing its homebuilding process and an expert in home energy efficiency. He has been involved in the design and construction of 30+ NetZero Energy and 100+ NetZero Energy Ready homes.

Haley Thomson

Haley is the CEO and co-found of Imperium Digital, a company that uses Bitcoin mining to monetize stranded energy resources in Western Canada. Imperium helps make use of wasted energy resources, helping local companies stay competitive by bringing new markets for their energy directly to their sites. Haley has a background in energy and electricity trading, giving him a unique perspective on how mining will merge with the established energy and power markets.

Heather Stephens

Heather Stephens is ERA’s Chief Financial Officer. She has an extensive background in audit and financial accounting with Not-for-Profit organizations , Government of Alberta agencies as well as various private and public Canadian and International companies. Prior to joining ERA directly, Heather spent 20 years with the multi-national accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, the last nine of which were primarily dedicated to helping establish and operate ERA (formerly Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation)

Helena Acheson

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.

Himanshu Sudan

"CPA and CA with a long career in the financial and technology centres at companies such as BMO, PWC and IBM. Leads eCAMION’s business development and company expansion."

Hussam Tungekar

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.

Ian Sanchez

Ian Sanchez is the founder and Managing Director of BowMont Capital and Advisory. Ian has 30 years of experience in the energy sector and a broad background in power project finance, acquisitions and development.

Ibrahim Gedeon

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

"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."

Isabella Tarasco

Isabella supports the development of ERA’s strategic initiatives and programs including the Business Plan, Annual Report, and Technology Roadmap, as well as overseeing various aspects of ERA’s performance management strategy. Previous to ERA, Isabella worked with both the provincial and federal governments in areas of innovation policy, intergovernmental and Indigenous relations, and climate strategy. She has a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary.

Ivan Prado

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.

James Swanson

Lawyer practicing Technology, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Cybersecurity, New Media, and Entertainment Law. Founder of the virtual law firm Swanson Law.

Jana Eggers

Jana’s a math and computer nerd who took the business path for a career. She’s CEO of Nara Logics, the AI-based advisor software company. Her career has taken her from 3-person business beginnings to 50,000-person enterprises.

Janelle Smiley

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

Jeanette Jackson

Jeanette is an experienced entrepreneur with broad experience in technology and business development. As Foresight's CEO, Jeanette has led rapid growth, transforming a regional organization into Canada’s largest cleantech accelerator.

Jeanine Vany

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

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 Semaan

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

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.

Jim Gibson

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.

John Adams

Deeply rooted in the cleantech and energy ecosystem, John is President and Chief Executive Officer of NGIF Capital Corporation and Managing Partner of NGIF Cleantech Ventures, Canada’s first venture capital firm and venture fund created by and for Canada’s natural gas sector. He is involved in all aspects of the enterprise including the responsibility of NGIF Industry Grants, the NGIF Emissions Testing Centre and NGIF Cleantech Ventures.

John Hartnett

John is Founder and CEO of SVG Ventures|THRIVE, an innovation and investment platform working with Fortune 500 corporations and global technology startups to advance the future of food and agriculture.

John Shearer

Advisor to Level 42 AI, Inc. Focused on global market entry and partnerships. Strong entrepreneurial background skilled in Business Creation, Analytics, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.

Jokho Farah

"Dr. Farah is a physician focused on advancing health equity, population health, and quality improvement efforts.. She has over fourteen years of experience in healthcare management, public health, and policy. She is a connector of people and services. Using data analytics and predictive modeling capabilities, she establishes integrated approaches to care management that support the alignment of services across the continuum of care for priority populations. In addition, Dr. Farah helps federal, state, and local agencies identify strategies to address health equity issues using policy, systems, and environmental approach. In addition, Dr. Farah is involved in several committees primarily to help elevate and amplify the voices of the marginalized communities and their experiences. Most notably, she is currently the co-chair of Minnesota Department of Health’s Health Advisory and Leadership Council (HEAL) and COVID-19 Taskforce, and serves on two National American Heart Association Committees specifically the Outpatient Quality Improvement Committee and Diversity Leadership Committee to scale culturally responsive hypertension and stroke initiatives nationwide."

