Dr. Mark Evans, President & CEO, Conquest Planning Inc. – Plenary & Panelist
Dr. Mark Evans is a respected entrepreneur, philanthropist, and educator whose research in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba lead him to become a leading entrepreneur in Winnipeg. Evans founded Emerging Information Systems Inc. (EISI) – an advisor and enterprise software solutions company. As the former president and CEO of EISI, Evans has become an experienced, successful executive in the technology industry.
In 2017 Evans joined the Board of DMT Development Systems Group Inc. Evans is a part of several endeavours including an Investor and Board Member of 151 Research Inc., and a Board Member of the CancerCare MB Foundation. Furthermore, Evans is the President and CEO of the recently established Conquest Planning Inc.
Silvia De Sousa, Intellectual Property Lawyer/Partner, TDS Law – Speaker & Panelist
Silvia De Sousa is an esteemed intellectual property lawyer whose passion and commitment has made her a leader in her field. Silvia’s practice is concentrated in the area of business law with an emphasis on intellectual property law, life sciences law, and technology law. Her practice also includes intellectual property transactions,commercial law, financings and licensing matters.
In 2017 Silvia earned the achievement of ‘Best Lawyers in Canada Technology Law’, and she is nationally recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Woman of Influence Inc. With a LLB from the University of Manitoba (UM), Silvia has come full circle, lecturing in the UM Faculty of Law.
Dr. Mike Williams, Registered Patent Agent, Ade & Company Inc. – Speaker & Panelist
Mike Williams graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1988 with the degree Bachelor of Science, Genetics (Honours) and graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a Doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1994. Mike joined Ade & Company as a technical consultant in 1996 and became a registered Patent Agent in Canada and USA in 1998.
Mike’s area of practice is biotechnology and he has prepared and successfully prosecuted patent applications in USA, Canada and foreign countries for pharmaceutical compounds, nutraceuticals, lotions, chemical compositions, medical devices, diagnostic methods and recombinant DNA patents.
Marshall Ring, CEO, Manitoba Technology Accelerator – Speaker & Panelist
As the CEO of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA), a private-sector, not-for-profit business incubation program that invests people and resources into early stage science and technology companies, Marshall is committed to providing executive mentoring, and building a strong network for MTA member companies. Marshall has been involved in company formation and commercializing early-stage technologies since the late 90s. He has great reach into many national markets, service providers, and investors.
Marshall holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management specializing in Community Economic Development. He also holds an undergraduate Honours Degree in Cultural Anthropology.
Dr. Andrea Kraj, CEO, Core Renewable Energy – Presenter & Panelist
Dr. Andrea Kraj is a revolutionary leader in developing advanced, multi renewable energy systems. Dr. Kraj is a practicing professional engineer, with her work being focused on the application of intelligent energy systems for improved management of multiple renewable energy systems in island nations for rural electrification and autonomy from fossil fuel dependence. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Manitoba, which has shaped her passion for community renewable energy, smart cities, smart grid, remote power systems, energy policy and sustainability.
She is an accomplished author and speaker (TEDx), having published several articles on energy policy, community energy development, and remote power systems. Dr. Kraj also created and hosts the podcast, Fempower, with the intention of celebrating women, especially focused on representing women in the S.T.E.A.M. fields.
Dr. Darren Fast, Director, Technology Transfer Office, University of Manitoba – Speaker & Panelist
Dr. Fast joined the University of Manitoba as director of the Technology Transfer Office in 2012. He has over 20 years of experience assessing and moving research-based technologies into the private sector as well as facilitating collaborative research partnerships with industry. He is also the lead of the Western Canadian Innovation Offices project, a collaborative effort to boost engagement of post-secondary institutions and industry in Western Canada.
Previously, Darren was the Senior Intellectual Property Advisor at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He was also the President of Solalta Advisors, providing market and business development services for early stage, technology based companies. Darren has also been Chief Technology Officer for the Western Life Sciences Venture Fund, and Manager, Product Planning and Development at Viventia Biotech. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Manitoba.
Joel Semeniuk, Founder and CEO, HORIZONthree – Facilitator, Expert Panel
“I make change happen faster. I love talking about it, teaching it, and helping start-ups and businesses unlock their potential.”
Hey there, I’m Joel. I am a serial entrepreneur (I can’t stop myself), and I accelerate business modernization. That’s a lot of syllables for “I make change happen faster”. It’s what I do. I love talking about it, teaching it, and helping start-ups and businesses unlock their potential. Since 1995, I’ve been examining and creating the methods, processes, and best practices for business innovation and have applied it to businesses of all sizes – from start-ups to mega-corporations. But even that’s too slow. I want to influence change on a massive scale and create a tipping point for the future of work, which I believe is upon us all. So I founded HORIZONthree.
We’re tackling the future of work from all angles – education, policy, and business. We take a top down and bottom up approach that gets businesses, educators, and policymakers thinking like investors and working like start-ups.
Dr. Stasi Baran, Co-Founder, nQube Data Science Inc. – Panelist
Anastasia (Stasi) Baran is a Co-founder and COO of nQube Data Science Inc. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2016, where she specialized in applications of non-linear optimization methods. She holds a B.Sc. in physics and an M.Sc. in astrophysics. Stasi uses her multi-disciplinary background and computing expertise to find and develop suitable applications for nQube’s advanced artificial intelligence-driven optimization suite. Her combined interests in large-scale data modeling problems and the gaming industry have helped to develop nQube’s AI-based slot floor optimization and player segmentation solutions. She also uses AI-driven automated trading strategies to trade a variety of financial products through nQube’s algorithmic trading division.
Dr. Rick Mangat, President and CEO, NOVADAQ Technologies Inc. – Keynote Speaker
While carrying out research at the University of Manitoba for his PhD thesis in Pharmacology, Dr. Rick Mangat co-invented the SPY Imaging System – a product that can be used in surgeries to assess blood flow and perfusion thereby impacting the lives of patients and doctors across the world. Through this, Dr. Mangat co-founded NOVADAQ Technologies Inc. in 2000 and has held numerous positions within the company including the role of CEO from 2000-2003 and from 2016 until the company was sold in September 2017.
Under Dr. Mangat’s leadership, NOVADAQ Technologies Inc. became a pioneer in facilitating medical professionals with relevant, point of care imaging solutions that enhance the lives of patients and their caregivers. SPY Technology has been used to conduct over 260,000 procedures, it has been documented as being valuable in over 75 different surgical applications, and has been featured in over 260 peer reviewed publications for its innovative contribution to complex surgeries and diagnostic procedures. In September 2017 Novadaq was acquired by Stryker Corporation for approximately $1 billion Canadian which made the sale the largest medical device company sale in Canada to date.