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As part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we’re presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year’s event. This episode puts a spotlight on the track Taming Urban Jungles and features an interview with Ben Hildebrant, a principal investigator with SAIT’s Green Building Technologies Access Centre. Green Building Technologies’ researchers work with industry partners and students to help small-to-medium sized enterprises develop new technologies and processes, enhancing the commercializing of green technologies in Canada. One of their pilot projects is The Confluence, a residential home striving for full certification under the most rigorous green building standard in the world, the Living Building Challenge. Learn more about the house and see pictures at theconfluence.ca. Taming Urban Jungles  The built environment—including building operations, as well as building materials and construction—generates roughly 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions. The Canadian government has set a goal that all new buildings will be built to net-zero ready energy standards by 2030, meaning they are designed to produce as much clean energy as they consume, once renewable energy components—like solar panels—are installed. Net-zero energy buildings are expected to be at least 80% more energy efficient than those being constructed today. To meet that objective, researchers, technology developers and construction companies are coming together to develop new technologies and techniques that will make the buildings of tomorrow possible.  Hear from the innovators and thought leaders who are shaping the future of community life, functionally, economically and culturally as part of the Taming Urban Jungles track at Inventures 2022.Bio Ben Hildebrant is a principal investigator with the Green Building Technologies Access Centre at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Ben received an Architectural Technologies diploma from SAIT in 2013 with a focus in Building Development Technologies and has worked for several years as a building science technologist. During that time, he diagnosed and oversaw the repair of building envelope issues in single and multi-family buildings. He has also served as a building envelope consultant on multiple multi-family and commercial construction projects in Calgary and Fort McMurray. Ben’s mechanical and troubleshooting strengths stem from his background as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Today, Ben’s focus with Green Building Technologies at SAIT is to oversee building and material science related research. He also supports the development of educational curriculum to help increase the adoption of green, high performance building design and construction concepts. 
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode focuses on the track Gamechanging Health and features an interview with Julie Xu, Senior Product Manager at DrugBank. DrugBank is the world’s first intelligent and comprehensive drug knowledge platform. With the help of artificial intelligence, their expert team authors, verifies, and structures all of the latest biomedical information so that it can be used to its fullest potential.Gamechanging HealthLeaps in medical science mean people enjoy longer, healthier lives and someone born today will likely live to 150 years. Health professionals, support services and policy makers are rejecting orthodoxy to reimagine and transform lifelong care networks.New solutions are forging the creation of a more affordable, accessible and higher-quality healthcare system. Technologies that put the person at the centre of the solution are radically transforming how healthcare is designed, delivered and received.  Join the innovators who are transforming the global healthcare space as they explore the latest breakthroughs in the Gamechanging Health track at Inventures 2022. Bio  Julie Xu, Senior Product Manager, DrugBank  Julie Xu is an experienced product manager, specializing in healthcare technology startups and scaleups. Her passion for modernizing healthcare through technology led her to a Bioengineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as multiple disruptive companies in the EMR, population health, value-based care, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries across North America.
