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ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2016 Tomorrow
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Presentation Topics: 

1. Medical Science, Technology and Innovation
2. Health
3. Career and professional Development

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Short Bio: 

Ryan completed his PhD in biomedical engineering and studied the musculoskeletal biomechanics of footwear, movement and injury. He is currently a medical student and a Director at glacierRx where he provides research consulting. He has authored numerous research articles and is heavily involved in the academic community. he is motivated by innovation and developing new technology.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Alberta Health Services / University of Alberta
ASTech Awards: 

,  Finalist,  

2009 Tomorrow
Area of Expertise: 
Innovation, Big Ideas and the Future
Presentation Topics: 

Innovation
Technology and the Future of Medicine
Turning Ideas into Reality

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

Hang out in 0g? Check. Work at NASA? Check. Perform brain surgery? Check. Pilot a plane? Check. Found a company based on a challenge to positively impact 1 billion people? Check., and check.

For Dr. Shawna Pandya, life has just been one adventure after another, and she is just getting started. Armed with backgrounds in neuroscience, space, entrepreneurship and medicine, Dr. Pandya has led a life devoted to technology, innovation, social development and of course, adventure!

Speaker Location: 
Sherwood Park , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Tannas Conservation Services Ltd.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Finalist,  

2015 Environment
Area of Expertise: 
Environment
Presentation Topics: 

Restoration Ecology: Restoring Natural Ecosystems after Industrial Development in Western Canada
Rangeland Managment: The Art of Science of Integrating Ranching with Ecosystem Management
Soil Bioengineering: Bank Stabilization of Prairie Water Courses

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

I have been conducting environmental assessments since the late 1990's and has specialized in plant identification and managing native plant communities. I have an integrated academic training in vegetation, wetlands, soils, rangeland management, reclamation, mapping, and ecosustem management. With hundreds of thousands of hectares of land surveyed, I have been able to help preserve numerous natural ecosystems across western Canada and pioneer new methods to restore these ecosystems. Innovation is one of the driving forces behind all of my work whether regarding developing new restoration techniques, new assessment methods, or new propagation methods for native plants. In addition to my work as an environmental consultant, I have been able to contribute to training a new generation of environmental scientists through teaching and working with an academic institution. My work has led to new methods of plan community restoration, and new methods of assessing ecosystem health for Parks Canada and two successful businesses.

Speaker Location: 
Cremona , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
University of Alberta
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2015 Science
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Presentation Topics: 

The Role of Carbohydrates in Infectious Diseases
Building a National Research Network

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Short Bio: 

My research involves using chemistry combined with biochemical/biological investigations to understand how carbohydrates are involved in the development of infectious (largely bacterial) diseases.The basic science research we do has impact on the development of novel therapeutic agents to treat infectious disease, new diagnostics and vaccines. Outside of my own research, I am the Scientific Director of the Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet). This Networks of Centres of Excellence-funded Network is focused on developing novel solutions to unmet medical needs through exploiting the role that carbohydrates play in biology.

Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Professor, NSERC/AIEES/Foundation CMG & AITF Chairs, University of Calgary
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2012 Technology

,  Honouree,  

2010 Science
Area of Expertise: 
Applied Technology
Presentation Topics: 

Studies of Hybrid Steam-Solvent Processes for Oil Recovery
Studies of Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Modelling and Simulation of Unconventional Oil and as Reservoirs

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

Dr. Chen has made a career of shaking up the modern oil and gas industry with his innovative concepts, particularly in petroleum reservoir engineering and simulation. His inventions – and his acumen in commercializing them – are dramatically improving efficiencies in oil and gas recovery processes.

Dr. Chen is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary and holds two research Chair awards: the NSERC/AIEES (AERI)/Foundation CMG Senior Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation and the AITF Industrial Chair in Reservoir Modelling. He is the most advanced researcher in reservoir modelling and simulation in Canada and is a global leader in the field. He was recognized by Oilsands Review (February 2009) as one of the three most prominent researchers in reservoir simulation in the world.

Dr. Chen is building fundamental theories about enhancing oil and gas recovery, both economically and environmentally, and developing innovative models and algorithms to enhance understanding of the physics and chemistry of reservoirs.

