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Program for March 5:

Parking Tech Session

rob brown9:00 Rob Brown, CEO, KERB offers technology and relationships to improve the parking experiences and mobility for citizens across the world. Plan Deck

9:10 Break

Biotech Session

hagay levy9:15 Hagay Levy, Co-founder & CEO, Iluria Ltd. offers a precision medicine platform for behavioral & mental health, starting with ADHD. Deck

ameneh9:25 Ameneh Madjd, Co-Founder, D2Type is developing a mobile app to empower at-risk individuals to prevent & reverse Type
2 Diabetes Plan Deck

9:35 Break

Cleantech Session

brian9:40 Brian Gusko, VP Finance, Emergent Waste Solutions Inc. is deploying its Advanced Thermolysis System for converting of waste materials into marketable products. Plan

FINtech Session

fred9:50 Fred Glawischnig, CEO, Credit Gurus, is aiming to transform the credit improvement industry by offering an online credit improvement App. Plan Deck

10:00 Closing Discussion for Virtual Sessions

In person pitches at NABI, St. Albert

12:45 Introductions and sharing of news

energy tech session

ron fink13:00 Ron Fink, CEO, CanaGas Inc. provides intermodal type-4 pressurized transport containers for gaseous fluids such as PLNG, propane, LPG and ethylene. Plan Deck pending

13:20 Break

foodtech Session

jolene ali13:35 Jolene Ali, Founder, Gummy Nutrition Lab produces innovative and delicious nutraceutical gummies. Plan Deck

HEALTHtech session

jeremie13:55 Jeremie Bourqui, Founder & CEO, Wave View Imaging (Calgary) is developing the Wave View Scanner for breast density assessment. Plan

14:15 Break


todd14:30 Todd McMullen, Director, Pavonis Diagnostics Inc. is commercializing a label-free, thin film platform for performing immunoassays.Plan Deck

pk14:50 Piyush Kumar, President & CEO, WWiKY BioSciences offers precision theranostic (therapy+diagnostic) management of hypoxic tumors. Plan Deck

15:10 Closing Discussions

15:30 Reception at Endeavour Brewing Company and Coffee Roasters

17:00 Close of Reception


December 5: program, report & attendees

Click on the company name to see their video, pitch deck, business plan summary and give feedback (logins available to members and sponsors).

Abdullah ChoudhryAbdullah Choudhry, Co-Founder, Arbor, offering a platform to empower companies to measure and optimize product sustainability

amirAmirreza Sohrabi, Co-Founder & CEO of Roshan Water Solutions, developing nanotechnology for management of water and wastewater

jasonJason Hendrick, President, OceanML provides integrated machine learning consulting, custom predictive analytical solutions

martin Martin Ferguson-Pell, Founding President and Isha Katyal, CEO of Click&Push, a wearable device company for terrain navigation

shaneelShaneel Pathak, CEO and Cofounder, Zamplo Inc., empowers individuals to track, analyze and share their health data and journey

claireClaire Dixon, co-Founder & CEO, Neuraura is developing bioelectronic devices for treatment for brain and metabolic-related disorders

amolAmol Karnick, President & CEO, KA Imaging, developing  X-ray imaging technologies for medical, veterinary, and industrial markets

aruAru Narendran, Founder & CEO, Teresagenics Pharma Inc. (Calgary), developing a small molecule drug for cancer treatment

gavin Gavin Oudit, CEO, PEARKO Therapeutics Inc., which is focused on developing biologics to treat cardiovascular diseases.

sumritaSumrita Bhat, CEO, Conlis Global, is commercializing a synthetic bone void filler for traumatic bone fracture and injuries

marcMarc Curial, Founder & CMO, MACH32 Inc. is medical device company that creates innovative drug delivery solutions to health concerns

pankajPankaj Purwar, Co-Founder, Farmer's Legacy Biotech, creating healthy and sustainable oil for Canadian consumers

MasoudMasoud Baghelani, CEO & Founder, NeatFil, offering solutions for sustainable removal of organic contaminants from wastewater.