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode puts a spotlight on the track Redefining Capitalism and features an interview with Ayo Aiyeleye, Director for Capital Access at Alberta Innovates, and Shelley Kuipers, Co-founder and CEO of The51.  Alberta Innovates is the province’s largest research and innovation agency. From funding to commercialization, we are Alberta’s innovation engine. We are working to solve today’s challenges, create new opportunities and forge a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for Albertans today and for generations to come.The51 is a Financial Feminist™ platform where investors, entrepreneurs and those who aspire to be, come together for democratized access to women-led capital for women-led businesses. By uniting Canada’s untapped women’s wealth, The51 is creating a new critical mass of women investors, making Canada the centre for women-powered capital.Redefining Capitalism Over the past two centuries, capitalism has fueled the industrial, technological and green revolutions, and shaped the global economic landscape. It has lifted millions of people out of poverty, significantly increased standards of living, and resulted in innovations that have radically improved human well-being.As we journey through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, reinventing capitalism with a focus on ‘true value’ will lead to a world where more companies innovate in ways that contribute to society, and capital markets properly value and reward inclusive, sustainable business practices. Economies that work better for everyone recognize value beyond sticker price. Hear from the innovators and thought leaders who are reinventing the systems that underpin the global financial services industry as part of the Redefining Capitalism track at Inventures 2022. Bios  Shelley Kuipers, Co-founder and CEO, The51An activist in business, entrepreneurship and investment, Shelley Kuipers is building the world she wants to live in. Discovering that the role of “Co-founder” really suits her, Shelley currently co-founds The51, consumer participation company IOVIA and family office Adventure Capital. She also designs clothing through yet another business she’s co-founded, 100% sustainable direct to consumer, House Kuipers. Shelley is also a serial private investor of companies, startups and entrepreneurs who embody the type of future she wants to see across the economic universe: namely, those that are sustainable, feminist, purpose-driven and unafraid to disrupt old systems.Ayo Aiyeleye, Director, Capital Access, Alberta Innovates Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs with successful business ventures, Ayo Aiyeleye has extensive experience building and scaling businesses. He is an emerging tech enthusiast with a passion for solving real world problems through innovation. Ayo’s professional experience spans various roles in the Finance industry including Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Capital Markets, and Business Transformation. As the Director, Capital Access at Alberta Innovates, he oversees a portfolio of non-dilutive funding programs in the Entrepreneurial Investments area. He’s also responsible for driving access to private capital by the companies that participate in Alberta Innovates’ funding programs and are seeking follow-on external funding from the private capital community.
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode focuses on the track Futurecasting Work and features an interview with Jackson McDonough, co-founder and CEO of Upwardly Careers. Upwardly is upping the recruiting game by matching high-performing talent in Calgary with high-potential companies in the tech, finance, real estate, and energy sectors. Their process involves curated assessments for both candidates and clients to generate insightful data and make better decisions about fit and potential. Futurecasting WorkThe future of work is now. Digitization and the rapid advancement and adoption of technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics, have sparked radical shifts in how we live and work. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these trends beyond what anyone could have imagined.The pandemic has allowed workers to rethink their careers, work conditions and long-term goals, contributing to the “Great Resignation” trend. Capital follows talent, and talent is prioritizing purpose, diversity and inclusion. As myriad options for digital nomads emerge, so are radical innovations in technologies, communication systems and the nature of work itself. The ability to transform corporate culture and the ‘experience of work’ is becoming essential for survival and success. Explore the new world of work and learn from the innovators and thought leaders who are redefining the workplace at Inventures 2022. Bio  Jackson McDonough, Co-founder and CEO, Upwardly Careers  Jackson is the Co-founder and CEO of Upwardly Careers, a new startup based out of Calgary.  After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a finance degree, Jackson moved to Austin, Texas where he worked for a successful software company that went public on the NYSE. In April 2021, he launched Upwardly, a next-generation talent recruiting agency. With his past experience in tech and business, Jackson is motivated to bring Calgary communities and businesses together.
