Taking a giant leap? We can support you.

The teams presenting at DiscoveryLab meetings are given guidance on the development of their business plans by members of our panel of 190+ advisors.

Advisors come with diverse expertise in forming and growing companies, and are asked to attend one (or more if they wish) DiscoveryLab meetings each year to share tips and contacts where appropriate.

We brainstorm on product commercialization routes and financial, business and legal issues in order to help teams navigate roadblocks they are facing.

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not take a commercial interest in the companies pitching and does not pay advisors, who typically join in a personal capacity.

Our meetings are held by Zoom or in person, and dedicate time for discussing and evaluating the unique value, IP position, business proposition and investability of each pitch in order to help teams make progress.

New and existing advisors are welcome to join by registering for DiscoveryLab events, and are given access to the plans, pitches, reports and meeting invitations.

Aaron-PoirierAaron Poirier, Senior Project Officer, Government of Alberta. Previously: Projects Services Manager, The Business Link Business Service Centre; Business Development Advisor, Tailored art; Board of Directors, Aksis: Edmonton’s Aboriginal Businesses and Professional Association. Marketing, U Lethbridge; Management: Grant Macewan.

Adriana-Lopez-ForeroAdriana Lopez Forero, CEO at Onlea, which develops online learning journeys with the power to transform lives. Previously Senior Development Director at Bioware. MSc in Computing Science - AI, U Toronto, Project Management, NAIT.

Aimee-CharestAimee Charest, Senior Trade & Investment Officer, Americas at Government of Alberta, supporting companies through trade & investment development initiatives in energy, environment, ICT. Previously Development Officer, Canadian Cooperative Association. MA , International Affairs and Development: Carleton U. BComm: UAlberta.

Aleina-SpigelmanAleina Spigelman, Manager, Access & Health Policy, Roche. Previously Market Access Manager, Purdue Pharma, Western Canada; Territory Manager GSK; Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Control, BC Centre for Disease Control; Epidemiologist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences, MSc Health Care & Epidemiology, UBC.

alice-luoAlice Luo, Analyst Investment and Venture Innovation Program, Lumira Ventures. Previously Fellow, HaloHealth; Scientific Consultant, Bloom Burton & Co.; Engagement Manager, University Consulting Group (UCG). PhD, Respiratory regenerative medicine, University of Toronto.

Alyssa-DiehlAlyssa Diehl, Workforce Development Manager, North, Manpower, oversees the TECHCareers and CareerLeap, which provides free tech training services to the unemployed and employers wanting access to highly skilled talent. Previously at Concierge, Lethbridge Community College (Communications), Brandon U (BA).

Alyssa-TintinagliaAlyssa Tintinaglia, Alyssa Tintinaglia, Manager, Investor Experience, Invest Alberta. Previously Manager, Strategic Initiatives at Edmonton Global; Operations Manager, NABI. BSc: UAlberta.

amanda-macdonaldAmanda MacDonald, Economic Development Officer, Business Retention & Expansion Program, City of St. Albert, supports the growth and development of local businesses. Previously Partnerships & Commercialization Manager for the Faculty of Science, U Alberta.

Amine_BenmoussaAmine Benmoussa, Principal in BDC Capital’s Healthcare Venture Fund. He serves on the Circle Cardiovascular Imaging and Clearwater Clinical board and the Philadelphia and Boston Canadian Technology Accelerators; previously at FSTQ. MBA from HEC Montreal, trained in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School and in Corporate Governance at the Rotman School of Management.

amy-brohmanAmy Brohman, Senior Manager at PwC Canada, is an innovative problem solver with skills in developing, executing and measuring strategic business initiatives, creating unique and actionable strategies that optimize engagement across the digital landscape and drive disruptive growth. BComm: UofA

ana-clementinAna Clementin, Executive Director, PanTHERA CryoSolutions Inc. Previously with Health City, TMIC and AVI. Experienced with finances, human resources, patents, public health, legal agreements, manufacturing programs, business development and management. PhD and MPH, UofA.

andrea-dragerAndrea Drager, Vice President at Azure Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based VC firm which invests in post-seed tech companies such as VMware, Bill Me Later, Calix, Cyan, Top Tier, TripIt and World Wide Packets; previously a director with Monitor Deloitte; cofounded a fashion and travel ecommerce company; B Comm, McGill.

andrew-browneAndrew Browne, Head Of Business Development, Thin Air Labs. Previously Program DirectorProgram Director Calgary Innovation Coalition; Startup Support Specialist, Startup Calgary; Cofounder & CEO, Smartiks; Co-Founder & CEO, TikTiks Inc.; Business Development Manager, Pump Interactive. BBA, Mount Royal University.

andrew-macisaacAndrew MacIsaac, CEO at Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation, Assistant Dean for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Policy Committee, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce; Steering Committee, Edmonton Health City; board member of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Edmonton.

Angela-KeulingAngela Keuling, Patent Agent, Parlee McLaws LLP, drafting and prosecuting patent applications; experience in infringement and freedom to operate analyses. Previously worked in IP management at a biotechnology company, a start-up, and Alberta Innovates. PhD in Medical Sciences from UofA.

Anita-LudwarAnita Ludwar, Venture Leader, Creative Destruction Lab, a seed-stage program for scalable, science- and technology-based ventures. Previously Business Development Officer at Genome Alberta managing a funding opportunity for R&D projects developing genomics solutions. Master of Biomedical Technology, BSc (Hon) Chem;  BSc CMMB, U Calgary.

Antonio-BruniAntonio Bruni , Business Development Manager, Edmonton Health City, which serves as a central connection point for Edmonton’s health innovation sector, working with partners who share a vision for excellence, have a culture of collaboration and are developing health innovations. PhD from U Alberta.

Archana Singh, Industrial And Regional Benefits Lead, AB Region, Western Economic Diversification. Previously Senior Manager, Qualcomm Dates. MBA and BA (Sociology): University of Alberta.

arden-tseArden Tse, Yaletown Partners Investment Manager of the Accelerate II Fund, an early stage B2B Tech investment fund focused on Alberta startups; experience includes management of private sector portfolios and institutional investments. Previously Manager of the UofA Venture Mentoring Service. BSc and MBA in Finance from UofA. Certified Executive Coach through Royal Roads University.

Armando-PinedoArmando Pinedo, Partner at PwC Edmonton, provides audit, accounting and tax planning services; experience centres on assisting companies with technical accounting and financial reporting issues for industries including media, oil and gas, telecommunications and hospitality; graduate of La Salle U, Mexico City; member, Canadian and Alberta Institutes of Chartered Accountants.

Arun-NairArun Nair, Health Hub & Accelerator, Consultant - Health Innovation, U Alberta. Previously Strategy Lead, scool, India; Head Of New Business Development & Marketing, Chai Kaapi; Business Development Manager, 121 Systems Ltd; National Vice President Sales, AIESEC Serbia. MBA Candidate, U Alberta.

Betty-JandewerthBetty Jandewerth, Director, Trade and Investment, Alberta Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism; Certified International Trade Professional; Director, Advanced Industries, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Branch; Senior Trade and Investment Officer, International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations.

brad-clarkBrad Clark, Principal, Endeavour Advisory, helping start-Ups and SMEs achieve their growth goals by reinforcing their finance team; previously Director of Finance, JV Driver Group; Senior Manager, Tax, Deloitte. Masters, Accounting, U Waterloo; Chartered Accountant, CICA, CFO Operational Skills, CPABC.

Brad-ThompsonBrad Thompson, CEO, The BioFuel Company, Kickshaw\ Wyvern Pharmaceuticals, Avamab Pharma, Kickshaw Ventures. Previously CEO of Oncolytics Biotech and Synsorb Biotech; Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of BIOTE Canada. BSc in Microbiology, UofA; Ph.D. from U Western Ontario in Microbiology and Immunology.

Branka-BarlBranka Barl, Industrial Technology Advisor at NRC-IRAP. Previously Principal Consultant, Barl and Associates, Scientific Leader, Natural Health Products and Functional Foods, Life Sciences Division, Alberta Research Council, Chief Scientist, New Era Nutrition Inc./Solo GI Nutrition. PhD in Food and Nutritional Sciences at U Manitoba, MSc in Biochemistry and Chem Eng Biotechnology, U Belgrade.

brent-jensenBrent Jensen, Senior Manager, Edmonton Global and Founding Partner, p's & q's. Previously Founder and Partner, Ballad Consulting Group; National Sales Director, Tropical Green; National Account Manager, Asia Active Supply Chain Solutions Canada; Canada Representative, Wines R Us; Asia Project Officer, Canadian Petroleum Institute. BCom: UofA.