Joseph Fung

Joseph is the CEO of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator. A five-times technology Founder & CEO with multiple successful exits, Joseph speaks frequently on the topics of sales leadership, diversity, and corporate social responsibility.

Joy Romero

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.

Joyce Hunter

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/

Judy Birdsell

Engaged citizen with defining experience with family members in the health system. ProfessionaI background in health research policy..Deeply honored to have been named to the Order of Canada in 2020.

Justin Tindall

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.

Kathleen Maignan

Kathleen Maignan, AGPCNP-BC, MSN, OCN joined Flatiron Health in February 2017, bringing an extensive background centered in hematology-oncology nursing and clinical research. As a Senior Clinical Director, Kathleen uses her expertise to help answer important research questions using the data available from our Flatiron network. Kathleen also continues to practice as a Nurse Practitioner focused on Bone Marrow and Stem Cell transplantation.

Kara Potts

"Kara Potts is the CEO and Co-Founder of Potts Painting Inc. She has over 20 years' experience in business management and entreprenuership. Kara possesses a Master's Degree in Administration and is a Master-Level Painter. Kara has been a leader in indigenous business bieng recognized in a podcast, ""WECast"" that celebrates women in business. Kara recieved recognition as an Indigenous Women's Business Leader in 2021 from the Community Futures Business Builder Series. In addition, Potts Painting Inc recieved recognition in 2019 as an Indigenous Business Builder.

Karla Blonsky

Karla Blonsky is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of QWIP Tech, a private fund-backed accelerator/post-accelerator offering curriculum, coaching, and investment to high growth, scaling companies in Western Canada.

Kathryn Kolaczek

Kathryn brings a wealth of experience in communications, media, and public relations as CEO of Alchemy Communications. Going beyond traditional communications, Kathryn works with clients to tackle important challenges in crisis communications and media training.

Katy Jeremko

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 Sadeghian

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.

Kelso Brennan, MBA, PMP

Kelso is a self-made serial entrepreneur from small town Alberta; founder of 3 companies which were acquired for 7-figures. From eCommerce sales to real estate investment Kelso is passionate about growing small business in Alberta.

Keri Damen

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.

Kim Wieringa

Kim is the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer the Health Information Systems at Alberta Health. Kim’s leads a diverse portfolio that includes leadership and oversight of Alberta’s eHealth strategy; procurement, implementation and operations of eHealth and other health IT systems, and oversight of health Information privacy and security including the administration of the Health Information Act.

Kirk Zembal

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.

Koleya Karringten

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building and fostering inclusion in the technology industry. As the co-founder and CEO of Absolute Combustion, she has spent a decade successfully designing and developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is a driving force in Alberta?s blockchain technology industry as the Executive Director of the Alberta Blockchain Consortium (ABC), co-founder and board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW). In her leadership role at the ABC, she has merged her passions for technology and social good to bring together blockchain companies, corporate leaders and government to build the province?s largest blockchain ecosystem organization. An influential public speaker, writer and community volunteer, Koleya strongly believes that uniting diverse voices behind a common goal is the path to creating a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous Alberta.

Kristina Williams

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.

Kyle Mulligan

Kyle Mulligan is the Chief Engineer at Canadian Pacific and oversees CP’s technology and hydrogen locomotive programs. Kyle holds a doctorate with degrees in mechanical, computer, electrical, and biomedical engineering.

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.

Lauren Schmeisser

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 Buchanan

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

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.

Lisa Mueller

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.

Malcolm Bruce


Mammen Tharakan

With over fifteen years of leadership in diverse industries from aviation to entertainment, Mammen Tharakan joined Edmonton International Airport in 2018 as the Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate. Together with a dedicated team, Mammen works with a strong customer focus to retain Canada's, Alberta's, and Edmonton’s positions in the global supply chain. His duties include identifying new technologies and partnerships that support the aviation sector. Recognizing the crucial role that air cargo provides in connecting the world, he is committed to advancing the industry through collaboration and innovation. Mammen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School in Boston, MA.

Marjorie Brans

I work to support the social intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs who are leading us into a world that nourishes all creatures for all time in all directions.