johnJohn Murphy, CEO, Bio-Stream Diagnostics Inc. is commercializing its bio-assay testing and reader platform.

jeffersontyJefferson Roc, President, and Ty McKinney, CSO, PeerX.AI: personalized care with mental health and peer support

peterPeter Root, Co-founder, Wildfire Robotics: self-propelled and remotely controlled robotic firewall deployable in rough terrain

markMark Olson, President, Flokk Systems provides systems for herd management and traceability reporting

ali salmanAli Salman, Founder, Lawtiq, providing AI technology to help newcomers settle in Canada by navigating the immigration process

colincatalinaColin Coros, CCO, and Catalina Vasquez, COO, Nanostics, a clinical-stage precision health company developing diagnostic tests.

LeylaLeyla Kara, CEO, Co-Founder, SpectraCann aims to expedite drug testing with breath analyzing spectrometers and AI/ML techniques

peterPeter Light, CSO, Fringe Field Technologies Inc. on commercializing a wearable device for monitoring multiple biomarkers

toddTodd McMullen, Director, Pavonis Diagnostics Inc., developing a thin-film diagnostic platform for immunoassay and antibody validation


September 25-26 program and attendees

Amol Karnick won the DiscoveryLab Pitch Award, which includes $5,000 of NAIT CAMS services at the ACRC Conference, with Ali Pormohammad and Mirna Damergi winning 2nd and 3rd place.

The top virtual pitches were from Chris Bladen (1st place) and Shaneel Pathak (2nd place).

ali-pormohammadAli Pormohammad, CEO, MHCombiotic Inc. which is combating the issue of antimicrobial resistance by pioneering groundbreaking antimicrobials (Combiotic)

Amir NezhadAmir Nezhad, CEO, CriticareDx (Calgary) offers capillary self-powered microfluidics and electrochemical nano-biosensors that have the power to revolutionize and disrupt lab testing.

Amol-KarnickAmol Karnick, President & CEO, KA Imaging Inc. (Waterloo) is developing  X-ray imaging technologies and systems for medical, veterinary, and non-destructive test industrial markets

aneal khanAneal Khan, CEO, Discovery DNA (Calgary) provides accredited genetic testing for medical decisions, providing tools for early detection and treatment of diseases

Chris-BladenChris Bladen, CEO, Zymedyne Therapeutics Inc. (Calgary) is developing safer, more effective treatments for chronic, neuropathic pain by targeting calcium channels

Danika_KellyDanika Kelly, Co-Founder & CEO, My Normative Inc. (Calgary) is a female-focused health platform driving innovation through clinically validated data collection, data management, and analytical processes

jessica huJessica Hu, CEO, Gene Biomedical, which provides molecular diagnostics, drugs detection, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, technologies

Lulu Mashonganyika Lulu Mashonganyika, Founder, LiiT Care (Airdrie), offering a safe and convenient platform to bridge the gap between parents and vetted caregivers.

Maximilian-KerzMaximilian Kerz, Co-founder & CEO, Cherry Health (Calgary), a network founded by physicians for physicians that aims to make recruitment into clinics and hospitals as straightforward as possible

mirna-damergMirna Damergi, Product Manager, Rapid Infection Diagnostics Inc. (Calgary) and also Lead Speaker Coordinator, YYC Data Convention and U Calgary grad, on a suite of diagnostic tools for microbial infections including those that cause bloodstream and urinary tract infections.

RahimMohammad Rahim, Founder and CSO, RANE Pharmaceutical Inc., a chemistry CRO in Edmonton developing scalable synthetic methods for complex medicinal chemistry targets and natural products

Piyush KumarPiyush Kumar,President & CEO, WWiKY BioSciences (Edmonton) is developing cancer theranostics that exploit hypoxia, which leads to metastatic progression and resistance

shaneel-pathakShaneel Pathak, CEO, Zamplo (Calgary) provides a platform that allows anyone to record and share their treatment regiment with their healthcare practitioner, while allowing data analytics and collation

ty mckinneyTy McKinney, CSO of PeerX.AI (Calgary), Co-founder of 8 Bit Cortex and Research Director of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation

