We are excited about our next event for our Alberta SHEInnovators! You are invited to attend our first 'Meet up' - a closed event just for our SHEInnovators.
This event will feature experienced speakers in industry that have invested in female-led businesses, seen the challenges faced by innovators, and broken down barriers. This is also an opportunity to network with other SHEInnovators to continue to build our Alberta community.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Main Floor, Clarence Block, 120 – 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta
Rob is part of the very unique and leading edge Innovation Team within IBM Canada. It is unique within IBM's global operations, and leading edge in their focus on collaborative initiatives to drive innovation on behalf of their enterprise clients. When Rob isn't busy guiding and advising startups as the IBM partner to Arlene Dickinson's District Ventures team.... essentially running an accelerator for later stage startups and scaleups, Rob looks for new innovation opportunities across Western Canada. These often involve partnerships or consortiums where he looks to leverage the growing startup ecosystem, amazing research capabilities within our post secondary institutions, IBM's own deep pool of Global Research talent, and industry partners and SME's... all focused on addressing the biggest challenges of IBM's clients.
It's a great role for Rob as it takes advantage of his years leading teams and driving new solutions within IBM, leading technology innovation and establishing new markets within ATCO as an executive in their IT subsidiary, and finally his own experience working in startups based here in Calgary
Carrie is an engineer turned innovation culture enthusiast, she is searching for the next big thing in bitumen processing at Suncor Energy Inc. where she is creating value as an intrapreneur. In this new role as program lead, she is bringing her knowledge of the innovation ecosystem and technology development to support the transformational mandate among her team. Whether it’s hosting open innovation forums with international researchers, or turning over rocks with start-ups, Carrie continues to ask the tough questions, while building bridges to co-create solutions.
Her diverse experience including oil sands, technology accelerators, government approvals, bio-processing, novel agri-food product commercialization, environmental engineering, business development and business ownership provides a fresh perspective when it comes to tackling multi-faceted problems.
Sandi is involved with several ventures focused on supporting entrepreneurs as they navigate through start-up to scale-up. She is the founder of Crowd Capital, the fintech company behind DealPoint, a SaaS technology that securely automates the execution of private placements in a compliant and efficient manner. She leads InterGen Connect, a not-for profit that matches expert retired and transitioning business talent with scaling companies exiting the start-up phase and she is Managing Partner of InterGen Capital, a private venture fund that invests into innovation driven companies that are positioned to rapidly scale their businesses.
Sandi is also the Chair of NACO, Canada's community of angels, incubators and accelerators.
Photography courtesy of Shelly Sicat.