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode highlights Mission-Critical Moonshots and features an interview with Cole Rosentreter, founder and CEO of Pegasus Imagery. Pegasus builds and deploys autonomous drones to provides aerial data collection at scale, using AI systems to enable real-time data analytics.  Mission-Critical MoonshotsThe 1960s race for the moon spurred an explosion of technologies for everyday life. The moonshot mindset is motivating teams to achieve breakthroughs in quantum computing, fuel and propulsion, AI/ML, drones, logistics, data diagnostics and communications technologies. These extraordinary and everyday advancements are generating applications to make life on earth more sustainable, and life in space more possible. A major driving force enabling innovators to tackle moonshots is the incredible advancement in data science and AI. Human progress depends on the collection and analysis of data, which is becoming the new global currency.  Learn from the creators and entrepreneurs who are on the forefront of disruptive innovation as part of the Mission-Critical Moonshots knowledge track at Inventures 2022. Bio  Cole Rosentreter, Founder and CEO, Pegasus Imagery  Cole is the founder and CEO of Pegasus Imagery. Prior to Pegasus, Cole served 15 years in the Canadian Military with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a paratrooper. In 2018, he founded Pegasus to develop intelligence-driven solutions capable of transforming complex challenges like wildfire management. Cole is also a graduate of Draper University, a 2020 NASA iTech semi-finalist, and a 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
InnoTech Alberta recently received a $1.85 million grant from the Clean Resource Innovation Network. The grant, which was part of the network's reducing environmental footprint technology competition is being used to look at alternative technologies for well remediation, closure and to prevent methane leakage from abandoned well bores. Estimates suggest there are over 90, 000 inactive wells in Alberta alone, with approximately 54,000 wells leaking methane into the atmosphere in Alberta and Canada. In addition, there are close to 258,000 wells that will be inactive within the next 10 years that need sub surface closure activity before the wells can then be remediated at surface and the facilities can be taken out. We talk with Bonnie Drozdowski, director of environmental services and Fred Wassmuth, manager of Institute Recovery about this project. We also dive into other projects InnoTech Alberta are working on.BiosBonnie DrozdowskiBonnie has ten years of experience managing and participating in multifaceted projects including integrating business and science to generate creative practical solutions and business opportunities in the environmental industry in Canada in various different industries including, upstream oil and gas, mineable and in-situ oil sands, coal mining, sand and gravel, diamond mining, forestry, pulp and paper and waste management. Her key areas of interest include: soil and water conservation; waste and soil management; reclamation and remediation; & emerging technologies applicable to the environmental industry. She is primarily interested in opportunities that will allow her to use her strong technical background in environmental sciences while focusing on a high performance culture and innovative and effective project execution.Fred WassmuthFred has a broad background in investigating unconventional oil recovery, in particular improved waterflooding heavy oil, enhanced tight oil recovery and the application of conformance control technologies. He's been involved with traditional chemical flooding methods such as polymer and various surfactant processes, and focused his efforts on several field projects to demonstrate the commercial application of improved water flooding heavy oils in Western Canada. More recently, he started a joint industry research program on improving oil recovery from tight reservoirs. His team includes engineers, geologists, chemists, and physicists with the objective to develop enhanced oil recovery processes. The team has devised a set of sequential evaluations that move the technology from concept to the field application.
As a special Shift segment on Inventures, we're presenting an episode for each of the track being featured at this year's event.This episode is on Cultivating Agtech and features an interview with Adam Brown, Strategic Initiatives Lead at Wyvern Inc., and Edmonton-based space data company redesigning the satellite to enable a sustainable future for humanity.Cultivating AgTechBy 2050, the global population is estimated to reach 9 billion people. This is already creating unprecedented demand for food, water, and fibre. Innovations are vital to reduce food waste, maximize productivity of agriculture-rich regions and processes, while preserving precious land and natural resources. Enter an arsenal of technologies – from AI, to air and water sensors to robotics and biomimicry – addressing humanity’s growing needs.Learn more about InventuresBioAdam Brown, Strategic Initiatives Lead, Wyvern Inc.Adam was the former CEO at Nanolog Audio, where he oversaw the commercialization of Nanolog’s quantum semiconductor technology for audio and photosensor applications. During his time at Nanolog, he was recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for the NASA iTech Challenge and was a Top 30 finalist for the Korean Startup Grand Challenge. Prior to Nanolog, Adam was the drummer in Striker, a Juno winning band, where he helped build an international brand and bring Canadian music to the global stage. He received his MBA (’18) and BComm (’12) from the University of Alberta, and was recognized as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019. Most recently, Adam ran as a candidate in the 2021 Canadian election in Edmonton West and received his PMP certification.