May 26 program and participant list

Click on the company name to check their pitch video, scores and feedback (logins and passwords are available to members and sponsors):

troy feenerTroy Feener, COO, Rapid Infection Diagnostics, Inc., a University of Calgary startup, pitches a suite of diagnostic tools for microbial infections including those that cause bloodstream and urinary tract infections.

conor-phillips.gifCarrie Shemanko founded Crocus Biomedical, a University of Calgary-based startup that has developed a blood and tumour tissue-based molecular test for physicians to identify individuals at high risk of bone metastasis.

roger-zemp.gifRoger Zemp, Founder, CliniSonix Inc. an Edmonton-based startup that has invented scalable probe technology that significantly outperforms current 2D/3D ultrasound scanners in terms of resolution and speed.

colin corosColin Coros, CCO, Nanostics Inc., an Edmonton-based a clinical-stage precision health company with a detection platform for a range of diseases including prostate and bladder cancer.

kathleenKathleen McMahon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Wave View Imaging Inc. (Calgary) is developing pain-free and timely breast imaging systems using microwave technology.

Pierre-Lemire.jpgPierre Lemire, CEO, Kent Imaging (Calgary), designs and manufactures multispectral oxygenation imaging technology for limb preservation and surgical care.

john murphyJohn Murphy, CEO, Bio-stream Diagnostics Inc. (Edmonton) has developed an organic electrochemical transistor-based platform for faster, more accurate diagnostic tests based on antibody binding target antigen for a variety of infections.

conor-phillips.gifClaire Dixon, co-Founder & CEO, Neuraura (Calgary) which has developed a bioelectronic wearable and is targeting polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Mehdi Mohammadi AshaniMehdi Mohammadi Ashani, BioSenta (Calgary) develops and manufactures environmentally sound chemical compounds including Tri-Filler, which offers broad spectrum antimicrobial properties for household and industrial applications.

michael-weickertMichael Weickert, CEO, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a University of Alberta spinout which is developing a first in class myristoylation inhibitor as a new oral daily therapy for hematologic and solid tumor cancers.

Maximilian KerzMaximilian Kerz, co-Founder & CEO Cherry Health (Calgary) has develped an app for posting of temporary, permanent and telehealth physician jobs and is building a network that connects physicians, employers and industry.

Jason HendrickJason Hendrick, President, OceanML provides integrated machine learning consulting, custom predictive analytical solutions and solutions for clients in industries including energy, resource development, cleantech, government, finance and health care.

alan tay Alan Tay, CEO, Delphi Technology Corp. offers rapid, scalable, conversational & action-based avatar training for airlines & aerospace companies and government and defence contractors.

John-MacInnesJohn MacInnes, Founder, Earthware Reusables Inc. Billions of food takeout containers go into our landfills every year. Earthware is a return for reuse takeout container service that eliminates this problem by selling reusable containers to restaurants, hotels, caterers, grocery stores and farmers.

ryan-gallowayRyan Galloway, Founder, Inversion Point Technologies Ltd. specializes in the cost-effective direct removal of atmospheric methane at scale.

AmirSanatiChris Cassin, CEO of Zero Point Cryogenics (Edmonton) builds dilution refrigerators, which operate at temperatures near absolute zero, for quantum technology applications.

Amirreza-SohrabiAmirreza Sohrabi, co-Founder and CEO, Roshan Water Solutions (Edmonton) has developed VeloCens, which is an end-to-end product package for onsite, real-time testing of water samples for bacteria.

Masoud-BaghelaniMasoud Baghelani, CEO and Founder, NeatFil Inc. (Edmonton) offers a recyclable and reusable material for efficient, cost-effective removal of organic contaminants including dyes and pigments from water and wastewater.

