March 5th – 6th, 2019

Bitcoin Rodeo presents

The Blockchain and Technology Symposium

Our symposium brings together blockchain, robotics, machine learning and IoT but adds the market aspects of government, academia, industry leaders and venture capital creating a space to not only showcase our tech industry but promote industry growth directly by connecting our partners with capital, customers, and opportunity.

Tech Walk Exhibitor Floor

Explore the latest technologies in our interactive showroom complete with food and beverage samples.

B2B Networking

 These 20 minute matchmaking sessions accelerate lead generation. Meet with our sponsors and speakers on a one-to-one basis over a coffee in our Business to Business Lounge. Scheduling is facilitated though our conference app.

Pitch Competition

6 minutes in front of a live audience and a VC panel judges for a $500/competitor cash prize.

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Hon Shaye Anderson

Minister of Municipal Affairs

MLA for Leduc-Beaumont

Minister of Municipal Affairs. Shaye Anderson was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Leduc-Beaumont on May 5, 2015. On January 19, 2017 he was sworn in as Minister of Municipal Affairs. He formerly served as deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and as a member of the standing committees on Alberta’s Economic Future, Private Bills and Resource Stewardship. Mr. Anderson has been involved with the Telecommunications Workers Union and United Steelworkers local 1944 as a shop steward and vice-president.






Saifedean Ammous

The author of The Bitcoin Standard

Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University, and member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University.





Vidhya Ragunathan

Manager, Consulting, Technology Strategy and Architecture

Deloitte Inc.

Vidhya Ragunathan is a Manager with Deloitte’s Technology Strategy & Architecture practice in Western Canada with 8+ years’ experience in technology strategy and delivery. Her focus is on assisting clients in technology advisory and delivery; technology strategy assessments; technology transformation planning and execution. In addition to her technology strategy experience, Vidhya brings in years of expertise in business transformation assessments and in development of go-to market strategies and through this has assisted various clients to transform to new business models. She was a key contributor to development of the Alberta Artificial Intelligence Business Plan.

Traci Bednard, BA, PLD

Vice President, Digital & Corporate Communications

Edmonton International Airport

Traci Bednard is Vice President, Digital & Corporate Communications for Edmonton International Airport. In this executive role, she leads the planning, building and implementing of a Digital Program for Edmonton Airports, in addition to Public & Government Relations, External Communications, Community Investment and Tourism.
Over her tenure with the airport, Traci has led a number of portfolios for the company including passenger and cargo air service, human resources, customer services, operational improvements, re-branding and positioning of Edmonton Airports, and the establishment of a Passenger Experience department.

Richard Sakaguchi


Orion Power Solutions

A senior professional with 20+ years of experience in project management within the energy industry. Currently developing a 375 MW cryptocurrency/blockchain/data center project in Alberta. Project leader on multi-billion dollar projects and has a reputation for working with integrity. Great track record of collaborating effectively with senior management, technical, non-technical and field employees. Responsible, self-motivated, goal-oriented, dependable and strategic.

Phillip Wheaton

Vice President

Robots and Pencils Inc.

Phillip Wheaton is a VP of the creative and user experience team at Robots and Pencils. With an idea centric outlook and the brain of a product owner, Phillip is known for his ability to quickly distill complex business problems and create innovative user experiences in the mobile / technology space. Phillip’s background in graphic design and strong user empathy allow him to create functional, user-friendly interfaces and experiences.
Phillip prefers to work on teams that utilize both bleeding edge technology and modern design convention. He thrives in the mobile industry; working in a number of roles including UI designer, project manager, product owner, designer, account manager and client liaison.

Laura J. Kilcrease


Alberta Innovates

Laura has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in commercializing technology, and a deep understanding of how to identify and build new business opportunities. Prior to accepting the role as Alberta Innovates’ CEO, Laura was a seven-year member of the Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee, which guided the former Alberta Innovates’ corporations.

Garry Hawkings

Chief Information Security Officer

Long View Systems

Garry is responsible for Long View’s security vision and practice, providing leadership and oversight while coordinating the development and management of Long View’s security practice. Garry has extensive experience building security consulting businesses through various positions held at Telus and Bell. He brings to Long View over 20 years of security experience and executive engagement having held the responsibility for key accounts across several industries. In his previous roles, Garry has demonstrated his leadership ability, created security operational models for large enterprise accounts, managed technical support teams, and developed managed security services infrastructure.
As Long View’s Information Security Officer, Garry sees his primary role as a business enabler, focusing on understanding our customers' business requirements and expectations, to ensure their security services are appropriately aligned.

Donald Back, PhD, MBA

Director Acceleration Services Industry Solutions

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Donald (Don) Back is Director of Acceleration Services in Industry Solutions at NAIT. In that role, Don manages teams delivering business innovation, productivity enhancement and prototype development services to industry. Dr. Back’s background combines finance, business development, coaching & management, capital formation and technology commercialization acumen with scientific research and commercialization excellence. Through his 30+ years of professional experience in creating, developing & coaching technology innovation, he has served in several senior leadership roles as managing partner in 2 venture capital funds, Ministerial Advisory Committee member for the federal WINN program & senior executive in an Alberta Innovation corporation. He was involved in the creation of 2 research commercialization centres and has participated directly in the formation, financing & growth of more than 20 companies. Don is most proud of the application of lean product development project management principles to create 6 marketed medical products for less than $1.25 million.

Deron Bilous

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Government of Alberta

Between 1995 and 2005 Mr. Bilous worked in Quebec, Tunisia and China on a number of projects with Canada World Youth, a volunteer youth program that focuses on international development.
After graduating from the University of Alberta with an education degree in 2001, he taught and mentored students at Edmonton’s Inner City High School, where he learned to see potential where others might see hardship. He also began working in neighborhood and community development.
He was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview on April 23, 2012, and again on May 5, 2015.


Celia Wanderley, BSc, MSc, PMP, TOGAF.

Senior Manager, Consulting

Technology Strategy and Architecture / Deloitte Inc.

Celia is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Technology Strategy & Architecture practice in Western Canada. She specializes in complex business and technology transformation, particularly on strategy, enterprise architecture, solution, and data architecture. Celia holds a Bachelor’s and Masters’ degree in Computer Science, and is a TOGAF certified practitioner. At Deloitte Canada, Celia co-leads the Enterprise Architecture community of practice. Celia is also part of the Deloitte Western practice for Robotics and Cognitive Automation and was a key contributor to development of the Alberta Artificial Intelligence Business Plan.

Blain Favel



Blaine Favel served as Chancellor for the University of Saskatchewan from 2013 to 2016 and as Canadian Counselor for International Issues. He currently serves on the board of the Asia Pacific Foundation. Blaine is a former Chief of Poundmaker Cree Nation and a former Grand Chief of Saskatchewan First Nations. He holds a law degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Yoseph Elkaim

International Security and Compliance Specialist Media Contributor | Keynote Speaker | Author

Security and compliance is at the center of everything I do. I have been humbled to work for, and alongside leaders in some of the most exciting companies, defense ministries, regulators, intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, tech firms, insurance companies, global banks, and multinationals.

My background in public and private sector has allowed me to excel in situations that require a mix of intelligent problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking, combined with deep business acumen and the ability to engage and influence diverse stakeholders towards shared goals.

I have witnessed first hand that institutions collapse when hubris governs the response to security and compliance. As such I focus on results that are demonstrable, actionable, and sustainable.

