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.

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.

Amarit Charoenphan

Chief International Officer & Cofounder, Techsauce

Amarit Charoenphan

Amarit is the Executive Chairman and Co-founder of HUBBA, Thailand's first and largest coworking space and community that is part of the Google for Startups Partner Network. He is also Chief Connection Officer and Co-founder of Techsauce, one of Southeast Asia's leading technology media and events company. His passion for the startup community and entrepreneurship has led him to angel invest in many of the top Thai startups. Amarit actively coaches 100+ startup founders annually. He is also a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) cohort 1, Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia Pacific inaugural cohort, and has been named as one of Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology and Thailand Startup Enabler of The Year 2016.

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.

Andrew Hyde

Chairman, Glider

Andrew Hyde

Andrew is the Chairman of Glider, a Colorado-based community movement and non-profit that aims to bring people together.

Ari Horie

Founder and CEO, Women Startup Lab

Ari Horie

Ari Horie is the founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab, a non-traditional accelerator in the hub of Silicon Valley with a mission of empowering female-led startups to succeed through strong leadership, an influential network, and innovation. Fuelled by the Japanese idea of Hito--acknowledging and coming together to promote success from help provided by all--the value offered by WSLab is resonating within the startup ecosystem and the global business community.

Arielle Gross Samuels

Head of Global Business Strategy and Engagement, Facebook

Arielle Gross Samuels

Arielle Gross Samuels is Facebook's Head of Global Business Strategy and Engagement. Her team builds strategic partnerships and initiatives around social impact, business equality, trust, and advocacy for 140M+ businesses.

Ayaan Esmail

Disruptor, TKS

Ayaan Esmail

I would say I'm a kid who cares about changing our healthcare system, loves learning and gaining new skills, and am someone who is really grateful for his life!

Bec Chapin

CEO, NODE Eco

Bec Chapin

Bec, CEO and Co-founder of NODE - sustainable homes built fast. NODE is the apex of Bec's experience in prefab construction and commitment to create scalable solutions that help solve our biggest challenges: housing and climate change.

Belinda Esterhammer

Founder & CEO, Springboard Group

Belinda Esterhammer

Belinda builds tech-centered communities and companies out of Asia. She is the founder of Springboard Group, Head of APAC for SaaStock and is excited to launch her newest venture - Fem Founded - one of Asia's first female intrapreneurship bootcamps.

Ben Gagnon

Director of Business Development, Bitfarms Ltd.

Ben Gagnon

Ben Gagnon leads new business initiatives for Bitfarms, an institutional-grade mining company based in Canada. Ben is from Hong Kong and started mining Bitcoin in Mainland China in 2015.

Ben Kimmerle

Innovation Strategist, Oracle

Ben Kimmerle

Ben in an Innovation Strategist focused on empowering people to be more human-centered and creative in their work. He loves a good toolkit, and all types of reflection.

Beth Bond

Founder, Good Idea Plant

Beth Bond

Beth has over 13 years of experience working with startup teams, social ventures, public agencies and corporations to identify strategic partnerships and design solutions that cultivate community and do good.

Betsy Hickman

VP, Stakeholder Engagement & Implementation, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Betsy Hickman

Betsy is Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement & Implementation for Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Her work focuses on cultivating strategic partnerships while overseeing the scaling and implementation of Field to Market's programs. In this role, Betsy advises purpose-driven organizations from across the food and agriculture value chain on effective strategies to meet sustainability commitments while supporting farmers' continuous improvement journeys by utilizing Field to Market's sustainability metrics, tools and services.

Bindi Karia

Founder, bindi ventures

Bindi Karia

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between investors, founders, corporations 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 recognised 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.

Brenda Beckedorf

Executive Director, Alberta IoT

Brenda Beckedorf

Brenda Beckedorf was selected as Executive Director of Alberta IoT August 1, 2019, by the Alberta IoT Board. In this role, 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 members by highlighting their skills and building a community that can grow together will be part of her mandate.