Brett-ClellandBrett Clelland, Legal Counsel at AHS, focuses on the area of IP law. Experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark and industrial design applications, providing patent and trademark opinions, trademark opposition proceedings, and copyright matters. PhD: UofA.

Brooks TannerBrooks Tanner, Founder and President of Sunburst Ltd., is a Real Estate sales and marketing specialist with expertise in developing sales and marketing solutions. As a senior-level relationship builder, he mentors and manages teams who have increased operating results, delivered revenues and increased value.

Bruce-RoutBruce Rout, President, Green NABR Research Ltd. Previously President, 5771; CEO, Computer Troubleshooters Limited; Research Technologist, Alberta Research Council; MSc- Mathematics, Simon Fraser University; BSc - Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Alberta.

Bryan-SlaukoBryan Slauko, Co-Founder, Metiquity Ventures, Director, TakeMeTuit Inc., Helm, Arolytics, Sawback Technologies Inc; Chair, Calgary Ultimate Association. Previously Founder, Base10 Capital Advisors. Commerce, Finance, Smith School of Business at Queen's University. Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Calvin-LiCalvin Li, Industrial Technology Advisor - IRAP Program at National Research Council Canada. Previously director at Glazr Software Company, Flint Energy Services and statusfirm; VP, Technology, Castle Rock Research Corporation; Managing Partner, Vencom Business Solutions. MBA, International Business, UofA; B.Math, U Waterloo.

Carla Craveiro Salvado, Director of Operations and Research, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, University of Alberta. Previously Instructor, Department of Biological & Env Sciences and Dept of Chemistry, Concordia University of Edmonton and Instructor, MacEwan University. PhD, Immunology, Univerity of Alberta.

Carmen Wyton Carmen Wyton, Founder & President of Ripple Enterprise, has 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector – in health, human services, disabilities, education and employment. She has worked on policy development, advocacy and government relations in health, pharmaceuticals, non-profit, recreation and disability sectors.

Charles-EvansCharles Evans, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with private and public clients in a range of industries with a focus on Technology, Manufacturing and Real Estate, serving as Edmonton Technology Leader and leading the Emerging Company Services practice in Edmonton, which works with start-ups. Previously a Partner at Deloitte. BA, MAcc,  UWaterloo.

charles-mcoskerCharles McOsker, Project Operations Director at Biomotiv; founded Airway Therapeutics, a biotech company developing therapeutics based on pulmonary research, and worked at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, holding management positions in drug discovery and development. BSc in chemistry from Hope College and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell U.

Chase ChristensenChase Christensen, VP, Banking, RBCx. Previously Commercial Account Manager, Technology & Innovation Banking, RBC Royal Bank; Account Manager, Commercial Banking, Canadian Western Bank. BCom. Volunteer Board Member, Canadian Blockchain Consortium. Accounting, U Alberta, MacEwan University

chen-fongChen Fong is Co-Chair of the Global Strategy Board for the Creative Destruction Lab and funded over 50 companies in diverse technology sectors, with an emphasis in medical devices. Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. Co-founder and board member of Calgary Scientific Inc., board member at Clarius Mobile Health, Cohesic Inc. and Innovere Medical.

Chris-CarvalhoChris Carvalho, Health City Co-Lead, Working Groups, Edmonton Health City and Manager, Global Networks, Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi). Previously CEO, MicroHero Surveys and Senior Manager, Health Business Consulting, TELUS Health Transformation Services; experience in the healthcare technology. BSc in Health Information Science from U Victoria.

chris lerohlChris Lerohl, Consultant, Campus Innovation Consulting Group and Co-Founder, CEO, Honest Dumplings. Previously worked as Business Development Associate at TEC Edmonton and Business Development Manager Natural Sciences at UA Solve; Advisor and Co-Founder, ABCampus Dates. MBA / MEng in Business, Engineering from UofA.

chris_stewartChris Stewart, Healthcare and Life Sciences Marketing Professional, Principal at CLS Strategic Consulting; previously Team Lead at john st., Managing Director at Media Platforms; Group Account Director at Klick Health; VP, Client Services, GSW Worldwide. Awarded BComm in International Business and BSc in Physiology: UofA.

Christiana-ManzoccoChristiana Manzocco, Director of Industry Development at Alberta Enterprise, growing the venture capital industry by connecting risk capital investors with high growth potential tech companies; Director, Manzocco Industries; Member, Rainforest Steering Committee.

Christian IdiculaChristian Idicula, Director, Operations, KASTx Ventures. Previously Manager, Consulting, PwC Canada; Co-Founder, Gather Factory;. Consulting Principal, CQsquared/Xennex; CFO, Yardstick; Senior Associate, Deloitte Canada. MBA, York U; MA, Athabasca U; BSc, UAlberta.

christie-pierceChristy Pierce, Founder & CEO of New West Networks; specializes in economic development, government relations, foreign direct investment; contracted by the Government of Alberta to attract investment from Silicon Valley; technology scout and Canadian partner for Thalamus Irwine, and works to bring investment into Alberta from around the world.

Colin ChristensenColin Christensen, Entrepreneur In Residence , MacEwan University School of Business, Managing Partner, Fuse42 SDG Accelerator, President, Entrepreneur Roadmap Inc. , Co-Founder, LendHOPE, President, Evolution Building Materials Inc;Founder, THNQ.

colin-corosColin Coros, Chief Commercialization Officer at Nanostics Inc. Previously Executive in Residence at TEC Edmonton and CEO of the Delta Genomics Centre, co-founder of Helios Genomics. PhD in Biochemistry from U Western Ontario; MBA from U Saskatchewan; postdoc at the Wadsworth Centre in Albany and U Calgary.

corey-keithCorey Keith, President, Keith & Associates, providing business coaching and financial advice, helping companies and organizations find grants, debt and equity to develop winning strategies. Previously Founder and President, AVNet, Senior Investment Manager, AVAC Ltd, Manager of Life Sceinces and Helath Care Industries, Royal Bank,

Cory-JanssenCory Janssen, Co-Founder, AltaML, Board Member, Edmonton Global, President of Galt Capital, and co-founder of Janalta Interactive, director at Brace Tool Inc. He was a co-founder of, a financial education site, past-President of the Edmonton chapter for Entrepreneur’s Organization and member of the A100 and Venture Mentoring Service at U Alberta.

Craig-SherburneCraig Sherburne, General Counsel, MGHL Partners Inc; and Casman Group of Companies; President CKS Legal; COO, Triad Lighting Technologies; President Movilume Inc and AMSRF Research Inc. Previously Vice President, Investment, Medwell Capital Corp; Director of Business Development & Legal Affairs, BioMS Medical. J.D., PhD, BSc: U Alberta.

crys-vanierCrys Vanier, Executive Director, ISAIC (Industry Sandbox and Artificial Intelligence Computing), Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Alberta. ISAIC is a new high performance computing and sandbox resource that is enabling experimentation, scale, and powering the A.I.mbition of Western Canadian businesses pursuing AI/ML adoption.

Dana-AwadDana Awad, Health Hub and Accelerator Consultant - Health Innovation, University of Alberta. Previously Food Safety and Quality Control Coordinator, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Lebanon; Assistant Sales Manager, Abou-Taam engineering and construction, Lebanon. MBA, University of Alberta.

Daniela_RobuDaniela Robu, Director – Innovation and Business Intelligence Provincial Clinical Excellence, Director, Knowledge Management Infrastructure at Alberta Health Services. Previously Provincial Lead, Education and Training and Director, Physician Services at AHS. CPT, CRP, CHE, MSc in Biomedical/medical Engineering, U Calgary.

daniel-salamonDaniel Salamon, Principal, Salamon Solutins. Previously Director, Strategic Partnerships, Alberta Cancer Foundation; Senior Business Partner, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures; Business Development, Electron Microscopy, NRC Canada. MBA in Technology Commercialization and B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, U Alberta.


Daria Venkova,Co-founder and Head Business Consultant,  Purley A&D Consulting. Previously CEO of Creative Protein Solutions; took Tim Draper’s 5-week entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley and a clinical trials practicum with SolAeroMed. MSc: UCalgary in Biomedical Technology/Technician.

