Speakers - Inventures

Adam Chambers

Head of Technology, Digital Surgeons

Adam Chambers

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.

Alex Walk

VP of Sales, Carbon Fiber, Zoltek

Alex Walk

Mr. Walk has nearly 30 years professional experience in the manufacture and use of carbon fibers. He has held numerous positions including Plant Manager, R&D Manager and Managing Director with key carbon fiber manufacturers. He is currently the VP of Sales, Carbon Fiber for Zoltek, a Toray Group company. Mr. Walk is a Mechanical Engineer having graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Alina Turner

CEO, Helpseeker

Alina Turner

Alina is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities.

Alvaro Villagran

Program Manager, Shared-Use Mobility Center

Alvaro Villagran

Alvaro leads the Federal Transit Administration's Mobility on Demand (MOD) On-Ramp Program, providing technical assistance to transit agencies across the U.S. in developing a wide array of mobility-on-demand projects.

Amy Peck

Founder/CEO, EndeavorVR

Amy Peck

Amy Peck is Sr. Director of Enterprise Content at HTC Vive Studios. Amy founded EndeavorVR, a leading global XR strategy and consulting firm. She is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of XR. She is a venture partner at the Capital Region AR/VR Accelerator, holds several advisory board roles and co-chairs the VRARA Enterprise Committee. Her own personal mission is to see XR fundamentally improve every aspect of our lives with the goal of making this technology accessible and transformative for everyone.

Anne Snowdon

Professor, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor

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.

Asra Nadeem

President, Draper University Ventures

Asra Nadeem

Asra Nadeem is the President and an Investor at Draper University Ventures. She is a global business strategy builder with extensive experience in product and market development for startups in North America, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. In a prior operational role, Asra was a product manager who helped grow a company to more than one hundred fifty employees.

Bindi Karia

Founder, bindi ventures

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.

Callie Chamberlain

Professional, Health Care

Callie Chamberlain

Callie Chamberlain is committed to health, health care, and well-being for all. Her deep commitment to working with, and on behalf of, vulnerable communities has guided her work addressing structural inequity across sectors and advancing intercultural, inter-religious dialogue.

Cansu Canca

Director, AI Ethics Lab

Cansu Canca

Cansu Canca is a philosopher and the founder / director of the AI Ethics Lab, where she leads teams of computer scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars to provide ethics analysis and guidance to researchers and practitioners. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy specializing in applied ethics. She primarily works on ethics of technology, having previously worked on ethics and health.

Chris Paterson

Project Lead for xarvio - North America, xarvio (BASF)

Chris Paterson

Chris Paterson has been involved with agronomy and agribusiness across North America for 25 years, and for the past 10 years has been directly involved with the development of new business applications and value streams around the digitization of farming, agribusiness, and agriFood. Chris’s favourite area of focus is where strategy meets technology.

Chris Shipley

Author, The Adaptation Advantage

Chris Shipley

Throughout her career, Chris Shipley has documented, influenced, and accurately predicted the impact of technology on business and society. Her latest book, "The Adaptation Advantage", explores the Future of Work.

Christine Goudie

Co-Founder + CEO, Granville Biomedical

Christine Goudie

Christine Goudie is the co-founder and CEO of Granville Biomedical, specializing in the design of women's health anatomical simulation models to enhance medical training and advance patient education.

Christine Somerville

Manager, Business Development, FrontFundr

Christine Somerville

As FrontFundr's Business Development Manager, Christine engages with entrepreneurs, investors and industry partners in Western Canada's venture ecosystem. Christine completed her MBA at UBC and is a registered P.Eng (APEGA).

Claudio Rojas

CEO, NACO

Claudio Rojas

Claudio Rojas is CEO of NACO and held previous roles in Hurt Capital, Canada Fintech Forum, Holt Fintech Accelerator, Institute for Founder Centric Studies, and Canadian Dream Summit. Claudio holds a JD MBA and a CFA.

Colin Brauns

Co-founder and CEO, Stoop

Colin Brauns

Colin Brauns is the co-founder and CEO of Stoop, a company building software for communities. He is also the host of the "Summer Night" podcast, which is dedicated to exploring how humans are building and finding community in the modern world. Previously, he has worked at companies such as Google and Autodesk in community building roles and on projects like a co-living network for entrepreneurs and a Free Skool. He lives in Boston with his dog, Apollo.

