APRIL 15-16, 2020 | EDMONTON

Alberta Technology Symposium

The Alberta Technology Symposium is set to bring a spotlight to Alberta’s incredible technology sector. It’s time to put Alberta first! We will showcase our leading companies and people who represent what blockchain, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) have to offer in our province.

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INTRODUCTION

A Technology Conference for Business Leaders

Uniting a wide spectrum of emerging fields like IoT, Machine Learning and blockchain applications, the Alberta Technology Symposium is a ground-breaking exhibition of the province’s leadership in digital and industrial innovation. According to analysts, 2020 has the potential to be a breakthrough year for the Alberta economy, and the Symposium highlights how technology supports and creates the foundations for optimized traditional industries, high-growth new sectors, and the potential for new export and trade markets. Including varied topics like government services, agriculture, fintech and oil & gas, joining us on April 15 – 16, 2020 will show you how Alberta is embracing and even leading a wave of transformation shaping the future of our economy and lives.

#PutAlbertaFirst

BLOCKCHAIN

A growing list of records, called blocks, that are linked using cryptography making it resistant to modification of the data.

MACHINE LEARNING

Algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to perform a specific task without using explicit instructions.

INTERNET OF THINGS

Interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, with the ability to transfer data over a network.

OUR SYMPOSIUM DELIVERS

Alberta Technology Symposium

Business to Business Connections

The right relationships can make anything possible. One on one matchmaking sessions with other attendees, event sponsors, and speakers giving you the opportunity to create relationships with government agencies, executives, start-ups, technology leaders and funding. By downloading our app, participants can access a customized match-making solution that will help them align with their own perfect connections.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Insider Technology Insights

Alberta’s technology community is a booming part of Canada’s fast-growing new economy, and the Symposium’s panels and talks highlight top experts from our own local industry, along with fascinating speakers from across the country. Topics include our most exciting digital innovations like blockchain technologies, IoT and Machine Learning, and how these emerging home-grown solutions can help transform business processes and make industry in Canada more sustainable, competitive and profitable.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Government and Industry Forums

An incredible amount can be accomplished when a group of thoughtful, experienced people gather together to discuss meaningful issues and co-develop solutions. At the Symposium, our industry and government roundtables unite leaders in business and the public sector in discussions about the critical importance of Alberta’s technology sector, and the essential ingredients needed to develop an international reputation for innovation and support our game-changing tech entrepreneurs.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Complementary Catering

The Alberta Blockchain Consortium has become known for its delicious high-end catering at its events. The Symposium will feature complimentary coffee and treats throughout the day, an included lunch that will appeal to diverse tastes, and a full dinner at the can’t-miss evening Gala. This event is being held to celebrate the achievements of Alberta’s technology community, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the GMB Cancer Research Foundation.

TICKETS

Early Bird Tickets Now Available

Early Bird - 2 Day Pass
CA$299.00 + CA$19.22 Fee
2 Day Pass
CA$399.00 + CA$25.31 Fee
First Day Pass
CA$250.00 + CA$16.23 Fee
Second Day Pass
CA$250.00 + CA$16.23 Fee
Student Admission
CA$125.00 + CA$8.63 Fee
Showcase Table
CA$2,500.00 + CA$153.20 Fee

Included In Admission

B2B Networking

One on one matchmaking sessions with other attendees, event sponsors, and speakers giving you the opportunity to create relationships with government agencies, executives, start-ups, technology leaders and funding.

Panels

Our growing list of topics include:
Building Consensus: Technology Adoption Takes an Ecosystem
Why Canada needs Alberta?
Trust in Tokens: Regulating Blockchain Securities
Renewables & Clean tech
Is Alberta Investment Ready?

Showcase Table

Our 6’ marketing tables are available to companies and organizations of all kinds. With three locations around our conference, each giving different levels of exposure, we have options available for any budget.

SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE

Journalist, Author and Commentator

Rex Murphy

Canadians are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he was the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions.