Denise Weeres


New Economy at Alberta Securities Commission

Denise is the Director, New Economy at the Alberta Securities Commission, Alberta’s securities regulator.  In that role she works with staff from across the ASC to coordinate efforts to foster a vibrant capital market, facilitating capital raising, including by new economy companies, while still protecting investors.  The New Economy division also acts on issues and opportunities relating to emerging financial technologies and, in connection with that, Denise represents the ASC on national and international financial innovation committees and networks addressing issues where technological innovation intersects with securities law, including through regulatory sandboxes.

Brenda Slauko, CBV

Regional Director, Technology Industry


Brenda is the Regional Director, Prairies for the technology group at BDC.  She and her team help support technology entrepreneurs at all stages of growth, from scale-up to mature companies wanting to grow faster. Her success and direction both contributed to BDC recently launching a national technology strategy

As Regional Director, Brenda has passionately supported several women led tech companies to success over the years.  In 2011, she completed her first equity investment through BDC Capital’s Growth & Transition Group to a female founded tech company in Calgary.  Over the past 20 years at BDC, Brenda has gained experience with many women entrepreneurs and investors across various industries and sectors.

In her spare time, Brenda can be found on the soccer field or skiing with her lovely family.

Cory Janssen

CEO and co-founder


Cory is CEO and co-founder of AltaML, a developer of machine learning applications.

Previously, Cory was co-founder of, a financial education site that provided content and tools to help educate individual investors. From its founding in 1999, Investopedia became one of the most popular financial sites on the web and was sold to Forbes Media in 2007. The business model for Investopedia was then replicated through Janalta Interactive Inc., a holding company for digital media properties. Currently, Janalta publishes over a dozen websites.

Cory is past-President of the Edmonton chapter for Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and active in the Alberta entrepreneurial community as a member of the A100, the Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) program at the University of Alberta and as an associate for Creative Destruction Labs (CDL) Rockies.

He also sits on the boards of Brace Tool, a private oilfield tools company, the Canadian Brewhouse, a private restaurant chain, and Edmonton Global, a new economic development corporation owned by the municipalities in the Edmonton region.

Michael Rabkin


SigOne Capital

Michael Rabkin is a Cryptocurrency Broker and Co-Founder of SigOne Capital, an institutional grade Over-The-Counter crypto trading platform.  Michael was a Founding Team Member at Shorcan Digital Currency Network, a wholly owned-subsidiary of the TMX Group focused on brokering Bitcoin and Ether OTC trades.  Prior to joining the TMX, Michael was a Director with a boutique investment banking firm where he focused on private equity in real estate developments, technology start-ups and high growth companies.  Combining his past experience in the traditional financial world with his present day role in the crypto asset ecosystem allows Michael to effectively bridge the two worlds together.

Genia Mikhalchenko


SigOne Capital

Genia Mikhalchenko is a Cryptocurrency Broker and Co-Founder of SigOne Capital, an institutional grade Over-The-Counter crypto trading platform.  Genia was a Founding Team Member at Shorcan Digital Currency Network, a wholly owned-subsidiary of the TMX focused on brokering Bitcoin and Ether OTC trades.  Previously, Genia was a Director at the Blockchain Research Institute and spent the early part of his career in the Toronto start up ecosystem helping to scale and build out various technology companies. Genia has been trading and investing in crypto assets since 2013.

Ben Perrin


BTC Sessions on YouTube

With nearly 30,000 subscribers and over 2 million views. Ben has interviewed some of the top innovators in the crypto space, including Erik Voorhees, Trace Mayer, Arthur Hayes and more. He's been featured on news shows and industry event panels such as Global, CTV, Bloxlive TV in Malta, Blockworld, Litecoin Summit, etc. Ben's extensive digital presence has lead him to a variety of career opportunities, working for companies like Bitcoin Solutions, BitNational, Sathoshi Portal & currently Bull Bitcoin. He also offers one-on-one education sessions for the crypto-curious in his free time.

Lyndon Hall, P.Eng, CISSP

Senior Manager

Iron Spear Information Security Ltd

Lyndon Hall is a dedicated cyber security professional with 12 years of cyber security experience and 20 years of IT experience.  His career has been dedicated to improving the security of technology implementation in multiple sectors, including health care, oil and gas, high tech, telecommunications, utilities, and higher education.  Lyndon is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), and is a registered Professional Engineer.  He has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering and is currently completing a Master of Science in Information Security.  Lyndon is a Senior Manager and Cyber Security consultant at Iron Spear Information Security Ltd.

Benjamin Gagnon


LuTech Limited

Expert crypto miner, crypto economist, crypto futurist and established industry thought leader. Havedeveloped numerous mining technologies including two-phase immersion cooling. Three things attendees may find interesting to learn from Ben are latest mining technologies/opportunities/trends, cryptonomics and economic incentives in consensus mechanisms, how energy companies are using mining to supplement their existing businesses.

Ha Nguyen

Vice President

McRock Capital

Ha has significant experience with market and financial analyses, deal sourcing, investment valuation, investor relations and portfolio management having worked at Vietnam-focused fund of MAJ Invest, a Danish private equity firm, and Boston-based IDG Ventures Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh city.  Through Ha’s work with companies and investment funds, she has gained tremendous international experience in the US, Denmark, India, Singapore, Japan and China, which has helped her develop a global perspective and ability to build cross-cultural relationships.

Buffy Lammie

Regional Vice President

RBC Royal Bank

Over 18 years of experience with RBC in banking and business
management. During her time at RBC, she has held various leadership roles including Senior Commercial Account Manager, Vice President Commercial Banking Health Care Professionals Team, Regional Vice President Edmonton North Integrated Markets and her current role as Vice President Energy and Commercial Financial Services. Buffy has expertise in financial
management, commercial banking and leadership.
Buffy graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in International Business. Buffy takes pride in volunteering and participating in her community. She enjoys golfing and is an avid sailor having attained her Canadian Yachting Association Bronze Level 5.
Buffy also holds a Grade 10 Level in Piano from The Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also active on the Advisory Board with the Alberta Family Business Institute at the University of Alberta.

Hubert Lau


BIXSco Inc.

Passionate Technology Entrepreneur who wants to continue to make a difference for my customers, partners and the communities. I achieve my goals through "Collaborative Economics". This means everyone works together to create successes socially and financially. The focus is always triple win. You win, I win and our communities win.

Alexandra Damsker

Blockchain Regulatory and Strategic Consultant

Alexandra Damsker is a securities attorney with over 15 years of experience. She trained with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and international law firm Mayer, Brown, Row & Maw before starting her own successful securities practice. Mrs. Damsker founded two profitable startups (biotech and consumer packaged goods industries), with one exit. Mrs. Damsker has written a variety of articles and talks relating to US regulation. These addressed a variety of legal topics, including securities, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, legal implications for US companies manufacturing in China, the impact of various forms of technology on industries, electronic communication and securities issues, and blockchain regulatory issues.

Sarah Romanuck

Director, Technology and Innovation

Royal Bank of Canada

Sarah is a Specialist in Technology Banking at RBC, a Community Builder and Connecter, an experienced banking partner and advisor, and an advocate for tech and innovation in Alberta. She provides guidance and mentorship to a number of high growth technology companies within Calgary, and helps them access financing and resources to scale their operations. Sarah is also passionate about Women in Business, having recently concluded a three year position as the Women in Business Chair at the Risk Management Association. Events and initiatives overseen by Sarah included network and education events. These events were targeted at helping women network and connect more effectively, and discuss pressing topics in a comfortable setting, to ultimately help move the dial toward equal representation in the workforce.


Mauricio Di Bartolomeo

Co-Founder & CSO

Ledn Inc.