Damilare-OdumosuDamilare Odumosu, Founder/C.E.O, All Farmers Online provides precision agriculture services and sensors to farmers, allowing them to optimize yields, reduce costs, and improve efficiency based on analysis of data collected from drones, satellites, and cameras.

conor-phillips.gifConor Phillips, Founder & CEO, Pathfinder365 (Saskatoon) provides a digital exploration tool that serves as an all-inclusive, one-stop source for diverse tourism destinations including travel, activity, entertainment and accommodation options.

conor-phillips.gifCarine Bado, CEO & Founder, My Little Tribe has designed an app for parents who are looking to book affordable, reliable and flexible private childcare services such as babysitting, nanny and home care.

David RoseneggerDavid Rosenegger, CEO, SenseSi Technology Inc, a Calgary-based startup developing wearable non-invasive diagnostic sensors to monitor cortisol levels which can predict stress, inflammation and concussion severity.

Timothy BurgessTimothy Burgess, CEO and co-Founder, WealthAgile (Toronto) provides an AI powered crypto portfolio manager that connects via API to crypto exchanges to automatically manage customers’ crypto portfolios.

March 14 program and attendees

The following companies have submitted business plan summaries. Please click through to give your feedback and to access the summaries, contacts, scores and comments (password is available to members):

In-person pitches:

Virtual pitches:


December 13 program and attendees

The following companies from Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Australia and Israel are seeking over $17 million for commercialization of innovative technologies positioned to transform agricultural, energy, transportation, health, business and legal industries.

September 13 program and attendees

The following companies from Airdrie, Cartairs, Calgary, Edmonton and Uganda are seeking over $8 million for agricultural, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, education, low carbon energy, cancer, health and pet care innovations.

May 17 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $100 million for cancer drug trials, mental health apps, biodegradable menstrual pads, environmentally friendly waste management systems, autonomous robots, learning tools and AI solutions:

February 15 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $6 million for personalized cancer treatments for children, dento-craniofacial head and neck imaging, virtual reality and IoT platforms, canola oil transformation, hemp-based nutraceuticals, and systems for beef herd management, fire prevention, waste conversion and lithium extraction:


November 23 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $11 million for diagnostics tests for ADHD, blindness, cancer and ADHD, burnout management, systems for shipping, beef herd tracing, waste management and recycling:

September 21 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $8 million for improvement of nutrition and mental health, ADHD detection, cancer treatment, restaurant support, hydroponics, organic food production and waste conversion into feedstock:

June 22 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $11 million for improvement of nutrition and mental health, ADHD and cancer detection and treatment, family support and patient monitoring for mental health and efficient care provision, advanced materials and water and waste management:

April 22 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $6 million for biorefinery and prebiotic fibre production, digital healthcare, cancer drug discovery, trauma dressing, and COVID-19 testing and treatment:

January 28 program and attendees

The following companies are looking to raise approximately $5.5 million for renewable power generation, biomedical imaging, cell transfection systems, virtual reality SAAS, and personal mobility apps:


October 22 program and attendees

July 8 program and attendees

June 10 program and attendees

May 13 program and attendees

April 15: COVID-19 Conference 4 program

  • John Dennis, CEO, SolAeroMed
  • Khaled Barakat, University of Alberta
  • Darrell Tan, Clinician-Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Carlos Cervera, University of Alberta
  • Bruno Villoutreix, Research Director, Inserm
  • Alessandro Biglioli, CEO, Elsius Biomedical
  • Gregg Oldring, CEO, Zept
  • Prabhat Jha, University of Toronto
  • Dawn Kingston, Professor, University of Calgary
  • Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University
  • Adam Balogh, CEO and Founder, Staffing Call

April 8: COVID-19 Conference 3 program

  • Robert Wolkow , Quantum Silicon Inc
  • Kevin Morin, Medical Director, Sunmor Research Inc
  • Randy Duguay , CEO, Health Gauge
  • Harold Dumur and Hassaan Ahmed, OVA
  • Varun Pulapaka Co-Founder & Hassaan Ahmed, CEO, Phelix
  • Gane Ka-Shu Wong, University of Alberta & Geneis
  • Rafiq Ahmad, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
  • Matt Hodgson, Co-Founder, Outbreaker Solutions
  • Rashid Mirzavand, University of Alberta
  • Kyle McLeod, CEO, OrigamAi
  • Bruce Rout
  • Eric Coomes, University of Toronto
  • P. Peter Wang, Memorial Universit
  • Brittany Redl, Region Sales Director, VWR
  • Travis Dahl, Inkubate Packaging
  • Dane Bosman, Business Development, Alpine Innovative Research