Executive Director | Canadian Blockchain Association for Women

www.cbaw.io

Alexis Pappas

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Founder & Chief AML Ninja | Outlier Resources

www.outliercanada.com

Amber Scott

Amber has broad-based financial compliance experience that includes insurance, mutual funds and …

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Executive Director | Alberta IoT

www.albertaiot.com

Brenda Beckedorf

Strategic business executive aiming to increase growth in companies by better sales strategies …

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President | Bull Bitcoin

www.bullbitcoin.com

Dave Bradley

One of Canada's top blockchain technology experts, Dave founded Alberta's first blockchain business in 2013 …

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CEO | Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

www.cattle.ca

David Moss

David Moss is the general manager of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He was co-founder and vice president …

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CEO | MMH Blockchain Group

mmhgroup.io

Emma Todd

Amber has broad-based financial compliance experience that includes insurance, mutual funds and …

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Senior Manager, Financial Services and Virtual Asset Advisory | Grant Thonton

www.grantthornton.ca

Giles Dixon CCI, CBP, BA

Giles works in Grant Thornton’s Financial Services and Virtual Assets Advisory Practice …

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President and CEO | Trust Bix

www.trustbix.com

Hubert Lau

I am a passionate Technology Entrepreneur who wants to continue to make a difference for my customers, partners and …

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Vice Presedent of Operations | Aerium

www.aeriumanalytics.com

Jordan Cicoria

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the UAV, oil & energy industries. Skilled in Data …

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Assistant Deputy Minister | Western Economic Development

www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/home.asp

Justin Riemer

Justin Riemer assumed responsibility as Assistant Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Alberta Region in the fall of 2019...

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President / Founder | Absolute Combustion International

www.absolutecombustion.com

Koleya Karringten

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges …

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National Blockchain Market Leader | Deloitte Canada

www.deloitte.com

Lousia Bai

Louisa is the National Market Leader for Deloitte Canada’s Blockchain practice. With over fifteen years of experience...

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CEO | Edmonton Global

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Malcolm Bruce

After spending 30 years in the military living overseas and across Canada, Malcolm chose the Edmonton Metropolitan Region as …

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Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate | Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate

www.flyeia.com

Mammen Tharakan

With over fifteen years of leadership in aviation across various ground handling, airline and airport functions...

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Chief Technology Officer | Novera Capital

Marek Laskowski

Marek Laskowski earned his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 2011 where Marek developed …

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National Leader, Agriculture Data | MNP

www.mnp.ca/en

Mason Darabi B. Eng, B.Mgmt

Mason M. Darabi is a Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) candidate with an educational background in Engineering …

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Manager | Nav Canada

www.navcanada.ca

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson has over seventeen years of experience as an Air Traffic controller at Edmonton Tower....

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Professor | University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Martin Ferguson-Pell PhD, C.Phys. FRSA

Dr. Ferguson-Pell is a biomedical engineer, credentialed clinical scientist and former Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Alberta...

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Partner | McLeod Law

www.mcleod-law.com

Matthew Burgoyne

Matthew is head of the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain group at McLeod Law. His commercial practice includes advising on …

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Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

www.blg.com/en

Melissa Smith

Melissa is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in BLG's Calgary office. Melissa focuses her practice on corporate …

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Head of Institutional Sales @ DV Chain / Head of Global Partnerships | SigOne Capital

www.sigone.capital

Michael Rabkin

Michael Rabkin is the Head of Institutional Sales & Head of Global Partnerships at DV Chain & DVeX, respectively …

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President and CEO | Routeique

www.routeique.com/en

Mike Allen

Michael has over two decades of experience in the technology industry, from designing and creating tech solutions …

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VP Business Development | Agworld

www.agworld.cc

Mike Betts

Mike Betts is VP of Business Development at Agworld, a leader in global farm management software for farmers and their trusted advisors. Based in their US
headquarters in the Greater Denver area...