Darrell-PetrasDarrell Petras, Director, Business & Community Development, Innovate Edmonton, previously Executive VP, Business Development, TEC Edmonton, owner of a diversified farming operation and ran a consulting practice working in agriculture, green energy, and IT; belongs to Alberta Institute of Agrologists, Association of University Technology Managers, and Licensing Executives Society. BSc. Agriculture.

Darren-BoldingDarren Bolding, Regional Director, Alberta and British Columbia at Natural Products Canada, connects companies, research institutions, investors and support organizations interested in natural products, and provides advice on IP, regulatory, financial and competitive analysis. Previously at Alberta Innovates working with SMEs to secure gain access to capital and develop strategic commercial partnerships. MSc in Plant Genetics from U Saskatchewan, MBA in Technology Commercialisation and BSc in Genetics from U Alberta.

dave-damerDave Damer, CEO of Testfire Labs; Business Strategist at Concordia University Edmonton; Volunteer, Venture Mentoring Service, University of Alberta. Previously: Founder, President and CEO, ThinkTel Communications. BSc, Computer Engineering, University of Alberta.

david-chavezDavid Chavez, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Programs at Platform Calgary, leading the team that delivers programs to help entrepreneurs, researchers, and startups get from ideation to funding to commercialization. Previously led R&D and product management teams in Canada and China for Nortel and Ericsson. B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from U British Columbia. Practice of Coaching badge from the Roy Group.

DAVID-DANGELODavid D'Angelo, Director of Strategy & Business Development, Spark Niagara. Previously VP of Strategic Partnerships, Curexe;CEO & Founder, Trivium Industries. Committee Member/Co-Founder, GenNext Niagara South; Advisory Board Member, Canadian Youth Entrepreneurship Fund BA: Brock University in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations.

david-yiptongDavid Yiptong, Regional Director, Alberta Foresight Canada. Business Mentor, Haskayne BMO Mentorship Program. Previously, Director, Programs at Platform Calgary, worked with Nortel and in project management and assessment and prioritization of in-situ projects at a oil and gas EPCM. BSc in Engineering from McGill U; MBA from U Calgary.

derek-dupuisDerek Dupuis, Director of Business Development at Vaultt; Director of Business Development & Commercial Partnerships, Red Maple Trials Inc; Medical Sales Representative, Covis Pharma. Preeviously Manager, Specialty Health Partnerships, Bayshore HealthCare; Senior Specialty Sales Consultant, Novartis Oncology; Paladin Labs. BSc, U Waterloo.

Derek-ExnerDerek V Exner, Professor, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials and Associate Dean, Clinical Trials, Cumming School of Medicine. Chairman, Advisory Board, Analytics for Life. Advisor, Murmur. Master's in Public Health: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; MD: U of Saskatchewan.

Dominique-BeaupreDominique Beaupre, Business and Project Development Consultant, elevating impact-driven business and social initiatives; Co-Founder & Vice President, The Neighbours Project; Community Initiatives Committee Member, ERIN; previously Product Development Consultant, Dorway Inc., CEO & Founder, Aliud. BComm, MacEwan U.

don-diduckDon Diduck, Director, TechInvest Alberta, served as a Director of the Alberta Congress Board and on the Alberta Economic Development Authority, Alberta Council of Technologies; owner of Verigon Canada Ltd. working with Indigenous groups and communities to develop business opportunities.

Don PareDon Pare, Chair of the Board, RvC Worldwide, Mentor, SENSEI. Previously Chair of MobileyMe Inc., Cleankeys Inc, Shana; Strategic Advisor, Arrow Engineering; CEO of MessagingDirect; VP Fulcrum; Manage, Cognos; VP Sales, Zanthe-Zim; GM, Systemhouse. B Eng, Carleton U.

drew-tetzDrew Tetz, manager at Brad Tetz Professional Corporation, specializes in tax planning for small business owners and start up companies, as well as helping businesses solving financial reporting issues. Drew graduated from the UofA and is a CA, CPA with successful completion of CPA Canadas In-Depth Tax Program.

elisa-parkElisa Park Kim,Program Manager, BiohubX. Previously Manager of Health Innovation, University of Calgary, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking & Cumming School of Medicine; Project Manager and Communications Coordinator, McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. MA, Yonsei University and BA, U Toronto.

Elliot-Cudmore Elliot Cudmore, Director Of Business Development, Copoint (formerly TSGI), helping technology and energy companies maximize their return on investment in research and development; previously Business Analyst, Encana; Junior Fellow, Engineers Without Borders Canada; BA Economics and Political Science, UBC

emily-kneteman Emily Kneteman, Calgary Economic Development, is a business development expert with a focus on assisting small-medium businesses in international export efforts. Emily founded the International Trade Program at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, works towards promoting Alberta internationally, and remains active in researching the organizational structures of international health systems. MBA: U Alberta.

eric-brownEric Brown, Associate Investment Advisor, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, working with business owners to reach their goals and make responsible financial decisions. He was previously an Investment Associate at Scotia McLeod. Eric holds a BA from UAlberta and a Chartered Investment Manager designation from the Canadian Securities Institute; ands is licensed to serve clients in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Eric-FlaimEric Flaim, Director, nanoFAB at University of Alberta; Director, nanoBridge, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures. PhD, Analytical Chemistry, U Alberta, BSc, Chemistry, York University.

erin-burnsErin Burns, Manager Membership, BioAlberta. Previously Membership Representative, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce; Business Development Manager, McKesson/Medicentres Canada Inc.; Regional Corporate Sales Manager, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; Regional Sales Manager, MacLab Enterprises. Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies, Brock University.

Errol-WilsonErrol Wilson, Operations Manager, Alberta Indian Investment Corporation. Chairman, Financial Trustees of the Peguis First Nation. Previously on the Board of Edmonton Aboriginal Business and Professional Association, General Manager of the Anishinabe Mazaska Capital Corporation and Account Manager, Aboriginal Business Canada. MBA: UAlberta.

FAISAL-SHAFIQFaisal Shafiq,  Project & Program Manager, IT at Alberta Health Services. Previously Senior Project Manager, Lead (Continuing Care, Addiction Mental Health, Quality Health Improvement, AHS; Community Based Research Coordinator/PM–Albert, National Professional Officer, WHO; CEO, AMAL Human Development Network. Master, Health, Monash U, MBA Preston U, MSc Econ, UAAR.

gabe-kalmarGabe Kalmar, Entrepreneur in Residence at UBC and Innovation Boulevard, and Mentor in Residence for Venture Connection at Simon Fraser University; provides strategic consulting to early stage pharmaceutical companies on operations, technology development, and merger and acquisition planning. He has had senior roles at Genome BC, and was the President and CEO of the Pacific Autism Family Network. BSc in Biochemistry and MSc in Virology from UBC, and a PhD in Virology from SFU.

Geoff-HansenGeoff Hansen, Partner at Grant Thornton LLP, focusing on Assurance and Business Advisory Services, engaging with clients and bring them creative and tailored ideas for their businesses. Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) in Accounting from The University of Lethbridge.

Geoffrey BeanlandGeoffrey Beanland, Consultant with experience in the healthcare and biotechnology markets. Previously Chairman of Oxford Pharmacy Store and on the Board of Oxford Expression Technologies, held senior positions in Baxter International, Bristol Myers Squibb and Smiths Industries, led Technology Strategy Division for PA Technology in Belgium, headed the Healthcare and Biotechnology Division, Scottish Development Agency.

Graham-AndersonGraham Anderson, Program Manager, Alberta Innovates, Health; experience as a community pharmacist; co-owner of Sherwood Dispensaries, launching initiatives including a travel and immunization clinic, blood pressure clinic at a local retirement home and a mental health outreach program in collaboration with psychiatrists in the community. Graham is completing an MBA degree at the UofA, with a specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

gordon-hamiltonGordon Hamilton, Director of, a web site to inspire K-12 communities worldwide supported by Patreon, Nancy Blachman and the American Institute of Mathematics. He is a Mathematician in Residence at Rosedale School, a Game Designer Game Artisans of Canada with successful games on the market, and a member of Innovate Calgary. He was awarded a MMath degree from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Mathematical Biology from the University of Calgary.