Remember Ian Malcolm, Jeff Goldblum's character from Jurassic Park? He's a scientist interested in an esoteric branch of mathematics called chaos theory, the study of unpredictable behaviour in systems governed by deterministic laws.I'd like unpack that preceding paragraph into three points:Chaos theory is legit form of math. Jeff Golblum's character Malcolm was awesome and goes onto appear in two sequels.Unpredictably is what makes the future complicated.Today's podcast focuses primarily on this third point. If we knew what would happen when we introduce change we'd always make better decisions. We don't, however, always know what the repercussions will be.Or do we?Myrna Bittner and her company RUNWITHIT Synthetics have devised a way to construct synthetic cities for the express purpose of gaining a better understanding of how the introduction of "unpredictable behaviour in systems governed by deterministic laws" impacts the whole. To quote Bittner, "we do that all using what we call synthetic modeling, which is like SimCity except for real, for real cities, for real populations, for climate events."BAM. Prepare to have your mind blown.BioMyrna Bittner Myrna is the CEO and Co-Founder of RUNWITHIT Synthetics, an advanced data modelling and visualization company designing decarbonization, sustainability, equity, resilience, and growth initiatives globally.   Myrna is passionate about connecting today's technology, policy, and infrastructure choices to data about the impacts and outcomes for people and our planet.  Last year, seven years after incorporation, the growing RUNWITHIT team celebrated numerous international awards, including the United Nation’s Global Call for Decarbonization, Taiwan’s Top Technology Gold Medal, Toyota Mobility Foundation’s City Architecture of Tomorrow Challenge, NATO’s Space Awareness, USAF’s AFWERX Showcase, Airbus Defence “Beyond Net-Zero," along with the “Most Edmonton” YEG Startup Company.  RUNWITHIT is a women-led, Certified Aboriginal Business, with a GBA+ Certified team of diverse and talented 3D animators, designers, and scientists in social, data, computing, and engineering disciplines. 
On previous SHIFT conversations, we have learned that one of the major gaps to commercializing the hydrogen market is the lack of government policy. What is our current state and what should our elected officials consider when moving this promising industry along? Joining us today is Heather Campbell Executive Director of Clean Technology at Alberta Innovates and Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon, Assistant Professor at School of Public Policy and Director of the Sustainable Energy Development Program at the University of Calgary.Join us as we explore the role policy plays in helping to create a hydrogen economy, the myth of the free market, and much more! BiosDr. Sara Hastings-Simon Sara is an assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy and school of public policy at the University of Calgary where she directs the Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. She is a macro energy system researcher and her work is focused on understanding how low-carbon energy transitions happen within different sectors of the economy, and how policy responses can improve outcomes. She explores the role of incumbents and governments in development and deployment of new clean technologies, particularly within high carbon economies; the markets and policy structures that enable decarbonisation of electricity systems; and the response of firms to climate policy.Sara is co-founder and co-host of Energy vs Climate a webinar and podcast that explores the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond. She is a Global Fellow at the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa. She is also the chair of the panel for Clean Growth with the Canadian Climate Choices Institute and a member of the board of directors of Emissions Reduction Alberta and the Pembina Institute.Her previous roles include Director of Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute, founder of Business Renewable Centre Canada, and practice manager for Clean Technologies at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Hastings-Simon holds a PhD in physics from the University of Geneva. Heather Campbell, B.E.Sc., LL.M., P.Eng. Heather has had a diverse twenty-five year energy career with technical, policy, and business roles in a full range of energy industries. She is the Executive Director, Clean Technology with Alberta Innovates. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario (Western University) in addition to a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer practicing in Alberta, Canada.Heather is an engaged, lifelong community volunteer, actively sharing her talents, resources and time by participating and often leading a purposely diverse range of organizations. She is a board director with Calgary’s performing arts centre Arts Commons, is a member of the Advisory Council for Western Engineering, the People’s Warden at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary, and a Commissioner with the Calgary Police Commission. She is the former co-chair of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Advisory Council.
Summit Nanotech is developing technology to tackle the world's most daunting energy and environmental challenges. And Amanda has recently won the Women in Cleantech Challenge funded by NRCan. Join us as we catch up with Amanda and get her insights on clean technology.BioAmanda Hall is a professional geophysicist and the CEO/Founder of Summit Nanotech, a company that developed direct lithium extraction technology for the growing lithium-ion battery sector. Amanda felt the market pull away from oil & gas and towards a clean energy, electromobility future and so she followed her gut into the clean tech industry. She is a graduate from University of Toronto (Trinity College) with a BSc Biology major, Physics minor, English minor and from University of Calgary with a BSc Geophysics. She is on the Advisory Board for Canadian Energy & Climate Nexus (CECN), is a mentor for Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and is on the Board of Directors for Calgary Opera. Amanda is identified by the Canadian government as a leading female innovator and is the winner of the National Women in Cleantech challenge. She is a mother to three beautiful daughters, endorses diversity, equality and inclusion and loves getting lost in the mountains. 
