Innovation: Talent, the New Economy and the Future of Food

Join us June 16 for four conversations about what Calgary needs to do to develop the next economy.

Food of the Future

The prairies continue to be Canada’s bread basket and agriculture continues to be vital to the Calgary region. But food is changing fast. We look at the food of the future and take you inside some of the city’s most exciting agri-tech businesses.

Speakers: Kevin Dahl, advisor Alberta Yield Platform Calgary; and Dawn Trautman, manager smart agriculture and food innovation Alberta Innovates

Time: 9:30 a.m.

People Powered

Calgary’s economy is moving forward into one built on the brainpower and ingenuity of our human resources, rather than carved out of our natural resources. Led by Olympic champion, Calgary business owner and Companion of the Order of Canada Mark Tewksbury, this panel discussion focuses on how Calgary must grow, attract and retain the talent we need to go from a natural resource economy to a human resource economy.

Moderator: Mark Tewksbury, co-founder Great Traits

Speakers: Jennifer Aubin, chief people & culture officer Attabotics; Brad Parry, vice president marketing and communications Calgary Economic Development; and Irfhan Rawji, founder & CEO MobSquad

Time: 11:15 a.m.

Investment Access

Access to investment is often the difference between a great idea and a growing business. Find out about the hurdles Calgary’s startups face to accessing investment, and what’s being done to eliminate them.

Moderator: Khalid Abdul Razak, entrepreneur in residence Mount Royal University

Speakers: Andrew Chau, co-founder Skip the Dishes and Neo Financial; Laura Kilcrease, CEO Alberta Innovates; and Alice Reimer, CEO Fillip and Site Lead CDL-Rockies

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Reinventing Digital Storytelling

Peter Tertzakian, managing director of ARC Financial and best-selling author of A Thousand Barrels a Second and The End of Energy Obesity, shares his latest ventures — Energyphile and the patent-pending technology behind it, developed by Collection Science. Soon to be in use at Heritage Park, this software platform offers a new way of connecting and presenting information to build an escalation of interest in readers. In this presentation and discussion with writer Shelley Arnusch, Tertzakian will also talk about the huge shifts in the way we absorb information and how his software addresses those changes.

Speaker: Peter Tertzakian

Time: 3:30 p.m.


Due to the generous support of our sponsors — Alberta Innovates, Calgary Economic Development, Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta, Mount Royal University and Platform Calgary + Startup Calgary — registration for this event is free.


Food of the Future | 9:30 a.m.

People Powered | 11:15 a.m.

Investment Access | 1:30 p.m.

Reinventing Digital Storytelling | 3:30 p.m.

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