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President & CEO | Calgary Health Trust

www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca

Mike Meldrum

 
 
 

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CEO | Bitvo

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Pamela Draper

Pamela is the President and CEO of Bitvo Inc., a Cryptocurrency Exchange launched in …
 

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Partner | McMillan

www.mcmillan.ca

Richard Jones

My law practice focuses on dispute resolution and risk/litigation management. I enjoy working with clients and helping them …

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Vice President of Operations and Infrastructure | Edmonton International Airport

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Stephen Maybee

Steve is Vice President Operations & Infrastructure for Edmonton Airports operating the Edmonton International Airport and …

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Chief Commercial Officer | Verge

www.whipcord.com

Wilson Acton

Wilson is the Chief Commercial Officer at Verge. Wilson brings an extensive background in law and multi-generational experience...

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AGENDA

DAY 1

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Rex Murphy

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break (B2B Room)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion Ecosystems: Weaving the Fabric of Innovation:

What does it take to build a thriving technology ecosystem – and how can Alberta lever its home-grown companies into a global competitive advantage? Our province may be known for its rugged individualism, but the incredible advancements made by local innovators need a supportive fabric to make the challenging leap to market success. A diverse panel of entrepreneurs and innovation leaders will discuss the essential elements of ecosystem formation, how building a strong network can unlock opportunities and access to capital, and why Alberta is quickly becoming a national leader in creating innovative technology communities.

Moderator:
Koleya Karringten, Executive Director - Alberta Blockchain Consortium
Speakers:
Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director - Alberta IoT
Emma Todd, CEO - MMH Blockchain Group
Malcolm Bruce, CEO - Edmonton Global
Marek Laskowski, CTO – Novera Capital

11:30 AM – 12:30 AM

Panel Discussion Augmented Agriculture: The Future of Beef

Cattle production is a $5 billion dollar a year industry in Alberta, and one of our traditional sectors with incredible prospects for growth through technological adoption. Driven by local Alberta companies, some of the most cutting-edge digital innovations like blockchain applications, IoT and Machine Learning are shifting mankind’s oldest economic activity into a future of greater profitability, safety and sustainability. From on-ledger tracking to digital twins, discover how technology is providing a virtually instantaneous answer to the age-old question: “Where’s the Beef?”

Moderator:
Trevor Maclean, Senior Partner - MNP
Speakers:
Hubert Lau, President and CEO - Trust Bix
David Moss, CEO – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Richard Jones, Partner - McMillan

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Break (Lunch is included in the ticket price)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel DiscussionThe Digital Future of Canadian Health Care

As shifting population demographics lead to greater expenses and treatment complexity, Canada’s beloved public health care system is facing massive challenges over the next decade. Effective data management is increasingly critical to ensuring patient safety, information privacy and budget allocations, and the Canadian Federal Government is exploring the use of digital tools like blockchain applications to build a system that works for all citizens. Discover how real-world use cases are demonstrating the power of this emerging innovation to create secure but shareable records, improve treatments and wait times, and even create a new model for data-driven preventative care.

Moderator:
Justin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Western Economic Development
Speakers:
Mike Meldrum, President & CEO, Calgary Health Trust
Martin Ferguson-Pell PhD, C.Phys. FRSA, Professor, University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking break (B2B Room)

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion Logistics and Supply Chains: Ready for a Reboot:

Hidden within almost every industry is an intricate network of suppliers, service providers and transport specialists that form complex and challenging supply chains. A major operational cost across many sectors, paper documents and outdated systems still cause unnecessary delays, high expenses and human-caused errors. Fortunately, digital technologies have the power to streamline this process through automation, enhanced data analytics and better traceability. Hear from an expert panel on how supply chains and logistics networks can embrace new innovations, and what optimizing this critical business element could mean for industry’s bottom line.

