The following technologies have been assessed and reviewed by our expert team and are currently available for licensing or sponsored research.

Best practice programs to support early-phase startups from idea to revenue.

  • Programs
    • Startup Primer

      Startup Primer

      Don't know where to start with your business idea? This workshop will prime you with the basics to help you move in the right direction. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a first draft of your business model, with input from an experienced startup advisor, which you can use to launch your venture. 

       

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    • Discover

      Discover

      Understanding customer behaviour is essential to your startup success. This applied program teaches how to engage customers and discover their motivations, preferences and needs. 

       

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    • Validate

      Validate

      This applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. By the end, you will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable, and if so, feel confident to begin sales and running a business. 

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    • Go-To-Market

      Go-To-Market

      Maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch and revenue growth by addressing marketplace challenges and focusing on strategy and implementation.

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    Programs

  • Accelerator Programs
    • Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica bridges the gap between the energy industry and energy technology developers/companies. We help to validate and curate energy startups making it easier for industry adoption or acquisition.

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    • TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton's Health accelerator is a bridge builder between the commercial medical world looking for new and improved health products.

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    • TELUS Accelerator Program

      TELUS Accelerator Program

      Applications are open.
      Deadline Extended: July 21, 2017  

      A six-month program designed to accelerate your company's business model, technology and operational backbone. Its goal is to support the development of growth-stage companies with technologies that TELUS could potentially use, integrate or commercialize in the following areas: industrial internet of things, big data, digital health & wellness, seamless communication & entertainment experiences, last 100 metres, smart fleet & transportation, and smart cities. 

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    • RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. Contact us for more information about our 2017 cohort.

      This eight-month program is designed to accelerate Calgary-based startups whose mission is to create social impact while ensuring that profitability is core to their business model. This is a competitive program open to startups, especially those with a focus on inclusive finance, poverty alleviation, affordable housing and integrating new immigrants.

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    Accelerator Programs

  • Services
    • CEO Roundtable

      CEO Roundtable

      A monthly peer advisory forum for CEOs, board members and founders of technology companies to openly discuss their challenges in a confidential, safe environment. The goal of the roundtables are to provide "just-in-time" advice on current issues, enhance accountability and accelerate actions/decisions. 

      "This roundtable has transformed our company, period. There are not enough good things I can say about this group. Even banks recognize its significance toward the foundation for a strong company." - Jeremy Bridge

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    • Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) puts entrepreneurs first. This program focuses on individual entrepreneurs who are building businesses in our community. Our mentors don't give the answers, they ask a lot of questions, sometimes digging deep to help coach you through your startup experiences.

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    • Green Tech Mentors

      Green Tech Mentors

      Designed to accelerate the development of promising small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Alberta and beyond.

      GT Mentors connects SMEs to world-class mentors, executives and board members.

       

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    • Intellectual Property Management

      Intellectual Property Management

      Professional patent management services for preparation, filing and prosecution. We guide all aspects of obtaining issued patents through our Canadian and U.S. patent firms.

       

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    • Funding Support

      Funding Support

      Prepare your approach to venture financing through performing a "12 Point Business Assessment".

      Having a plan to fund your business from many sources, which may include equity investors, is just as important as your business plan.

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    Services

  • Space
    • Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      The Corporate ID Service allows you to move your business beyond your home address or local coffee shop. Corporate ID clients are provided with a professional address, access to meeting rooms, business centre resources and reception services for a monthly rate.

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    • The Inc.

      The Inc.

      The Inc. is a startup incubator program that combines one-on-one mentoring and co-working space to provide support and guidance for your unique startup. From open desk space to dedicated offices, this monthly membership offers you the flexibility you need to move your business forward.

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    • Tenancy

      Tenancy

      Be part of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre community. We offer flexible leasing terms of office space from 250-square-foot to 3,000-square-foot.

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    • Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

      Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

      A facility and program that helps clean energy technology startups and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

      KICS helps innovators move their idea from testing and experimentation to prototype development.

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From ideation to commercialization

SUPPORTING OUR INNOVATION-DRIVEN COMMUNITY FOR 35 YEARS

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OUR TEAM

  • Office of the President

    Peter Garrett

    I am a University of Calgary alumnus (BSc EE ’80 – with distinction) and have had the pleasure to be at the heart of Nortel Networks’ digital and wireless communications revolutions becoming Vice President of Wireless Networks Research and Development.  Our division consisted of over 1,200 engineers and scientists working in seven labs over four continents that were responsible for developing and deploying over 50 new products annually.  

    Seeking the next technology wave following Nortel, I joined Global Thermoelectric, (an alternative energy/fuel cell company) as Chief Operating Officer then subsequently Chief Executive Officer leading the successful merger for the company with Fuel Cell Energy.

    Since then, I have been an active investor, business and technology consultant and have served on a number of corporate and volunteer boards including:  Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI) as Chair, the University of Calgary Engineering and External Research Advisory Board, the University of Calgary Project Management Advisory Board, and the Alberta Science and Research Advisory Board (ASRA) as the Chair of the technology commercialization task force and Co-Chair of the access to capital task force.

    The team at Innovate Calgary is committed to supporting you to accelerate the development, growth and commercialization efforts for your technology and/or technology company.  I encourage you to connect with us; a simple question can lead to great results. 

     

    Peter GarrettP.Eng
    President

    Susan Delesalle

    As Chief Financial Officer for Innovate Calgary, Susan Delesalle is responsible for the financial management, planning, and reporting accountabilities of the organization.  A Certified General Accountant, Sue’s vast experience includes a diverse representation of industries including advertising, agricultural product sales, and telecommunications.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Sue worked independently and held a number of diverse contracts including her most recent as the Financial Controller for Shift Networks Inc.

    Sue holds a BA from Brock University and has successfully completed her Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation.

    Susan DelesalleCGA
    Chief Financial Officer

    David Chavez

    As Vice President, Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development, David Chavez leads the team that delivers programs to help entrepreneurs, researchers, and start ups get from ideation to funding to commercialization.  

    David has more than 20 years of experience building and leading technology organizations. Prior to Innovate Calgary, he led research and development and product management teams in Canada and China for Nortel and Ericsson, leading global suppliers of telecommunications and networking gear. David is a Professional Engineer and holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia. 

    David has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.   

     PROFILE  
    David ChavezP.Eng.
    Vice President, Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development

    Ken Porter

     As Vice President, Intellectual Property Management, Ken Porter oversees Innovate Calgary’s licensing and commercialization activities while providing leadership to a team of licensing professionals.

    Ken brings over fifteen years of experience in technology commercialization. He became interested in intellectual property when he and a team of chemists at Duke University invented a DNA sequencing technology for the Human Genome Sequencing Project. He entered the technology transfer profession at Duke, and then moved to the University of Colorado to lead re-building the tech transfer office at CU-Boulder. From CU, he moved to San Antonio to build the first multi-institutional tech transfer office at the University of Texas. He has also provided consulting services to liberal arts institutions with the aim of creating networks that employ streamlined technology transfer operations supported by a common database and expert social networks.