Mark Summers

Mark Summers is Executive Director of Technology and Innovation for ERA. In this role, he leads ERA’s technology evaluation process and team of project managers. Mark’s background includes technology investment program and portfolio management, renewable energy technology, and climate change policy. Prior to joining ERA, he was Director of Renewable Energy at Alberta Innovates. He has also served as a Climate Change Engineer in the Climate Change Secretariat for the Government of Alberta, and a researcher at the University of Alberta. Mark graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in nanostructured engineering.

Martha Hall Findlay

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Martha plays a key role in stewarding Suncor's many external relationships and strategic collaborations in support of the company's ongoing economic, environmental and social performance leadership.

Mary Haynes

"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 Anderson-Baron

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.

Matt McGuire

Matt is an internationally recognized expert in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and sanctions compliance, and leads the advisory practice team at The AML Shop. He has been assisting governments and financial services companies to assess and reduce financial crime and related regulatory risks for fifteen years. Matt is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has been inducted as a Fellow of CPA Ontario, is certified as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, and accredited as an Anti-Money Laundering Professional, and Certified in Financial Forensics. Matthew has been qualified as an expert witness in forensic accounting and money laundering, has testified before Senate committees, Parliamentary Committees and the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into money laundering.

Matthew Burgoyne

Matthew Burgoyne ("Bitcoin Burgoyne") is a corporate and securities lawyer in Calgary, Alta, and the head McLeod Law's Cryptocurrency and Blockchain group. He's the Assistant Director of Legal for the Alberta Blockchain Consortium Legal Committee and Co-Chairs the TAGLaw Blockchain & Cryptocurrency group.

Matthew Collingridge

Matthew leads GE Healthcare’s Innovation ‘accelerator’ driving Digital Health and AI initiatives and strategic partnership programs, working with SMEs, clinical operators and corporate partners across Canada, the EU, UK and Asia Pacific.

Melissa Allen

"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 Smith

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 Kerr

I am a long standing member of the Calgary ecosystem. Through my role at Alberta Innovates I help innovative companies with coaching, networks to resources and funding.

Mike Hrabowlecky

Throughout Mike's diverse career, at the heart of all his experiences is building relationships with entrepreneurs. Mike understands that each business has its respective path to growth and has helped numerous founders with early-stage opportunity/idea commercialization and overall business strategy. Currently, Mike is gaining invaluable exposure to corporate innovation within his role as the Value Specialist at Enbridge's Technology + Innovation Lab.

Miki Feldman Simon

"Miki Feldman Simon is an Executive Coach who helps leaders and high potential employees accelerate their personal and professional growth and amplify their impact in their organization. Miki’s expertise is guiding her clients through organizational change and improving their leadership skills. She has coached and trained Customer Success leaders and teams in startups, scale ups and unicorns. Miki is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of corporate experience in a variety of leading executive roles in marketing, business development and many years in HR where under her leadership multiple companies have had successful exits."

Mitch Jacobsen

Mitch Jacobsen is a former Petroleum engineer, and is now the CEO and founder of Rviita energy tea - a fast growing Canadian beverage company carried in over 700 stores across Canada.

Monika Adams

Monika Adams is the sole proprietor of Monika Social, an Edmonton-based marketing consultant business that specializes in social media marketing. As a NAIT Alumni, Monika successfully completed a marketing diploma and then went on to work in the marketing industry for three years. Seeking to expand her knowledge and skills, Monika went back to NAIT and completed another diploma in human resources while continuing to work full time.

Muhammad Khan

Muhammad has more than 15 years of experience as a technology executive. He is leading the development of novel platforms and standards in the blockchain and tokenization space.

Neeraj Gupta

"Neeraj Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer at Attabotics, Angel Investor Neeraj is the Chief Strategy Officer at Attabotics. An angel investor & serial entrepreneur, he is an expert in Global Startup Ecosystem Building, Strategy, Product Management, Startup Investment, Intellectual Property Consulting, Innovation Management, Deep Technology (AI/ML/IoT), and Technology Commercialization. Neeraj is also the author of a book called ""Creating & safeguarding a strong Intellectual Property Portfolio."" He has mentored 100+ startups globally and also angel invested in a couple. Neeraj holds a Bachelor's Degree in Material Science from IIT (India), a Master's Degree in Mathematics from KTH (Sweden), and PGPX from UCLA Anderson School of Management (USA) in General Management."

