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DiscoveryLab offers events where 10-30 teams pitch plans to a panel of investors and advisors. Scalable innovations in any sector, location or stage of development are presented as are transformative technologies for diagnostics, medical devices, therapeutics, biotech, agtech, AI, cleantech, edtech, fintech, food/drinks, materials, energy, environment, resources.

We welcome new members including investors, industry experts and business advisors to join in to advise the diversity of teams presenting.

Presenters receive constructive feedback on the business plan summary and slidedeck they submit beforehand, a video recording of their pitch, an evaluation and scores, new connections and leads for funding. Our events are open to all, please join us at our next event on the 54th floor of The Bow, Calgary on May 26, 2023.

Virtual Sessions on Tuesday March 14, 2023:

Global Pitches

rob 9:00 am Rob Brown, CEO and Co-Founder, KERB, a global parking and mobility B2B and B2C enablement platform. Also board member, Marketplace Risk and non-executive director, Mozaik Play.

9:10 am Ran Izraeli, VP Product & Corporate Development, Iluria Health Ltd, a digital health company utilizing biomarker data (wearable agnostic) to provide ongoing ADHD monitoring. Previously Investment Manager, Foriland Investment/Fishman Group.

Health & Life Sciences

9:25 am Audrey Bond, Founder & CEO, Vaultt, an information management and communication platform that launched in 2020, partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim, and provides quick, easy and secure data sharing to ensuring quality of health care. UOttawa grad.

Pierre-Wijdenes9:35 am Pierre Wijdenes, Co-founder & CPO, Neuraura is bringing a treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome to market. He previously co-founded a B2C healthcare community platform, consulted to the medical device industry holds a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Alireza-Bahramian9:50 am Alireza Bahramian, CEO and Founder, OfBrains. Also Lecturer at McGill University and CEO of OfBrains and former visiting professor and U Calgary focusing on the early diagnosis of Parkinson's diseases using biosensors.

kathleen10:00 am Kathleen McMahon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Wave View Imaging Inc. Previously Community Ambassador, University of Calgary; Program Coordinator, March of Dimes.


mike10:15 am Mike Tourigny, COO, Acceleware Ltd. Previously Principal, Castle Communications, CMO Aksys Networks, EVP Corporate Corporate Development, Guest-tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd., CEO, Sigpro LLC. MBA, UCalgary; BComm, UBC.


andy10:25 am Andy Wiebe, Founder, TerraGen Technology Group. Also Customer Relations Specialist, Ens Quality Seed. Previously Partner, Other Brother Coffee Roasters and VP, Jonny's Java Coffee Inc. Alumnus, Founder Institute.

Data & AI

10:40 am Guy Gordon, Co-founder, Previously Executive Director, Innovation and Service Delivery, Central Services, Department of Finance, Province of Manitoba and Executive Director, Institute for Citizen-Centred Service. MBA, U Manitoba.

Fred Glawischnig10:50 am Fred Glawischnig, CEO, Credit Gurus. Previously Trainer, FSM Connect; Finance Manager, Twin Motors and Murray GM; Project Manager, Canadian Cannabis Solutions Inc.; Sales Manager, Dynamic Safety Systems.

Energy & Resources

11:00 am Kelly Hall, CEO, Vermillion Power Technologies Inc. Also Principal, Kelly Hall & Associates Limited. Founding Partner, Oil Removal Technologies Ltd; manager at Nexen and Suncor. U Waterloo grad.

Jason Hendrick11:10 am Jason Hendrick, President, OceanML. Previously Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Summit Nanotech; Geoscientist, Nexen Energy; ULC Proposal Writing Specialist, AltaML. MBA, Athabasca University; BSc, Geophysics, University of Calgary.


Mirna Damergi11:20 Mirna Damergi, Product Manager, Rapid Diagnostics is developing Hopper™, a diagnostic platform that is mass spectrometry-based and allows rapid diagnosis of bacterial and yeast infections. PhD, Biological Sciences, U Calgary.

11:30 Closing discussions for virtual session

In person pitches at Enterprise Square


Shreya Kadia1:20 pm Shreya Kadia, Founder, Tarasnacks, a manufacturer of ethnic-based Dry Snacks food products. Also Director of Dutch Uncle Immigration Inc. a management consulting firm advising companies on issues of strategy, organization, technology, and operations. MBA, Entrepreneurship, Nirma University.