    Ken holds a PhD (Chemistry) and an MBA degree from Duke University, and a B.S. degree (Zoology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

     PROFILE  
    Ken PorterPhD
    Vice President, Intellectual Property Management

    Stace Wills

    Stace Wills has a 25-year track record of helping generate exceptional shareholder value for early to mid-stage Canadian technology companies.  He currently serves as Vice President, Energy at Innovate Calgary, where he co-founded the Kinetica Ventures energy tech accelerator in January 2015. 

    Prior to Innovate Calgary, Stace served in senior corporate development roles with Elluminate Inc., an educational software company that was acquired by NASDAQ-listed Blackboard Inc. in 2010, as well as Alta Genetics Inc., a global ag-biotech leader in the dairy sector.  He was also a co-founder of venture capital firm, Accolade Capital Inc., where he co-managed the Accolade Private Companies Fund LP.

    Stace is a co-founder and Board Chairman of The Strongest Oak Foundation, a Canadian-registered charity that supports disadvantaged youth in Africa. Stace has also served on the Board of TSX-listed Helix BioPharma Corp, a biopharmaceutical company developing drug candidates to treat lung cancer.  Stace has a Chartered Investment Manager designation, as well as a B.Comm. degree in International Marketing from the University of Calgary.

    Stace WillsBComm, CIM
    Vice President, Energy

    Shannon Johnson

    As Executive Assistant to the President, Shannon works directly with Innovate Calgary's President, management team, shareholders and Board of Directors to facilitate meetings, prepare and distribute key materials and record minutes for corporate events. She supports the President's office with day-to-day operational management and long term strategic goals.

    Shannon has extensive and diverse experience in administration and management which includes oil and gas, not-for-profit organizations and the health care industry. In addition to her administrative career, Shannon has held a myriad of roles including program and event coordination and working as an Oncology/BMT nurse.

    Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a Nursing degree from Foothills Hospital.

     PROFILE  
    Shannon Johnson
    Executive Assistant to the President

    Tara Barnas

    With over 12 years of diverse expertise within communications, marketing, public relations, management and crisis management, Tara leads the marketing and communcation team at Innovate Calgary. She has worked with a number of large leading corporations, SMEs and supported her own consulting business. Her experience includes: developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies, marketing development, media relations, crisis management and coordinating community initiatives.

    She is an alumnus of the University of Calgary graduating with a Bachelor of Communications and Culture, is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and continually expands her education through the University of Calgary Continuing Education programs.

     

    Tara BarnasBA, Communications
    Director, Communications & Marketing

    John A. Paul

    As Manager, Human Resources, John Paul oversees all aspects of Innovate Calgary’s policies and procedures in relation to the organization’s personnel. John brings extensive human resources, negotiation, risk management, board governance, regulatory compliance and other administrative skills to Innovate Calgary gained from a long work career with technical and research-centred organizations. 

    John has also consulted to a number of organizations in the areas of compensation, labour relations and planning assignments generally within the oil and gas and services industries.  

    John holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics, and a Masters in Biochemistry from Brock University, as well as a Doctorate in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto.

    John A. PaulMSc, DHA
    Human Resources Manager

    Amblessed (Amby) Algeo

    Amby Algeo is a facilitator for all Human Resources functions. Her broad experience includes benefits administration, employee relations, HRIS implementations, talent acquisition and payroll.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Amby worked as a Senior Sales Consultant in Calgary and Lethbridge for numerous years advising the sales company through its stages of growth, creation and stabilization. She brings an array of skills to her position including a strong client services background and is most proud of her ability to successfully recruit and team with highly skilled and technical professionals such as Intellectual Property Managers.

    Amby holds a Bachelor of Management degree in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta and is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA).

     PROFILE  
    Amblessed (Amby) AlgeoBMgmt
    Human Resources Specialist
  • Finance & Administration

    Susan Delesalle

    As Chief Financial Officer for Innovate Calgary, Susan Delesalle is responsible for the financial management, planning, and reporting accountabilities of the organization.  A Certified General Accountant, Sue’s vast experience includes a diverse representation of industries including advertising, agricultural product sales, and telecommunications.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Sue worked independently and held a number of diverse contracts including her most recent as the Financial Controller for Shift Networks Inc.

    Sue holds a BA from Brock University and has successfully completed her Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation.

    Susan DelesalleCGA
    Chief Financial Officer

    Sherry Wei

    As Controller, Sherry Wei is responsible for managing the finance and accounting functions for Innovate Calgary and its Company Creation portfolio companies, as well as assisting the Chief Financial Officer with Innovate Calgary’s strategic initiatives.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Sherry worked for a Calgary condominium property management company for just under three years where she held positions as a junior accountant and an intermediate accountant.

    Sherry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and she successfully completed her Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation in 2010.

    Sherry WeiBComm., CGA
    Controller

    Jenny Zhang

    As the Intermediate Accountant, Jenny Zhang supports the accounting functions, including accounts payable and receivable, for Innovate Calgary and its portfolio companies.

    Jenny brings to Innovate Calgary extensive bookkeeping experience, having held a position as Accounting Clerk for numerous years at NutraSun Foods Inc., a national company providing organic and traditional flour products.

    Jenny holds a diploma in Computer Accounting from the Institute of Hubei Planning and Management in Hubei Province, China. Jenny is currently in the process of completing her Certified General Accountant (CGA) Level 4 designation.

    Jenny Zhang
    Intermediate Accountant

    Jael Dionela

    As an Accounting Administrator, Jael manages the ARTC tenant and client receivable accounts, as well as the day-to-day AP and AR functions.

    Jael brings over 12 years of accounting and administrative experiences in various industries including government body (in the Philippines), oil & gas, and veterinary. She has also taught financial management and accounting at a university level in the Philippines.

    Jael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, Philippines. She also has a Certified Public Accountant designation and is currently working towards her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

     PROFILE  
    Jael DionelaB.Sc.
    Accounting Administrator

    Esther Ludeki

    Esther Ludeki is a part-time Accounting Administrator, assisting Innovate Calgary’s finance team on AP and AR, corporate credit card, and other accounting functions.

    She has more than 15 years of experience in accounting finance, working both in Canada and Kenya, and for private & non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, she worked with a private company in Calgary for seven years, where she was involved in full-cycle accounting among other responsibilities within their finance department.

    Esther holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting from Oxford-Brookes University, UK. She has also completed several accounting courses with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.

    Esther Ludeki
    Accounting Administrator

    Andrei Edwards

    As Corporate Counsel, Andrei Edwards works with Innovate Calgary's departments and senior management on a wide range of legal, operational and strategic issues, with a focus on intellectual property and technology-based commercial transactions. Andrei is responsible for the legal agreements supporting Innovate Calgary's licensing and technology transfer activities, as well as the protection of Innovate Calgary's intellectual property portfolio. Andrei also manages Innovate Calgary's relationships with external legal counsel.

    Prior to working at Innovate Calgary, Andrei completed a 14 month temporary assignment as Legal Counsel, Contracts, at the University of Toronto's Innovations & Partnerships Office. Andrei was also previously an associate at an intellectual property law firm in Toronto, Ontario, where he specialized in transactions involving technology and intellectual property, intellectual property litigation, and enforcing intellectual property rights.