Brian Enright

Founder, Sculptor, Designerist, 12sticks

Brian Enright

Brian's mission is to create sculpture that inspires value and hope for individuals, communities and future generations, exploring how our trash can help us inform better design and make positive change.

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.

Carrie Fanai

Program Lead, Bitumen Value Chain Optimization, Enterprise Technology, Suncor Energy Inc.

Carrie Fanai

Carrie Fanai is a biological engineer and innovation culture enthusiast, she is searching for the next big thing in bitumen processing at Suncor Energy Inc., where she is creating value as an intrapreneur.  In this role as program lead for Bitumen Value Chain Optimization, Enterprise Technology she is bringing her knowledge of the innovation ecosystem and technology development to support the team's transformational mandate. Her three-dimensional career experience including oil sands, technology accelerators, environmental government approvals, bio and agri-food product commercialization, business development and business ownership provides a fresh perspective when it comes to tackling multi-faceted problems.

Charlton Cunningham

Partnerships + Summer Programs Lead at HBCUvc, HBCUvc

Charlton Cunningham

Charlton serves as the Partnerships & Summer Programs lead at HBCUvc, an organization dedicated to bringing more diversity into the venture capital industry. He formerly was executive director of Startup Atlanta, a non-profit focused on economic and community development.

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).

Clyde Hutchinson

Partner, Journey Partners

Clyde Hutchinson

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

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.

Cristin Pacifico

Venture Investor, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Cristin Pacifico

Cristin is a venture investor at TechNexus Venture Collaborative, where she invests in early-stage tech startups all over the world, predominantly in AI / ML, Robotics, AR / VR, Big Data and IoT. Key industries include: audio, aviation, first response, fitness and marine. Cristin also serves on the board of JIFFI, a micro-finance company she co-founded, and DePaul's Women In Entrepreneurship Institute, America's first comprehensive Institute for women founders.

Dan Rejto

Associate Director, Food & Agriculture, The Breakthrough Institute

Dan Rejto

Dan is the Associate Director of The Breakthrough Institute's Food & Agriculture program, which identifies and promotes ways that technological innovation and supporting policy can decarbonize agriculture and improve human prosperity.

David Dzisiak

Chief Operating Officer, Botaneco

David Dzisiak

David grew up on a family grain farm in Dauphin, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Agriculture. He enjoyed a 38-year career with Dow AgroSciences in senior commercial leadership roles. David served on the board and as chair of the Canola Council of Canada. He was deeply involved in the design of the winning application for the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster and serves on the board. David joined Botaneco in April 2019 as Chief Operating Officer.

David Sweeney

Executive Chair, Research England

David Sweeney

David is executive chair of Research England, which forms part of UKRI, the biggest research funder in the UK, with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange.

Debrah Wirtzfeld

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Physician Health, Diversity & Wellness, Alberta Health Services

Debrah Wirtzfeld

Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld is the Associate CMO, Physician Health, Diversity & Wellness for Alberta Health Services. Her mandate is to incorporate novel approaches to physician wellness and diversity which will positively impact patient safety, health care outcomes, and quality initiatives.

Ebrahim Varachia

President | Co-Founder, Patronicity

Ebrahim Varachia

Ebrahim founded Patronicity as a civic crowdgranting platform to inspire growth and change through placemaking within cities, where crowdfunded dollars are matched by community grants.

Eli Wilkins-Malloy

Coalition Program Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Eli Wilkins-Malloy

Eli brings experience from the grassroots to the United Nations supporting environmental justice. At Plastic Pollution Coalition, he works to raise awareness and foster solutions for the global plastics crisis.

Elisa Chiu

CEO, Anchor Taiwan | Anchor Venture Partners

Elisa Chiu

Elisa Chiu is an ecosystem and venture builder focusing on Asia softlanding and startup investing. She is recognized as 40 Under 40 Women in Tech as the CEO of Anchor Taiwan.