Graeme-JobeGraeme Jobe, Finance and Partnerships Lead at Co.Labs. Previously Policy Analyst, Western Economic Diversification Canada. Podcast Producer, Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Master of Public Policy, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, BA Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

greg-swiftGreg Swift, VP Business Development at, has 20+ years working with Fortune 500 and emerging companies in leadership roles. Previously: VP Sales, Canvass Analytics; Chief Revenue Officer, DirectedAI; VP Sales, CONTAX; Director of Business Development & Recruiting, Chase Consultants; VP Sales, SAP. BA, Wilfrid Laurier University

Houston-PeschlHouston Peschl, Instructor of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development, Haskayne School of Business. Formerly Director of Operations and Sustainability of DIRTT Environmental Solutions; co-founder, Creating Eudaimonia; co-founder of The Collective and previously director of Sustainability Resources Ltd.

ian-lewisIan Lewis, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Alberta Innovates Chair - Metabolomics, U Calgary; Founder/CEO, Rapid Infection Diagnostics Inc, Director, Alberta Precision Exchange (APEX); Lab Scientist, Creative Destruction Lab. PhD U Wisconsin-Madison.

Isha-KatyalIsha Katyal, Manager, Centre for Innovation and Applied Research at Concordia University of Edmonton. Previously, Technology Management Officer, TEC Edmonton and Business Analyst, Evalueserve. PhD in Microbiology from U Saskatchewan, MSc in Biotechnology from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, BSc, Delhi U.

Ismail KhalilIsmail Khalil, Investor, Plug and Play Tech Center; VC Fellow, Blitzscaling Ventures; Founder, CEO ReadyCAR. Previously Account Executive SMB, Jobber; Advisor/Board Member, Edmonton Advisory Council On Startups (EACOS); Co-Founder, CEO, Students Eat Inc.; Co-Founder, Rent For Move Inc., Hanger Closets, BlissFizz. BCom MacEwan U.

Jacki-JenuthJacki Jenuth, Partner at Lumira Capital, helping to build transformational health and life science companies. Previously Manager Custom Software Solutions/Research Scientist at Base4 Bioinformatics / Opentext Corp. Postdoc'd at McGill U. Venture Capital Executive program at UC Berkeley. PhD in Purine Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, UCalgary.

Jacob GraingerJacob Grainger, Ventures Associate and Program Manager, Health, Plug and Play Tech Center. Previously Associate Director, Operations, Enveric Biosciences Inc.; Operations Manager, Willow Biosciences Inc.; GoingVC. Master of Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology/Business, U Calgary.

jake-burletJake Burlet, Partner, Grey Owl Investments Ltd, Board Director of United Farmers of Alberta, A&H Steel Ltd and Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters and Waskesiu Foundation Inc, President, Venture West Veterinary Services Ltd. Previously with Landco Management, Viewtrak Technologies Inc, Cattle & Co. Investments, Camrose Veterinary Group. ICD.D, Corporate Governance, U Toronto Rotman School of Management.

James-SongJames Song, Partner, Prowse Chowne LLP focussing on Business & Commercial Law, Secured Lending Transactions, Corporate Re-Organizations & Real Estate. Volunteer Mentor at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College and the Venture Mentoring Service. Previously Founding Partner of Bosecke Song LLP. BA History/Political Science and LL.B Bachelor of Laws, U Alberta.

Jaime-KaufmanJaime Kaufman, Interim Director, W21C, as well as managing strategic programs with federal and provincial government, industry, health sector, philanthropists, clinicians, and academics. PhD: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, U Calgary; BSc: U Saskatchewan.

jane-halfordJane Halford, Co Founder, BOLT Transition; President, Halford Consulting Inc; previously CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta; served as an executive-in-residence at TEC Edmonton; on boards of Farm Credit Canada, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Institute of Corporate Directors Edmonton Chapter, Hyduke Energy Services, Delta Genomics. BComm in Accounting, UofA.

Janelle-GoulardJanelle Goulard, Director of Health Investment, Pangaea Ventures Ltd. has experience in healthcare, both in strategic and operations consulting and private investments; worked at GE Healthcare, launched a startup that became a joint venture between GE and Microsoft; MBA from the University of British Columbia in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a BComm from McGill University.

Janice-WarkentinJanice Warkentin, Executive Director, NanoCanada. Previously External Relations Manager, National Research Council Canada; Communications Coordinator, Government of Canada. Advanced Citation in Global Leadership, University of Alberta. Secretary of ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies Terminology and Nomenclature.

jason-dingJason Ding, Chief Business Officer, Entos Pharmaceuticals. Previously Partner, Deloitte Canada; Board Of Directors, Canadian Entrepreneurs in Life Science; Board Director, VaxAlta, Inc.; Supervisory Board Director, Temple Therapeutics BV; Program Director, TEC Health Accelerator & Executive-in-Residence, TEC Edmonton; Founder H2 Technology Consulting.

jen-bissonJen Bisson, CEO, Mountain Integrated Medical Devices, Co-Founder, Pretium Inc. Previously Lead Auditor, Med Tech Consulting, Charge D'Affairs - Project Manager, LNE/G-MED North America, Project Engineer, Baylis Medical Company, Engineering, University of Calgary.

jennifer-chanJenn Chan, Senior Associate, Tax at PwC Canada. A Chartered Accountant and tax specialist experienced in providing accounting and tax services to private corporations; with a focus on industries including Technology, Manufacturing and Construction, and Emerging Company Services. Previously Staff Accountant at Pennock Acheson Nielsen Devaney. Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) from U Saskatchewan; BComm, UofA.

jennifer-dotchinJennifer Dotchin, Executive Director, Interim at Campus Alberta Neuroscience. Previously Health Policy Consultant Company with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta; Senior Consultant Company, Alberta Health Services; Manager, Knowledge Exchange Centre, Mental Health Commission of Canada; Population Health Consultant, AHS; and Sudan Grants Manager, IRC - Sudan. MA:University of Saskatchewan in Political Science and Government.

Jennifer-HamiltonJennifer Hamilton, Senior Director, New Ventures (Canada) and Advisor, Impact Investing, Johnson & Johnson Innovation. She also serves as the industry representative on the CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics. Previously a Venture Partner at Nomura Phase4 Ventures and Investment Director with Rothschild Asset Management. MSc and a PhD in Experimental Pathology/Lipid Metabolism from UBC and a BSc from the University of Guelph.

Jennifer-SchabJennifer Schab, HR Advisor with PEO Canada, a Professional Employer Organization providing integrated human resource outsourcing services including payroll administration, Human Resources and Workers Compensation Administration, helping to reduce employer risks by ensuring compliance while meeting your employee management needs. 

Jessica-AmblerJessica Ambler, Senior Advisor, Emerging Clean Technology at Government of Alberta, managing the delivery of GreenSTEM. Previously Capability Development Intern, World Food Programme; VP Marketing and Communications, Cooperative Education Students Association - Alberta Business School; Junior Business Officer - Cooperative Education Student, Western Economic Diversification.

Joanne-FedeykoJoanne Fedeyko, CEO, Connection Silicon Valley, helping startups leverage the best of innovation from Silicon Valley via curated introductions, custom events & programming and direct client engagements. Founder of the Canadian Women’s Network in Silicon Valley. Managing Director of the Boardlist Canada. Founding Board Member of Canadian Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences.

joanna-prestonJoanna Preston, Associate Director of the Technology Management team (Health Sciences) at TEC Edmonton, providing IP management and commercialization services to inventors. Experience in production roles in biomanufacturing. BSc in Genetics and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from UofA. Member of the Association of University Technology Managers and Licensing Executive Society.

John CassidyJohn Cassidy, Managing Director (Canada) - SVG Ventures | THRIVE. Previously CEO, TouchStore; Sales & Marketing Manager, Irish Technology Leadership Group. University of Limerick - MBA & Business Studies, Finance; Stanford University - Technology Management Certificate.

John PorterJohn Porter, Director, Vesmyr Life Sciences Inc. responsible for partnering and commercialization of domestic and international innovative biotech, pharma and medical device technologies; President, Cansul Inc. providing strategic product commercialization in the life sciences sector; previously at  Isotechnika Pharma, Isodiagnostika, GCMP, Tyco Healthcare.

john-rainford John Rainford, CEO Strawberry Fields, Darwin Matrix - Coaching Teams to Innovate using Creativity, AI, Scenario Planning & Systems Thinking. Co-Founder, Executive, business innovation, Northwestern, Business & Innovation Management, Western U.