Ndidi Nwuneli

"Ndidi Nwuneli is the Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., which works across Africa shaping agricultural policy, creating catalytic ventures, and implementing ecosystem solutions. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, which produces a range of packaged spices, seasonings, and cereals for local and international markets. Ndidi is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers, and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined, and dynamic young leaders in Africa. She is the founder and chair of Nourishing Africa, a digital knowledge, financing and data community of entrepreneurs in the food and agriculture landscape. Ndidi has recently established Changing Narratives Africa to change global mindsets about Africa by showcasing the Continent’s contributions to the food ecosystem. Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in Chicago, New York, and Johannesburg. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honours from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader and Schwab Social Innovator by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. She was recognized as a recipient of the 2021 Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Awards. Ndidi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), AGRA, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, and the African Philanthropy Forum. Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact."" and ""Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses"" both published by Routledge. She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC, and a range of international and local media outlets."

Noel Simpson

Noel is an tech entrepreneur and investor. He has started three companies and is currently co-founder of EHS Analytics. Noel has worked extensively in sales and marketing with a focus on email marketing and channel partner sales.

Dr. P.K. Newby

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.

Pam Draper

Pamela is the President and CEO of Bitvo Inc., a Cryptocurrency Exchange launched in Canada in 2018. Prior to joining Bitvo, Pamela spent approximately 14 years with top tier Canadian banks, involved in all facets of investment banking and advisory services. Most recently Pamela held the position of Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Capital Markets group in Toronto where she was responsible for assisting North American corporate clients raising capital in public and private markets. Prior to joining Equity Capital Markets, Pamela was part of BMO’s Debt Capital Markets group where she was responsible for Canadian high yield debt issuers, assisting them in raising capital both domestically and internationally. Pamela brings a wealth of professional banking and capital markets experience to the cryptocurrency business having advised on and been involved in transactions ranging from the very small to in excess of $10 billion. With the Bitvo team, Pamela is looking forward to growing Bitvo into a successful international exchange and expanding the cryptocurrency market into institutions and professional investors.

Pam McIntyre

As Senior Vice-President, Safety, Risk Management and Innovation, Pam leads multi-disciplinary teams for safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations of Canadian Natural’s health, safety, asset integrity and environmental management systems.

Pam Streckler

Know Your Customer: Embrace Citizens

Paolo Bomben

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

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.

Patrycja Drainville

Patrycja is an award-winning, sustainability and ESG professional in the Canadian business community. She works with Scotiabank’s Sustainable Finance team to provide ESG advice and solutions to corporate, financial, public sector, and institutional clients and deliver on the bank’s commitment to mobilize $100 billion of sustainable financing by 2025.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee is Founder and Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital Partners, a Vancouver based venture capital fund focused on making investments in analytics and analytics infrastructure, hard technologies, and computational biology. The Vanedge team helps entrepreneurs with a combination of deep technical expertise, strong network connections and cross border operational experience to rapidly scale product development, marketing and sales. Mr. Lee was the former President of Electronic Arts, Inc., the global leader in interactive computer and video game software, where he was responsible for worldwide product development.

Penny Rae

"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."

Peter Riddles

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.

Pritma Dhillon-Chattha

Pritma is a Yale educated nurse executive & serial entrepreneur with 18 years of healthcare experience advocating for patients at the bedside and in the boardroom. She currently serves as Co-Founder of Lavender, Co-Founder of Bombay Beauty Loft, and former Co-Founder of Healthgig (acquired in 2020 by Apploi).

Ray Kruck

Ray has a 24+ year enterprise security career with executive leadership roles at Check Point Software, Proofpoint, Websense, Voltage Security. and many others. A native of Toronto, Ray enjoys mentoring other startup ventures with his participation as an Associate in Canada’s leading technology venture mentorship program - Creative Destruction Lab. Ray has led three venture back startups including Nexgate and Tugboat Logic, and raised over $75M in private capital.

Rhona DelFrari

As Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement, Rhona works to ensure environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are embedded in the company’s strategy and business plans.

RJ Jamal

RJ is a director on the fintech team at Tetra Trust Company. Before joining Tetra Trust, he has held various management roles in the Oil and Gas sector before pivoting into the blockchain and digital asset space. He has earned an MBA from Cornell University and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada.