On this episode we talk with Doug Holt and Simon Raby about a report Simon prepared for Alberta Innovates that identifies a scaleup gap in Alberta. Essentially, we're good at starting companies but not so good at growing them. Our discussion explores the scaleup gap and what those in the Alberta entrepreneurial ecosystem, like Alberta Innovates, are doing to address it.  BIOSDoug Holt, Associate Vice President of Investment at Alberta InnovatesDoug is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the fields of finance, technology and education. Over the course of the last decade Doug has helped Alberta based SMEs raise over $130M in growth capital, founded two companies and became a published author in his research efforts.  As a professional debt investor in the US high yield market, Doug was part of a small team that  grew a publicly listed ETF on the NYSE from $80M (USD) in assets under management to over $1bn (USD). Doug also spent a decade as an educator teaching both domestically and internationally and earned his M.B.A. from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary in 2008.Dr. Simon Raby, Associate Professor, EntrepreneurshipSimon is a 'pracademic' working as a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business and Co-Founder of Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Associates Ltd. BIG identifies the drivers of growth, challenges convention and offers practical ways for ambitious business owners and their organizations to achieve sustained growth and performance.Simon's research program is focused on uncovering the strategies, practices and methods of support that enable business growth, leadership transitions and people performathe Bissett Faculty nce. Most recently, Simon delivered a program of research on the growth of Alberta's Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to understand the drivers of growth, innovation and diversification for these firms. This research has since led to the creation of The Leader's Growth Mindset. (Taken from Mount Royal University's Bissett Faculty)More reading for fun!Leading to Scale by Simon Raby et al. (opens a .pdf)
With a worldwide market estimated to be worth over $2.5 trillion a year by 2050, experts are looking to hydrogen as a huge opportunity for Alberta. It's going to require a coordinated approach from all three levels of government, however, to do it. In this episode we talk with David Van Den Assem from Alberta Innovates and Kirk Hamilton from C-FER Technologies about hydrogen and what it could mean for Alberta's economy. They also discuss what Alberta Innovates, C-FER Technologies, InnoTech Alberta and Emissions Reduction Alberta are doing to propel it, and much, much more!Welcome to Shift.BiosDavid Van Den AssemDavid is a senior manager of clean technology at Alberta Innovates. He focuses on advancing innovative technologies from proof of concept through to field pilot stages in the field of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS).  The CCUS focus area is open to innovative next-generation technologies along the value chain within this area, including capture, compression, transport, mineralization, conversion, use, storage and measurement/monitoring/verification.  David also manages the hydrogen focus area and the critical minerals, mining and novel materials areas.  These also are open to innovative technologies across the value chain and are aimed at building a low carbon hydrogen economy in Alberta, and advancing the extraction and use of critical minerals in Alberta to develop new industries, as well as developing high-tech materials to support energy storage, renewable energy development and other advanced materials such as carbon nanomaterials, etc.  David brings over 24 years of project management, business unit management and environmental leadership in several sectors, including power, oilsands, mining and real estate.  His vision is to lead efforts to improve the ecological, social and economic footprint of these sectors, to improve our relationship with the natural environment.  Kirk HamiltonKirk Hamilton is a Senior Engineering Advisor with 20 years of advanced applied research and development experience at C-FER Technologies in Edmonton, Canada on a wide range of upstream and midstream energy topics. In his current role, Kirk works on strategic and business planning for C-FER identifying, developing, and implementing C FER’s strategic diversification objectives.His current scope is addressing the technical challenges faced by global stakeholders in the transition to a hydrogen-based economy, in particular around pipeline transportation and underground storage of hydrogen.  As part of this scope of activities, Kirk is working closely with the Transition Accelerator to assist the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub in building up the hydrogen economy in the Edmonton area as one of the world’s first hydrogen energy hubs.In addition to his work for C-FER, he is also an active member of a number of American Petroleum Institute (API), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and International Standardization Organization (ISO) technical committees on equipment and materials codes and standards. Kirk obtained a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2001.More readingAlberta's hydrogen roadmapWhy hydrogen...and why now?Alberta government's Hydrogen Roadmap accelerates goal of exporting globally by 10 years