Cornelia Kreplin

Executive Director, Smart Agriculture and Food, Alberta Innovates

Cornelia Kreplin

As an Executive Director at Alberta Innovates and as interim CEO of the Canadian Agr-Food Automation and Intelligence Network, Dr. Cornelia Kreplin is engaged in growing prosperity of Canada’s agriculture and food sectors. This includes investment in research and innovation that is focused on driving productivity, cost efficiency, employment and value chain premiums for Canada’s agri-food sector by converting data into intelligence, shaping automated ecosystems, and creating smart farm platforms.

Craig Elias

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Bow Valley College

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.

Dave Bradley

President, ghostlabs

Dave Bradley

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

David Layzell

Research Director and Professor, Transition Accelerator and CESAR, University of Calgary

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.

Dr. A.M. Viens

Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, York University

Dr. A.M. Viens

Dr. A.M. Viens is an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy and Investigator at the Global Strategy Lab at York University. He specializes in population health ethics and law.

Emmanuel Adegboye

Managing Partner, Utopia

Emmanuel Adegboye

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

Ethy Levy

Passionate Founder, The Bridge Hub

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.

Hermes Huang

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, InsightPact

Hermes Huang

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.

Hon. Tanya Fir

Alberta's Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

Hon. Tanya Fir

Minister Fir was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Peigan. Like many other first generation Canadians, Fir comes from a home that understands the meaning of hard work. Born in Cranbrook, she moved to Calgary with her family in 1985 where she saw firsthand the promise and opportunity of the Alberta economy. Fir has been active in her community since then, including her volunteer service in support of Calgary Reads. Fir earned a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Management of Organizations and Human Resources from the University of Calgary. She worked as a Human Resources Advisor in Alberta’s Oil and Gas industry for more than 19 years and has a deep knowledge of the industry, those who rely on it for jobs, and the challenges they face right now. Tanya Fir was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism on April 30, 2019. She is focused on fiercely advocating for Alberta, its industry, world renowned natural beauty, and restoring it as a place that once again attracts the investment and opportunity that drew her family to the province.

James Stauch

Director, Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University

James Stauch

James Stauch is director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University.  He previously served as a  foundation executive and philanthropy, nonprofit and social change consultant. James is the co-author of "In Search of the Altruithm: AI and the Future of Social Good."

Jay Clouse

Producer, upside.fm

Jay Clouse

Host and producer of upside.fm,  Creator of Freelancing School.

Jennifer Koury

Co-Chair, SHE INNOVATES Alberta

Jennifer Koury

Jennifer has more than 35 years professional experience, including C-suite leadership roles and international experience. Currently, Jennifer sits on a number of public and NFP Boards in Canada. Since September 2017, Jennifer was appointed Co-Chair of the first public/private partnership for the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a branch of the United Nations. Based in New York, Jennifer leads the GICC, which is a group of twenty-five global companies and institutions supporting and empowering women and girls in innovation. Jennifer is also Co-Chair for SHE Innovates Alberta, the first official pilot Chapter for UN Women.

Jessica Brown

Customer Insights Manager, North America, Faethm AI

Jessica Brown

Jessica is a former dancer turned social entrepreneurship enthusiast working at the intersection of technology, impact and art. She has 12 years of experience with multi-sectoral clients spanning 4 continents. Currently, she serves as the first North American hire for Faethm AI, an Australia-based startup serving as the world's data source for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Future of Work. She volunteers as a mentor with the Global Social Business Initiative and is the Partnerships lead at Women4Good, an SF-based community focused on women in social impact. Prior to Faethm, she helped to design and direct a prize design Accelerator program at the XPRIZE Foundation, supported public sector strategy at Monitor Deloitte with clients ranging from the State Department to the World Bank, and served as an Advisory Board Member for SXSW. She loves sci fi, all things art, and her Saudi Arabian husky, Buddy.

Josh Chapman

COO, Landscape Hub

Josh Chapman

Josh Chapman is an operator who has worked in a variety of fields during his 25-year career. Dating back to his time at Allianz Global Assistance, his passion is to help transform industries by moving offline activities online. In his current role as the COO of Landscape Hub, Josh is hoping to do just that for landscapers and landscape supply companies.

Kerry Rupp

General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Kerry Rupp

Kerry Rupp is GP at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage VC fund investing in consumer-facing, women-led businesses that improve human and/or environmental health.

Koleya Karringten

CEO, Absolute Combustion International

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.