Elizabeth Coker Farrell

Researcher / Project Manager, Canadian Projects Management Consulting

Elizabeth Coker Farrell

Dr. Elizabeth Coker Farrell is passionate about the "healthy state" of healthcare givers and healthcare organizations. Her past research and publications focus on public population health and organizations' project management. Her recent research focuses on finding individual truth and acknowledgment of gender inequity in our provincial healthcare system and how it affects the mental health of physicians and healthcare givers.

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.

Erin Lamberty

Director, Strategy & Cuture Change, The Design Gym

Erin Lamberty

Erin Lamberty is Director of Strategy & Culture Change at The Design Gym, a consultancy that empowers teams to make things, break things, and create better ways of working.

Ethy Levy

Passionate Founder, The Bridge Hub

Ethy Levy

Ethy is the Founder of Impact Innovation Israel, a strategic consultancy firm focusing on tech and innovation in sectors where there is a substantial impact on society and the environment. Ethy works across multiple tech sectors and provides advice to multi-national corporations, academia and government, with a strong focus on Agrifood technologies. Ethy is the co-founder and Israel CEO of the Bridge Hub (www.thebridgehub.co), a global agrifood tech innovation hub. The Bridge Hub provides a way to validate and test technologies in real conditions with the best partners and helps farmers and growers overcome their challenges and increase productivity and efficiency through the use of technology. Bridge Hub is the commercialization arm of the Agrifood innovators. Ethy has held senior roles in the Israeli Government focusing on international trade, innovation and investments. She served overseas for over 10 years and was posted in Hungary, Thailand and Australia as the Israeli Trade Commissioner, where she created economic links and bridges between countries. Through her career with the Israeli government, Ethy has helped hundreds of startups validate their technology, scale up and raise capital. She has initiated several projects and programs that have had a global impact on remote communities and small farm holders. Following her passion for technology and its impact on society, Ethy has initiated AMSA - the Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Alliance - through which she is promoting a very practical but comprehensive plan to upgrade the manufacturing sector with a strong focus on SMEs and inclusion. She advises government on the best ways to implement advanced manufacturing solutions across all sectors of the industry, especially agriculture. Ethy has served on the board of Rafael, the leading Israeli defense company, and has served as the Economic Advisor at the Office of the President of Israel. Ethy is dedicated to assisting female entrepreneurs and is a Director and mentor at Springboard - the leading accelerator for female entrepreneurs.

EvaClaire Synkowski

Founder, OptimizeMe Nutrition LLC

EvaClaire Synkowski

EC Synkowski runs OptimizeMe Nutrition, a company that makes nutrition easy through B2B/B2C digital products. Thousands have used her #800gChallenge, a diet without restriction, to achieve their health goals.

Fares Ksebati

CEO, MySwimPro

Fares Ksebati

Fares is the co-Founder and CEO of MySwimPro. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree and an internationally recognized swimming coach and athlete.

Felecia Hatcher

Co-Founder of Tribe Co-Work & Urban Innovation Lab +Blacktech Week, Code Fever Miami

Felecia Hatcher

As the co-founder of Code Fever and Black Tech Week, Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid our communities of innovation deserts by working with community leaders and government officials to create inclusive and diverse startup ecosystems. Code Fever is an initiative that connects minority-led startup founders to capital through their VC in Residence program, tech skills training for African American and Caribbean youth and young adults in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship through full stack development coding boot camps, in school programs and an annual weeklong emerging technology summit called BlackTech Week. As an author, social entrepreneur and the Chief Popsicle of Feverish Ice Cream, Hatcher was named one of the Empact 100 Top 100 Entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by the White House and Kauffman Foundation in 2011, a 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and Diversity, a Black Enterprise Innovator of the Week, Essence Magazine Tech Master, and was featured on the NBC's "Today Show," The Cooking Channel, and Grio's 100 African Americans Making History.