Mauricio Di Bartolomeo is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Ledn Inc., a financial services company built for Bitcoin & digital assets. The company underwrote Canada's first-ever Bitcoin-backed loan in 2018 and has since been lending to Bitcoin holders across Canada. Mauricio has been involved in Bitcoin since 2014 - when in Venezuela he learned that friends were using it earn an income by mining it & protecting their wealth by converting it into a censorship-resistance currency. Now residing in Canada, he has been working on Bitcoin full-time since then, developing technology to make it easier to hold and use.

Mauricio understands the use-case for crypto-currencies in authoritarian regimes and the life-changing liberating effect that it can provide to its users. He is also well-versed in the limitations of the current solutions and what can be done to improve usage/adoption. Ledn, which has grown to a team of 10+ professionals, is tackling these issues by making Bitcoin easier to hold with products such as fiat-loans, cryptocurrency savings accounts and credit cards.

Mauricio is also an active member of the Canadian Blockchain developer community with strong ties to professional working groups, contributing research and opinion pieces to active University PhD teams. He holds MBA and HBA degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Justyna Osowska


Women in Blockchain Canada

Justyna Osowska is the founder of Women in Blockchain Canada and she is on a journey to build
community and promote women in technology with a focus on blockchain through education. Justyna
originally entered the blockchain space because she has worked in IT and data for over eight years. In
October 2018, she successfully held the first event in Ottawa to educate people about the uses of
blockchain technology. Justyna is a Senior Analyst in the Government of Canada with a passion for
data, entrepreneurship and blockchain
Prior to her current position, Justyna worked with Global Affairs as Products Officer, where she
coordinated the development, production and distribution of the Invest in Canada marketing material.
She held the position of Team Lead and Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor at Citizenship
Immigration Refugee Canada, where she covered a variety of data/IT projects.

During the pursuit of her studies at the University of Ottawa, Justyna organized the 9th annual
Excellence in Leadership and Legacy Entrepreneurship featuring a speaker from one of North
America's Fortune 500 companies.

Pamela Draper

President and CEO

Bitvo Inc.

Pamela is the President and CEO of, a Cryptocurrency Exchange launched in Canada in 2018. Prior to joining Bitvo, Pamela spent approximately 14 years with top tier Canadian banks, involved in all facets of investment banking and advisory services. Most recently Pamela held the position of Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Capital Markets group in Toronto where she was responsible for assisting North American corporate clients raising capital in public and private markets. Prior to joining Equity Capital Markets, Pamela was part of BMO’s Debt Capital Markets group where she was responsible for Canadian high yield debt issuers, assisting them in raising capital both domestically and internationally.  Pamela brings a wealth of professional banking and capital markets experience to the cryptocurrency business having advised on and been involved in transactions ranging from the very small to in excess of $10 billion. With the Bitvo team, Pamela is looking forward to growing Bitvo into a successful international exchange centered in Calgary and expanding the cryptocurrency market into institutions and professional investors.

Benjamin Hauser


Hyperlink Capital

CEO of HyperLink Capital, co-founder of the Georgian National Blockchain Association, architect of the SFT Protocol for digital securities. Working to implement blockchain to advance the global financial securities landscape.

Doug Holt

Director, Investment

Alberta Innovates

A multifaceted small business executive, leader and strategist, I bring passion, dynamism and contagious competitive spirit to drive the success of small to medium size enterprises. Unique career combines MBA with nearly 20 years of experience in finance, technology and education 14 years in senior management roles (financial services - 7 years, marketing & investor relations - 3 years and education management - 4 years). Demonstrated success in building teams, raising capital, product design, corporate strategy, operations and marketing. A results driven, team player.

Terry Ross

Research and Entrepreneurial Specialist

University of Calgary

Terry Ross, MBA, PhD has over 16 years experience in business development, policy development and social science research fields.  Currently, Terry works at the Schulich School of Engineering in Research Partnerships and is the Executive Director of YYChain, a not-for-profit dedicated to the advancement of blockchain adoption and development in collaboration with government, industry and academia.

Damarys Zampini

President and CDO


Damarys Zampini is a 20+ year Oil and Gas Professional, with a solid background in strategic growth, from hunt through to close, opening new markets, growing organic business, commercial negotiations. Zampini has a holistic view and significant global network, and uses an “unconventional” people-first approach to sustainable business development. She also has
experience in large, complex, global supply chain operations, focused around lean processes while eliminating waste.
Since 2014, she has successfully worked with businesses to grow and “move the needle” by attaining larger footprint, identifying key partnerships, merger and/or acquisition opportunities, greater market share in properly identified growth regions, with a metrics-oriented delivery.
Her passion for eliminating waste in the process is a key foundation for effective implementation. Damarys is a founding member and Director of the Board for Calgary Women in Energy; Director of The Board of CCA-Alberta (Canadian Council for The Americas) and is currently organizing a Global Group: Women In Blockchain, with goals of learning, sharing and commercializing. Giving back, community, learning/education, technology and equal playfields, are core passions of Zampini, and she leverages her business and involvement in these associations to always give back. The priority for education was a big driver for her inaugural “Young GPS” in 2018, to teach youth about “The Future of Energy”.
With a Business Administration and Marketing diploma from Mt. Royal College, various technical certificates in International Trade, Petroleum Engineering Tech., a graduate of U of C with a Strategic Business Management Certificate, and the latest “21 st Century Executive Training” completed. Zampini is due to write PMP exam. Zampini continues to sharpen her skills with applicable education, to evolve and significantly elevate her client’s holistic results.
Zampini brings an unmatched level of energy, ruthless hunger for growth, precise ability to identify gaps, as well having the skills for bringing all the right stakeholders to the table, to deliver positive change, and long-term, fruitful business and personal relationships.

Wayne Logan

Partner Leader, Entertainment & Media

Miller Thomson LLP

Wayne Logan, an experienced Intellectual Property specialist, leads the firm’s focused area of
Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract. He is also co-leader working in the areas of
Entertainment and Media law. When you have a question about the blockchain, entertainment
and media industries, you can trust Wayne has the answer, or can get it and he will be happy to
share it with you. Wayne knows how to support and work with the genius that drives
entrepreneurs, software developers, musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities to excel.
Wayne’s passion and creativity is what fuels his drive to continuously advance his clients’
careers and business plans.
As an accomplished musician, Wayne has been working in the entertainment industry all of his
life. He is also the founder of several successful startups, including an award-winning tech
company. Wayne has helped many companies to successfully raise the venture capital they

Ken Chapman

Executive in Residence


Ken Chapman is the former Executive Director of Northern Initiatives for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the past Executive Director of the Oil Sands Developers Group. Ken still works with the oil sands industry on socioeconomic issues in collaborations with a wide range of regionally based stakeholders on an integrated triple bottom line approach to progress.

Ken's goal is to improve the well-being of the people, communities and enterprises in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region through collaborations based on shared value and shared values while focusing on improving the capacity of the regional workforce and increasing participation of aboriginal peoples in realizing benefits of responsible sustainable oil sands development.

Ken has joined the GO Productivity team as an Executive-in-Residence, helping the company grow and optimize, as well as the mid-sized progressive Canadian companies who want to be more profitable, productive and resilient. Ken's area of focus is on the supply chain in construction, manufacturing, and energy sectors... and beyond.