John Yao, CEO, Hermay Labs Corporation. Previously CEO, TC Scientific Inc.; Research Scientist, NAEJA Pharmaceutical Inc.; Research Scientist, Medicure; Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Assistant Professor, PhD:  Wuhan University.  Postdoc'd in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Manitoba.

jonathan-butterworthJonathan Butterworth, Director of Business Development, ST Innovations and Principal at J.Butterworth & Associates Ltd, Previously Manager Trade & Investment, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation; National Sales Executive, Adecco; Managing Director, SEMISUL Canada Ltd. Master's in Public Relations, Marketing: IULM University of Milan.

jonathan-kaidaJonathan Kaida, Director of Global Trade - Cleantech, Export Development Canada. Previously Partnerships Lead - Sustainable Development Technology Canada; Business Development Manager, KANATA Energy Group and ATCO Energy Solutions. BSc in Chem Eng, UofA; MBA, UBC.

Jonathan-Troyer Jonathan Troyer, Partner at MLT Aikins LLP. Previously Senior Counsel, GE Canada; Alumni Association - Board of Directors, University of Saskatchewan; Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Volunteer Youth Mentor for the Dare to Dream Program, Changing Lives Through Law (formerly Canadian Lawyers Abroad).

joseph-jobinJoseph Jobin, Director of First Nation Engagement in the Ministry of Indigenous Relations for the Government of Alberta, previously Manager of Renewable Energy; member of the Sucker Creek First Nation; focussing on helping Indigenous community-owned businesses capitalize on business development opportunities to improve socio-economic outcomes in First Nations and Metis Settlements.

joe-tuckerJoseph Tucker is the CEO and co-founder of Epimeron; served as CEO, CFO and VP for several biotech companies, both public and private, taken companies from incorporation through to acquisition, out-licensing, and stock market listing; raised millions in funding through capital market equity financings and from non-dilutive funding sources; holds > 20 issued or pending patents; Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from U of Calgary; is a member of the Board of BioAlberta.

josh-fortierJoshua Fortier, Partner at Bishop & McKenzie LLP; focuses on business transactions, corporate, commercial, real estate law, estate planning, trusts; previously an account executive for a major courier company.

juliana-wodaJulie Woda, Director of Technical Operations, BioMotiv. Previously Director of Translational Research, Juventas Therapeutics on preclinical development of biologics and at Athersys on cell therapy for cardiovascular, immunological, neurological indications. PhD, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard U. Postdoc, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Justin-RiemerJustin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan). Previously Senior Provincial Director, Innovation Partnerships at Alberta Health Services and Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta Health’s Innovation and External Relations Division, facilitating increased innovation adoption in the health care system with the goal of building the strongest health innovation ecosystem in Canada.

Kara AllanachKara Allanach, Science & Technology Consultant, Campus Innovation Consulting Group. Previously CFI Liaison and Manager of Institutional Projects and Agreements Administrator, UAlberta. Executive Education, Leadership Development Program, Alberta School of Business; MSc, Immunology, UAlberta.

Karla Blonsky, CEO, Lunaverse Inc., CEO, Biobasix Inc., Previously Director of Operations for Diabetogen Biosciences Inc. and Manager of Research Collaborations, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. MBA, Western University.

Kathryn Ambler, Team Lead, Innovation Evidence & Impact at Alberta Health Services. Previously Manager of Health Technologies and Services Policy at the Government of Alberta, Research Coordinator of the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health at the University of Alberta.

Katherine-SmithKatherine Smith, Ventures Analyst - Sustainability, Plug and Play. Previously Senior Consulting Analyst, Accenture Canada; Project Manager; Junior Sustainability Specialist, Footprint; Speakers Coordinator, Queen's Global Innovation Conference; Mechanical Design Engineer, Queen's Solar Design Team; Junior Mechanical Designer, Smith + Andersen. BASc, Queens U.

keisha-paddyfootKeisha Paddyfoot, Job Placement Consultant, TECH Careers, Manpower Alberta. Teacher, Bridgeport High School. Masters Degree in Education from the University of Alberta.

Keith DriverKeith Driver, Partner, Propel Ventures; CEO, Earth Renew and Replenish Nutrients ERTH; President, Driver Projects. Previously CEO, Enterra Feed Corporation; President and COO, VeroBlue Farms Inc.; Senior Partner, The Prasino Group; President, Leading Carbon Ltd; VP, Operations Blue Source.

Keith-GilchristKeith Gilchrist, Government Affairs and Market Access - Prairies at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, focussing on government relations, healthcare policy, and developing market access strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device products. Previously Manager, Public Affairs and Reimbursement, GlaxoSmithKline Canada.

Ken-HeinKen Hein, Managing Director, Sound Management Consulting Inc. (SoundMC); Canada West Associate, C-Level Executive Solutions; AREOPA Group International. Previously Director of Consulting, TechInvest Alberta Inc. FCMC; Member, Canadian Association of Management Consultants & ICMCA.

kevin-ensKevin Ens, Executive-in-Residence at TEC Edmonton. Kevin is a senior executive with over 30 years of strategic and operational management experience in biotechnology/biopharma and medical devices. A broad track record of success spanning sales and marketing to operations and general management with a strong business development focus. Entrepreneurial and thrives on the challenges of technology commercialization and building value in start-up and early-stage companies.

kevin-mcnultyKevin McNulty, President, Canadian Institute for International Trade; Treasurer, KEEN Education Foundation; Board Member, Alberta Counsel of Techologies. Previously President Coole Immersive, Inc; Consultant, Canadian Human Resource Sector Council. University of Calgary: Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Project Management.

kim-nguyenKim Ha Nguyen, Business Technology Consultant, Kinetica Ventures, building bridges between the energy industry and technology innovators to accelerate technologies for hydrocarbon processing, energy transport, carbon capture, renewable energy. Previously an engineer at Rally Engineering, WorleyParsons, Bantrel, Keyera and Syncrude. BSc, UAlberta.

Kurian-TharakanKurian Tharakan, Managing Director, StrategyPeak; Managing Director, Social Lite; TEC Edmonton Executive in Residence Company NameTEC Edmonton; Co-Founder, Bradford | Tharakan Prizes in Entrepreneurship; previously Executive in Residence, NABI.

Lazina-MckenzieLazina Mckenzie, Manager, ThresholdImpact Venture Mentoring Service, University of Alberta. Previously: Management Consultant & Founder, L Squared Enterprises Inc; Instructor - MIS, NAIT- JR Shaw School of Business; Senior Consultant, Sierra Systems. BA Kinesiology and Health Sciences, York University; MBA, U Alberta.

lin-tangLin Tang, Innovation Manager, Medical and Life Sciences at Innovate Calgary, working with researchers and institutes at U Calgary and Pharma/Biotech companies in developing and managing partnerships; helps researchers to commercialize research and services. PhD in molecular biology from the Faculty of Medicine and received her postdoctoral training in stem cell biology from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at U Calgary.

Lindsay-MathesonLindsay Matheson, Trade & Investment Officer at Government of Albert, supporting the planning, development, and execution of Alberta's international trade and investment strategy for the Americas with a focus on the Life Sciences, Aerospace and Sustainable Building sectors. Previously Client Services and Supply Chain at GO Productivity. BComm: Grant MacEwan.

Lorena-ForsterLorena Forster, Market and Corporate Development Lead, Roshan Water Solutions; Principal, Technology Venture Strategy; Senior Advisor, G2V Optics Inc.. Previously GrowthX Coach, Alberta Innovates; Advisory Board & Member Board Of Directors, MOPPITT by Dakota Supplies. MBA, UAlberta.

Madison Reamsbottom, Valhalla Private Capital UK; Strategic Partnership Development, Toorak Art London; Professional Artist. Previously: Business Optimization Specialist, Advertiise; Membership Development Executive, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce; Vice President, The Young Professionals Association of Lethbridge; Volunteer, Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance.

Malcolm-BruceMalcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global, leads the development of new investments into and promotion of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, and has a 30-year military career with an background in strategic planning, organizational change, financial management and stakeholder engagement. Trustee, PPCLI Foundation. Previously Director of Corporate Services, APEGA.

Manuel-CaceresManuel Caceres, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP, working with owner-managed businesses that are looking for a proactive business advisor to help them achieve their growth potential, including in oil and gas services, manufacturing, transportation and distribution. BComm in Accounting, UofA.