Ginna Baik

Senior Care Practice Leader, CDW Healthcare

Ginna Baik

Ginna Baik is the Senior Care Practice Leader for CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare organizations nationwide. Baik is responsible for leading CDW Healthcare's strategic business development initiatives in the senior care market, helping to define the necessary technology solutions for senior care organizations while strengthening and expanding industry partner relationships.

Graham Cobb

President and CEO, Greater Bentonville Area Chamber

Graham Cobb

Graham Cobb stank at sports, so he played in punk rock bands to learn teamwork. He spent 20+ years earning a PhD in pizza before publishing helped him learn how to engage an audience with content in order to find customers for local and national businesses.

Hannah Dehradunwala

Founder & CEO, Transfernation

Hannah Dehradunwala

Hannah is the Founder and CEO of Transfernation, a logistics company focused on using technology and data to instantly connect excess prepared food with local recipients in cities.

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.

Hussam Tungekar

Team Lead- Alberta, Futurpreneur Canada

Hussam Tungekar

Hussam leads Futurpreneur Canada's Alberta portfolio, supporting entrepreneurs aged 18-39 in launching their startups through business planning support, funding and mentoring. His strengths are in cross-cultural communication and economic development.

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."

Jana Hanova

Investment Director, Evok Innovations

Jana Hanova

Jana Hanova has over 15 years of CleanTech, Power and Oil & Gas experience across North America and the Middle East.

Janine Moir

National Blockchain Assurance Leader, Deloitte

Janine Moir

Janine is passionate about technology and the impacts emerging technologies such as blockchain are having on finance teams and businesses. Janine is a founding member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW.io) and serves on the board of the Alberta Blockchain Consortium (ABC).

Jay Clouse

Producer, upside.fm

Jay Clouse

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

Jen Riedel

Program Manager, Techstars Boston, Techstars

Jen Riedel

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

Jennifer Williams

Gastroenterologist, Alberta Health Services

Jennifer Williams

Dr. Williams is a system-level thinker and culturally focussed. Her unique area of interest is the interconnections of respect, diversity, inclusion, equity, wellness and leadership in creating an aspirational culture where all are valued and supported to thrive to achieve physician wellness and fulfillment, improved patient outcomes and satisfaction, and system sustainability.

Jeremy Jensen

Owner, Jeremy Jensen

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.

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.

Jessy Wang

Director, Activator Growth, SheEO

Jessy Wang

Jessy Wang is director of Activator Growth at SheEO, a global initiative transforming how we fund and support women working on the World's To-Do List.

Jilliane Yawney

Be Story Savvy, A Narrative Approach

Jilliane Yawney

Jilliane has helped thousands of people share their story. She is the founder of A Narrative Approach, Calgary Story Slam and a speaker coach with TEDx.

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.

Julia Wuench

Founder, The Authenticity Guide

Julia Wuench

Julia Wuench, MBA, is the founder of The Authenticity Guide, a leadership and career coaching firm. She empowers leaders to harness their authenticity to improve life and work.

Juliana Garaizar

Lead Investor, Portfolia

Juliana Garaizar

Juliana is a board member of the Angel Capital Association, a lead investor of the Portfolia Consumer Fund, Rising Tide Fund and Rising America Fund and a venture partner at AccelHUB. A Kauffman Fellow, Juliana is an advisory board member of the Israeli fund Sanara Ventures, the Houston Diversity Fund and the University of Houston Cougar Venture Fund. A Springboard Life Sciences Council Member, Juliana was the director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund, the managing director of Houston Angel Network (most active U.S. network 2014-2017) and of the Sophia Business Angels network (best European angel network in 2010). Previously, Juliana managed Antipolis Innovation Campus, the Business Innovation Center in the French Riviera, as well as several International projects funded by the European Commission. She started her career in Singapore, first as an international trade consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a project manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at international level in Europe, Latin America and Japan.