    Andrei's undergraduate training from the University of Ottawa was in biology with a biotechnology option. In 2006 he completed the University of Toronto's four year combined program leading to both a MBA and a Juris Doctorate. Andrei is currently licensed to practice law in Alberta and Ontario.

    Andrei EdwardsMBA, J.D.
    Corporate Counsel

    Brianna Wartman

    As Legal Counsel, Brianna Wartman supports Innovate Calgary’s intellectual property and technology transfer activities, and is responsible for providing strategic counsel to the team, drafting legal documents and giving legal advice.

    Brianna brings more than eight years’ experience as a lawyer in private practice and as in-house counsel. Brianna has advised clients with respect to an array of agreements including clinical trial agreements, confidentiality agreements, license agreements, and non-compete agreements as well as various trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and patents issues. She has extensive knowledge regarding trademark applications and prosecution processes.  

    Brianna holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) with a major in biology and a minor in Science, Technology and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Laws. She is currently a member of the Canadian Bar Association, The Law Society of Alberta and The Law Society of Saskatchewan.

    Brianna WartmanB.Sc., LL.B
    Legal Counsel

    Venessa Manaloto

     As Patents Manager, Venessa Manaloto is responsible for providing support for the organization’s contract and intellectual property processes.  She is the point of contact with the various parties involved in the protection of IP processes.

    Venessa Manaloto
    Patents Manager

    Aaron L. Sumague

     PROFILE  
    Aaron L. SumagueBComm
    Data Integrity Analyst
  • Energy | Kinetica Ventures

    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM

    Stace Wills has a 25-year track record of helping generate exceptional shareholder value for early to mid-stage Canadian technology companies.  He currently serves as Vice President, Energy at Innovate Calgary, where he co-founded the Kinetica Ventures energy tech accelerator in January 2015. 

    Prior to Innovate Calgary, Stace served in senior corporate development roles with Elluminate Inc., an educational software company that was acquired by NASDAQ-listed Blackboard Inc. in 2010, as well as Alta Genetics Inc., a global ag-biotech leader in the dairy sector.  He was also a co-founder of venture capital firm, Accolade Capital Inc., where he co-managed the Accolade Private Companies Fund LP.

    Stace is a co-founder and Board Chairman of The Strongest Oak Foundation, a Canadian-registered charity that supports disadvantaged youth in Africa. Stace has also served on the Board of TSX-listed Helix BioPharma Corp, a biopharmaceutical company developing drug candidates to treat lung cancer.  Stace has a Chartered Investment Manager designation, as well as a B.Comm. degree (International Marketing) from the University of Calgary.

     PROFILE  
    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM
    Vice President, Energy

    Kevin Frankowski

    As a former business executive, owner and co-founder, Kevin has accumulated almost 20 years of experience in a blend of both entrepreneurial and large corporate settings that has given him the knowledge and operational discipline needed to turn a corporate strategy into something that gets successfully implemented.  On the startup and entrepreneurial side, he has had success growing many ideas into real-world, multi-million dollar companies.

    With a career focused on energy technologies, and the related environmental aspects, Kevin has gained a wealth of experience in building strategic insights, effective collaboration and trusting relationships with key decision makers.

    He has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Ecology from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Applied Science in Environmental (Civil) Engineering from the University of British Columbia.  

    Kevin FrankowskiB.Sc, M.A. Sc
    Executive Director, Kinetica Ventures

    Wally Thorson

     Wally Thorson leads a sector-focused team that combines technical assessment and product development guidance with market validation and company creation expertise.  The team’s mission is to help energy researchers and inventors commercialize their technologies faster and more cost-effectively.    Focusing on pre-company technology development and de-risking, Wally and his team work alongside innovators to help them progress from applied research through proof of concept and compelling prototype demonstrations towards defining and developing market-validated offerings ready for commercialization.

    Wally brings over 26 years of engineering, product, and technology development expertise to our team.    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Wally worked as Advanced Technology Integration Leader and Director of Engineering at BW Technologies by Honeywell, a global provider of portable life safety gas detection equipment.  Prior to Honeywell, Wally served in a number of senior R&D and program management roles at Global Thermoelectric and Nortel Networks.   Having led many technology-intensive product development programs from initial concept through to successful market launch, Wally has a deep understanding of the end to end design and commercialization process, and is able to help Innovate Calgary clients develop comprehensive execution strategies.  

    Successful product development requires vision, teamwork, and insightful understanding of both technology constraints and customer needs.  Innovators often face the additional challenge of breaking trails in territory where neither their technology’s capability nor the market requirements are fully developed.    Bringing a balanced approach towards technical rigor, pragmatic risk management and an entrepreneurial mindset,   Wally and his team help innovators explore the opportunity landscape, set clear direction, and move quickly towards commercial readiness.

    Wally holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

     PROFILE  
    Wally ThorsonBSc., P. Eng.
    Director, Technology & Market Intelligence - Kinetica Ventures

    Betty Eggertson

     Betty has extensive and diverse experience in administration and management which includes not-for-profit organizations, governmental regulatory boards and international corporations. Prior to her administrative career, Betty gained entrepreneurial experience as co-owner/operator of a franchise business, as well as manager for single owner businesses and a national corporation.

    Betty holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Business from the University of Alberta.

    Betty EggertsonBSc
    Executive Assistant

    Cheryl Lyn Best

    As Senior Technology Commercialization Manager, Cheryl Best works closely with the University of Calgary Energy Tech Accelerator (UC-ETA) associated with Innovate Calgary. She supports the team by delivering exceptional project management, industry engagement, and analytical services.

    Cheryl’s previous experiences include working for Cenovus Energy and EnCana Corp. as a Reservoir Development Engineer. Though her primary background lies in Greenfield oil sands development, project management, technology implementation, and economic modelling, she spent two years supporting technology champions within the Technology Development at Cenovus.

    Cheryl graduated from the University of Calgary in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Oil & Gas Engineering.

     PROFILE  
    Cheryl Lyn Best
    Senior Technology Commercialization Manager

    Peter Zyla

    Peter Zyla
    KICS Program Manager

    Mike Singleton

    Michael brings over 40 years of senior management and engineering experience, 35 years of it in the energy sector with Suncor Energy.   With Suncor, one of his key roles was assessing and managing the integration of new technologies within the company’s operations including leading the Technical Integration aspects during the construction of Suncor's Millennium oil sands project. He also managed Suncor’s venture capital investments in Alternate Energy. 

    Michael served as Chairman of the Board for PTAC and as chair of the Upgrading Group for CONRAD, a predecessor organization to COSIA. Since retiring from Suncor, Michael has been engaged in various independent consulting projects. 

    Michael graduated with honours from the University of Bradford in Chemical Engineering and, prior to joining Suncor in Fort McMurray, served in engineering and management roles on mining projects in Western Canada and Africa.    

    Mike SingletonB. Eng.
    Executive Advisor, Kinetica Ventures

    Lorena Forster

    Lorena is reponsible for business development in Northern Alberta, and is a window into Kinetica Ventures for companies, technology end users, collaborators and partners. 

    Lorena has enjoyed a more than 20 year career working with advanced technology companies. Her experience spans working with early stage technology companies, entrepreneurs and inventors in various positions with different Alberta innovation support organizations such as TEC Edmonton and the former Alberta Research Council (now Alberta Innovates Technology Futures). In addition, Lorena has direct experience in business operations in both the private and public sectors.