Rodney MacInnes

AML Compliance Expert. ₿itcoin Obsessed. Process Refiner. I can create, test and/or streamline your AML program.

Ron Harris

Ron Harris is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Minneapolis where he leads the development and implementation of the City's resilience strategy with a key emphasis on racial equity, economic inclusion, and climate change adaptation.

Robert Saik

A lifetime entrepreneur, recognized in 2021 as one of Canada’s Top 50 Most Influential Agriculture Leaders, Robert has been sought for his 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

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

Ryan Mueller

"and online gaming fraud and working with a number of clients and employers since Mr. Mueller has deep knowledge and experience in payment processing, decentralized finance, crypto currencies, blockchain, global remittance, foreign exchange, and others. After founding Golden Apple Consultants Ltd, dba Phantom Compliance, in 2009 Mr. Mueller has built a book of clients including payment processing, crypto, online gaming, remittance, ATM, and foreign exchange providers in Canada and the world at large."

Sara Roversi

An experienced entrepreneur and thought leader, Sara founded the Future Food ecosystem and she is also the Italian Focal Point for the UNESCO network of the Emblematic Communities of the Mediterranean Diet

Scott Resnick

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 Collier

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 Famuyiwa

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.

Shabnam Das Kar

Functional Medicine Consultant. Trained as physician in India, Educator, Co-founder of online health and wellness company in Alberta and Health-tech Enthusiast. Areas of focus: women's health, brain fitness, diabetes, hypertension.

Shawna Butler

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

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

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 Okusa

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.

Soheil Asgarpour

"A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM), and the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (CSSE), Dr. Asgarpour has over 35 years of diversified technical, business, and operations experience in the oil and gas industry, marked by providing strong leadership to several profit and not-for-profit organizations. Soheil has served Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) as president since 2007. Prior to joining PTAC, Soheil successfully led the overall management of the Crown’s oil sands interests in his position as Business Leader of Oil Sands for the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE). Prior to working for the Department of Energy, he held executive positions with mid- and large-size oil and gas companies. Soheil earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He completed the Western Executive Program at the Western Business School of the University of Western Ontario and the Leadership Program at Yale University. He is serving CAE as President-Elect, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), PTAC, and CAE as a director. He has served the Petroleum Recovery Institute (PRI) as First Vice Chairman, CIM as President, the Petroleum Society of CIM (PSC) as Chairman, and the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations, CIM, PRI, PSC as a Director. He is a life member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a member of CIM, Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (CSSE), CAE, APEGA, and the Institute of Corporate Directors."

Starr Jiang

Level 42 AI, Inc

Stefano Chiovelli

Stefano Chiovelli is a Senior Technical Specialist working for Syncrude Canada Ltd. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering and started working at Syncrude in 1987. In 1993, he joined Syncrude R&D. In 1999 he received an M.Eng in Welding Engineering from the U of A. In his time at Syncrude, Stefano has had the good fortune of working on materials issues from across Syncrude’s plant site(s). Some of these issues have lead his group to explore Additive Manufacturing (AM) for use at Syncrude. Stefano is currently on the board of directors for the Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing Network (HI-AM) and Syncrude’s technical leader on several collaborative AM projects with the U of A, InnoTech Alberta and the National Research Council of Canada.

Stephanie Clarke

Sales Secrets of Top Performing Companies

Stephen Barbour

Steve has been working as an oilfield facilities engineer since 2008 and is the owner of Upstream Data Inc., a business that has pioneered methane emissions reduction in oilfield using remotely operated datacenters.

Steve MacDonald

"Steve MacDonald is CEO of (ERA), an Alberta-based, board-governed not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow Alberta’s economy by accelerating the development and adoption of innovation technology solutions. To date ERA has invested approximately $646 million in 204 technology projects worth over $4.5 billion. Prior to taking the leadership role at ERA, Steve had an extensive career in the Alberta Public Service, serving in a range of ministries including Treasury Board, Energy, Human Services, Innovation and Advanced Education and Executive Council. During this time, he led major initiatives to guide and transform policy and delivery systems to improve outcomes for Albertans including Alberta’s Social Policy Framework and province-wide economic and environmental initiatives. Steve holds the ICD.D designation and is a Director on the Boards of the Canada West Foundation and The Natural Step. He is also a part-time instructor in the University of Alberta’s MBA and Executive Education programs. In 2018, Steve was honored to become a member of the Kainai Chieftainship."