Katie Milligan

Chief of Staff, Start Co.

Katie Milligan

Milligan is chief of staff at Start Co., a venture development organization located in Downtown Memphis, TN.

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.

Kevin Owocki

Founder, Gitcoin

Kevin Owocki

Kevin Owocki is the founder of Gitcoin.co -- An Ethereum-based network for growing open-source software with incentivization mechanics. He has a BS in Computer Science, 10 years of engineering leadership experience in startups and Open Source Software, and is a community organizer in the Boulder, Colorado Tech Scene.

Kiera Smalls

Executive Director, Philly Startup Leaders

Kiera Smalls

A true advocate for equity, entrepreneurship, and wellness, Kiera Smalls is the Executive Director of Philly Startup Leaders (PSL), the largest and most active community of startup entrepreneurs in Philadelphia.

Kirstie Boyle

Vice President Business Development, Interface Fluidics

Kirstie Boyle

Kirstie Boyle is an executive and board director focused on commercializing new technologies to solve significant problems. Kirstie is Vice President, Business Development for Interface Fluidics, a high-growth technology company.

Komal Ahmad

Founder/CEO, Go Copia, PBC

Komal Ahmad

Komal Ahmad, founder and CEO of Copia, is solving the World's Dumbest Problem by ending hunger and reducing food waste globally. Under her leadership, Copia has recovered over 1,000,000 pounds of food and will feed 2 million people this year with high-quality food that would have otherwise been wasted. Her company has managed food recovery from high-profile events, including Super Bowl 50 and the Oscars. Most recently, Copia served food to victims and first responders of the California wildfires. Copia has been named as one of the top 3 women-led startups in America and one of the top 8 startups graduating from Y Combinator.

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.

Lauren Mundell

Founder, Hi-Curious

Lauren Mundell

I took a hard left out of Corporate America to start a cannabis brand. I am building a bridge between the wellness industry and the fast-growing cannabis community.

Leigh-Ann Buchanan

Executive Director, Venture Cafe Miami

Leigh-Ann Buchanan

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

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.

Lindsey Taylor-Wood

Founder & CEO, The Helm

Lindsey Taylor-Wood

Lindsey is the founder and CEO of The Helm, a new lifestyle brand and VC investing in female entrepreneurs. Lindsey was formerly founder and president of LTW, an impact studio with clients including actor Matt McGorry, MAKERS, podcaster Amanda de Cadenet, The Harnisch Foundation, Women Moving Millions, and filmmakers Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus, and Rashida Jones. Before consulting, Lindsey was on the founding team of Catapult, a crowdfunding platform for girls and women. She also worked for Women Deliver and contributed to a variety of campaigns centered on conflicts in Central Africa, as well as "The Enough Moment", a book by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle. She advises The Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

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.

Lourdes Juan

Founder, Leftovers Foundation

Lourdes Juan

Lourdes is a Calgary-based entrepreneur, CEO, and urban planner. She has founded diverse companies and non-profits, including Hive Developments, Soma Spa, the Leftovers Foundation and Fresh Routes Inc.

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.

Mark Bosworth

Principal, KESA

Mark Bosworth

The principal of KESA, an organizational development firm, Mark serves leaders and organizations locally and internationally in the private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as NHL teams and officials.

Mark Gustowski

Chief Executive Officer, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Mark Gustowski

Mark is the CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, an Australian-based startup factory supporting the development of the creative industries nationally and internationally through investment programs.

Mary Haynes

President and CEO, Nazareth Home Highlands

Mary Haynes

Since 2001, Haynes's leadership of Nazareth Homes has resulted in the two campuses achieving and maintaining 5 Star ratings and being listed in the US News and World Report top tier. Haynes has been recognized over the years for her leadership in innovation and service. A member of a 10-group Innovator's Alliance, Haynes is a board member of the THRIVE Center, a non-profit experience center focused on aging innovations. Most recently, Haynes has focused on the frontier of end of life choices and the use of technology.