Moderator:
Dave Bradley, President and Co-founder - Bull Bitcoin
Speakers:
Mike Allan, CEO - Rouquitte
Mammen Tharakan, Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate, Edmonton Airport

DAY 2

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel Discussion Trust in Transactions: Security & Digital Currency Exchanges:

Major security and privacy breaches in the world of digital currency exchanges have cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, exposed sensitive information and eroded public trust. However, this emerging branch of fintech is undergoing a necessary transformation towards safer and more trustworthy exchanges with enhanced cybersecurity and new regulatory oversight for laws like AML and KYC. As more people begin to explore the advantages of digital currencies, its markets are becoming increasingly standardized, compliant and secure. A panel of government advisors, exchange owners and experts will explain how the sector is quickly evolving from the Wild West to something much more like Wall Street.

Moderator:
Pamela Draper, CEO - Bitvo
Speakers:
Giles Dixon CCI, CBP, BA, Senior Manager – Grant Thornton
Amber Scott MBA, CIPP/C, CBP, CAMS, Founder & Chief AML Ninja – Outlier Canada
Mathew Burgoyen, Partner – McLeod Law
Melissa Smith, Partner - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Michael Rabkin, Head of Institutional Sales @ DV Chain / Head of Global Partnerships – SigOne Capital

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break (B2B Room)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion Supercharging the Energy Sector: The Digital Future of Oil & Gas:

Alberta’s energy industry has becoming a global leader in embracing clean technologies – and the next wave of change will be a digital one. In an era of increasing financial, regulatory and market pressures, the adoption of technologies like IoT, blockchain applications and Machine Learning has the power to optimize major cost areas, create fluid data transfer with regulators, build more sustainable operations and access real-time data with integrated analytics. Representing both industry leaders and the technology sector, panel experts will discuss why the time for transformation is right now, and how innovations in information are shaping the future of the industry.

Moderator:
Louise Bai, National Blockchain Market Leader, Deloitte Canada
Speakers:
Alexis Pappas, Executive Director, Canadain Blockchchain Association for Women

11:30 AM– 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion The Next Agricultural Revolution:

Agriculture is a driving force in Alberta’s economy, and this ancient industry is leading the charge in digital transformation. Why? High operational costs, complex supply chains and a need to compete in a challenging export market all mean that taking risks on new technologies is a necessary step in moving from just surviving to thriving. Discover from leading experts how forward-thinking farmers across the province and country are embracing new tools like IoT, blockchain applications and AI to optimize how our food travels from their farms to our table.

Moderator:
Mason Darabi B. Eng, B.Mgmt, National Leader, Agriculture Data, MNP
Speakers:
Mike Betts, VP Business Development, Agworld
Wilson Acton, Chief Commercial Officer, Verge

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion Automated Airports: Game-Changing Drone Applications:

Countless news headlines highlight how airports are trying to keep consumer drones off their runways – but lesser-known are the incredible advantages that these unmanned aerial vehicles can provide for operational costs and safety. The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is a national leader in employing new technologies to increase safety and build efficiencies, and drones have become a key part of the airport’s optimization strategy. Discover how EIA is automating equipment and plane inspections and even using drones to speed delivery times, leading to a better and safer airport experience for travellers.

Moderator:
Mark Anderson, Manager - NAV CANADA
Speakers:
Stephen Maybee, Vice President of Operations and Infrastructure – Edmonton International Airport
Jordan Cicoria, Vice Presedent of Operations

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking break (B2B Room)

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion Executive Views on Corporate Technological Change

What does it take for industry to successfully engage in large-scale technological changes – and how can companies know when to take strategic risks? Emerging technologies developed right here in Alberta are creating new global opportunities, and to maintain our competitiveness, openness to innovation is critical. An expert group of Albertans at the forefront of our biggest industries will discuss their experiences with technological change management and what it takes for transformation at all levels of stakeholding, from board leadership to employee buy-in.

Moderator:
Ryan Wass, Partner, Highstreet Insurance

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