The state-of-the-art reservoir simulation toolkits Dr. Chen has created allow for multiple parallel runs, faster computation, and rigorous optimization. The novel techniques he has developed are faster and have greater accuracy than what had been available. His great advancements in simulation have improved workflow including risk and uncertainty analysis and, in turn, have provided significant savings in capital costs for all of the involved Alberta oil companies.

Dr. Chen has published 353 peer-reviewed manuscripts, written five acclaimed textbooks and edited seven high-quality popular books. His research has been extremely well received and employed not only by his peers in academia but also by industry. His work has been cited over 4,000 times by others. Dr. Chen has received 30 prestigious awards and honours.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Applied Research and Innovation Services, SAIT Polytechnic
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2015 Agriculture

,  Finalist,  

2014 Agriculture
Area of Expertise: 
Applied Technology
Presentation Topics: 

Applied Research
RFID systems development and testing
UAVs, Intelligent Sensor Networks, innovation, disruptive technologies

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

I am a passionate educator - both on campus and off. After 11 years as an instructor at SAIT Polytechnic, I joined the Applied Research and Innovation Services department as a full-time researcher. Since 2008, my team has explored the application of RFID technologies across a range of industries: livestock tracking, inventory management, oil-and-gas and beyond. Along the way, we've honed our expertise; helped companies design, develop, prototype and test their new technologies; and had some fantastic adventures - in the lab and in the field. An avid story-teller, I love speaking to groups on applied research, RFID systems development and testing, UAVs, Intelligent Sensor Networks, innovation, disruptive technologies - and am known for finding a sports analogy to bring things to life.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
CEO, Hatsize Learning Corp.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2012 ICT
Area of Expertise: 
Start-Up/Entrepreneurship
Presentation Topics: 

Building a Technology Company
Selling Technology to Customers in the U.S.

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Short Bio: 

Guy Hummel believes that that best way to learn is by doing. He founded Hatsize Learning Corporation in 2000 to bring hands-on learning to online IT training and he continues to lead the company as its CEO. Hatsize's customers are primarily large US software companies.

Guy is also the winner of the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources for his Linux Survival website, a free tutorial that helps people learn Linux through guided practice.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
CTO, Zedi Inc.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2014 Commercial
Area of Expertise: 
Commercial Achievement
Presentation Topics: 

Building an Internet of Things Platform
Innovation and the Upstream Conventional Oil & Gas Production Operations Market

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Short Bio: 

James oversees all market-facing development of Zedi's technology-enabled solutions. Zedi has developed a cloud-based platform that ties together sensors, intelligent field instrumentaiton, M2M and web-based applications to allow customers to manage remote production operations and make better business decisions.

Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
CEO, Clearflow Enviro Systems Group Inc.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2013 Environment
Area of Expertise: 
Environment
Presentation Topics: 

Water Management
Erosion Control
Effects of Sediment on the Environment

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Short Bio: 

I am driven by challenge. Finding the right answer to difficult issues in regards to water and the environment.

Our work maters because water is a global issue. If we have the ability to produce a recyclable water for industry and reduce demand on the potable water we will then have more water for people to drink, less demand on source water from creeks, rivers, lakes, etc. and a much safer environmental footprint for industry.

Speaker Location: 
Sherwood Park , AB
Canada
 
 
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ASTech Awards: 

,  Finalist,  

2016 Tomorrow
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Presentation Topics: 

1. Innovation and Science: The Life Behind Research on Ex Vivo Organ Perfusion and Artificial Hearts
2. Medical Education and Mentorship: The Importance of Investing in the Future Generation
3. Success, Failures and Staying Human: The Secret to Happiness

Geographic Areas: 
Edmonton area
Short Bio: 

Jessica is a third year medical student at the University of Alberta with a passion for research, the improvement of quality healthcare mixed with an interest in humanism in medical education.

Jessica has conducted research in three different fields and published in science, translational, clinical and education research. Her research collaborators include the Mayo Clinic, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Sydney and The Collaborative Research Group.

Jessica was named a Top 30 Under 30 in Alberta and was awarded full tuition scholarships. She hosts the Humanism in Medicine Film Festival, established a temporary boutique for homeless youth and hosted a Fashion Show for All Sizes to bring awareness to the prevention of eating disorders.

Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada

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