We all know what DNA is but what is eDNA? Described as another tool in the toolbox for wetland ecologists, we find out in this episode's conversation with Jenet Dooley from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and Brian Eaton from InnoTech Alberta's Environmental Impacts team, it's more than that. It's an emerging technology that at its most basic level it's a process and technology for detecting animal species; but it's also the means to more effectively collect and contribute to a vast library of the DNA of the varied animals, elusive and common, that inhabit Alberta's wetlands. As with most emerging technologies, all of the eDNA applications have yet to be determined. It's up to the entrepreneurs out there to see how it can be used!   BiosJenet DooleyJenet has been the Wetland Ecologist at the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute since February 2019. Prior to working at ABMI, she worked as a consultant applying the Alberta Wetland Policy. She periodically teaches Freshwater Ecology and Management at the University of Alberta Augustana campus. She earned her doctorate at the University of Florida in 2016 and has a bachelors of environmental engineering from Miami University in Ohio. Her graduate studies focused on wetland ecology and the relationship between noise and land use intensity.Brian EatonBrian is an ecologist with research experience in terrestrial and aquatic systems, examining pure and applied questions across a wide array of taxa.  He has 25+ years of experience in applied ecological research, including studies in oil and gas, forestry, and agricultural systems.  Brian has worked in a variety of experimental venues, from aquaria to large-scale mesocosms to purely field-based research, including wetlands, lakes, streams, rivers, and a variety of terrestrial habitats.  Most recently, Brian and his colleagues have been exploring the use of environmental DNA to detect species – including fish, amphibians, semi-aquatic mammals, and invertebrates - in aquatic systems in Alberta.  Brian manages the Environmental Impacts Team at InnoTech Alberta.Learn more by reading the CBC article on the elusive tiger salamander.
Monique Fry, VP of Community Success for Calgary-based HelpSeeker, a technology business that provides access to community, health, and social services to over 38 million individuals who make Canada home, joins us for this episode. As a First Nations woman, Monique walks us through her experiences and the importance that HelpSeeker places on values that recognize a diverse clientele and partnership base.BIOMonique is from the Xwchíyò:m First Nation on her grandfather’s side and from the shíshálh Nation on her grandmother’s side. Both Nations are located on territories that are currently known as the province of BC. She holds a Blackfoot name gifted by Elder Dr. Reg Crowshoe, which in English translates to “where the water meets the west shore spirit”. Monique has 12+ years experience in cross-cultural communication and stakeholder relations with a focus on successful engagement and partnerships with Indigenous communities. She brings both a lived experience perspective as a First Nations woman as well as career and academic experience holding an MA in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary. She is recognized as a Cultural Mediator, and holds relationships with diverse Elders and Knowledge Keepers from across Turtle Island. Her work in Calgary has included the intersection of understanding and tackling poverty, homelessness, health, human rights, education, justice and employment of Indigenous peoples. One of her strengths is in relationship building and connections to community leaders, as well as those in non-profit, corporate and government. - taken from HelpSeeker About Us
Shift interviews David Quail, serial entrepreneur, and Co-Founder and Technology Strategist of MEDO.ai.Established in 2018, MEDO was born from the idea that the combination of portable ultrasound with AI could make the 21st-century stethoscope, allowing users to peer into the human body and make important diagnoses accurately and reliably with the help of AI trained on thousands of previous cases.
"Is there anything Jana doesn't do?" is a refrain I found myself pondering as this interview was happening. A professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, Jana is a medical researcher, an entrepreneur, and a novelist. On this episode we start by talking about her company True Angle Medical Technologies, Jana's journey from researcher to entrepreneur, and the help that she and her partners received as they grew. We bring in Alberta Innovates' technology development advisor Mike Riou, who's been working with Jana and True Angle, to discuss the role he played.  Along the way we tackle topics like the challenges of innovating in a health system that's, arguably, not built for speed; the need for system innovation, peer mentorship and celebrating the wins.  We cap it off with a discussion around the importance of mental health amongst entrepreneurs and a brief foray into Jana's experience as a writer. This really is a full episode you don't want to miss!BIOJana's bio is coming soon!