Mariam-BrianMariam Brian, CEO & Co-Founder Systemic Innovators; International Associate, Context Consulting Company NameContext Consulting Inc.; Visual Artist; Founder, Nova Spere Consulting; Strategic Advisory Board Member, Multiple Start-ups. Master's Applied Human Sciences, Concordia U; BSc, York U.

Marina Barbu, Program Coordinator at the Health Innovation Hub, University of Alberta. Previously Business Consultant Team Lead (volunteer) at MBA Lift Program, MBA and University Business Management Certificate, Business Administration and Management, MacEwan University. B.Commerce. Academia de Studii Economice din Moldova.

Marlise-StewartMarlise Stewart, Business Development Manager - Life Sciences, Calgary Economic Development. Previously Business Development Manager, Meetings & Conventions Calgary, Corporate Sales Manager, Hotel Arts Group, Director Sales & Marketing, True Key Hotels and Resorts. BA Psychology & Business Development, U Manitoba.

marc-leducMarc Leduc, Senior Provincial Director, Innovation & Research Management at Alberta Health Services. Previously Executive Associate to the Executive Vice President, Strategy and Performance. Marc was awarded a Master of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Alberta.

mark-benningMark Benning, Managing Partner, Sprout Fund, CEO of Founderly, Executive Advisor, BDC; founded four investor-backed, technology startups in Silicon Valley over a 20-year period; worked for various private equity and venture capital firms, raised over $100 million in angel and venture funding for startups. BA, Economics, Harvard U, MBA: Stanford U.

Marnie-FytenMarnie Fyten, IP Advisor, Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Previously: Senior Programs Advisor, Western Economic Diversification Canada; Policy Advisor, Research and Innovation, Government of Alberta - Ministry of Health; Senior Analyst, Red Tape Reduction Commission, Treasury Board Secretariat. MBA: U Saskatchewan, BSc U Alberta.

matthew-blimkeMatthew Blimke, Legal Counsel at Prowse Chowne LLP, experience, particularly in the property management, development, and construction industries. Previously Legal Counsel, ProCura Real Estate Services; Lawyer, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP. Doctor of Law, UofA.

matthew-parkerMatthew Parker, EVP Innovation, HelpSeeker, Previously Manager of Health ML at AltaML and worked in commercialization and innovation in Toronto for Sinai Health System. PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Health Industry Management.

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Maxan Ferguson-Dyer, Community Outreach Director, Start-up Edmonton. Founder & CEO, Blu Lunar - WellnessMulticultural + Community Educator, Compassion Center. Board Member, Ribbon Rouge Foundation and YEG Permaculture Guild. Medical Coordinator, DKMS. Training in stem cell science. Public Health MSc Student.

Melanie Swain, Manager, Business Investments at Western Economic Diversification Canada, running its Innovation Shop, providing interactions and advice on financing options for innovation and technology commercialization as well as linkages to federal innovation programs.

Melania AntoszkoMelania Antoszko, Investment Analyst, Accelerate Fund, Yaletown Partners. Previously Apprenticeship and Content Strategist, Attire Media; Venture Fellow, DigitalDx Ventures; Social Media/Marketing & Events Apprentice, Lady Business Summit; Research and Strategy Co-op Student, EEDC. BComm UAlberta.

michael-bosdetMichael Bosdet, President, Copoint (formerly TSGI), a professional services firm with experience assisting companies with their Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SH&ED) claims; helping all sizes of technology companies in numerous industries. PhD Chemistry - Calgary. BSc Chemistry - UBC.

Michael OverduinMichael Overduin, Director, DiscoveryLab; CEO, Science Capital; Professor, Dept of Biochemistry, UAlberta; Director, and facilities for NMR and biophysical analysis of protein structures and interactions, Director, SMALP Network, Honorary Professor of Structural Biology, University of Birmingham, UK. PhD Rockefeller U, BSc Wilfrid Laurier U.

Michael-RichardMichael Richard, Senior Business Development Specialist, Sturgeon County, covering investment attraction & business expansion, expertise in oil & gas, advanced manufacturing, transportation, logistics, cannabis; previously Industry Development Officer, Govt of Alberta; Investment Advisor, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management Canada.

michael-weberMichael Weber, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Riipen, an online platform designed for connecting organizations with universities and colleges on projects & internships; partnered with >300 schools offering their programs for free to organizations to participate in. Co-owner, Pressure-Drop; Digital Market Specialist, KGK Science. MEd, UToronto; BA, Queen's U.

Michel-DewolfsMichel Dewolfs, CEO, AOD TrustO; Owner & General Manager, PMC - Consulting; Managing Partner, Hypotheekwinkel Tienen & Leuven; co-CEO, AREOPA Group International. Previously Co-CEO & International Business Development; Senior Project Manager Outgoing Documents, Belfius Insurance; Project Manager Business Correspondance Management, M-team.

Michele-DEliaMichele D'Elia, Director Medical Affairs, Roche Diagnostics, providing advice on clinical and technical validation for novel diagnostic assays including sensitivity, specificity, delivery route and market demand. PhD in Immunology and Virology and MSc in Experimental Health Sciences, INRS Institut Armand-Frappier BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, Université de Montréal.

michelle-lessardMichelle Lessard, Director, TechInvest Alberta, assisting companies with Information Technology needs including all facets of web design and development projects, project prioritization, strategic planning, conceptual design, development, execution, implementation and testing; worked with both small and large companies involved in the oil and gas industry andwith the Alberta Council of Technologies.

Michelle-NormandMichelle Normand, Investment Attraction Manager, Agriculture and Forestry, Govt of Alberta provides coaching on improving productivity, profitability and sustainability, market development and lean thinking. Previously Senior Manager, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Industry Development Officer, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and U.S Trade Director, Alberta Economic Development. BA from the UofA.

mike-riouMike Riou, Technology Development Advisor, Alberta Innovates, coaches SMEs and provides connections to the innovation ecosystem. Previously President, Three R Consulting. Co-Founder of Vario Ventures. Corporate Director, Newcastle Medical Investments.  Previously Business Development Manager at D-Tex. MBA and Executive Education, U Alberta.

Momah Moseri, M.A.R.K.D Inc. an angel investment company focused on promoting business development and creating wealth opportunities for Africans through investment and capacity development, with the goal of supporting businesses that stimulate the African economy.

Mounia-AzziMounia Azzi, Vice President, Program Development & Partnerships, adMare Bioinnovations, leading project identification and scientific and commercial evaluation process. Previously at Nexelis, NEOMED-LABS, CQDM. PhD: Pierre and Marie Curie University.

Neeraj-GuptaNeeraj Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer & Advisor, Attabotics; Member, imYEG (Innovation Masterminds Edmonton); Chief Advisor for Technology & Innovation Investments, Invest Alberta; Advisor, Alberta IoT; Expert/Observer, Global Partnership on AI; Senior Technology Advisor, Sweden-India Business Council; Cofounder, Lawcubator Technologies.

Niall-KerriganNiall-Kerrigan, Senior Ventures and Associate Program Manager, Plug and Play Tech Center. Previously Business Development Manager, Life Sciences Business Development Manager, Calgary Economic Development; Senior Program Officer, Genome Alberta. MBT, MSc, BSc, U Calgary

Nisarg-PatelNisarg Patel, Industry Development Manager, BioAlberta; Director, Scoda Tubes Ltd. Previously Business Development Manager, BioNeutra; Overseas Business Manager, Bharat Color Chem - India. MBA, UAlberta. B Pharmacy - Savitribai Phule Pune University.

Nikhil-BediNikhil Bedi, Innovate Calgary Manager, Business Development (UCeed) Innovate Calgary. Previously Accelerator Development Associate, UAlberta Health Accelerator, University of Alberta; Strategy Associate, GetSet YEG; Business Development Manager, Shiv Plastics. MBA, UAlberta, BComm Dehli U.

nima-najandNima Najand is a technology transfer professional at Innovate Calgary with experience in IP and licensing; Associate Director, Business Development for the Life Sciences Innovation Hub, working to build the life science ecosystem; experience in health science and research commercialization to drive research from bench side to bedside. MSc from UofA in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. PhD from the faculty of Medicine at U of Calgary.