Suze Casey

Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for “Flipping the Switch” to Positive Thoughts
(Hay House 2012) brought Suze Casey’s unique and evolutionary work to an international
audience. Best-selling author, facilitator, speaker, radio show host, master laser-coach and
entrepreneur, Suze's academic achievements include a Masters of Education in Learning Styles and Curriculum Development, with a minor in Psychology. Following a 20-year career as an
educator, in 1999 she launched a private practice. Her clients – individuals, management teams
and large conference audiences - share a commitment to personal growth, development and
change – and a desire to live their best lives A dynamic, informative, and engaging professional, Suze travels extensively passionately sharing her message, and comes home to the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Janet Lane

Director, Human Capital Centre

Canada West Foundation

Janet became involved in the literacy and essential skills field after a successful career in the financial sector. Over the last two decades Janet has gained expertise in human capital development, and a clear understanding of the economic impact of skills shortages. Her recent work promotes a competency-based approach to workforce development and deployment.

Lee Malleau

Intrepid Global Business and Economic Development Junkie

Lee is a passionate global business and economic development junkie with education in journalism & economic(s) development, with a focus on communications, marketing & business. From a career as an award-winning journalist, she transitioned into economic/business development and for 25 years has led global trade & investment programs. Successes include Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the Oceanfront Development in Squamish and over 20 years of results from international business missions.

She is recognized for best practices in delivering large-scale business investment programs, levering major events like the Olympics. In the lead-up to the Vancouver 2010 Games, Lee worked with Richmond's Olympic Business Team—Hosts to the Long-track Speed Skating Oval, to develop sponsorship and business development programs for the Oval & Live Site. As CEO in Vancouver, she led the City's Olympic Business Programs generating hundreds of millions in new investment. A follow-up mission to London during the 2012 Olympics produced over $200M in new direct investment.

She is a founding director of Consider Canada Cities Alliance, & speaks regularly on business & economic development, trade & investment-especially with Asia, Olympic business, marketing & social media, leadership, & has hosted/emceed multiple events globally.

Lee is a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth in a world of Industry 4.0, has served on a multitude of boards including cSPACE, is a Past-President of Rotary, of the Economic Development Association of BC, & director of Economic Developers Association of Canada.

After running her own consulting company for 5 years, Lee joined the team at Edmonton Global in December 2018 as Executive Vice President of Investment and Trade and is chief disrupter on best practices for economic development and investment attraction.

Dalibor Petrovic

Partner, Technology Strategy & Architecture

Deloitte Canada

Dalibor leads Deloitte’s Technology Strategy & Architecture practice in Western Canada. He specializes in complex business and technology transformation, with deep focus on strategy, governance, service excellence, shared services and sourcing. Dalibor holds a MBA degree, and is Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), ITIL V3 Expert, Project Management Professional (PMP), ISO 20000 consultant, and certified in CobiTand Lean Six Sigma.

Dalibor has been advising government and industry leaders, solving complex problems, developing winning strategies and tactics, and designing and managing complex organizational and technological transformations across organizations of various sizes and industries, from public sector, energy and resources, to financial, consumer goods and technology sector clients. Dalibor’sexpertise in Service Management earned him a status of an international examiner of ITIL Service Manager Certification exams, and a role of an editor of the official ITIL framework.

Dalibor is the City of Edmonton’s Lead Client Service partner at Deloitte. This means that Dalibor is ultimately accountable for the continued relationship between the City and Deloitte. In this role, Dalibor is involved in all Deloitte projects that are delivered to the City, across all of our services: Consulting, Risk Advisory, Financial Advisory, Tax and Audit.

Mukul Ahuja

Financial Services & Insurance Leader

Omnia AI, Deloitte's Artificial Intelligence Practice, Deloitte Canada

René Pelletier is a Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP, Edmonton, Alberta who has over 20 years experience in information technology and security. René is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC) and a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) who has specialized in external audits of information and related technology. Prior to joining Deloitte, René worked in external audit for the Auditor General of Alberta for 10 years where he lead audits of IT general controls for numerous government departments, agencies and post secondary institutions, as well as leading IT related performance audits. René also worked for the Canadian Forces Communication Reserves providing IT security services to the Department of National Defence.

René is experienced with managing project teams during the planning, execution and reporting phases of engagements.

Paul Groch

Partner, Risk Advisory

Deloitte Canada

Paul is a Partner in Deloitte Edmonton’s Risk Advisory Services Team. Paul is experienced in providing advisory and audit services to public and private sector entities. He works collaboratively with clients to add value to their organization by aligning risk frameworks, policies, and processes with business strategies, working to protect and enhance business value – optimizing risk, cutting costs, and improving business performance.

Paul has led internal audit projects, enterprise risk management engagements, contract risk and compliance services, performance audits, value for money audits, and other assurance projects. In a previous role, he applied Canadian audit standards in the completion of external audit and interim review engagements for public sector organizations as well as publicly listed companies.

Darren Liviniuk

Senior Manager, Advisory

Deloitte Canada

Darren is a Senior Manager in Assurance Services. Darren leads the Assurance practice in Edmonton with a focus on modernizing the finance function. Darren started his career with Deloitte Audit and has led engagements for both public and private companies across multiple sectors. In addition to his experience with Deloitte, Darren has served as Head of Operations for a growth-stage technology startup and as Digital Transformation Program Manager for a Global Fortune 500 retail supply chain company. Darren is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Project Management Professional, and Professional Scrum Master.

Marc Smith


Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada's artificial intelligence practice

For over 20 years Marc has been architecting and implementing business intelligence and analytic solutions in several industries across North America including financial services, government, healthcare, telecommunication, retail, consumer package goods, transportation, pharmaceutical, energy, mining and metallurgy.

Marc is a Director with Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada's Artificial Intelligence Practice, providing subject matter expertise in the areas of AI Strategy, AI Insights, and Data Transformation for clients globally, with a focus on energy and resources. Prior to joining Deloitte Marc worked at SAS for 13 years in consulting, pre-sales, and marketing; most recently as an Enterprise Architect in the SAS Americas Technology practice. Marc worked with clients across US and Canada to solve complex business problems and drive value in use of SAS through expertise in high performance analytics, with an emphasis on Hadoop big data platforms. Previous to SAS Marc worked for FieldMatrix, DMC Consulting, and Monsanto Pharmaceuticals.

I started my career in decision support as an IT systems analyst with Noranda supporting mining exploration and operations and implementing financial consolidation systems and executive information systems.

Matthew Burgoyne

Lawyer - Securities/Corporate/Cryptocurrency

McLeod Law LLP

Matthew’s legal practice includes acting for businesses and individuals involved in digital currency. He assists Canadian clients with regulatory and compliance advice in blockchain and digital currency projects.  Matthew has assisted with the formation of cryptocurrency exchanges, has advised ICO projects, cryptocurrency miners, bitcoin ATM providers, businesses developing cryptocurrency related products and has provided securities advice to investors and businesses which is tailored to cryptocurrency offerings.

Matthew has been involved in virtual currency law since 2013 and has published various articles on the topic in a variety of sources, including of one of the most prolific virtual currency news websites in the world,

Yoseph Elkaim


OmniLabs Advisory Partners

An internationally recognized compliance authority, web show host, author, and keynote speaker in the areas of National Security, Corporate Corruption, Financial Crimes, Sanctions, Fintech, Regtech, Money Laundering, CyberSecurity, and Business Risk. He is the former Chief Of Intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Global Counter Threat Finance and Economic Crimes task force having deployed six times to active theaters of operation.

Doug Junor

Managing Director

Revolution by Design

Doug has been working in the Telecom, IT, IoT and Mobile Application Development sectors for over 30 years and has held a number of roles in the Management Consulting, Technical Support, Channel Development and Sales & Marketing areas. Doug has worked with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the UK.