Matt Anderson-Baron

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Future Fields

Matt Anderson-Baron

Matt is a co-founder and the Chief Scientific Officer of Future Fields, a biotechnology company that is creating enabling technologies for the cellular agriculture industry.

Matthew Burgoyne

Partner/Lawyer, McLeod Law LLP

Matthew Burgoyne

Matthew Burgoyne ('Bitcoin Burgoyne') is a corporate and securities lawyer in Calgary, Alta, and the head of 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.

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.

Melinda Belisle

Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Belisle

Dr. Belisle works in the Global Growth and Opportunity Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focuses on the role of technology in helping small-scale producers adapt to climate change.

Michael Rabkin

Head of Institutional Sales, DV Chain

Michael Rabkin

Michael Rabkin is the Head of Institutional Sales and Head of Global Partnerships at DV Chain and DVeX, respectively. Michael was the President and Founder of SigOne Capital, an institutional Over-The-Counter digital asset trading platform which was acquired by DV Chain in December 2019.

Monica Kang

Founder & CEO, CRDF Global

Monica Kang

Monica Kang is a creative educator who is transforming today's workforce through the power of creativity. As the founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox, Monica teaches creativity in a practical and relatable way, regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica's work has been awarded across numerous platforms, including Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She is also the author of "Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire, and Thrive at Work." Prior to InnovatorsBox, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

Neal Mody

Managing Director, zoic capital

Neal Mody

Med-tech investor, entrepreneur, meditator, reflector, podcaster--Neal now invests in IP-centric med-devices.

P.K. Newby

Scientist and Author, P.K. Newby, LLC

P.K. Newby

P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS, is a nutrition scientist, food personality, author and entrepreneur whose mission is to help people live their healthiest, most delicious lives, sustainably--while fighting anti-science in all the ways she can.

Pamela Draper

President & CEO, Bitvo

Pamela 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.

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.

Patti Mikula

Co-founder & CEO, Hackworks

Patti Mikula

Patti has built and grown Hackworks, a Canadian company that is helping companies around the world drive innovation through the framework of hackathons.

Pete Sena

CEO/Co-Founder, Digital Surgeons

Pete Sena

Pete Sena is founder and CEO of Digital Surgeons. We're a global innovation and experience design company that accelerates business growth through experience design, creative marketing, and digital business model innovation.

Priscila Chaves

Founder, 10x Impact

Priscila Chaves

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

Rian Doris

COO, 1996

Rian Doris

Rian is the Co-Founder & COO of the Flow Research Collective, the world's leading voice in evidence-based peak-performance. Rian studies Applied Neuroscience at King's College London and holds a B.A. Hons in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. Rian has led research initiatives examining the neuroscience behind peak-performance with Imperial College London, UCLA, and Deloitte.

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.

Ryan Shea

Developer Relations, Solana Labs

Ryan Shea

R. M. Shea works at the intersection point of open source software, blockchain, and finance. He continues to work with top companies to architect the next phase of web infrastructure.

Ryan Tucker

CEO, G2V Optics

Ryan Tucker

Ryan Tucker is the CEO of G2V Optics, a CleanTech company growing plants bigger, faster, and tastier using data science and the most advanced lights on the planet.

Saleema Vellani

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Strategist, Innovazing

Saleema Vellani

Saleema Vellani is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Strategist at Innovazing, which helps companies navigate digital transformation and learn 21st-century skills. She is also the Professor of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University, an Innovation Consultant at the World Bank, the author of Innovation Starts With 'I', and an advisor to several organizations.

Samuel Brennan

Design Lead, Civilla

Samuel Brennan

Sam is a design lead at Civilla -- a nonprofit design studio dedicated to changing the way our public-serving institutions work through human-centered design.