    She is a past board member of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association (ACTia) and past Co-Chair of the Licensing Executive Society Edmonton chapter. She is currently an active volunteer mentor for Futurpreneur and more recently the University of Alberta's Alumni Venture Mentoring Service.

     PROFILE  
    Lorena Forster
    Business Development (Northern Region), Kinetica Venutures

    Dayla Maisey

     Dayla has more than 25 years of diverse experience within the energy industry including oil sands development, gas and power marketing, and new technology development. Her skill set includes full-life cycle project implementation, GHG assessments and submissions, and Angel/mentor relations. 

    She co-authored A Guide to Traumatic Brain Injury: The Intensive Care Unit with Dr. David Hwang, MD and presented that work at various conferences including the annual Neurocritical Care Society conference. Dayla has worked with various levels of government and contributed to numerous councils, boards and committees.  

    Dayla was invited to present at a United Nations (UN) conference, “Visionary Leadership that Makes a Difference at the UN,” in New York City focused on capacity building and decision making in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce.  Dayla was also awarded an Honourary Master’s Degree from Sociedad Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva (SOBRATI – The Brazilian Society of Critical Care). 

    Dayla MaiseyB. Sc, B. Comm
    Extended Team Manager, Kinetica Ventures

    Siamak Khorrami

    Siamak Khorrami has obtained a solid understanding of both global and local clean energy challenges through six years of consulting experiences with the Iranian Ministry of Energy, and multiple Canadian and Iranian research institutes and associations in Canada.

    With his background in decentralized energy, renewables and the oil and gas sector, Siamak brings broad experience, contacts, and knowledge to his role as a Commercialization Manager and Market Intelligence Analyst for the Kinetica Ventures team. He has strong research and analytical skills, and is able to develop informed insights into system opportunities using evidence-based approaches.

    Siamak’s main cause is to support Iranian youth on less emphasized skills by the formal education system, such as system thinking and sexual health.

    Siamak KhorramiMSc, MAES
    Market Intelligence Analyst

    Bilal Rasool

     Bilal’s career spans over 10 years of developing and commercializing technologies and integrative solutions. Through various roles at Innovate Calgary, Bilal has helped clients with company creation, market opportunity assessments, financial modeling, and strategic business planning. Prior to his time at Innovate Calgary, Bilal worked within the satellite network industry in systems engineering and business development roles, providing key telecommunication integration solutions to clients in a wide array of industries, including oil and gas, government, military, cellular, and the financial sector. 

    Bilal holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA degree from the University of Calgary. 

    Bilal RasoolB.Sc., MBA
    Commercialization Manager, Kinetica Ventures

    Aatif Baskanderi

    As Commercialization Manager, Aatif works with technology developers through Kinetica's commercialization process to assess and develop a company's fitness to succeed in the market with new innovations.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary and Kinetica, Aatif led the United Kingdom's Science & Innovation Network in the Prairies where he focused on clean energy, carbon capture, utilization & storage, and antimicrobial resistance. He has experience in multiple engineering, science policy, and social development organizations across Canada, the UK and Sierra Leone.  

    Aatif holds currently holds a B.Eng. Electrical Engineering and Master of Technology Management from Memorial University and a M.Sc. Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

     PROFILE  
    Aatif BaskanderiM.Sc., B. Eng.
    Commercialization Manager

    Dave Van Den Assem

     As Client Services Manager, David has the responsibility to ensure that projects undertaken by Kinetica are successfully executed and achieve or exceed client expectations, and that clients have the right resources throughout their time with Kinetica to propel them towards success.  He draws from his extensive project management experience to build efficient, effective project delivery systems and processes, and leverages his leadership and management experience to align the project team, technology providers, Associate Members, Extended Team and end users to achieve results.

    David has over 18 years of leadership experience in environmental, project, and business unit management in several sectors, including mining, power, real estate, and oilsands sectors, most recently with Suncor, Imperial Oil and Syncrude.  He has been involved in developing collaborative strategies and plans for innovative technology implementation in the areas of industrial water management, tailings management and closure & reclamation, through both the Canadian Oilsands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and internally.  Previously, as an environmental consultant at Golder Associates Ltd., David has held leadership, management, project management, and environmental specialist roles, during which time he focused on business unit performance and growth and improving project and business management systems.

    David completed an MBA degree with a ‘Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development’ specialization, focusing on sustainability strategy in the energy industry and carbon management.  He also holds a Master’s of Environmental Design (Environmental Science) and a Bachelor’s of Science in biology, all from the University of Calgary. 

    Dave Van Den AssemB. Sc., M.E.Des., MBA
    Client Services Manager, Kinetica Ventures

    Carrie Fanai

    Carrie has a broad career and brings over 14 years of technology development, water treatment, market intelligence, bioprocessing and environmental engineering expertise to our team. She has previously worked as a Technology Development Engineer at Devon Canada Corporation where she led field and bench scale pilots in SAGD water treatment and steam generation. She also spent one year as a Market Intelligence Professional at Devon, and prior to that she worked as a Water Approvals Engineer at Alberta Environment, and held roles in Process Development and Operations with startup and commercial agri-food processing companies. 

    Carrie is also a passionate entrepreneur who has run several small businesses. Carrie holds a B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph. 

     PROFILE  
    Carrie FanaiB.Sc., P. Eng
    Manager, Business Development & Technology Collaboration, Kinetica Ventures

    Kristine O'Rielly

     As a Market Analyst and Technology Scout with Innovate Calgary's Kinetica Ventures Team, Kristine works with industry clients to understand their challenges and scouts new technologies to meet those needs.

    She has previously worked with a number of private manufacturing firms, including Michelin North America and Curtiss-Wright Controls. Additionally, she has worked with several companies within the energy sector, including Suncor and Nalcor Energy. During this time her experiences ranged from Project and Change Management to Regulatory Affairs and Environmental Systems.

    Kristine holds a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master’s of Applied Science, with a focus in energy efficiency and applied sustainability, from Queen’s University. 

     PROFILE  
    Kristine O'RiellyM.A.Sc., B.Eng
    Market Analyst & Technology Scout, Kinetica Ventures

    Sunny Kullar

     As a Commercialization Analyst, Sunny assists clients as they progress through Innovate Calgary’s commercialization mentoring process. He also supports clients with accelerating the development and commercial success of energy technology ventures.

    Sunny has entrepreneurial experience, building and successfully operating several businesses. Additionally, he has experience working for the Alberta Government in the office of a cabinet minister, where his work included stakeholder engagement, consultation, and regulatory policy analysis. He has also worked as a financial intern for AXA Advisors in New York, consulting high net worth individuals on financial and risk management strategies.   

    Sunny holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary and a Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on energy policy, from the University of Calgary.  

     PROFILE  
    Sunny KullarB.Comm, M.P.P.
    Commercialization Analyst, Kinetica Ventures
  • Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development

    David Chavez

    As Vice President, Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development, David Chavez leads the team that delivers programs to help entrepreneurs, researchers, and startups get from ideation to funding to commercialization.  