Doug helps executives and organizations through the often-scary world of Digital Transformation, by helping them re-invent their organizations from the inside out.

With a focus on helping organizations create the necessary culture to allow them to solve business problems by leveraging the latest technology, rather than deploying technology for the sake of technology. This includes optimizing workflows and processes, improving customer experience and creating new revenue streams.

Mike Brown

Director of Product Innovation

ATB Financial

Mike currently leads ATB’s efforts around blockchain, where he actively identifies and manages opportunities to pilot and evaluate blockchain use cases with a vision to transform areas of our industry that are prime for disruption. He and the team have been working on initiatives based on Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Indy and Corda protocols, across a wide variety of enterprise and consumer use cases.
Mike’s 20+ years of experience managing various technology-focused initiatives in both the energy and digital marketing sectors, and degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Saskatchewan, plus an MBA from Queen’s University allow Mike to bring a unique perspective to ATB’s innovation journey.

Adam O'Brien


Bitcoin Solutions

President and CEO of Bitcoin Solutions, Adam O'Brien has been interested and pursuing Bitcoin since 2013. His company launched Alberta's first Bitcoin ATM in February 2014 and has been striving to make bitcoin accessible and understood ever since.

What you can learn from Adam:

- Operating Bitcoin ATMs

- OTC Safety

- The speed vs price paradigm when buying bitcoin

Koleya Karringten

President & CEO

Absolute Combustion, BitQuest Corporation, Bitcoin Rodeo Events Corp., ABC

Co-founder and CEO of BitQuest Corporation and Absolute Combustion International. With over 14 years of entrepreneurial experience merged between companies geared to mechanical and technological advancement. Koleya has had a fundamental role in the creation, development and cultivation of technology companies for over the last decade from every stage of development all the way from inception through to commercialization. Koleya’s hands on expertise extends past the technological, developing key relationships with major corporations to facilitate the deployment of various technologies she assists in designing.

Francis Pouliot


Bull Bitcoin

Founder and CEO of Bull Bitcoin, Canada's Bitcoin Company. Full-time Bitcoin entrepreneur, researcher and industry spokesperson since 2013. Cypherpunk Bitcoin Maximalist. Builder of financial software and services for Bitcoin. Former public policy analyst and free-market economist. Master's Degree in Public Policy, King's College London.

Dave Bradley


Bull Bitcoin

An early bitcoin adopter, Dave has been working full-time in the bitcoin/blockchain industry for over 5 years. After founding the world’s first full-service physical bitcoin store, Dave has gone on to build a successful career providing brokerage and consulting on bitcoin and blockchain topics. Dave is regarded as one of Canada’s top bitcoin and blockchain experts.

Jordan Cicoria

VP, Operations

AERIUM Analytics

Over 10 years of project management and operations experience specializing in geomatics, mapping, remote sensing, and environmental services, Jordan brings an unconventional perspective to how unmanned and manned aviation can work together for the airports of the future. Jordan has supervised over 1000 UAS/RPAS flights on airport property at international airports and desires to support the integration of RPAS into international airspace. As a director for Unmanned Systems Canada, Jordan has also supported to guidance and development of UAS policy in Canada and is desires to support the development of similar policies in the US. As the world embraces RPAS technology, Jordan Cicoria & AERIUM Analytics will be at the forefront of the technological wave with a focus on technology integration, safe and compliant operations and complete execution.

Richard Jones

Partner, Lawyer

McMillan LLP

He acts as counsel for a number of corporations and as such regularly deals with matters of director and officer liability and responsibility, employment, government relations, technology transfer and acquisition, procurement, and regulatory compliance. Richard also provides advice and strategy to clients in relation to business disputes including commercial transactions, contract and property rights, non-competition covenants, commercial losses, self-insured claims, shareholder rights, and prejudgment seizure of assets and production of evidence.

Monte Schwing


Apollo IQ

He currently leads a consulting company by the name of Apollo IQ Projects, specializing in Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls. Apollo IQ is a solution provider, now offering managed data services as well as security consulting services in the industrial control system space. Monte has lead numerous successful projects in Oil and Gas, Mining and Data Acquisition. With a strong background in management, Mr. Schwing has been entrusted by numerous stakeholders to deliver a quality and safe ICS environment. Now having a proven track record in data services encompassing security, corporate communication and production accounting, Apollo IQ services clients internationally, including the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

James Graham

President & CEO

Guild One

James co-founded the company in 2001 and has since been innovating the Energy industry by delivering complex data management and business intelligence solutions to the market. He has led GuildOne’s progress into emerging technologies including blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to capitalize on these trends and position the company as a pioneering technology company, world-wide.

Ken Brizel



An international executive, operational experience in public and private corporations. Hands-on leader, mentor with extensive operational background strategy, business development, planning, team building, sales, marketing, engineering, operations and manufacturing. Previously served as CEO LightPath Technologies NASDAQ listed public company also served as a Senior Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at Oplink Communications and at AT&T Bell Labs/Lucent Microelectronics, Director of Strategic marketing for Infrastructure Products and Product line Director for Consumer Digital Signal Processors. Ken has worked in two start-ups, one sold and the other went public, trained in business at GE’s corporate Crotonville global leadership institute.

Luis Buenaventura


Bloom Solutions

Luis is a Manila-based entrepreneur specializing in cryptocurrencies, and has been focusing on the Bitcoin remittance space since 2014. With his startup Bloom, Luis helps money transfer businesses improve their processes with Bitcoin and the blockchain. He authored Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin in 2017, which collects learnings about an improved remittance business process, as well as stories about the many startups around the world that are pioneering this new landscape.

Janine Moir

Blockchain Assurance Leader


Janine Moir is a manager in the Assurance services group at Deloitte in Calgary. She is passionate about technology and the tech ecosystem in Calgary. She has a specific interest in blockchain and enabling technologies and is the co-lead for the Assurance Blockchain practice across Ca

Rodolfo Novak



Addicted to creating new hardware and software things. Love pragmatic user experiences. Most days I'm strategizing and designing products or hacking prototypes in my shop. I'm a fan of radio, crypto, security, privacy and all cypherpunk things. Active in the Toronto startup community.

Q Rasi

Director - Strategic Markets

ATB Financial

My entrepreneurial and innovative team provides banking support for manufacturers, franchisors, biotechnology ventures, cannabis retailers, large decentralized blockchain projects, crypto foundations, exchanges, miners, custodians, stablecoins and block producers. Visit | 5000+ team members strong !

Rosy Amlani

CFO & VP Business Development

Autonomous Systems for Transportation Consortium (ACAMP)

Rosy has extensive management experience in technology commercialization for the last 8 years as an executive at ACAMP a not-for-profit product development centre in advanced technologies.  Previously, more than 20 years in government commercialization activities and private accounting.  For the past 28 years involved in Alberta's research and innovation system and has developed an in-depth understanding of issues related to encouraging the commercialization of innovative products and processes.

Results driven senior executive with progressive experience in finance and operations management within a technology commercialization not-for-profit organization.  Demonstrated ability to streamline business operations that drive growth and increase efficiency.  Supported over 375 technology small to medium size businesses in developing and getting technology products to market.  Strong qualifications in developing and implementing financial controls and processes in addition to productivity improvements and change management.