Scott Resnick

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, StartingBlock Madison

Scott Resnick

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

Shaloo Garg

Managing Director, Microsoft

Shaloo Garg

Shaloo Garg is Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups based out of Silicon Valley. She brings a combination of strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience. Previously, Shaloo was at Oracle at Global Oracle Innovation where she lead the Global Corporate Innovation practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem.

Shawna Butler

Managing Director, Exponential Medicine

Shawna Butler

Shawna is a nurse economist, host of See You Now podcast, and executive director of the Exponential Medicine conference. She works with the pioneers integrating robotics, drones, AI, blended reality, voice recognition, digital humans, big data and sensors into our health solutions and lifestyles.

Sheldon Kennedy

Co-founder, Respect Group

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world.

Sheri Rose

CEO, Thrive Center Inc.

Sheri Rose

Sheri Rose is the CEO / Executive Director of the Thrive Center, a nonprofit innovation centre focused on wellness and aging. She is also a partner at Commonwealth Leverage LLC, a healthcare professional consulting firm. Sheri previously held positions with AT&T, as Director of Sales & Regulatory. She serves on the Executive Board of the Women's Political Council of Louisville and on the board of New Directions Housing Authority. She was named by Louisville Business First as one of the Top 20 People to Know in Aging and was recognized by HealthTech Magazine as one of three women to know in health IT. Sheri holds a B.A and M.Ed. in Psychology from the University of Louisville.

Sigalit Klimovsky

General Partner, Grove Ventures VC

Sigalit Klimovsky

Sigalit has over 20 years of global experience in key executive roles, setting the foundation of startups and transforming them to large and successful companies. Today she is a partner at Grove Ventures, an early-stage fund focused on deep-tech Israeli startups that she co-founded 5 years ago.

Sophia Fairweather

Innovator / Founder, StartUpBySophia.com

Sophia Fairweather

Sophia is an internationally successful innovator and award-winning entrepreneur who is influencing technology, and STEM programs everywhere. Also, she is a board member for AWSN.org and ERA.org.

Stephen Barbour

President, Upstream Data Inc.

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.

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 McArthur

CTO, Pontus Water Lentils Ltd.

Steve McArthur

Steve McArthur has been in the aquaponics industry for eight years and has helped form four aquaponic companies in the industry.

Steven Lee

Co-CEO, Kaeras

Steven Lee

Steven has dedicated his career to the improvement of health and sustainability.  Having previously founded a venture-backed company in the eyecare telemedicine sphere, he is now leading up a clean tech initiative.

Susan Mernit

Executive Director, The Crucible

Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit is the Executive Director of The Crucible, the largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility in the United States. During the past 20 years, The Crucible's founders and creative team have brought the change-making creative force of art into the community, each year introducing more people to the rewards of creating with their hands and imaginations.

Sweta Chakraborty

U.S. Representative, "We Don’t Have Time"

Sweta Chakraborty

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

Troy Vosseller

Co-Founder, gener8tor

Troy Vosseller

Troy is a 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 25 accelerators annually across North America, working with more than 200 startups per year.

Tzipi Avioz

EVP Customer Success - Americas/APAC, Mirakl

Tzipi Avioz

Tzipi Avioz has more than 20 years of experience in digital data analytics, executing large digital transformation projects and digital-focused customer success for retail.

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.

Wendy Rogers

Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Wendy Rogers

Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D., is Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research includes design for aging; technology acceptance; aging-in-place; and aging with disabilities.

Wm Kyle. Natorp

CEO, Natorp's Inc. - DBA Natorp Nursery

Wm Kyle. Natorp

I am the fourth-generation owner of Natorp Nursery. Historically our market area has been a 100-mile radius around Cincinnati, Ohio. Recently, we have been growing our market reach through several eCommerce platforms.

Yi Na Chan

Associate Director, Saltagen Ventures

Yi Na Chan

Yina manages Saltagen's portoflio and develops partnerships across Canada and Asia. She advises companies on strategic planning and execution for their global expansion in Asia.

Yuval Yarden

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

Yuval Yarden

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

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