Stuart Person

"Stuart Person, CPA, CA, is the Senior Vice President of MNP's Agricultural Services and National Leader of Primary Producers, located in the Edmonton office. Stuart has more than 25 years of experience in agriculture, specializing in the grain industry. Passionate about the industry, he grew up on a grain farm and continues to participate as a producer himself. This experience and knowledge allows Stuart to relate first hand to what Canadian Agriculture producers face in their operations—and gives him greater insights on how to help producers overcome challenges and achieve their goals."

Sue Paish

"Digital Technology is solving some of industry and society's biggest challenges through Canadian-made digital solutions. As the Supercluster CEO, Sue is leading over 82 projects addressing issues such as improving access to virtual mental health care, addressing COVID 19 issues and reducing the impact of climate change on our environment. Working with 1,000+ organizations, the Supercluster is growing Canada's successful SME's and improving our global competitiveness in the digital world. Sue also serves on the Boards of TELUS International, CORIX Group of Companies, Canexia Health, Own the Podium and Stemcell Technologies and Co-Chair's Canada's COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel, and is the past Chair of the Business Council of British Columbia. Sue's biggest passion is spending time in Canada's wilderness with her husband, daughters and granddaughters."

Sweta Chakraborty

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

Tali Sharot

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.

Tammy Mah-Fraser

Tammy is the Executive Director, Health Platforms and tackles system barriers in health research and innovation that often involve more than one organization. With over 20 years in the research and innovation, she leads several provincial programs in the areas of clinical trials, ethics of quality improvement, evaluation and innovation, patient-oriented research and cannabis. Tammy has MSc and DrPH degrees both from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tim Kwok

vTim is an Analyst at Panache Ventures, an early-stage venture fund with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He currently works out of the Calgary office and is responsible for managing deal flow and the portfolio in Western Canada. One of the things Tim enjoys most about his job is using his engineering background to help founders create compelling stories around their businesses using data. Prior to joining Panache, Tim was in the Next 36, an accelerator program that provides mentorship, capital, and founder development to 36 students and new grads in Canada annually.

Tonya Wolfe

Dr. Tonya Wolfe recently joined Red Deer College as the Manager for the College’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing-Technology Access Centre (CIM-TAC). The team at CIM-TAC turns our clients’ leading edge ideas into reality by collaborating on innovative manufacturing solutions. Tonya spent the past 2 decades building connections provincially, nationally, and internationally, working to advance technologies and innovation with Alberta’s manufacturers. Tonya is recognized as a leader in the manufacturing innovation space, especially prominent in her work with significant industry and academic partners. Her areas of expertise include metallurgy, materials design, additive manufacturing, welding, wear resistant materials, steelmaking, biomedical engineering and process modeling. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta in the area of additive manufacturing, collaborating across multiple departments in the Faculty of Engineering. She is currently leading the Alberta Additive Manufacturing Network, an industry-led organization aimed to grow additive manufacturing in the province.

Turner Wyatt

Turner Wyatt is an award-winning social entrepreneur focused on reducing food waste. He is co-founder and CEO of the Upcycled Food Association, as well as the co-founder and former Executive Director of Denver Food Rescue. In 2015, he was appointed by the Mayor of Denver to serve on the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and also serves as Board President of Fresh Food Connect.

Twaslima Bigirwa

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

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.

Udi Lazimy

Udi Lazimy is a sustainability and agriculture supply chain expert who built the sustainability and sourcing program at Eat Just, one of the world's fastest growing food technology companies. Formerly the National Policy Director for the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition based in DC, he holds an MBA and an MPA.

Wamite Muthara

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.

Wilson Acton

Wilson is a builder. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur and 4x tech start-up founder, Wilson has an extensive background in M&A, capital markets, venture building and multi-generational experience in agriculture. Wilson is also actively involved in the community through his roles on multiple advisory and community boards, including KidSport Calgary and Alberta IoT.

Weixing Chen

Weixing Chen has completed a number of projects on the fabrication of carbon fibers using asphaltenes-based feedstocks.

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.