    David has more than 20 years experience building and leading technology organizations. Prior to Innovate Calgary, he led R&D and product management teams in Canada and China for Nortel and Ericsson, leading global suppliers of telecommunications and networking gear.  David is a Professional Engineer and holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia. 

    David has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

     PROFILE  
    David ChavezP. Eng.
    Vice President, Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development

    Steven McIlvenna

    As Director, Entrepreneur Development, Steve is responsible for ensuring early stage entrepreneurs receive timely coaching and mentoring as well as effective programs to support both their professional and business development.

    During his engineering career, Steve served as a Product Development Leader for advanced technology startup QuestAir as part of a joint venture between Ballard Technologies and Daimler AG.  Prior to this he served as a New Product Introduction Engineer for Western Star Trucks - Daimler AG.  He also served as a Project Leader for Haworth where he was responsible for developing and delivering the new Enclose(TM) advanced product line designed for sustainable buildings.  

    A passionate entrepreneur and innovator, Steve is also the founder of his own company offering product designs via open innovation channels to Proctor & Gamble and many other consumer brand companies.  

    A Professional Engineer, Steve holds a Mechanical Engineering Honors Degree from Queens University, plus a hybrid Master’s Degree in Industrial Design & Business from the University of Calgary.

    Steve has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

    Steven McIlvennaP.Eng., M.E.Des (ID)
    Director, Entrepreneur Development

    Pierre Doyon

    Pierre is Program Director and a mentor for the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA), an Alberta-wide mentoring program that matches Alberta-based entrepreneurs with experienced mentors to accelerate startup success. 

    Pierre is an entrepreneur, angel investor, corporate director and mentor who is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. He chairs the Board of Directors of HGI Industries, a Florida-based company marketing its air purification technology internationally. Pierre has invested in several early-stage technology companies, and is involved in real estate investment and land development.

    Following his formal training in agriculture and animal science, Pierre worked in the crop and livestock input sectors where he occupied various positions in sales and marketing. This experience led to the creation of a marketing and communications firm providing services to North American agribusiness and agri-food clients. As a business consultant, he has had direct involvement in strategic planning, domestic and international channel distribution, organizational structure and development planning, executive team development, product management and corporate restructuring. He was president and CEO of Chariot Carriers where he led the management team and the transition of production from Calgary to Asia, European distribution agreements, and streamlined product development. He negotiated the sale of the company to Sweden based Thule Group of companies.

    Pierre has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

    Pierre Doyon
    Program Director & Mentor, Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta

    Sarah Morrill

    As VMSA Program Manager, Sarah is responsible for the full delivery of the VMSA program, including VMSA 2.0 post-pilot program development.  She is responsible for completing intake for program participants, facilitating the team engagements between entrepreneurs and mentors and making sure meetings happen regularly and are tracked appropriately.  Sarah also performs community outreach to ensure that the program is known to ecosystem members and to maintain a steady flow of new mentors and entrepreneurs.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Sarah worked with local startups.  She worked diversely in strategy, marketing, customer support, operations and project management. Sarah entered the startup world as a marketer and quickly expanded her experience to add value to small businesses.  Previous to working in startups, Sarah worked in marketing at companies such as at WestJet, BDO and a local agency called Rare Method.

    Sarah holds a combined Bachelor of Communications Studies degree from the University of Calgary and a diploma in Journalism Arts from SAIT.

    Sarah has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

     PROFILE  
    Sarah MorrillBA
    Program Manager, Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta

    James J. Thangaraj

     As the Director of Strategic Partnerships, James Thangaraj creates mutually beneficial knowledge and revenue based alliances with industry partners that lead to opportunities for the partner to advise, buy from or invest in Innovate Calgary’s startup clients. This accelerates the startup, addresses the partner’s innovation challenges and generates long-term value for all parties.

    He joined Innovate Calgary as Advisor to the CEO in September 2015 to advance efforts to guide entrepreneurs from inspiration to commercialization, foster collaboration in the innovation ecosystem and support Alberta’s economic growth priorities.

    James has 20 years of business consulting and economic development experience across Africa, Europe, North America and South Asia. He has worked in strategic, operational, client facing and revenue generating roles at organizations like the World Bank, Enterprise LSE and General Electric, and repeatedly created measurable value for diverse clients. James has previously lived in New Delhi, London, Washington DC and Vancouver, and worked across the world, including Tunisia and Libya.

    James holds a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics.

    James J. Thangaraj
    Director, Strategic Partnerships

    Nick Hsu

     As the Reporting and Outcomes Analyst, Nick maintains and optimizes critical reporting systems, facilitates organizational projects, and ensures the organization moves towards greater simplicity and efficiency in terms of metrics and reporting.

    In 2015, he started at Innovate Calgary as a project lead in a CRM selection, implementation, and optimization project. His role was to assess the current CRM system at the time, make a recommendation, work with staff to develop a more rigorous client service process, and architect the system based on those outcomes.

    Previous to Innovate Calgary, he did some work in the film and television industry (Vancouver, BC) where he worked on productions like Tron, Psyche, Twilight, and Smallville. After returning to Calgary, he worked for a couple years at Shell Canada in the areas of IT, Contracting and Procurement, and HR. These roles included: working on a global system implementation (SharePoint), developing a lubricants sourcing strategy for Shell's Albian oil sands operation, and work on an Employee Value Proposition for the Carmon Creek In-Situ asset in the Peace River region.

    Nick graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems & Operations Management (2014)

     

    Nick HsuB.Comm
    Analyst, Reporting & Outcomes

    Kevin Franco

    As Executive Advisor, Kevin works closely with Innovate Calgary's team of Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development Advisors as well as directly with entrepreneurs in technology startups - helping and guiding them develop towards their intended goals.  

    Kevin brings a wealth of business experience to the Innovate Calgary team. With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Kevin has focused on experience design, branding, retail sales, marketing, and innovative web-based software. He has successfully led creative and development teams to win multiple awards.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Kevin co-founded and was CEO of Enthrill, a Calgary-based ebook distribution company whose joint venture with Walmart saw the launch of an innovative ebook gift card program across Canada.  

    Kevin has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

     PROFILE  
    Kevin Franco
    Executive Advisor

    Elena Dumitrascu

    As Executive Advisor, Elena Dumitrascu, works closely with Innovate Calgary’s Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, also working directly with entrepreneurs of technology startups.

    Elena is also the Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Cortex Business Solutions, where she is responsible for developing and securing strategic partnerships with companies & industry associations that complement & enable the sale of the Cortex platform. She was also fundamental in the acquisition of Caledonia Solutions, an Oil and Gas software company. Elena also has fifteen years’ experience in sales, enterprise business development, and consulting supply chain, operations, and regulatory compliance.

    Elena holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, from the University of Windsor. She is also a member of A100, and a mentor with Technovation.

    Elena Dumitrascu
    Executive Advisor

    David Yiptong

    As an Advisor for the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, David provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities.

    David has over 10 years of combined experience in sales, product development and design. He has worked in industries ranging from air compressors, optical disc manufacturing, optical and wireless networking. While working for Nortel he helped support and engineer telecommunications networks for major carriers and corporations around the world. 