Been instrumental in making federal investments in companies and organizations to advance technology commercialization in Alberta.  Have a strong understanding of requirements of economic diversification in Alberta and have developed relationships with the majority of organizations, academia and companies in Alberta involved in technology commercialization

Anupam Govil



Anupam is a recognized thought leader and business executive in the emerging digital tech areas of AI, RPA, IoT and Blockchain. At Avasant, Anupam leads the Digital Transformation and Global Strategy practice, providing ICT focused economic development and investment promotion advice to emerging regions. As head of Strategic Partnerships and Marketing he is also the chair for Avasant’s renowned Empowering Beyond summits. He is President of Avasense (an Avasant subsidiary), which offers a SaaS based Sourcing Governance system

Anupam has over 25 years of experience with global corporations, technology and PE firms, advising on strategic sourcing, tech investments, global expansion and M&A. He has provided globalization and investment strategy to government and private sector firms in over 40 countries. Anupam has been consistently ranked amongst Top 30 Industry Executives by Nearshore Americas.

Anupam joined Avasant after the acquisition of his company Global Equations, a leading Globalization Advisory firm. Prior to this, Anupam was a Co-founder of Inventes Inc, an enterprise software firm, heading product strategy and business development. Earlier, Anupam was a Partner with a cross-border venture capital fund 2i Capital which invested in cross-border Tech, Services and Life Sciences firms between India and US. Anupam started his VC career as a Sr Associate at Igate Ventures, $75M investment arm of Igate Corp. Anupam has held leadership roles at Igate Corp, Iris Software and Tata Unisys. Anupam has been a part of the founding team of several ventures like Thinknotes and Ipsofacto Consulting. He also serves on the Advisory Board of several tech firms such as, IPwe, Sentient Minds, Social Commerce Ventures, Total Zero, Sozotek, Indepay.


Kristina Williams

President and CEO

Alberta Enterprise

Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise, Kristina worked for several technology companies where her responsibilities spanned the spectrum of legal, regulatory, international and new business development, corporate strategic planning, intellectual property management, as well as marketing and sales. At Alberta Enterprise Kristina has lead several of the corporation’s investments. In 2014 she was named the President and CEO, and she now oversees the management of the Alberta Enterprise Fund. Kristina currently sits on several Limited Partnership Advisory Boards of Alberta Enterprise’s VC funds. She is a member of the TEC Edmonton Board of Directors, she is an Associate with Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies, and she has been a member of the Edmonton Health City Steering Group where she led the finance working group. Kristina holds an MBA from the University of Alberta, a Master of Laws from the University of Uppsala, accreditation for the Venture Capital Executive Program from the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business, and an ICD.D from the ICD-Rotman Director Education Program.

Janet Riopel

President and CEO

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Janet has deep roots in our community and considerable experience in managing complex, multi‐stakeholder projects. She has worked in senior roles in the private, public, and not‐forprofit sectors. She has devoted her volunteer time to the boards of many organizations. She is the Board Chair of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, and a Director on the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She was Board Chair of Compassion House Foundation, Campaign Chair for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Board Chair of both MacEwan University and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Urban Development Institute Alberta. She has served as a Director on the Boards of Canadian Policy Research Networks, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Edmonton. She sits on advisory committees for Edmonton Airports, Edmonton Global, and the Edmonton Community Foundation.


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  1. 08:15 AM - 08:30 AM : Opening Ceremony - Elder Pipe Ceremony & Running Thunder Dancers

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Join us for the opening ceremony!

  2. 08:30 AM - 08:45 AM : Welcome Message - Honorable Minister Anderson

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: Honorable Shayne Anderson – Minister of Municipal Affairs / MLA for Leduc-Beaumont

  3. 08:45 AM - 09:00 AM : Opening Remarks - Janet Riopel

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: Janet Riopel, President – Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

  4. 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM : Fun Presentation about blockchain

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: Hubert Lau, President – BIXSco Inc.

    Fun presentation about blockchain! Have you sat through many blockchain presentations and still don’t know what it can and can’t do? Join this fun audience participation of a blockchain explanation. The only issue is who will win the bottle of rum from the presentation?

  5. 10:00 AM - 15:45 PM : Tech Walk Trade Show Floor

    Tour through our interactive trade show floor.

    Trade Show Floor Opens at 10:00 am and closes at 3:45 pm.

  6. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM : Financing Blockchain Innovation

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Alexandra Damsker, Former SEC Securities Attorney

    Tatiana Koffman, Director of Digital Securities – FullCycle

    Kristina Williams, CEO – Alberta Enterprise Corporation

    Moderated by Brenda Slauko, Regional Director – Technology Group – BDC

    Over the last two years, we’ve seen a massive influx of capital to the blockchain industry. A significant percentage of this capital has gone to finance poorly thought out ideas and obvious scams. The face remains, blockchain technology is changing the way we look at public financing around the world.

    What is unique about financing a blockchain company or idea?

    Will ICOs and STOs continue to be relevant to startup financing?

  7. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM : AI Ecosystem Update

    Location: Machine Learning Room


    Dalibor Petrovic, Partner and CIO Program Leader at Deloitte Canada

    Vidhya Ragunathan, Manager, Consulting, Technology Strategy and Architecture / Deloitte Inc.

    Celia Wanderley -Senior Manager, Consulting, Technology Strategy and Architecture / Deloitte Inc.


    Over the summer and fall of 2018, Deloitte facilitated mobilization of Edmonton, and Alberta’s AI Community, in order to imagine and define what could a World-Class AI Commercialization ecosystem in Alberta look like.  The work was conducted, and culminated in the development of the Alberta AI Business Plan, which was presented to the Government and many other stakeholders in the community.

    During this session, Dalibor Petrovic, a Deloitte Partner and a member of the AI Steering Committee, will share the story and the details of the Alberta AI Ecosystem Business Plan.

  8. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM : Security - General Inquiries on IOT

    Location: Technology Room


    Monte Schwing, CEO – Apollo IQ

    Lyndon Hall, P.Eng, CISSP

    Garry Hawkings, Chief Information Security Officer – Long View Systems


    The internet of things is defined as the network of devices such as vehicles, and home appliances that contain electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data. We look at hot button topics such as IoT growing up and reasonable security measures for networking and cloud computing.

  9. 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM : Digital Identity

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: Mike Brown, Director of Product Innovation – ATB Financial

    Mike will provide an overview of the work ATB Financial has done to-date through various proof-of-concepts around blockchain-enabled self-sovereign identity (SSI), and their current efforts around developing an ecosystem within Alberta (Canada) around SSI, and more specifically around trusted credentials. ATB’s recent efforts have brought together a dozen organizations from around the province to join forces in understanding how they can each engage as issuers and verifiers of credentials, and how that will add value to our citizens and to each of the organizations.

  10. 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM : Industry 4.0 and its Digital Enablers

    Location: Technology Room

    Speaker: Anupam Govil, Partner, Avasant & President, Avasense

    Every industry is on the verge of significant transformation as the value chains undergo disruptions triggered by market changes as well as technology innovation. Industry 4.0 heralds the emergence of the Intelligent Enterprise that is able to harness and channel the power of data to go beyond optimization and drive predictive insights and autonomous decision-making. Leveraging emerging technologies such as RPA, AI, Blockchain and IoT in a hyper-convergent way can enable the Intelligent Enterprise and unleash true business value across the organization and customer value chain. This session will provide a perspective on the transformation across different industries – From Manufacturing to Retail to Transportation and Utilities.

  11. 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM : 100M Funding for AI

    Location: Machine Learning Room

    Speaker: Minister Shay Anderson

  12. 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM : AI Maturity Assessment Tool

    Location: Machine Learning Room

    Speaker: Dalibor Petrovic

    How would you know if your organization is ready to embark on an AI Fueled journey? Over the past decade, Deloitte has been working with some of the largest and most complex organisations across the world and across most industries to help them confidently answer this question. It turns out that there are some very specific, measurable characteristics that are good predictors of an organization’s readiness for AI. To address this question in a holistic, measurable and actionable way, Deloitte developed an AI Maturity Model and assessment framework that we will describe during this session.