1:30 pm Ali Salman, Founder, Also Strategic Advisor, Grow Base; Co-founder and CMO. Rapid Boost Marketing; Marketing Lead, Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Canada; Communications Specialist, Project Joy and The Ismaili Canada.


mark olson1:40 pm Mark Olson, President, Flokk. Also Principal, Solon Technology Consulting. Previously Owner, Red Shed Farm. B.Sc in Computer Science, University of Calgary.


Health & Life Sciences

Simba2:10 pm Simba Nyazika, CEO and Founder, Lenica Research Group. Previously Behaviour Consultant, Children's Autism Services of Edmonton; Board Member, Interdisciplinary Consulting Association. BSc, Psychology & Neuroscience, UAlberta.

michael weinfeld2:30 pm Michael Weinfeld, Vice-President, CSO, and Co-founder of WWiKY BioSciences Inc. Also Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta and Senior Scientist, Alberta Health Services.

Data & AI

jason3:00 pm Jason Clarke, VP of Sales, Pleasant Solutions. Previously Owner, JayCin; Sales Executive Matrikon; Regional Sales Manager- net-linx AG. Business / Finance, NAIT.

eva3:20 pm Eva Mah Borsato, Founder and CEO, FutureCite Inc. Previously Board Director, The Sandbox Project. Tech Accelerator, Founder Institute. MBA, Queens U; ICD, Alberta School of Business, UoA.


chaneel3:50 pm Chaneel Park, CEO of MakeSens. Former Graduate student and Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary, with a degree of Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

4:10 pm reception

On deck:

angela rylAngela Ryl, Business Student at NAIT, Future STEM Innovator. Business Administration Diploma, Accounting from Norquest College.

alanAlan Tay, Co-Founder, Delphi Tech Corp. on digital training for aviation & aerospace using big data analytics and virtual reality for adaptive realistic learning.

Don HallettDon Hallett, President, Wildfire Innovations Inc. Business Owner, Weldon Ltd. Previously Founder/CEO, Jean E. Us Fire Inc., Quality Manager, All-Peace Industrial Contractors. Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

kim solezKim Solez, CEO, Just Machines Inc. Also Professor and Director of Experimental Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta.

Martin Ferguson-PellMartin Ferguson-Pell, Founder, Click&Push Accessibility. Also Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, U Alberta, designer of the Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory, develops AI integrated extended reality simulations for healthcare applications.

montyMonty Bechir, Founder, CEO, Vybes Technologies Inc. Previously Systems Analyst, Morgan Stanley; Data Analytics Intern, Devon Energy. BSc, University of Calgary.

Jennifer Keith, CEO & Co-founder, JustCook Kitchens is launching Edmonton's first food hall with the flagship featuring 4 unique, local restaurants under one roof right next to the ICE District. Also a Business Instructor, NorQuest College and UofA grad.

Diana Powers, Founder and CEO, Aratinga Inc. Previously at Endless Sky Inc., Shell, E&SSA, ESAPETROL and University of Calgary.

Sara Moradipoor, Co-founder, ProteinHall. Also National Clinical Program Coordinator, University of Alberta. Previously at Thermo Fisher Scientific. MSc, Medical Genetics, University of Alberta.

piyushPiyush Kumar, CEO, WWiKY Biosciences. Also Clinical Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta; Senior Scientist, Edmonton PET Centre.

Ketaki-Desai Ketaki Desai, Co-founder and CEO, Tracer. Also Team performance Coach, Outside Angle; Angel Investor, The Firehood; Board Member, Brainstage Inc. Previoulsy VP Business Development, Ontario Centre of Innovation. MS, Carnegie Mellon U; PhD Texas A&M.

omarOmar Farooq, CEO, and Mustafa Farooq, COO of Daisy. Omar is also general surgeon, Fort Saskatchewan Hospital and Clinical Lecturer, Department of Surgery, U Alberta.

Amit Bhargava, CEO, Enviro Apps Inc. digitizes processes for shipping dangerous goods and hazardous waste. Previously at ATCO Energy Solutions, Veresen Inc., Colt Worley Parsons and University of Calgary.

olehOleh Wowkodaw, President at Blue Eden CleanTech Inc./ Silverwing Energy Corp. Member of Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. MBA University of Calgary.

ahmadTanveer Ahmad, CEO, AMRICH Inc. is developing a disinfectant device series using EHCAPS technology to revolutionize the global health care prevention industry.

bing caoBing Cao, CEO, Nanode Battery Technologies. Previously a Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, where she obtained her PhD inMaterials Chemistry. BEng, Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University.