April 1: COVID-19 Conference 2 program

  • Markus Kirkilionis, University of Warwick
  • Kevin Curran, Ulster University
  • Dileep Tiwari, HeriCure
  • Utkarsha Ankalkhope, Excel3D
  • Simon Park, University of Calgary
  • Mathew Diggle, Alberta Public Labs
  • John Ralston, Protxx
  • Alessandro Biglioli , Elsius Biomedical
  • Pierre Lemire, Kent Imaging Therapeutics
  • Gavin Oudit, PEARKO Therapeutics
  • John Dennis, SolAeroMed
  • Rakesh Bhat, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation
  • Robert Jay Rowen, MD, RowenSu Clinic
  • Karsten Sauer, Repertoire Immune Systems
  • Dan Dalla-Londa, FluroTech
  • Mark Trifiro , McGill University
  • Shokrollah Elahi, University of Alberta
  • Robert Mayall, FREDsense
  • Isaac Bogoch, University of Toronto
  • Martin Percy, Unit9
  • Louis-Olivier Roy, OPTEL Group
  • Barry Shrier, Founder, GIANT Health
  • Sharn Haywood-Higgs, Oxford Innovations Solutions
  • Travis Dahl, Inkubate Packaging
  • Allen Crowley, Crowley Enterprises
  • Trevor MacDonald, Crowdblink
  • Horacio Bach, University of British Columbia
  • Amir Nezhad, University of Calgary
  • K Ghafoor, H Maghdid & S Khaleal, Iraq

March 25: COVID-19 Conference 1 program

  • John Dennis, SolAeroMed
  • Martin Percy, Unit9: CoronaSaver
  • John Ralston, Protxx
  • Peter Wood, mmHg
  • Thomas Stachura, Pleasant Solutions
  • John Lewis, Entos Pharma
  • Lynn McNeil, Chipcare
  • Alessandro Biglioli, Elsius
  • Peter Silverstone, COMS
  • James Harynuk, TMIC
  • Jeevesh Kapur,
  • Elena Dumitrascu, Terrahub
  • Kevin Maloney, Safe Contact
  • Abdullah Saleh, Metric
  • Steve Lloyd, Tech Shops
  • Travis Dahl, Inkubate Packaging

March 11 program and scores


November 13 program and scores

  • Richard Smith, BioLargo
  • Amir Nezhed, Critical Care DX
  • Piyush Kumar, WWiKY
  • Tonya Beal, Swiftly
  • Aman Ullah, ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery
  • Adam Brown, Nanolog Audio
  • John Ralston, Protxx

September 11 program and scores

  • Tarek El-Bialy, Virtual Orthodontic Residency
  • James Nieman, Human Cytomegalovirus Co.
  • Nicolas Conradi, Solar Oxygen
  • Peter Wood & Raj Padwal, mmHg Inc.
  • Simba Nyazika, Lenica Research Group
  • Zhongyi Quan, High Density Power Conversion
  • Shelvie Fernan, Fly and Fetch
  • Hillary Sweet & Dr. Matthew Nickel, SN Biomedical
  • Loreen Wales, Revive Wellness Inc.
  • Michael Weickert, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

June 19 program and scores

  • Carrie Shemanko, Blood-based biomarkers
  • Aru Narendran, Biomarkers for Pediatric Cancer
  • Amir Sanati Nezhad
  • Lu Deng, Metabolomic Technologies Inc
  • Colin Coros, Nanostics
  • David Bocking & Oliver Bathe, Qualisure Diagnostics Inc.
  • Kunal Karan & Arin Sen, Biomimetic Exosomes
  • Negin Razavilar, RAZN Health Decision Modelling Ltd.
  • Ratmir Derda, 48Hour Discovery Inc.,
  • Jeremie Bourqui, MITS
  • Paul Stewardson, ThyroSPEC
  • Rahul Arora, ENTiD