  13. 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM : From British Umbrellas to Pokemon Go Speaker

    Location: Technology Room


    Phillip Wheaton, Vice President of Pencils – Robots and Pencils


    Wether you’re thinking about a new startup, or trying to shake up the entrenched enterprise, it’s important to have perspective and future frameworks to vet your ideas. In this talk, Phillip will explore a number of helpful innovation frameworks, while exploring real world case studies, spanning many stages of product maturity.

  14. 12:00 PM - 13:30 PM : LUNCH

    No lunch is provided. There is a break in presentations but the Tech Walk exhibitor floor remains open.

  15. 13:30 PM - 14:15 PM : The Bitcoin Standard

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Saifedean Ammous, Associate Professor of Economics – Lebanese American University


    The Bitcoin Standard analyses the historical context of Bitcoin’s rise, the economic properties that allowed it to grow rapidly and the probable economic, political and social implications. Saifedean traces the history of the technologies that perform the functions of money, starting from primitive systems, metals, coins, the gold standard and public debt, ending up introducing Bitcoin.

  16. 14:15 PM - 15:00 PM : Fungibility and censorship resistance in the developing world

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Rodolfo Novak, CEO – Coinkite

    Mauricio Di Bartolomeo, Co-Founder & CSO – Ledn Inc.

    Luis Buenaventura, CSO – Bloom Solutions

    Moderated by Genia Mikhalchenko

    Developing world abounds with cautionary tales of currency manipulation and government financial intervention gone awry. This panel will discuss why the properties of censorship resistance and fungibility are so important to bitcoin and how they are helping people around the world to secure their financial futures in the face of potential economic collapse.

  17. 14:15 PM - 15:00 PM : Working with smart machines in finance

    Location: Machine Learning Room

    Speaker: Darren Liviniuk

    Emerging cognitive technologies have the potential to significantly disrupt the way we work and interact. Our speaker will present tangible examples of what work might look like in the finance function of the future.

  18. 14:15 PM - 15:00 PM : Collaboration Across Alberta

    Location: Technology Room


    Traci Bednard, Vice President of Marketing – Edmonton International Airport

    Don Back PhD MBA, Director NAIT – Acceleration Services

    Koleya Karringten, CEO – Absolute Combustion

    Moderated by Lee Malleau, Ec.D, Executive Vice President – Investment and Trade

    Understand the various economic development initiatives happening here in Alberta and how they are contributing to Alberta’s technology ecosystem and driving economic prosperity back to our province.

  19. 15:00 PM - 15:45 PM : Securities Tokens

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Alexandra Damsker, Former SEC Securities Attorney

    Ben Hauser, CEO – HyperLink Technology

    Denise Weeres, Director – New Economy at Alberta Securities Commission

    Moderated by Richard Jones, Partner – Mcmillan LLP

    The massive run-up in bitcoin prices and concurrent bubble of ICO financing of 2017 brought tremendous enthusiasm along with a significant influx of capital to the blockchain space. A year removed from the hype, any are now realizing that most of these tokens have no value as they aren’t backed by real obligations of any kind. Now a new class of tokens called STOs are emerging backed by real obligations like traditional securities.

  20. 15:00 PM - 15:45 PM : The transformation of financial institutions through the application of artificial intelligence

    Location: Machine Learning Room

    Speaker: Mukul Ahuja

    Financial Institutions across the world are well on their way to adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has big implications for these institutions that want to exploit the opportunities presented by enormous amounts of data pulsing through consumers, markets, businesses, and more. In this session, learn how banks and insurance companies can think of AI as a competitive differentiator and embed AI as a strategic accelerator towards achieving their business objectives. When applied purposefully, AI has the potential to transform all aspects of business operations to help maximize enterprise value in terms of revenue growth, operating margin, asset efficiency, and risk mitigation. Through case studies, learn about the ways leading Financial Institutions are effectively working unlock value from data, technology, talent and ecosystem partnerships through the use of AI.

  21. 15:00 PM - 15:45 PM : Reprogramming Your Brain

    Location: Technology Room


    Suze Casey


    Your mind is your most valuable asset – so how do you insure it is always working FOR you instead of against you. Self-doubt, procrastination, avoidance, sabotage, and the exhaustion that comes from the sheer number of demands on you. How do you sort through the never-ending bombardment of information, priorities, and tasks demanding your attention? A Super-hero, with all of their pals couldn’t possibly accomplish your list, so how can you, a mere mortal, maximize your effectiveness and expand your available emotional and mental bandwidth?

  22. 15:50 PM - 16:45 PM : Is Proof of Work a Waste?

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Q Rasi, Director Strategic Markets – ATB Financial Panel:


    Francis Pouliot, CEO – Bull Bitcoin

    Ben Gagnon, CTO / Cryptoeconomist – LuTech Limited


    A common criticism of the bitcoin network is that it uses too much power. Some estimates claimed that the network used more power than entire countries. Although more recent and detailed analysis has proved that the total usage is actually much lower, the question remains. Why are we using all this power? Is it worth it?

  23. 15:50 PM - 16:45 PM : How Leveraging The Trade Commission Can Expand Your Business

    Location: Technology Room


    Jeff Hohn, Trade Commissioner – ICT


    Koleya Karringten, CEO – Absolute Combustion

    Jordan Cicoria, Director – Aerium Analytics

    Richard Sakaguchi, PEng, MBA, PMP – Orion Power Solutions Corp.

    Phillip Wheaton, Vice President of Pencils – Robots and Pencils


    Learn about Alberta companies that are leveraging both the Federal and Provincial trade commission and how that has had a dramatic impact of their business. Get first-hand accounts on how this leverage has given them opportunities to not only expand into new markets but into different technology sectors as well.

  24. 16:45 PM - 17:15 PM : DEEPFAKES: Artificial Stupidity Vs. Artificial Intelligence

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: Yoseph Elkaim

    If fake news bothers you, well DEEPFAKES are where everything you know about the truth goes to die. Businesses are looking for autonomy, anonymity, and self governance. This talk explores why your very identity is now no longer your own, and how you can take it back.

  1. 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM : Accelerating the Growth of Tech and Women in Tech

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Brenda Slauko, Regional Director – Technology Group, BDC


    Brenda Slauko will walk through BDC’s Women in Technology Venture Fund. In addition, she will highlight what BDC is doing to support all entrepreneurs on their journey to introduce technology and digitize their traditional businesses.

  2. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM : Who Pitched It Best?

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Brenda Slauko, Regional Director-Technology Group – BDC

    Kristina Williams, CEO – Alberta Enterprise Corporation

    Doug Holt, Director of Investment Services – Alberta Innovates

    Buffy Lammie, Vice President, Energy Services and Commercial Financial Services – RBC Royal Bank

    Ha Nguyen, Vice President – McRock Capital

    Come and vote for for your favourite pitch! 10 companies will pitch off for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize. Only half the score will come from the judges so be sure to download the conference app and make sure to vote for your favourite competitor.

  3. 10:00 AM - 15:45 PM : Tech Walk Trade Show Floor

    Tour through our interactive trade show floor.

    Trade Show Floor Opens at 10:00 am and closes at 3:45 pm.