Tirath Nagda, Founder, Velai

There are a few slots left, but do book soon (or join the waitlist).

Some presenters will be offered an upgrade from a 10 minute virtual slot to a 20 minute in-person slot with networking reception. Pitches should be no more than half the slot to leave plenty of time for questions.

Submit your business plan summary at least two weeks before the event to qualify for a slot and gain feedback to strengthen your pitch.

Presenters can also check out our Presenter Guide.

Presenters on December 13, 2022:

Presenters on September 13, 2022:

Presenters on May 17, 2022:

Presenters on February 15, 2022:

Previous Keynote speakers:

Sheetal-Mehta-WalshSheetal Mehta Walsh advises tech companies looking to access smart venture capital and corporate partners in order to expand globally, her positions include Chief Strategy Officer, Government of Alberta; Advisory Partner, Atara Partners; Board Member, Innovate Edmonton; President & Founder, Shanti Life; Founder, Soho Ventures; she was Board Adviser for Virtual Visions, Waterhound Futures, Luxsonic Technologies, GOAL Global; CEO, Innovative Social Ventures, and Director of Venture Capital Relations, Microsoft. MSc, London School of Economics; BA, UAlberta.

Yasmine-RoulleauYasmine Roulleau mobilizes capital for social impact and scales companies from inception to exit, her positions include CEO, Striven Consulting, Founder, SAMA impact Ventures Inc., Strategic Advisor Partner, GetFresh Ventures, Executive in Residence, Foresight Canada and Ambassador, International Dealt Gateway. As a technology co-founder, she has straddled the gaming, healthcare, and real-estate spaces; her ventures include Reta, GameSecure, V4D and DevTest, some of which she led to international joint ventures. MBA, UBC Sauder School of Business.

Edmonton Mayoral Candidates on Economic Growth

We asked Edmonton's leading mayoral candidates to discuss how we can strengthen and diversify the economy. Kim Krushell, Cheryll Watson, Michael Oshry and Amarjeet Sohi present how they plan to support entrepreneurs and innovation in the region.

Federal Leaders Forum on Sustainable Growth

With an election looming in Canada and important policy differences between the parties, we invited all the major parties to present their positions and respond to questions at our Federal Leaders Forum on Sustainable Economic Growth.

Video of Adam Brown & Heather McPherson talks:

adam-brownAdam Brown, Liberal MP Candidate for Edmonton West, discusses how he aims to help diversify Alberta's economy and raise the tide for all innovators across the country. He is CEO for Nanolog Audio Inc and was Principal of Striker Metal, a Juno Award Winner and Top 40 Under 40.

heather-mcphersonHeather McPherson, NDP candidate for Edmonton Strathcona, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Strathcona discusses her platform and the issues facing Edmontonians and Canadians. She was previously Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, Program Officer, Canada World Youth; Volunteer Team Leader, Médecins Sans Frontières.

Video of Melanie Hoffman's presentation:

melanie-hoffman Melanie Hoffman, Green Party Candidate, Edmonton Riverbend presents the need for a circular economy. She is Program Manager, Capital Region EcoSchools; Founder, Drawdown Alberta; Owner, HoffFull Solutions - Climate Solutions Education Consulting. Previously Faculty Member/RA, King's University.

Business Plan Pitch by Ty McKinney:

You are encouraged to apply and obtain free expert advice from members of our panel of 220+ business mentors and investors. Over 325 teams have pitched at our meetings and have given us positive feedback on their experiences. Our alumni have raised >$140M in the past 3 years, and we welcome new presenters and advisors to register and join our independent, grass-roots community.

Our aims are to play a positive role by:

1. building trust and mutual understanding to ensure sustainable and rewarding multi-party relationships,

2. identifying major challenges that require innovative thinking,

3. mapping out precompetitive spaces for open-source collaboration,

4. developing fair and reasonable intellectual property strategies for progression and scalable funding,

5. structuring and optimizing core activities and facilities for supporting innovation, and 

6. increasing data quality, reproducibility and decisiveness while eliminating unnecessary duplication and costs.

We welcome collaborators and partners who are interested in working together to support the innovation ecosystem.

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors or investors, make investments or provide funding, but can make introductions. Each person and company has the responsibility of obtaining legal advice and performing due diligence before signing contracts or taking investments.