June 4 program and scores

  • Mike Wade, iYu Inc.
  • Yvonne Wong, Canada Neurotech
  • Shairaz Baksh, BioImmuno Designs, Inc.
  • Mahdi Tavakoli, Robotic System for Therapy
  • Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk, Health Gauge
  • Qaasim Mian, Biomarkers of Childhood Pneumonia
  • Larry Unsworth, ThermoReCon

May 16 program and scores

  • Marc-André Roberge, Nectar
  • Kirk Zemba, Blindman Brewing
  • Darcy Goossen, The TireGrabber
  • Aman Ullah, ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery
  • Alfred Wahl, Polar Canadian Swine LLP
  • Tanveer Ahmad, Amrich
  • Richard Smith, BioLargo

March 5 program

  • Martin Ferguson-Pell, Click & Push
  • Roger Zemp, ClinoSonics 3D
  • Brayden Whitlock, Outbreaker Solutions
  • Suresh Nayar, Rapid Prototyping
  • Bretton Whervin, Bitcoin Air
  • Sharmin Habib, Umay Care
  • Afsaneh Lavasanifar, Meros Polymers
  • Larry Unsworth, ThermoReCON
  • Michael Overduin, SMALP Network


December 4 program

  • Khurram Jahangir, SafeSpaceHealth
  • Katharine Magor, Flu Fighting Chickens
  • Konrad Fassbender , Palliative Care Matters
  • Abdolamir Landi & Ana Clementin, Autoimmune Hepatitis Diagnostics
  • Roger Zemp, CliniSonics
  • Jerome Yager, Praeventus Corporation
  • Nataraj Pagadala, Cheminger Inc

September 11 program

  • John Lewis, CEO & Arun Raturi, CSO Entos Pharmaceuticals
  • David Marchant, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Leanne Bilawchuk, Frederick West, Antibiddies
  • Len Wiebe & Piyush Kumar, WWiKY Theranostica Inc.
  • Amir Reshef, Founder & CEO, Dealcloser
  • Michael Overduin, Founder and Director, SMALP Network
  • Roger Zemp, illumiSonics Inc.
  • Dennis Hall, Boron Heterocycles
  • Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li and Anka Chan, Hempact

June 5 program and scores

  • Chris Cairo, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Bruce Ritchie, Professor, Division of Hematology
  • Lorne Tyrell, Professor, Dept of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
  • Faheem Khan, Postdoc, Chemical & Materials Engineering Dept 
  • Samantha Kwok, Operations Manager, 48 Hour Discovery
  • Peter Johnson, Dept of Physiology, Faculty of Science

March 6 program and scores

  • Bin Zheng, Surgical Simulation
  • Shairaz Baksh, Kinase Drug Discovery
  • Michael Weickert & Luc Berthiaume, Pacylex
  • Aaryn Flynn & Tony Briggs, Prominent
  • Faheem Khan, Fourien
  • David Eisenstat, University of Alberta
  • Clayton Bell, University of Alberta
  • Mohammad Ali, University of Alberta


December 5 program with CureCancer

  • David Brindley, Targeting Autotaxin
  • Gino Fallone, MagneTx
  • Colm Murphy, Zenxmed Corporation
  • Juliana Valencia, RJH Biosciences Inc.
  • Khurram Jahangir, Health District
  • Catalina Vasquez, Prostate Cancer Diagnostics
  • Justin Bailey, Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility
  • Nawaid Usmani, Prostate Brachytherapy

September 5 program

  • Tina Rinker, Founder, Syantra Inc.
  • Lynne Postovit, University of Alberta
  • Larry Fliegel, University of Alberta


April 4 program

  • Randy Yatscoff, Executive Vice President, TEC Edmonton
  • Chris Lumb, CEO, TEC Edmonton