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, David spent time in an oil and gas EPCM working in project management and in the assessment and prioritization of in-situ projects for a major client. 

    David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

    David has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

    David YiptongB.Eng., MBA
    Advisor

    John Pitchko

    As an Advisor for the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, John provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities.

    John is a software developer, entrepreneur advisor, and IT project manager. He is the CEO of Pitchko Technology Inc., a company that creates software for lean startups. John has worked in enterprise IT for over 10 years, managing IT projects in retail and energy industries.

    John holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Regina, and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

     PROFILE  
    John PitchkoBSc., MBA, PMP
    Advisor

    Saadia Syed

    Saadia Syed works as an advisor for the Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development team, and provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging her startup and business background to help them advance their opportunities.

    Prior to working in entrepreneurship and startups, Saadia spent five years in asset management, working at small boutique firms in both Vancouver and Halifax. Saadia entered the startup world in business development and quickly expanded her experience to include sales, marketing, customer service, and expansion strategy.

    Saadia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

    Saadia SyedMBA
    Advisor

    Andrew Sanden

    As an Advisor for the Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development team, Andrew provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities.

    Andrew has over 13 years of experience that spans technology, energy, and military spaces, notably at Enbridge, a multinational energy infrastructure operator, and at General Dynamics, a multinational defense industry contractor. His work includes multiple specialities, including Corporate Venture Capital, Natural Gas Midstream acquisition and development, Green Energy development of solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal projects, as well as IT and Communications Technology Development and Commercialization.

    Andrew holds a BSc in Software Engineering with a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Design from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

     PROFILE  
    Andrew SandenPEng, MBA
    Advisor

    Madeline Dowhaniuk

    As Programs Specialist, Madeline Dowhaniuk is key in the planning and execution of the organization’s various entrepreneur development seminars and workshops.

    Previously, Madeline assisted the Oil Sands Contracts department at Nexen Inc. with database management and interface requirements. Additionally, she finds joy in the satisfaction that stems from conceptualizing and executing events, such as a fundraiser for The Maple Tree Foundation, which raised over $5,000 to support communities in the Philippines. 

    Madeline holds an Applied Business degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship with a New Venture Major from Mount Royal University. Along with being a health enthusiast who has a passion for business innovation, Madeline is also a certified yoga instructor and has experience running her own startup, previously owning and operating her own business, Posers Yoga.

    Madeline has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

    Madeline DowhaniukBBA
    Programs Specialist

    Cayleigh Rook

    As Client Coordinator for The Inc., Cayleigh Rook helps to ensure overall client experience for members of The Inc., a startup incubator program and coworking space that offers support and guidance for your unique venture.

    Prior to joining the Entrepreneur Development team, Cayleigh Rook was responsible for the frontend operations of Innovate Calgary and the Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC) as the Receptionist. Some of her duties included: greeting visitors to the ARTC, managing the boardrooms and supporting the tenants and Corporate Identity clients of the building.

    Cayleigh has worked in a law office as the Receptionist and File Opening Clerk. She has a diverse background in administrative support, customer service and has strong organizational skills.

     PROFILE  
    Cayleigh Rook
    Client Coordinator, The Inc.

    Connie Raddatz

    Connie Raddatz brings a wealth of expertise to Innovate Calgary in the areas of finance, deal making and project management.  Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Connie served as VP Finance, Intrawest Aviation in Kelowna, as well as Senior VP, Corporate Finance/M&A, Deutsche Bank AG where she worked in both London, UK and Sydney, Australia.  She has also served for several multinational companies including TD Bank, Grand Metropolitan, and Kraft.  

    In her spare time, Connie is also a part-time finance instructor at the University of British Colombia, Okanagan.  She has an MBA from the University of Western and a B. Comm. from the University of Calgary. Connie is primarily based in Kelowna, also operating from the Calgary office from time to time. 
     

    Connie RaddatzB. Comm, MBA
    Interim Director, Special Projects

    Richelle Matthews

    Richelle is an international marketing and business development professional with 12+ years of experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh and North America. During this time, she has worked for organizations like AdFarm and Adam Smith International, supported USAID and UKAID funded projects, and engaged clients ranging from start-ups to non-government organizations to private sector companies of all sizes. This diverse experience gives her the ability to navigate complex environments, identify resources, build relationships, make deals and keep projects and companies moving forward despite obstacles. Richelle is also a social entrepreneur and is one of the five global finalist for the world’s largest social enterprise competition, Hult Prize.

    Richelle holds a Masters in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads University and a BA in Communications from the University of Calgary.

    Richelle MatthewsBA, MA
    Program Manager, Strategic Partnerships

    Monica Sippola

    Monica Sippola
    Program Consultant, Green Tech Mentors

    Scott Pickard

    As the Executive Advisor for Innovate Calgary's CEO Roundtable, Scott serves as a facilitator for the roundtable program and as a mentor for early stage technology companies. 

    Scott is a results-driven innovative leader with 18 years of experience in the technology sector.  He has experience leading corporate growth and business development internationally.  Scott also has experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and previously spent six years in the pre-hospital care space at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and other institutions, and has trained over 1,000 students.  Scott has mentored over 25 companies in various sectors, including veterinary and human medicine, educational technology, safety, enterprise resource planning, financial technology, accounting and many more.  

    Scott has held many positions throughout his career, including CEO, President, COO, and various Executive Vice President and business development positions. He has raised millions in venture capital and private funds.  

    Scott holds a Computer Science honors degree from DeVry Institute of Technology.  He currently sits on the board of four private companies and one public Software as a Service (SaaS) provider. He is a husband, father of three and devoted community member, coaching hockey and football in his spare time.

    Scott has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.  

     PROFILE  
    Scott PickardBCS (Honors)
    Executive Advisor, CEO Roundtable
  • Intellectual Property Management

    Ken Porter

    As Vice President, Intellectual Property Management, Ken Porter oversees Innovate Calgary’s licensing and commercialization activities while providing leadership to a team of licensing professionals.

    Ken brings over fifteen years of experience in technology commercialization. He became interested in intellectual property when he and a team of chemists at Duke University invented a DNA sequencing technology for the Human Genome Sequencing Project. He entered the technology transfer profession at Duke, and then moved to the University of Colorado to lead re-building the tech transfer office at CU-Boulder. From CU, he moved to San Antonio to build the first multi-institutional tech transfer office at the University of Texas. He has also provided consulting services to liberal arts institutions with the aim of creating networks that employ streamlined technology transfer operations supported by a common database and expert social networks.

    Ken holds PhD (Chemistry) and MBA degrees from Duke University, and a B.S. degree (Zoology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

     

    Ken PorterPhD, MBA, RTTP
    Vice President, Intellectual Property Management

    John E. Wilson

    As Director, Intellectual Property Management, John Wilson supports the leadership and the Intellectual Property Management team in its operations, licensing and commercialization activities.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, John’s TTO experience includes five years as the Innovation Director at Brock University, and three years as a Licensing Manager at the University of Oxford, where he also served as the liaison with the OCR at Yale. 

    Earlier, John worked for Unilever PLC in the UK and as a Product Development Manager in Holland. He was CEO of a Unilever-based spin out, developing software and hardware for the computer games industry. 