Laura Kilcrease

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

Laura Kilcrease

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

Leslie Evans

Director, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Leslie Evans

Leslie Evans is passionate about mission-driven innovation which impacts the lives of diverse people through education, healthcare, technology and workforce development. Leslie is the Director of Professional Development at HIMSS, leading efforts to engage new audiences and nurture an environment which accelerates the growth of new ideas to advance innovation and transform health and healthcare for all people. Leslie's leadership roles in marketing and program development span Fortune 500 companies, independent educational institutions and startups. Her experience in technology and education includes developing engaging programs to attract more girls into careers in technology, building an innovative coding bootcamp to equip women and people of colour as software developers, and creating opportunities to deliver alternate pathways into tech.

Lisa Nuszkowski

Founder & Executive Director, MoGo

Lisa Nuszkowski

Lisa Nuszkowski is the founder and executive director of MoGo, Detroit's nonprofit bike share system, serving the city of Detroit and five suburban communities with 620 bikes and 75 stations.

Luke Krueger

CoFounder, Valhalla Private Capital

Luke Krueger

Luke is a four-time founder, 12-time angel investor, Chapter President Valhalla Angels Calgary and Vancouver and Co-founder of Valhalla Private Capital. Oh, and basketball, he loves NBA basketball.

Megan Bruneau

Therapist and Executive Coach, Megan Bruneau LLC

Megan Bruneau

Megan Bruneau, M.A., is a therapist, executive coach, writer, speaker, and host of The Failure Factor podcast. She helps entrepreneurs optimize their mental health and do the shit that scares them.

Michelle King

Author, The Fix

Michelle King

Michelle King is a leading global expert in organizational culture and gender. She is a keynote speaker, researcher, writer and advocate. Michelle has significant international experience advancing women in innovation and technology, leading global diversity and inclusion programs and advocating for women at work.

Mike McCready

Chapter President, VR/AR Association - Alberta Chapter

Mike McCready

Mike McCready is a leader in the VR industry and an educator. He has spoke at conferences at various location in North America.

Patrick Lor

Managing Partner, Panache Ventures

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.

Robert Fine

Executive Director, IVRHA (International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association)

Robert Fine

Robert Fine is the Executive Director of IVRHA (International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association).

Robert Saik

Agricultural Entrepreneur, Saik Management Group Inc

Robert Saik

A professional agrologist, certified agriculture consultant and agricultural entrepreneur, Robert is CEO of DOT Technology Corp. Robert is leveraging his business experience with his training in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition, together with his background in data management and precision agriculture to now bring autonomous farming through the DOT platform, powered by Raven Autonomy to global broadacre agriculture. He resides in Olds, Alberta and works out of Central Alberta.

Sarah Nolet

Founder & CEO, AgThentic

Sarah Nolet

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognized food systems innovation expert, the CEO and founder of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm, and a general partner at Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage agtech ecosystem — from advising dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs and consulting to established agribusinesses, to helping industry, universities and government develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation. Sarah is also the host of the AgTech...So What? podcast, and co-founder of Farmers2Founders, a national innovation program that supports primary producers to commercialize inventions and new businesses, as well as gain early access to emerging technologies. Sarah holds a Masters degree in System Design and Management from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

Stavros Demetriou

Partner, KPMG

Stavros Demetriou

Stavros is a Partner in KPMG's management consulting practice with more than 15 years of Canadian and international experience with a focus on HR and people analytics and the future of work.

Stephen Sokoler

Founder & CEO, Journey Meditation

Stephen Sokoler

Stephen is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder & CEO of Journey Meditation, a company dedicated to helping all people live happier, healthier, less stressed lives.

Steve Klintberg Nagy

CEO, RocketHouse

Steve Klintberg Nagy

Steve Klintberg Nagy is the co-founder of RocketHouse, an event and experience production company that specializes in cancer fundraising including its signature series, Spin For Life. He emcees events worldwide.

Veronika Bylicki

Executive Director & Co-founder, CityHive Youth Engagement Society

Veronika Bylicki

Veronika is an engagement innovator, climate advocate and the Executive Director & Co-founder of CityHive, a Vancouver-based organization on a mission to transform the way young people are engaged in shaping their cities. She is passionate about creating more sustainable, liveable cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges.

Vivek Soni

Managing Director, TiE Boston Angels

Vivek Soni

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.

Yuval Yarden

Host & Ecosystem Builder, The Keystone Podcast & Jolt.IO

Yuval Yarden

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