  4. 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM : Canada's AI Imperative

    Location: Machine Learning Room

    Speaker: Marc Smith

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to be one of the leading economic drivers of our time, and Canada has the opportunity to be a global leader. We have the research strength, talent pool, and startups to capitalize, but that’s not enough if we truly want to lead in an AI-driven world and shape what it might look like. True leadership is required—that means taking steps now to establish a world-class AI ecosystem in Canada.

  5. 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM : The future of blockchain regulation in Canada

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Pam Draper, CEO – BitVo

    Adam O’Brien, CEO – Bitcoin Solutions

    Matthew Burgoyne, Partner – McLeod Law LLP

    Michael Rabkin

    Moderated by Wayne Logan Partner at Miller Thomson LLP

    Following direction from the Senate, Canadian regulators have taken a cautious approach to regulating digital currency markets as they are mindful that over-regulation of this growing and promising industry could necessarily stifle innovation. Nonetheless, regulations will be coming soon and this panel discusses the implications.

  6. 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM : Corporate Culture

    Location: Technology Room


    Janet Lane, Director, Human Capital Centre – Canada West Foundation

    Doug Junor, Managing Director – 4Rev Inc.

    Ken Chapman, Executive in Residence – GO PRODUCTIVITY.

    Moderated by Lee Malleau, Ec.D, Executive Vice President – Investment and Trade

    In times of turmoil technological innovation is a strategic way business can find and keep a competitive edge. What must you consider when making new technology investments? What systems and processes need to be changed when adopting a new technology? How will you know if the change is working and worth it? Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” What are your business goals for innovation-based improved productivity, quality, reliability, capacity, workforce satisfaction and, of course, profitability? How will this new technology impact your business culture? What will your customers think? What’s the impact on your suppliers? What will your people think? How will they manage all those changes? These are some of the questions the Culture Panel will address.

  7. 12:15 PM - 13:45 PM : LUNCH

    No lunch is provided. There is a break in presentations but the Tech Walk exhibitor floor remains open.

  8. 13:45 PM - 14:15 PM : Blockchain Empowers Trust through Transformation

    Location: Main Stage / Blockchain Room


    James Graham, CEO – GuildOne


    The evolution of blockchain from cryptocurrencies into broader applications and enterprise implementations is underway. The role of blockchain in the digitization transformation has relevance to industry, academia, government and the public at large, which this talk will explore. Blockchain holds the promise of potential cost savings, new operational efficiencies, and improved transparency and accuracy – mitigating the friction and costs of traditional transactional systems. Enterprises, experimenters, and educators and exploring and forming whole new ecosystems which we will explore.


  9. 13:45 PM - 14:15 PM : Keynote - James Graham

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: James Graham, CEO – GuildOne

    Business Applications of Private Blockchains

  10. 14:15 PM - 14:45 PM : AI in Cyber

    Location: Machine Learning/AI Room

    Speaker: Rene Pelletier

    A perfect storm has emerged for cyber risk. What is AI and how can it help you advance your cybersecurity program? This session will cover Cyber AI scenarios and Cyber AI models.

  11. 14:15 PM - 14:45 PM : Presentation TBD

    Location: Technology Room

    Speaker: Alex Polkovsky, B.Comm., GSC, LEED® AP // Principal

  12. 14:45 PM - 15:45 PM : Thunderbird Consensus

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Blain Favel, CEO / KANATA EARTH

    James Graham, CEO – GuildOne

    The Thunderbird Consensus is a group of academics, technology companies and Indigenous groups who are researching the profound potential of blockchain technologies to identify and capture the full value of Indigenous entitlements. The initial focus will be oil and gas royalties, with subsequent efforts aimed at more comprehensive treaty, land and resource rights issues. It will establish a platform for Indigenous communities, industry and government to transact in transparency and good faith. It will also provide skills development for Indigenous youth to prepare them for high-quality jobs in the digital economy.

  13. 14:45 PM - 15:45 PM : Enhancing Operations and Results in the Oil and Gas Sector

    Location: Machine Learning Room

    Speaker: Marc Smith

    Industries are embracing technology to reshape their operating landscape and reap the benefits of improved productivity, higher efficiency, and increased cost savings. The oil and gas industry is not a stranger to this and is progressing towards digital maturity. What may be the potential roadblocks and how can these be overcome? A strategic roadmap could help oil and gas companies to assess every operation and identify digital leaps for achieving specific business objectives.

  14. 14:45 PM - 15:45 PM : Blockchain, enabling technologies and banking

    Location: Technology Room


    Janine Moir, CA, CPA, Blockchain Assurance Leader – Deloitte


    Sarah Romanuck, Director, Technology and Innovation – Royal Bank of Canada,

    Brenda Slauko, Regional Director-Technology Group, BDC

    Q Rasi, Director Strategic Markets – ATB Financial


    “Can blockchain and enabling technologies transform banking as we know it? Learn from industry leaders on what they see the possible use cases for blockchain and enabling technologies in banking and whether regulations need to put in place to allow the adoption to happen.”


  15. 15:45 PM - 16:45 PM : Building Canada’s Blockchain Ecosystem

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)


    Justyna Osowska, Founder at Women in Blockchain Canada

    Damarys Zampini, President & CDO at Sustrategy

    Leah Bortolin, Ecosystem Development Advisor – Guild One

    Moderated by Terry Ross, MBA, PhD

    This panel will discuss some of the history behind Alberta’s technology ecosystem and why that uniquely positions Alberta to develop and adopt Blockchain technology. They will discuss some of the challenges and ongoing blockchain initiatives that span industry, government and academia across Canada.

  16. 15:45 PM - 16:45 PM : Robotic Process Automation

    Location: Machine Learning Room


    Paul Groch, Partner – Risk Advisory at Deloitte Canada


    Cognitive technologies have proven to be successful and they are in the real world. What is the case for robotics, what are the trends, how can you get started, and where are the highest value opportunities in RPA.

  17. 15:45 PM - 16:45 PM : IOT in Oil and Gas

    Location: Technology Room

    Speaker: Monte Schwing, CEO – Apollo IQ

    How do we use the connected world now with respect to devices, processes, how it affects our personal and professional lives.

    How we use the connected world in the ICS (Industrial Control system space):

    – Networking overview
    – The public domain and how businesses rub shoulders with it.
    – What we use industrial control systems
    – Data Acquisition in the oil field.
    – Security.
    – Remote Access

    I will teach you the steps you need to secure your network such as; Risk Assessments, Policies and Procedures, Training, Safeguards, User Management, Component hardening and management
    and Monitor and Maintain! You will also get and Introduction to private APN’s and networking techniques that have made us more efficient in connecting equipment right into our business model and learn about Real time Monitoring and why we do it!

  18. 16:45 PM - 17:15 PM : Bridging Barriers to Enterprise Blockchain Adoption

    Location: Main Stage (Blockchain Room)

    Speaker: Janine Moir, CA, CPA, Assurance Team Blockchain – Deloitte

    Based on signals from the market, what is stopping enterprise customers from fully adopting blockchains into production? A look at the concerns and how they can be addressed to move blockchains from Proof of Concept to on production solutions.

  19. 16:45 PM - 17:15 PM : The future of Autonomous Systems

    Location: Technology Room

    Speaker: Rosy Amlani, CPA, CMA, CFO & VP Business Development – ACAMP

    Autonomous Systems is an exciting growth opportunity in many different areas of technology. Applications in Ground, Sea and Air each require sensors, artificial intelligence and control systems. The markets include Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Health & Medical, Automotive, Industrial and Military. Alberta has a long history in the creation of new advanced technologies for the energy sector. Leveraging these technologies into new markets is important for the growth of a diversified economy.



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