    John has a PhD in Chemistry from Bristol University in the United Kingdom and he has post-doctoral research experience at Bristol and at Virginia Tech in the United States.

     PROFILE  
    John E. WilsonPhD
    Director, Intellectual Property Management

    Kelly Markevich

    As Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Intellectual Property Management, Kelly works directly with the Vice President of Intellectual Property Management and supports the IPM team. Kelly’s contributions ensure that the group is well managed, and runs smoothly and effectively.  

    Kelly is an accomplished Executive Assistant with over 15 years of experience in Oil & Gas. Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Kelly worked with major publicly traded corporations, supporting CEO’s, Boards of Directors and Senior Vice Presidents.

    Kelly Markevich
    Executive Assistant

    Tony Wigglesworth

     As Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences and Social Innovation, Tony is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in medical, life sciences and social sciences fields.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Tony spent six years in corporate research and development at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada where he developed a portfolio of materials technologies for the microelectronics market. He is a specialist in additive manufacturing technologies and has extensive knowledge of organic and printed electronics and 3D printing. He also has expertise in product development, project management and new business development.

    Tony received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University in 2006 and was an NSERC postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He currently holds 20 US patents and has published more than 10 peer reviewed articles.

    Tony WigglesworthPhD
    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager

    Pej Ghanipour

     As Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Pej Ghanipour works with independent and University of Calgary researchers to manage the commercialization aspects of a wide range of technologies, primarily in the areas of engineering, oil & gas, ICT, and geomatics.

    Pej brings over 10 years of technology development, commercialization and collaboration experience to his position. Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Pej was the Head of the Associate Member Program at Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), where he facilitated collaborations between COSIA’s 13 Member Companies and up to 40 Associate Members. Prior to COSIA, he was a technology manager at the University of Lethbridge for five years.

    Pej is a graduate of the WestLink Technology Internship Program, through which he worked for TRIUMF’s technology transfer office, Lions Capital (a BC-based venture capital firm), and Zeugma Systems (an ICT start-up company later acquired by Tellabs).

    Pej holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics and Astronomy and a Master of Applied Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of six scholarly publications in the areas of opto-electronics and micro-electronics.

     PROFILE  
    Pej GhanipourB.Sc., MASc.
    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager

    Puneet Mannan

     PROFILE  
    Puneet MannanMBA, B.Eng., PMP
    Sr. Business Development Manager, Western Canadian Innovation Offices

    Jim Wilson

     As Intellectual Property Manager, Health & Environmental Technology, Jim Wilson is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in the fields of environmental, medical and life sciences.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Jim was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. His research on the electrical properties of cartilage cells was part of the province’s AHFMR Osteoarthritis Team. A former instructor for the Schulich School of Engineering, he was the recipient of the University’s 2009 Teaching Excellence Award. Jim also has previous experience as a Research Analyst in an aerospace manufacturing development group at Rolls-Royce in England.

    Jim holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary, an MSc in Computer Simulation from Coventry University in Coventry, United Kingdom and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    Jim WilsonPhD
    Intellectual Property Manager, Health & Environmental Technology

    Rishi Batra

    As an Intellectual Property Manager, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Rishi Batra is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in the fields of oil and gas, software, and geomatics. Rishi is also Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) Water EPA lead for Innovate Calgary.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Rishi worked as an Analyst for the University of Alberta’s Academic Information & Communication Technologies. He has also been a Software Engineer with Infosys Technologies Limited where his major responsibilities included providing engineering expertise and support to Canadian Pacific Railway and British Petroleum.

    Rishi holds a Masters of Engineering with a focus on Engineering Management from the University of Alberta, and a B.Eng. in Electronics and Communication.

    Rishi BatraM.Eng
    Intellectual Property Manager

    Nima Najand

    As Intellectual Property Manager, Nima takes early-stage technologies to the market either through the formation of a startup or through licensing to existing companies. Nima leads the intellectual property patent process, conducts IP valuations and market research to identify commercialization strategies for new technologies, and negotiates licenses with potential licensees.

    Nima is also a part of a team working to realize the goals of the University of Calgary Energy Research Strategy. Nima’s broad knowledge of many scientific fields allows him to apply an interdisciplinary approach in the assessment of new energy technologies, while his life sciences background enables him to focus on technologies in the fields of medicine and biological research.

    Nima received his PhD in 2014 from the department of Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary. His research focused on identifying novel genes required for heart development. Nima also holds a Master’s Degree (Sciences) from the department of Cell Biology at the University of Alberta for characterizing sequences required for subcellular RNA transport. Prior to his MSc, Nima obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Molecular Genetics at the University of Alberta.

     PROFILE  
    Nima NajandPhD
    Intellectual Property Manager

    Jacque-Lynne Johnson

    As Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences, Jacque-Lynne Johnson is responsible for assessing new technologies and discoveries in social innovation, clinical and life sciences.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Jacque-Lynne was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her research focused on ciliary protein transport and protein localization in sensory neurons.

    Jacque-Lynne received her PhD in 2009 from St. Vincent’s Clinical School at the University of New South Wales. Her PhD research on Hedgehog signaling and muscle development was done at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia.  Jacque-Lynne also holds an Master’s Degree (Science) from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology from the University of Calgary.

    Jacque-Lynne JohnsonPhD
    Intellectual Property Manager (currently on maternity leave)

    Morgan Mengjuan Guo

    Morgan Guo, Intellectual Property Manager Life Sciences, works with University of Calgary researchers to manage intellectual property and commercialization of new discoveries in agricultural and life sciences.  

    Her previous experience includes working as the Technology Transfer Manager at the University of Lethbridge on research partnership building, early stage technology development and commercialization. She has provided consulting services to various small businesses in Southern Alberta on intellectual property strategy. In addition, Morgan also worked for Monsanto as breeding and logistic specialist.

    Morgan received her PhD in Physiological and Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

    Morgan Mengjuan GuoPhD
    Intellectual Property Manager

    Jelena Matic

    As Technology Analyst, Energy, Jelena is responsible for performing detailed assessments for patentability, technical merit, market potential, and overall commercial viability of various energy-related technologies developed at the University of Calgary, including oil and gas and renewable energy technologies.  

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, she was an environmental scientist at Tetra Tech EBA. She has 8 years of experience in environmental assessments, stakeholder engagement, regulatory applications, and project management.  

    Jelena received her BSc in Environmental Science (Biology) from University of Calgary in 2007.

     PROFILE  
    Jelena MaticBsc.
    Technology Analyst, Energy

    Jordana Armstrong

    As Intellectual Property Manager for social innovation projects and enterprises at Innovate Calgary, Jordana leads the IPM social enterprise program and provides strategic direction for university-based projects that aim to scale beyond the university to achieve social impact in the community. 

    Jordana has experience working all over the world including Montreal, New York, Italy, Bolivia, Chile, and her hometown of Edmonton.  She graduated from McGill University with a joint honours in political science and economic development, and has experience working in several social enterprises and think tanks.

    She is actively involved in the community, and currently volunteers with the Calgary chapter of the +Acumen for impact investing as well as a Montreal-based organization that aims to empower women artisans in developing countries by providing access to entrepreneurship training and new skills.