Paramita Chaudhuri BasuParamita Chaudhuri Basu, Ph.D., M.Sc. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager Health Hub & Accelerator Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry University of Alberta, Previously Business Analyst, AltaML ; Business Development Manager, Outbreaker Solutions;  Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata. MBA, UAlberta; PhD, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

patty-wicksonPatty Wickson, Executive Director, Innovation, Impact & Evidence AHS, leads on health impact, evaluation and transforming AHS into a health innovation hub to improve outcomes for Albertans. Extensive leadership experience for over 17 years with clinical, operational, management, strategy, quality improvement, project management, stakeholders engagement, person centered care and research/innovation.

paul-wannakerPaul Wannamaker, Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, provides access to a range of financial services and wealth management solutions to clients. He is aCertified Financial Planner (CFP) and Registered Retirement Consultant from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners. BA from UofA.

perry-kinkaidePerry Kinkaide, President of Kinkaide Enterprises Inc. and founder and former CEO of ABCtech; formerly Managing Partner with KPMG Consulting and ADM with the Alberta Government; Director, Varafy. Former Director: Canadian Certified Management Consultants, Alberta Public Planners Institute, Certified Management Accounts – Alberta.

Peter-CiechanowskiPeter Ciechanowski, Associate at Bennett Jones - is a regulatory lawyer and acts for clients to navigate the complexities of the regulatory system. Peter also completed an MSc. in Public Health with a Specialization in Environmental and Occupational Health. J.D. in Law and Master’s degree in Public Health with Specialization in Environmental and Occupational Health from the U of Alberta.

peter-stockmanPeter Stockman, CEO, AREOPA Group International; Managing Partner, Gamut Strategies; CEO, PJS Associates. Previously CEO, PatentBooks Inc.; President, IACC America's; Consultant Pacific and Electric Co., Harley Ellis Devereaux; Operations Mgr, Ford Motor Co. MED, MBA - U Michigan.

rajesh-jaiswalRajesh Jaiswal, Executive Director at Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI), Vice President Business Development, ATI Composites Canada, Inc. Previously Manager, Advanced Technology Centre, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, Market Researcher, ACAMP. MBA, UAlberta; PhD Reproductive Physiology, USask.

randal-adcockRandal Adcock, President, Wayfinders Business Co-operative; supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through accessible and affordable software as a service in a cloud; Business Officer, Western Economic Diversification; Co-founder, Edmonton Think Tank.

Ranice Macyk, Senior Manager, Entrepreneur Capital at ATB Financial, leading the development of financial products for Alberta entrepreneurs, including Solar Financing Program. CSBFA Specialist. Previously Senior Credit Analyst, Executive Assistant to VP, Agriculture and the Independent Business and Agriculture team. BA in Psychology, Sociology from the UofA.

ray-bergstra Ray Bergstra, President and CEO of MTN Consulting Associates, an Edmonton-based market research, technology commercialization, and project management firm specializing in businesses in Alberta; experience agriculture, oil & gas, industrial biotechnology, forestry, renewable energy, food processing, specialty chemicals, and polymers.

ray-muzykaRay Muzyka is the CEO & Founder of Threshold Impact; co-founded BioWare; focus on sustainable, profitable impact investing: mentoring and angel investing in information technology, new media, and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs. Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the A100, the Ashoka Support Network, chair of the Venture Mentoring Service, venture advisor at iNovia Venture Capital.

Raye-WillmsRaye Willms, Office Manager at CKS Professional Corp., has significant experience in early startups and understand the pressing need to get stuff done. Raye provides graphic design and operational support to CKS Legal. BSc with Specialization in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta.

Riya GangulyRiya Ganguly, Associate Vice-President, Enterprise, UAlberta, Previously Vice President, Strategy and Innovation for Edmonton Global, Director, Strategic Partnerships, UBC; Director, UAlberta Health Accelerator; Research Facilitation Specialist, UCalgary; IP Manager, Innovate Calgary; Technology Manager, UManitoba. MBA, Queen's U; PhD,UManitoba; MSc, York U.

robert-mcgarveyRobert McGarvey, Partner and Co-founder, Rethinking Capital Ltd (Re:Cap); Tech Invest Alberta, Correspondent, Troy Media; Co-Founder and Partner, Genuine Wealth Institute; Head of Strategy, Heroic Hearts Inc. Post Grad in Economic History: The London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc in Geology.

robert-ritlopRobert Ritlop, Director of Investments at MEDTEQ, is an experienced seed-stage investor for health/medical companies with skills in operations management, finance management, business development, and entrepreneurship. MBA: New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

robert-sikoraRobert Sikora, Senior Manager, Business Development of Trade and Investment, Edmonton Global. Previously Director, Sales & Marketing, BioNeutra North America; Manager, European Marketing, Cancarb; Project Manager, Big Country Energy Services; Marketing & Business Development Manager, NanoSpeed Diagnostics; SciMed Technologies. BSc. Kings U.

robb-stoddardRobb Stoddard, President & CEO at BioAlberta; Principal, What Matters! Consulting; Previously: Industry Director, Refrigeration Industry Promotion Committee; Assistant Commissioner, Labour and Employment, Government of Alberta; Commercial Director, Public Sector, Axia NetMedia Corp.; Vice President, Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton; BComm: UoA.

romano-robustoRomano Robusto, Advisor-Analyst and COO, Emovi, Investment Committee Member, Municipality of Laval. Previously Board Director & Chair of Audit Committee, MedMira Inc., General Manager, Charter Kontron, CEO & Board Member, Radient Technologies Inc. BSc, BCL, LLB: McGill.

Ronald-OdynskiRonald Odynski, QC Chair, Ogilvie LLP, providing advising private and public sector organizations; board member for Fedora Pharmaceuticals and OneSoft Solutions; Chief Agent for Canadian Airports and Reciprocal Insurance Exchange. Bachelor of Laws, UofA.

Ryan Galloway, Director, Investor Relations, Seven Generations Energy Ltd. Previously Institutional Equity Sales Specialist, Scotiabank, Equity Research Associate / Analyst, Wellington West Capital Markets / Casimir Capital; Business Analyst, Encana Corporation; Staff Accountant, KPMG. B Commerce, Accounting, UAlberta.

Ryan-MercerRyan Mercer, Director of Clinical Research Innovation, Alberta Innovates. Previously Research Program Manager Genome Alberta. Postdoc'd in Food Microbiology. MBA from UAlberta. PhD in Microbiology and BSc from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

ryan-heitRyan Heit, COO, Pacylex Phamaceuticals. Director, World in Need. Previously Director, Merck Invention Accelerator and at TEC Edmonton, assisting companies in obtaining financing via the angel investing network, TEC VA. Masters in Experimental Oncology and his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Technology Commercialization from UofA.

samantha-kernahanSamantha Kernahan, Partner, Prowse Chowne LLP. Previously Associate Counsel, DLA Piper LLP, McLennan Ross LLP and Alberta Enterprise Group. Practicing in the areas of corporate, commercial, intellectual property and technology law; focus on intellectual property and technology law.

Samarendra-MaitiSamarendra Maiti, Distinguished Scientist at Brass Dome Ventures, experience in medicinal & synthetic chemistry, collaborated with large pharmaceutical companies on antimicrobials, cardiovascular, CNS, and metabolic disorders; antimicrobials. PhD from the Kalyani University, India.

Sameeh-SalamaSameeh Salama, VP of Business Development, Brass Dome Ventures, VP of Fedora Pharmaceuticals; formerly VP of NAEJA Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Director of Microbiology at SynPhar laboratories Inc. PhD in Medical Microbiology, U Salford, UK, postdoc’d at the UofA.

Sam Wasson, Financial Reviewer, CRA, Government of Canada is based in Calgary and is an Outreach coordinators for the SR&ED program. He is a CPA and has been with the CRA for 15 years of which the last 7 years has been with the SR&ED program.

sandra-spencerSandra Spencer, Sr Innovation Advisor, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Previously Manager, UAlberta Health Accelerator. Founded Nimble Strategizing; worked with Volition; Valhalla Private Capital, 321 Growth Academy Accelerator, NACO World Angel Investment Summit. Previously at NAIT in the Office of Research & Innovation. 

Sandra-StabelSandra Stabel, Director, Digital Health - Heart & Stroke. Previously Program Manager, Alberta Innovates. MBA at the UofA. BSc in Kinesiology.