Last episode we spoke about how startups can establish a solid legal foundation as they get things rolling; In this episode we talk with Nigel Russell from CyberSecure Canada about online security and the steps you can take right now to not only protect your business, but your entire supply chain, online.CyberSecure Canada is the country's cybersecurity certification program for small and medium-sized organizations. Certification enhances your competitive advantage by letting your supply chain know you're a trusted business partner.
Starting a business can be fun and rewarding. It's also challenging and not for the faint of heart. There are many matters that need to be taken into account. And legal considerations are amongst those. As our guest on today's episode, Paul Barbeau, puts it, "startups tend to be really cost-sensitive. And they certainly don't want to retain a legal firm that's going to engage in a real legal overkill. All that said though, there are some core principles that startups should really give some time to thinking through upfront and get some basic legal help when they go through that process and that'll lay the foundation for successful growth ."So let's lay some foundation together. Welcome to Shift.BIOPaul Barbeau is a partner in the Calgary office of the Canadian law firm McMillan LLP. A significant part of his practice is focused on helping emerging companies from their initial organization to exit transactions. This includes:• Early stage organization• Founder and shareholder agreements• Capital raising, including angel and venture capital financing, and securities law compliance• Licensing arrangements and other strategic transactions• Acquisitions, mergers and sales transactions• Public offeringsHe acts for clients in a range of industries, including technology, health-care, agritech, clean energy and natural resources. He has a law degree from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in business from Brigham Young University.Alberta Innovates doesn't recommend any particular firm when seeking legal advice when starting a business.  Exercise due diligence and shop around for a lawyer that you feel is best for your circumstances.
In this episode we talk with Fred Pels from Gaia Grow Corp, Usukuma Ekuere from Canna Stream Solutions, and Andre Sinclair from TruExtracts about their partnership around an innovation destined to shake up the hemp and cannabis industry.BiosFred Pels, co-founder, president & director of GaiaFred previously oversaw the establishment and expansion of the Green Room as a leader in medical cannabis supply, industry best practices and education about the cannabis industry itself. Usukuma Ekuere, co-founder of Canna Stream SolutionsDr. Ekuere has a PhD in Plant Genetics and an MBA focused on Tech Commercialization. Andre Sinclair, facilities operations manager at TruExtractsAndre manages the set up, licensing and operations of their Calgary and Regina extraction and processing facilities for Hemp/CBD and Cannabis/THC products and derivatives.Company backgroundersGaia Grow CorpGaia’s main business focus is farming Industrial Hemp for Medical Purposes on its owned land in Lamont County, AB  and elsewhere. Canna Stream Canna Stream has a patent pending on the chemical extraction and fractionation of Cannabinoids and monoterpenes from cannabis flower and biomass using a solvent system that is significantly more efficient than ethanol. TruExtracts LaboratoriesCreated for high capacity extraction to meet global demand, TruExtracts is one of Western Canada’s largest cannabis and hemp processors. 
Prior to remediation, hazardous sites like tailings ponds require analysis, but they're perilous environments for people to go to take measurements. Robots, however, are immune to such perils. Edmonton-based Copperstone Technologies has created a series of autonomous robots that can traverse any terrain to perform site hazardous site investigations. On this episode we talk with Craig Milne, CEO of Copperstone Technologies about the role the company plays in offering robots as a service to mining companies and others across the globe.Copperstone helps companies manage liabilities and safety costs associated with hazardous locations including mine waste tailings ponds and infrastructure. They do this by building field robots that can access challenging locations in a way never before possible. Their robots bring sensors or sampling payloads to site, keeping people out of harms way, reducing costs and improving efficiencies for their clients.Learn moreBIOCraig is the CEO of Copperstone Technologies, a company bridging robotics, artificial intelligence and the mining industry.  He is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in technology-enabled companies, strategy, finance, and business development.  Craig has a PhD in stem cell biology from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Finance from the University of Alberta.
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