     PROFILE  
    Jordana ArmstrongBA
    Intellectual Property Manager, Social Innovation and Enterprise

    Angelo Nwigwe

    As Technology Marketing Manager, Angelo Nwigwe is responsible for assisting Innovate Calgary’s Licensing team, primarily with the marketing efforts of technologies available for licensing. Angelo also develops and implements new marketing strategies for technologies in our portfolio.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Angelo held an internship position with Circle Cardiovascular Imaging Inc., one of Innovate Calgary’s spin-off companies. During his internship, Angelo was involved with developing a web based e-learning module. Prior to working with Circle, he was an Advanced Sales Representative with Vector Marketing Canada.

    Angelo holds a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Calgary. Prior to coming to Calgary, he studied Biomedical Engineering in Bologna, Italy and completed his Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

     PROFILE  
    Angelo NwigweMBT, BSc
    Technology Marketing Manager
  • Office and Meeting Facilities - Alastair Ross Technology Centre

    Crystal Raymond

    As Facilities Manager of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC), Crystal Raymond oversees the property management and tenant services of the building in providing services to small and medium sized technology companies. Totalling 120,000 square feet, the ARTC is a facility dedicated to the support of more than 40 tenant companies and over 70 Corporate Identity clients. 

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Crystal worked as the Manager - Field Operations for an international EPCM firm where, along with managing the light duty fleet and physical site security programs, she managed the provincial field facility portfolio alongside a team of facilities and client services professionals.

    With more than 15 years of combined experience in leadership of facilities management, operations and customer service, Crystal brings a variety of skills to her role at the ARTC including leasing, project management, contract negotiations and service transformation expertise. An avid advocate of continuous improvement, Crystal is currently pursuing her Six Sigma certification.

     

    Crystal Raymond
    Facilities Manager, ARTC

    Pam Boskers

    As Facilities Coordinator of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC), Pam Boskers focuses on tenant engagement, day-to-day ARTC operations, and working closely with the ARTC team to ensure efficient collaboration of facility and building services objectives.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Pam worked for an international EPCM firm, working as a former Fleet & Field Operations Manager, overseeing the day to day operations of all field facilities such as leasing, safety equipment, material yards and fleet vehicles.

    Pam Boskers
    Facilities Coordinator

    Neil Ubi

    As Building Superintendent, Neil Ubi manages the maintenance, repairs, renovations and contracts of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC), a 120,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the support of more than 40 tenant companies and more than 70 Corporate Identity clients.

    Neil is integral to the day-to-day operations of the ARTC. In 2003, Neil played a vital role in the ARTC’s BOMA award for Suburban Building of the Year, as well as the BOMA Canada National TOBY Award in 2006.

    Neil holds a Diploma in Air Conditioning Technology and a Power Engineering Fourth Class Certificate from SAIT Polytechnic

     PROFILE  
    Neil Ubi
    Building Superintendent

    Jen Neufeld

    As Receptionist, Jen Neufeld is responsible for the front operations of Innovate Calgary and the Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC). Some of her duties include greeting visitors to the ARTC, managing the boardrooms and supporting the tenants and Corporate Identity clients of the building.

    Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Jen worked in the hospitality industry as a front desk agent and sales representative. Jen brings a strong background in administrative support, customer service and organizational skills.

    Jen holds a BA diploma majoring in accounting. 

     PROFILE  
    Jen Neufeld
    Client Services Coordinator
  • Communications & Marketing

    Tara Barnas

    With over 12 years of diverse expertise within communications, marketing, public relations, management and crisis management, Tara leads the marketing and communication team at Innovate Calgary. She has worked with a number of large leading corporations, SMEs and supported her own consulting business. Her experience includes: developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies, marketing development, media relations, crisis management and coordinating community initiatives.

    Tara is an alumnus of the University of Calgary graduating with a Bachelor of Communications and Culture, is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and continually expands her education through the University of Calgary Continuing Education programs.

    Tara BarnasBA, Communications
    Director, Communications & Marketing

    Kerri Savage

    As Interim Media Relations Advisor, Communications & Marketing, Kerri supports Innovate Calgary’s marketing and communications activities, and is responsible for providing media and public relations support to the organization.

    Kerri has close to 15 years experience in media, public relations and corporate communications. Previous to joining Innovate Calgary, Kerri worked in key communication roles within organizations such as Arts Commons (formerly EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts) where she managed a large portfolio including the publicity of performing and visual artists and live performances, provided communications support to fund development, event services and the leadership team, as well as editor of Stephen magazine.  When she was at The City of Calgary, Kerri worked specifically with Infrastructure Services and the renovation of the Calgary Public Building.  She has also held progressive communications roles in government and non-profit organizations specializing in creating communication planning processes, writing and editing, supporting rebranding initiatives, increasing organizational awareness and working with community stakeholders.  

    Kerri is also an artisan with a small home-based business which creates one-of-a-kind home décor fashioned from reclaimed materials.  

    Kerri holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University, a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations also from Ryerson, and recently completed a certificate in Visual Design from the University of Calgary.

     PROFILE  
    Kerri SavageBAA Journ
    Interim Advisor, Media Relations

    Andrea Mendizabal

    As Advisor, Communications & Marketing, Andrea supports Innovate Calgary’s marketing and communications activities, and is responsible for providing graphic design support to the organization’s various programs and services.

    Previous to joining Innovate Calgary, Andrea worked as a Communications & Marketing Coordinator for a not-for-profit organization where, along with assisting in the planning of an annual street festival, she managed the organization’s communications and marketing needs. Andrea brings a variety of skills to her position including event planning, website management and graphic design.

    Andrea holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Diploma in Journalism Arts from SAIT Polytechnic. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.

     

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    Andrea MendizabalBCS
    Advisor, Communications & Marketing

    Ankur Desai

    Ankur Desai, the Multimedia Coordinator, is responsible for Innovate Calgary’s video and multimedia production, and assisting the marketing & communications team with various communications activities.

    His previous experiences includes both media-creation and communications for various non-profit clubs at the University of Calgary.Volunteering and interning at New University Television (NUTV) as a Post-Production Associate, gave Ankur the necessary skills for successful media creation. Volunteering with other clubs, such as University of Calgary Film Society (UCFS) & Indian Student’s Association (ISA), as a VP of Communications and Jr. Executive of Promotions respectively, provided Ankur with experience handling various communication tools including newsletters, social media, and email promotion.

    Ankur is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

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    Ankur DesaiBA
    Multimedia Coordinator, Communications & Marketing

    Meghan Ockey

    As Media Relations Advisor, Communications & Marketing, Meghan Ockey supports Innovate Calgary’s marketing and communications activities, and is responsible for providing media relations support to the organization.

    Previous to joining Innovate Calgary, Meghan worked as a Marketing Manager for a not-for-profit organization where she developed and maintained key sponsorships, along with managing the organization’s website, media relations, and event planning needs.  Meghan brings over seven years of communication and marketing experience to her position, including international media relations, and brand development.

    Meghan holds a certificate in General Studies, and a Diploma in Broadcasting from Mount Royal University. 

     

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    Meghan Ockey
    Advisor, Media Relations (Currently on Maternity Leave)

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