Scott-ExnerScott Exner, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP, specializing in agri-business, real estate property development, corporate finance; Director, Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta Ltd; Executive Member, Food and AgriBusiness Section, Canadian Bar Association; Director: Alberta Food Processors Association; Sessional Lecturer, Food and Agribusiness Law, U Calgary. LLB Law: York University; BA Economics: U Regina.

scott-reedScott Reed is the Director, Business Development at Brass Dome Ventures. He obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007 and his MBA in 2013. He has been working in the financial and consulting industry since 2002. He has worked in both small and large organizations and has a variety of experience.

Shaheel-HoodaShaheel Hooda, Executive in Residence for and Program Director for TEC’s T-Squared Accelerator; served as board member at Login Radius; was CEO of two startup software companies, Director of Business Development for a US enterprise software company, and previously a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, launched one of Canada’s first online banks.

sharon-mcleanSharon MacLean, Director, Tech Invest Alberta; Director RoadShowz/StreetSeenz; President, WorldGate Media; Contributing Writer, Certified Management Consultant; Directors, Alberta Council of Technologies; MacEwan University, Advertising and Public Relations/Communications.

Sheetal-Mehta-WalshSheetal Mehta Walsh advises tech companies looking to access smart venture capital. 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.

Sheetal-RaithathaSheetal Raithatha, Vice President Research And Development at Symvivo Corp. Previously Research Scientist, Drug Discovery, viDA Therapeutics Inc; Post-Doc'd at the Centre for Drug Research and Development and UBC. PhD Biochem, UAlberta. BSc Biochem, UCalgary.

stace-willsStace Wills, Corporate Development Director, URUS Group, Previously Director, New Ventures at Innovate Calgary, co-founded KICS Labs at SAIT, Green Tech Mentors program, Kinetica energy tech accelerator; CEO of Direct-C Ltd; senior corporate development roles with Elluminate Inc. and Alta Genetics; co-founded Accolade Capital and The Strongest Oak Foundation. BComm from U of Calgary.

stephen_urquhartStephen Urquhart, Managing Director, ACG Inc. Works directly with multinational organizations, start-ups and SME’s in a variety of countries, facilitating acceleration from concepts to commercial success utilising strong market access and government relations skills. MBA from U Athabasca and BSc in genetics from U Alberta, certifications in Health Care Economics, Engineering, LEAN execution, and Project Management.

Stuart-CainStuart Cain, Search and Evaluation, adMare BioInnovations, focusing on translating research into therapeutics for the treatment of degenerative and developmental neurological disorders. Previously Research Associate, University of British Columbia; Research Scientist, U. Glasgow; PhD, Strathclyde; BSc(Hons) Pharmacology, U. Glasgow.

Svenja-ChenikelSvenja Chenikel, Senior Trade + Investment Officer, Government of Alberta. Previously a Commercial Officer at Canadian Consulate Munich - Ontario International Marketing Centre. Dipl. Betriebswirt from the University of Applied Sciences, Worms and DEUG Lettres Modernes/Anglais from the Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III).

Svenja-EspenhahnSvenja Espenhahn, Project Manager at Campus Alberta Neuroscience. Previously Postdoctoral Medical Science Researcher (Neuroscience), University of Calgary, Business Consultant, Enactus UK, Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernatics.  PhD, Clinical Neuroscience, UCL; MSc, U Tübingen; BSc, UAlberta.

Svetlana-SapelnikovaSvetlana Sapelnikova, Business Development, The Metabolomics Innovation Centre; Board Of Directors, BioAlberta; Vice President, BD Strategy, KMT Hepatech, Inc; Director, Edmonton Heritage Festival Association; Visiting Worker, National Institute for Nanotechnology. PhD PChem, Bashkir State U; MBA, UAlberta.

Ted YooTed Yoo, Partner Bennett Jones, is a registered patent and trademark agent, focused on patent applications, licensing, patentability and freedom to operate opinions; acts for clients in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, forestry, agriculture, oil/gas. Lecturer, UAlberta.

thach-langThach Lang, previously Senior Project Manager, Alberta Health Services. Previously Program Director, Alberta Innovates; Director, Intellectual Asset Management/Strategic Development, Alberta Research Council; Associate/Technology Counsel, Parlee McLaws; Instructor, MacEwan U. PhD, Medical Sciences, UAlberta

Thanh-NgoThanh Ngo, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs. Previously Health Innovation Analyst, Government of Alberta; Board of Director, Asian Heritage Foundation; Advisor Vietnamese Students' Association, UofC. B.Sc in Biological Science and Nanoscience and Master of Biomedical Technology, U of Calgary.

thomas-ahnThomas (Yong-il) Ahn, CEO at Mad Ventures, leverages Internet technologies and allows early-stage innovators and start-ups to incubate without the need to physically relocate; offers business connections, helps Canadian businesses secure business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, ensures the right mix of R&D, Venture Capital, and business development.

tim-bucklandTim Buckland, Senior Project Manager, AHS, previously Policy Analyst, Government of Alberta, focusing on support strategic development, investment, and implementation of health care solutions for oncology research and care, data access and linkage, diagnostic imaging; Alberta Cancer Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and Cancer Knowledge Network. MBA and MSc (Biochemistry), UoA.

tom-ogarankoTom Ogaranko, Co-Founder and Principal at Tessellate Inc, which works with companies and public innovation organizations to implement a systematic approach to innovation management and strategic sourcing. He is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned technology executive with experience in several IT, Medtech and business service startups, and government agencies.

tony-wigglesworthTony Wigglesworth, Associate Director of Science and Engineering at Innovate Calgary, focussing on nanotechnology, printed and microelectronics, advanced coatings, medical devices and clean tech from the concept phase through to product launch and new venture creation. PhD in Chemistry from Simon Fraser U, postdoc'd at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

travis-dahlTravis Dahl, COO & Co-Founder at Cannabis & Hemp Innovation Centre (CHIC) Inc. Previously Project Manager at BMS Holdings; Project Coordinator at Willow Spring Construction; Lead Carpenter at Viking Entreprenør; Omicron Field Expediter / Project Coordinator at Omicron; Construction Safety Coordinator at RPM Safety Management. B. Tech from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Construction Management.

trevor-prenticeTrevor Prentice, Intellectual Property Strategist, The IP Link, empowering entrepreneurs; Vice President Education Prentice Family Human Creation and Development Group; Founder and CEO, Play Flags. Previously Senior Technology Management Officer, TEC Edmonton.

troy-feenerTroy Feener, Program Manager, Alberta Precision Exchange (APEX), University of Calgary. Previously Tissue Bank Coordinator, NCIC Queen's University; Instructor - Human Anatomy and Physiology, Loyalist College. University of Calgary: Master's, Parasitology/Microbiology, BS, Zoology/Animal Biology.

ubaka-ogboguUbaka Ogbogu, Associate Professor, Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, UAlberta, with interests in health law, science and health policy, bioethics and biomedicine, and the governance of novel and controversial health care technologies; Research appointment as the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy;a member of the Faculty’s Health Law Institute.

val-mccartyVal McCarty, Transparency Advocate, Kudosee Software Inc. provides strategic business planning through to implementation including aligning & transforming operations. Experienced in sales, training, customer service, team building, public speaking. Studied at University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University in Management, Education, and Human Services.

vinoth-babuVinoth Babu, Executive Business Partner at AltaML. Previously Manager, Client and Marketing Support at Ian Murray & Company, focussing on technology commercialization and business management, feasibility study development, opportunity assessment; MBA graduate (Natural Resource, Energy and Environment Specialization) from the UofA.

Yasmine-Al-HusseinYasmine Al-Hussein, Associate, Yaletown Partners. Previously Deal Screening Analyst, Startup TNT; Director, Community Development Director, Thought Leader Forums. Participates in the Alberta Tech Forum. Volunteer Secretary Board Of Directors, Drive Happiness. MBA , Business Economics and Law, U Alberta.

Yasmine-RoulleauYasmine Roulleau mobilizes capital for social impact and scales companies from inception to exit. Positions include CEO, Striven Consulting, Founder, SAMA impact Ventures Inc., Strategic Advisor Partner, GetFresh Ventures, Executive in Residence, Foresight Canada and Ambassador, International Deal Gateway. Ventures include Reta, GameSecure, V4D and DevTest. MBA, UBC Sauder School of Business.

People interested in joining our panel of investment and business advisors are welcome to enquire about membership.

People presenting at DiscoveryLab meetings are asked to share their plans in a round table discussion, and are free to share contact details and request follow up meetings with advisors.

DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors, 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.